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BioAscent Careers – Join the Team

Are you looking for a career in a dynamic, fast-growing, science-led drug discovery services company?  A career where you will work with innovative research companies from across the globe, applying and developing your drug discovery skills, and helping our customers discover innovative medicines?

We’re always looking for talented, motivated and enthusiastic team-players to join us.  Check out the open positions below.  And we always welcome applications from experienced drug discovery scientists – if this describes you, then please get in touch.

BioAscent retains all applicant data for a period of six months. Successful candidate’s data is held in accordance with the company’s HR policies.

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    With our continued success and ongoing expansion, we are looking to recruit a self-motivated and enthusiastic scientist who thrives in a fast-paced environment to join a well-established compound management team.

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    Compound Management Scientist

    BioAscent is a leading provider of integrated drug discovery services, providing our clients with compound management, medicinal chemistry and biology services and expertise.  With our continued success and ongoing expansion, we are looking to recruit a self-motivated and enthusiastic scientist who thrives in a fast-paced environment to join a well-established compound management team. This position would suit a motivated individual with strong problem-solving skills who is able to embrace new responsibilities and enjoy the challenges that come with them. 

    In this role you will work in a laboratory environment where automation and logistics play a key part. You will be an enthusiastic team-player who is excited by the prospect of utilising the opportunities available at BioAscent to further develop your career. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to convey complex concepts to clients, project teams and colleagues. You will have a BSc in science or a related discipline preferably with laboratory experience and should demonstrate a strong interest in:

    • Life or Chemical Sciences
    • Data Management
    • IT

    If you are interested in joining a successful, novel and award-winning company that places its people at the heart of its business, please send your CV along with a covering letter to: apply@bioascent.com
     

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    Compound Management Scientist

    With our continued success and ongoing expansion, we are looking to recruit a self-motivated and enthusiastic scientist who thrives in a fast-paced environment to join a well-established compound management team.

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    To support its rapidly growing client base, BioAscent is looking to hear from innovative and enthusiastic Medicinal Chemists and in-vitro Bioscientists who can hit the ground running and contribute to a fast-growing, people orientated services business.

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    Medicinal Chemists and in-vitro Bioscientists 

    BioAscent is a world-class company offering compound management and supply services to pharmaceutical companies.  Having successfully secured investment to expand its services it is now able to offer its clients a comprehensive drug discovery package including; assay development, screening, medicinal and synthetic chemistry as well as compound management and an in-house screening library.

    To support its rapidly growing client base, BioAscent is looking to hear from innovative and enthusiastic Medicinal Chemists and in-vitro Bioscientists who can hit the ground running and contribute to a fast-growing, people orientated services business.

    We would be particularly keen to hear from people with experience in the following areas, ideally gained within the pharmaceutical or services industry;

    • Development of enzyme, receptor and cell-based assays
    • Deep knowledge of assay technologies
    • Small molecule drug design and data interpretation
    • Medicinal chemistry
    • Synthetic chemistry
    • Analytical chemistry

    Ideally, you will have a PhD or equivalent experience in pharmacology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related discipline.  You will have a flexible approach to your work, possess outstanding communication skills and be able to demonstrate your ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.

    If you are interested in hearing more about the opportunities that may be available at BioAscent send your CV and covering letter to: apply@bioascent.com

    Please note you must be eligible and able to work in the UK.  Please include details of your eligibility in your covering letter.

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    Medicinal Chemists and in-vitro Bioscientists

    To support its rapidly growing client base, BioAscent is looking to hear from innovative and enthusiastic Medicinal Chemists and in-vitro Bioscientists who can hit the ground running and contribute to a fast-growing, people orientated services business.

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Get In Touch

Let's talk about how we can maximise your drug discovery success.

Contact

Director of Chemistry

Dr Angus Morrison

Angus has over 15 years’ experience as a practising medicinal chemist leading both project and medicinal chemistry delivery in multinational and multidisciplinary teams.  In his most recent role as Head of Chemistry at the European Screening Centre Newhouse he was Medicinal Chemistry lead of the European Lead Factory project responsible for over 30 hit to leads programmes.  Prior to this Angus has held leadership roles at Organon, Schering-Plough, MSD, Prosidion and Redx Oncology. During his time in pre-clinical drug discovery he has had broad exposure and experience of working across a diverse range of therapeutic areas and target classes from hit generation to candidate nomination.  Angus has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Strathclyde University and carried out Postgraduate studies at Cambridge University. He is a co-author on over 30 papers and patents.

Director of Chemistry

Dr Angus Morrison

Angus has over 15 years’ experience as a practising medicinal chemist leading both project and medicinal chemistry delivery in multinational and multidisciplinary teams.  In his most recent role as Head of Chemistry at the European Screening Centre Newhouse he was Medicinal Chemistry lead of the European Lead Factory project responsible for over 30 hit to leads programmes.  Prior to this Angus has held leadership roles at Organon, Schering-Plough, MSD, Prosidion and Redx Oncology. During his time in pre-clinical drug discovery he has had broad exposure and experience of working across a diverse range of therapeutic areas and target classes from hit generation to candidate nomination.  Angus has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Strathclyde University and carried out Postgraduate studies at Cambridge University. He is a co-author on over 30 papers and patents..

Chief Commercial Officer

Dr Mike Piper

Mike is an experienced life sciences professional with a track record in sales and marketing strategy, general management, licensing and contract negotiation.  Mike was formerly Head of Sales and Marketing at CXR Biosciences, an investigative toxicology CRO. Following CXR’s acquisition by Concept Life Sciences in 2015 he became Vice President Business Development Safety & Toxicology.  Prior to his time at CXR, Mike worked in business development and licensing at the specialty pharmaceutical company Ardana plc, and held various pharmaceutical industry management consultancy roles at ZS Associates, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.  Mike has a PhD in genomics from the University of Cambridge, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Phil Jones

Phil has over 30 years medicinal chemistry and drug discovery experience from Roche, Organon, Schering-Plough, Merck and the University of Dundee including senior roles as Executive Director and Acting Site Head. He was a member of the Research Leadership Council at Schering-Plough. Numerous clinical candidates resulted from groups for which he was responsible. These span a broad range of target families and therapeutic areas. He has led the European Screening Centre team at Biocity Scotland, Newhouse for the past 5 years and this group plays a key role in delivering validated hit series for SMEs and academics through the IMI funded European Lead Factory. Phil’s postgraduate studies were carried out at the University of Manchester and Imperial College. Phil was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2005, he chaired the Medicinal Chemistry interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 8 years, chaired the organising committee of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry – International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in 2016 and sat on the Executive Committee of the EFMC for four years. He is a co-author on over 70 scientific papers and patents.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Phil Jones

Phil has over 30 years medicinal chemistry and drug discovery experience from Roche, Organon, Schering-Plough, Merck and the University of Dundee including senior roles as Executive Director and Acting Site Head. He was a member of the Research Leadership Council at Schering-Plough. Numerous clinical candidates resulted from groups for which he was responsible. These span a broad range of target families and therapeutic areas. He has led the European Screening Centre team at Biocity Scotland, Newhouse for the past 5 years and this group plays a key role in delivering validated hit series for SMEs and academics through the IMI funded European Lead Factory. Phil’s postgraduate studies were carried out at the University of Manchester and Imperial College. Phil was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2005, he chaired the Medicinal Chemistry interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 8 years, chaired the organising committee of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry – International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in 2016 and sat on the Executive Committee of the EFMC for four years. He is a co-author on over 70 scientific papers and patents.

Director of Biosciences

Dr Stuart McElroy

With over 12 years working in drug discovery Stuart has extensive experience of developing and trouble-shooting novel screening assays, designing screening cascades, compound screening, hit validation and supporting hit to lead and lead optimisation programs. Throughout the 5 years of the European Lead Factory project he held the position of Head of Biology at the European Screening Centre (ESC), leading a team of bioscientists in prosecuting and triaging the output of over 90 high throughput screens across all major target classes and disease indications. Prior to this Stuart helped establish the Dundee Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) where he spent 7 years as a project and then team leader working across a wide array of novel drug targets and assays. He also had a leading operational role in DDU-Industry partnerships with both large pharma and SMEs.

Director of Biosciences

Dr Stuart McElroy

With over 12 years working in drug discovery Stuart has extensive experience of developing and trouble-shooting novel screening assays, designing screening cascades, compound screening, hit validation and supporting hit to lead and lead optimisation programs. Throughout the 5 years of the European Lead Factory project he held the position of Head of Biology at the European Screening Centre (ESC), leading a team of bioscientists in prosecuting and triaging the output of over 90 high throughput screens across all major target classes and disease indications. Prior to this Stuart helped establish the Dundee Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) where he spent 7 years as a project and then team leader working across a wide array of novel drug targets and assays. He also had a leading operational role in DDU-Industry partnerships with both large pharma and SMEs.

Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder

Dr Sylviane Boucharens

Sylviane has more than 20 years’ experience in scientific research and drug discovery environment. Sylviane has a track record in building and leading outstanding and productive teams into seamless successful enterprises in start-up and medium and large pharma environment. Prior to BioAscent Sylviane was Head of Global Compound repository and in-vitro Screening (Merck Sharp & Dohme, Newhouse Scotland). She was also responsible for managing a portfolio of early Drug Discovery projects in Cardiovascular from Target Identification and validation to Lead Optimisation. Sylviane attained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, followed by post-doctoral positions at the INSERM U366 Laboratory, France and University of Manchester, UK under the Wellcome Trust International Fellowship.

Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder

Dr Sylviane Boucharens

Sylviane has more than 20 years’ experience in scientific research and drug discovery environment. Sylviane has a track record in building and leading outstanding and productive teams into seamless successful enterprises in start-up and medium and large pharma environment. Prior to BioAscent Sylviane was Head of Global Compound repository and in-vitro Screening (Merck Sharp & Dohme, Newhouse Scotland). She was also responsible for managing a portfolio of early Drug Discovery projects in Cardiovascular from Target Identification and validation to Lead Optimisation. Sylviane attained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, followed by post-doctoral positions at the INSERM U366 Laboratory, France and University of Manchester, UK under the Wellcome Trust International Fellowship.

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Smith

An experienced Senior Executive with both General Management and Business Development experience in the pharmaceutical/CRO arena. Paul has an understanding of the drug development process from discovery to clinical research gained through more than 29 years in the CRO/pharmaceutical sector. A strategic thinker and management professional with experience gained in both small and large companies and with recent start-up experience including leading  funding discussions with VCs and other corporate finance groups. Paul recently turned around and sold CXR Biosciences to Concept Lifesciences in late 2015. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, 2013.