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Genetown (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Medicinal Chemist/ Research Scientist I
The responsibilities of this position will include: Execution of medicinal chemistry strategies for programs at the lead optimization stage. This position is a Hands-on laboratory position, and the successful candidate will be expected to design, synthesize, purify and characterize organic compounds directed towards the modulation of therapeutic targets.

Genetown (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Senior Formulation Development Scientist
As a member of the Formulation team, this role will support Vertex's expanding line extension and pediatric drug development programs through the development and scale-up of clinical and commercial formulations in a Quality By Design environment. The successful candidate will have the ability to use a variety of formulation and processing approaches, and has a profound understanding of the interplay between drug physicochemical properties, biopharmaceutics and processing.

BioMidwest (Jefferson City, Missouri)

Lucas Group
QA Manager, Microbiology
Lead in-plant Quality Assurance operations and staff (testing laboratory, incoming material inspection, quality engineering and technical support, manufacturing chemist, product quality through finished goods) in such a manner that all products conform to established standards of quality in performance and appearance at minimum cost and that all applicable regulatory standards are met etc.

Biotech Beach (Santa Monica, California)

Astellas Pharma US
RA/SRA, In Vivo Validation
The qualified candidate will join our in vivo team to evaluate the functions of novel cancer targets and determine the efficacy of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and antibody drug conjugates in mouse models of human cancer.

Biotech Bay (South San Francisco, California)

Elan Pharmaceuticals
Director/Sr. Director, Clinical Development
Responsible for design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials in Alzheimer's Disease.This individual will serve as the medical and scientific content expert and clinical team leader for one or more of Elan's therapeutic agents in clinical development.

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Job seekers can spend a day with HR representatives and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies in the south east region.

Candidates with a 4-year degree in the life sciences and a minimum of 2-years of industry related experience are invited to attend. Just register by clicking the button below.(Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a four-year college degree. PhD and Postdoc candidates welcome.)

Exhibiting companies are recruiting for positions in areas such as: QA/QC, clinical research, engineering, manufacturing, biostatistics, clinical data management, chemistry, regulatory affairs, and research.

Job seekers may register here.

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