Another one bites the dust.
Hi guys. A Cambridge employee here. Sorry to hear about the mess over there. We always had a good working relationship with you guys. I know you have enough on your minds at the moment but curious about the comments about NIBR. What was said and by whom? This place is full of rumors so would appreciate any insight from across the pond. And again, sorry to hear what's happening to you. I guess only Switzerland is safe.
think you misinterpreted her comments. She didn't say 15% of the jobs will go but that savings in NIBR will equate to a 15% headcount reduction. To be honest, I couldn't care less about Cambridge they can look after themselves. We're the ones that have been screwed. But did we think we were immune? Look what happened to Pfizer and AZ. Now its our turn. No pipeline, no future. Time to join up with Roche methinks.
presumably, if Cambridge needs to shrink by 15% next year, that will be the end of the cuts. What else can they cut?
The global meltdown.....
Its about the science, thats what has let everything down!!! Safe drugs which have efficacy and offer a statistically significant improvement to patient care are very difficult to find. Targets need to be increasingly customised toward the treatment and often this involves developing novel chemistries. This takes time and is high risk. Its not a shareholders incentive to expose to that amount of risk. For a venture investment then yes, because the rewards can be huge.
All the big pharma companies have been doing the wrong thing on a very large scale for too long.
Correct that chemistry departments are been sent overseas, but actually, if you are talented then you are more than welcome to start your own company, or join a small biotech company. If you are not good, then go and do some bucket chemistry in a hungarian factory or move to india or china and stand in line for your moderate pay check.
Exactly the same thing is happening as has happened in other sectors with regards to the uk.
There is lots of manufacturing, but its not this kind of large scaleup work. The science sector is doing just fine, relative to other european countries. Relative to other sectors, its brilliant at the moment.
Your problem is not that you have not had career advice, its that unless you develop an attitude to get out there and network, you are closing yourself off from doing business, and your opinions are going to reflect that.
Science is business in this country now. Its abut making money. Meandering fundemental research has to be done in a restricted way. Big pharma operations ARE about the bottom line as much as they are about shareholders. Drug safety and data transparency are much more in emphasis and rightly so! Patents and treatments, IP is what its all about now, not large scale production.
Forget big pharma.... go and do some research into what new businesses are out there. Literally every week I hear about small startups growing rapidly through proof of concept stage to where they get their first round of significant funding. Business models where there is a streamlined revenue across different product areas. Services, technology, collaboration..... drugs is only a part of it and it leads to much more balanced business.
When something really qualifies for the clinic, then its time for the big giants to drive it forward.
I feel for all you guys in Horsham, its tough getting shit canned.
I cried lots after getting shit canned.
We'd known for months that redundancies were immanen.
I looked really hard for a new position, but I got rejected for every chemistry job I went for, there were just too many good people out there. It was just at the start of the economic meltdown.
I see the Royal Society of Chemistry put a response on their web site.
In reality they don't care about individual members, and for me the individual careers advice consisted of a 5 minute telephone chat and and e-mail with a list of agency recruiters in the UK.
The RSC really just a publishing company and lobbyist for big businesses, so they really don't want to rock the boat too much.
The hard fact is that the UK will permanently lose the talented scientists when they are faced with unemployment, as these folks have to switch careers.
I believe that there has been a controlled demolition of research in the UK, for the last decade which planned by all the big pharma companies as they seek a global race to the bottom for research spending
Asked about transfer to Cambridge in MA. Told it was no safer and only Basel will remain untouched next year. So, 10 yrs down the drain and nowhere to go to except back to Uni.
Yup - true... check out the local rag...
Are they transferring any of the remaining functions?
No one wants to do drug R&D in the UK anymore.
It's true. Check the UK news feeds. Plans to close the site with loss of 400. Usual UK negotiating process has started. Good luck one and all.
You are joking
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