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JOBS – March, 2021


Please see my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local (US based) candidates with valid work visa with all required industry experience.  If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment). Please find me on Linkedin.

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Quality Engineer – South San Jose, CA

Exciting bay area start-up on catheter development to focus on improved outcomes of arterial disease has an immediate opportunity for a manufacturing minded Quality Engineer.

Responsibilities

Support QA/QC/QS functions and activities in a medical device manufacturing environment; Establish purchased materials RI acceptance criteria & perform RI; In-process/final device inspection; Technical Writing for Design History File documents etc, Regulatory & Quality System documents; Design, write & perform equipment qualifications & process validations; establish & maintain equipment calibration & maintenance; support team, contract manufacturers & suppliers with robust & statistically valid testing, sample size selection, monitoring & analysis requirements

Requirements

5+ years medical device work experience (vascular catheter exp preferred), formal statistics training, Validation protocol design & report writing exp, exp to work in & maintain compliance of a certified QMS related to configuration control, document control & change control, enthusiasm for producing cool new products for catheter development. College education preferred.

Quality Assurance Engineer – N. San Jose, CA

The Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer supports compliance with applicable regulatory requirements by maintaining an effective quality management system and implementing continuous improvements. This position is responsible for activities ranging from product development through commercialization. This is a hands-on role where the Sr. Quality Engineer will apply diversified knowledge of engineering, quality principles and practices for pharmaceutical and combination products. This position requires technical expertise in Aseptic Techniques. The Senior Quality Engineer is responsible for performing a quality role for the aseptic manufacturing, quality systems and compliance in accordance with cGMP, related company SOP’s, federal laws, guidelines, and regulations during the receipt, storage, manufacture, and distribution of products. 

Requirements

  • Maintain & improve company’s Quality System in accordance with FDA Regulations and ISO 13485 requirements
  • Provide hands-on direction for aseptic process and cGMP manufacturing activities 
  • Support quality assurance activities, including, but not limited to: Risk Management (FMEAs, HA), internal and external audits, NCMRs and CAPAs
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams Manufacturing, Engineering, Facilities to ensure adherence to cGMP guidelines
  • Conduct investigations for issues associated with audits, lot history records and complaints. Approve manufacturing and testing deviations and investigations 
  • Evaluation and support for implementation of new processes, lead continuous improvement of aseptic / sterile processes
  • Lead and support qualification and validation of cGMP equipment, facilities, utility systems, analytical test methods, cleaning and manufacturing processes. These duties will include, but are not limited to: the implementation and documentation of these validations and their lifecycle management in compliance with FDA and EU regulations
  • Manage the deviation system, perform QA assessment of deviations and ensure that all assessments are completed, review and approve deviation reports
  • Assist in the review and approval of lot history records and test records
  • Conduct audits at CMO, testing operations and internal audits
  • Assist in development, review and approval of process and equipment validation/qualifications (IQ, OQ, PQ), summary reports, ensure qualifications are conducted in accordance with the Validation Master Plan
  • Investigate product quality problems and determine root cause, gather and analyze data, and implement corrective actions to reduce or eliminate cause
  • Lead the resolution of quality issues related to non-conformance reports and CAPAs
  • Develop and initiate sampling procedures and statistical process control methods
  • Address systemic quality issues with suppliers or internal groups
  • Evaluate product changes for qualification and validation requirements and assist in change implementations
  • Other duties/ activities may be necessary to support departmental or company goals

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Biology, or equivalent scientific discipline
  • A minimum of 7 years quality assurance/engineering experience within the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry is required
  • cGMP experience is required
  • Experience with performing utility qualification activities for vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) system is preferred Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Understands and applies comprehensive knowledge of quality and GMP principles. Maintains current understanding of global GMP regulations
  • Experience with FDA Regulations (21 CFR part 820, part 210 and part 211) and ISO Standards (ISO 13485 and ISO 14971) is required
  • Experience regarding root cause analysis and statistical techniques (such as Cause and Effect Analysis, Fishbone Diagram, 5 Whys, Six Sigma processes)

Senior Quality Engineer – N. San Jose, CA

The Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer supports compliance with applicable regulatory requirements by maintaining an effective quality management system and implementing continuous improvements. This position is responsible for activities ranging from product development through commercialization. This is a hands-on role where the Sr. Quality Engineer will apply diversified knowledge of engineering, quality principles and practices for class II and class III medical devices and combination products. This position also ensures that the company complies with all applicable federal, industry, and company procedures, guidelines, and regulations during the receipt, storage, manufacture, and distribution of products.Requirements

  • Maintain and improve the quality system in accordance with FDA Quality System Regulation and ISO 13485 requirements
  • Support quality assurance activities, including, but not limited to: Risk Management (FMEAs, HA), internal and external audits, NCMRs and CAPAs
  • Investigate product quality problems and determine root cause, gather and analyze data, and implement corrective actions to reduce or eliminate cause
  • Lead the resolution of quality issues related to non-conformance reports and CAPAs
  • Assist in development, review and approval of process and equipment validation/qualifications (IQ, OQ, PQ).
  • Provide QE support to production, purchasing and engineering
  • Support/lead test method validation activities
  • Conduct and support the development and validation of appropriate test methods for product and process performance
  • Develop and initiate sampling procedures and statistical process control methods
  • Support product line manufacturing and design stages by ensuring validation of manufacturing equipment and processes are conducted in accordance with the Validation Master Plan
  • Address systemic quality issues with suppliers or internal groups
  • Oversee calibration and preventive maintenance program
  • Assist in the review of lot history records and disposition of product (subassembly and finished goods)
  • Work with engineering to develop adequate inspection criteria
  • Perform statistical analysis such as capability, gage R&R, and statistical process control
  • Evaluate product changes for qualification and validation requirements and assist in change implementations
  • Other duties/ activities may be necessary to support departmental or company goals

Education and Job Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years quality assurance/engineering experience is required. Experience in a regulated industry (medical device,) is required
  • BS degree in Engineering is required
  • Experience with FDA Quality System Regulations and ISO Standards (ISO 13485 and ISO 14971) is required
  • Experience with non-conformances, CAPA, and Risk Management is required
  • Experience in performing test method validation and Gage R&Rs
  • Extensive experience regarding root cause analysis and statistical techniques (such as Cause and Effect Analysis, Fishbone Diagram, 5 Whys, Six Sigma processes)
  • CQE, CQA preferred

Quality Engineer – South San Jose, CA

Exciting bay area start-up on catheter development to focus on improved outcomes of arterial disease has an immediate opportunity for Quality Engineer.

Responsibilities
Support QA/QC/QS functions and activities in a medical device manufacturing environment; Establish purchased materials RI acceptance criteria & perform RI; In-process/final device inspection; Technical Writing for Design History File documents etc, Regulatory & Quality System documents; Design, write & perform equipment qualifications & process validations; establish & maintain equipment calibration & maintenance; support team, contract manufacturers & suppliers with robust & statistically valid testing, sample size selection, monitoring & analysis requirements

Requirements
5+ years medical device work experience (vascular catheter exp preferred), formal statistics training, Validation protocol design & report writing exp, exp to work in & maintain compliance of a certified QMS related to configuration control, document control & change control, enthusiasm for producing cool new products for catheter development. College education preferred.

Director of Regulatory Affairs – San Jose, CA

  • This is an exciting opportunity to join a world class team working under veteran leadership on a game changing class 3 drug delivery combination medical device. This opportunity requires unique combination of experience with developing global regulatory strategy and submissions for combination product development plus experience in multiple phases of development in various therapeutic areas, plus experience with biologics. If you have the right experience, this is exciting and potentially high outcome opportunity that will not disappoint.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a scientific discipline.
  • 10-15 years’ experience in Regulatory Affairs in biotechnology & pharmaceutical industry.
  • Thorough knowledge of the drug, device and combination product development process with demonstrated experience in developing global regulatory strategy and submissions.
  • Experience in multiple phases of development in various therapeutic areas is desirable. 
  • Experience with biologics is a must.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, communication and time management skills needed to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively across departments and on project team(s).
  • Results driven and team-orientated, with the ability to influence outcomes.  

Bioanalytical Lab Research Scientist – San Jose, CA

This is an exciting opportunity for a bioanalytical scientist to join world class team to work on drug-device projects, with the potential to dramatically change patient outcomes. Position, salary, and benefits are commensurate with experience, with possibility of option grants!!

Required: Background in medical device or pharma testing & regulatory development. Experience in preclinical and clinical research is a must. The candidate must have technical training in biochemistry and/or pharmaceutical sciences with experience using lyophilization, Karl Fischer titration, and HPLC. Experience with biochemical analysis such as spectrophotometric and fluorescence immunoassays, and LC-MS is a plus. Also required, degree in biochem or pharma sciences w. 2+ years experience, extensive exp in various analytical techniques & bioanalytical assays.

Responsibilities: Lead projects on biologic formulation, drug product process development; Executes experiments based on protocols and implement; Develop & maintain documentation,  test methods, study protocols, SOPs, worksheets, forms, and reports; Design and manage data from complex experiments including preliminary statistical analysis; literature searches; Maintain lab & assay operations notebook, equipment, supplies, computer files; Support regulatory efforts.

Bioanalytical Lab Scientist – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for a bioanalytical scientist to join a team working on drug-device combinations projects w/ potential to change patient outcomes. Attractive benefits package with competitive salary is offered and option grants makes this exciting opportunity. Perform literature search, routine data management, tabulate & graph results, support regulatory efforts & manage lab supplies, safety, equipment. 

Responsibilities: Perform bioanalytical assays for the quantification of the analytes in in-vitro, preclinical and clinical samples; Participate in the development of in vitro/in vivo models by performing a variety of microplate assays independently with minimal supervision; Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms; Optimize existing automated processes to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality. Perform literature search, routine data management, tabulate & graph results, support regulatory efforts & manage lab supplies, safety, equipment.

Required: Background in medical device or pharma & exp in preclinical and clinical research is a must. Also required, background in biochemical analysis such as spectrophotometric, fluorescence immuno assays, HPLC, CE, LC-MS. exp w/ microplate assays is must and experience with Luminex MapX technology is a plus. BS + 3 yrs work exp or MS + 1 yr exp and exp in writing reports & SOPs, knowledge of statistical software like Excel, GraphPad, Prism & Softmax Pro and hands-on exp in automation & liquid handling in a bioanalytical lab is required.

Senior scientist role requires 5+ years work experience.

Pre-clinical Research Associate – San Jose, CA

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a world class team on a game changing technology. It requires specific in vivo research experience in animal biology, preferably with large (non-rodent) animal models and experience in one or more therapeutic areas: Gastrointestinal (GI), Central Nervous System (CNS), Cardiovascular (CV) and metabolic diseases.

Senior Scientist/ Dir (commensurate w exp)
S. San Francisco, CA

Senior Scientist/ Director/ VP (commensurate with experience)

An early stage biotechnology startup with patented technology for engineering mammalian cells to vastly increase productivity for therapeutic proteins & disrupt biologics manufacturing, has two exciting openings. (The company has backing from J&J).

Job Functions: The work will involve vector design & preparation, transfection, cell culture, cloning & screening, flow cytometry & other related molecular and cellular biology techniques. Collaboration with co-workers &  pharmaceutical company customers is essential for this position.

Requirements: Candidate is required to have Ph.D. plus multiple years of experience with cell line creation, mammalian cell culture expertise, know regulatory landscape related to creating & testing cells for GMP manufacturing; exp. with molecular biology techniques for creating vectors & transfecting cells: exp with protein assays, with a goal to further develop the technology toward full commercialization. Experience with flow cytometry, cell banking, transposase transfection methods a huge plus.

Manufacturing Engineer – San Jose, CA

There are two immediate opportunities for Manufacturing Engineer in N and S San Jose, CA. Both are in well funded startups by veteran leaders with a world class team of people. One is in a combination medical device and the other is in a cardio-vascular company.

Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers – San Jose, CA

A bay area company with world class team, has an exciting opening for Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers to design, develop & validate semi or fully automated equipment used for scale-up of high volume, disposable devices.

Responsibilities: Develop concepts & ideas for improving tooling, create new tooling, evaluate current manufacturing processes & workflows, take ownership of design, create User Requirements Specs, conduct concept reviews, show proof of concept through prototyping, support test data, coordinate with stakeholders for V&V, launch & documentation, created 3D models, engineering drawings & bills of materials, participate in design FMEA, plan to mitigate risks, and work with outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers.
Requirements: BS in ME plus 3 to 13 years of medical device industry experience with complex mechanical/ electromechanical design, extensive experience with precision mechanisms pneumatics, servo systems, tooling/ fixtures, motors, belts/ pulleys, gears, actuators, sensors and experience creating engineering drawings, BOMs, products specs is required. Also required knowledge of material properties, heat treatment & surface finish, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, and track record with medical device manufacturing methods, RDA reqgulations, ISO, cGMP & QMS standards is required. MS in ME, experience with plastic injection molding, knowledge of DOE, SPC, JMP/ Minitab, experience with metal stamping, laser cutting, chemical etching, familiarity with sterilization process & aseptic environment and PLC programming would be a big plus.

Mechanical Engineer R&D – San Jose, CA

Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for evaluating and improving the current drug delivery system by testing and optimizing components or sub-assemblies as needed. He/she will work with quality & regulatory to develop complete documentation for the device.

Responsibilities: Evaluate current design & identify opportunities for improvement, show proof of concept through prototyping and supporting test data, document internal design control SOPs, lead V&V activities, create 3D models, engineering drawings & bill of materials, create work instructions & manufacturing SOP’s, work with quality, and outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers and comply with company’s policies & guidelines regarding quality & regulatory.

Qualifications: BS in ME + 5 years hands’on experience in medical device design environment, experience with creating engineering drawings, BOMs, product specs, experience with implementing product into manufacturing, knowledge of FDA regulations & ISO, cGMP, QMS standards, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, experience with machine shop tools & SolidWorks. Master’s degree in ME or BME and/or experience with plastic injection molding, a huge plus.

Senior Catheter Design Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

There is an immediate opportunity for a Senior Catheter Design Engineer with 15 to 20 years experience in catheter design engineering in a stealth mode company that is less than 2 years away from getting its first two devices 510 K approved and launched. The company is led by a visionary leader and has highly experienced engineering and management team.  This a huge opportunity to participate at grounds level in what is a truly exciting and game changing technology that is poised to change the quality of care of cardiac patients, with a potential to save millions of healthcare dollars, on regular basis. Experience is IVUS engineering a huge plus.

Manufacturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with experienced engineering team, led by a serial entrepreneur, has an immediate opening for  Manufaturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer. This requires 10 plus years experience in the filed of catheter engineering.

Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an immediate opening for  Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer. The position requires 5 to 10 years of experience in catheter engineering, a can do, problem solving attitude, excellent conflict resolution skills and an ability to handle uncertainty. 

Program/ Project Manager – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with world class engineering team, led by a veteran leader with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for  Program Manger with experience of working in catheter engineering industry and a demonstrated history of managing projects all the way from conceptualization, team building, cost estimation, implementation, regulatory 510 (K) approval, and production support to launch. Experience in catheter engineering and leading 510K approval program is absolutely essential.

Supply Chain Management/ Strategy Leader – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode startup with exciting technology with potential to alter the quality of care of cardiac patients is looking for Supply chain management/ strategy leader. This position requires extensive experience across the end to end supply chain spectrum in Class 3 medical device industry. It requires proven track record of significant contributions to cost reduction and productivity improvement and experience in cross-functional leadership.

Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer with 4 plus years experience in catheter engineering. 

NGS Research Scientist – Foster City, CA

Job Functions: To work on NGS assays for RNA seq, single cell and immune profiling projects & work collaboratively to develop new assays based on requests from the commercial team. Design & execute on NGS assays including 10X single cell & TCR/BCR repertoire profiling; Perform proof-of-concept experiments to enable development of new NGS applications for epigenetic and immunotherapy solutions; Collaborate w bioinformatics scientists to assist in data interpretation for single cell & TCR projects & generate presentations & reports for commercial projects; Generate data for application notes for marketing & BD needs.

Qualifications: Masters in Genetics, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology or related field; 2+ yrs NGS experience. Also, Hands-on experience in NGS techniques including sample extractions, RNA-seq, 10X, library prep & exp in low-input & single-cell NGS applications & exp in designing, executing, & troubleshooting for molecular & cell biology techniques a plus.

Mechanical Testing & Fixture Design  Engineer – Milpitas, CA

There is an immediate opening for mechanical testing and fixture design engineer. Good understanding of how to design and set up tests is required. Responsibilities include design unique tests, develop fixtures, report failtures, help improve manufacturing processes, support V&V testing, interface with manufacturing to implement new design updates into pilot manufacturing line and analyze data. BS in ME, fluency in SolidWorks, and 3-5 years of medical device industry experience is required.

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JOBS – December, 2020


Job, Job Offer, Workplace, Job Search

Please see my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local (US based) candidates with valid work visa with all required industry experience.  If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd under score darshana at hot mail or find me on Linkedin.

Project Manager – North San Jose, CAhot

There is an exciting opportunity for Project Manager to lead the successful execution & launch of engineering projects in a fast paced environment. This position has responsibility for daily management of complex projects & requires a high degree of coordination with a cross-functional team.

Responsibilities: Oversee & drive multiple engineering projects from initiation through validation & product release; Develop realistic project schedules w/ resource plan, risk mgmt, & measurable metrics; Communicate progress & coordinate interdependent tasks & deliverables w stakeholders; Lead meetings, plan agendas, presentations & action items and deliverables; Comply w/ company policies on design control & validation activities & documentation.

Requirements: BS in engineering or related; 7-10 yrs exp w/ managing engineering projects & standard project mgmt methods, tools & software packages; strong people & negotiation skills, leadership skills, self motivated, adaptable, flexible, creative, strong technical problem solving abilities; Able to handle multiple projects w/ organizational & time mgmt; Fluency w/ Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Visio; Proven track record w/ medical device, FDA regulations, ISO, cGMP & QMS standards; In-depth understanding of V&V (IQ, OQ, PQ & risk analysis (FMEA). Preferred: PMP certification, Exp w/ Visual Project Mgmt; Exp w/ turnkey, capital equipment; Familiarity w/ sterilization process & aseptic manufacturing.

Director of Regulatory Affairs – North San Jose, CA hot

There is an exciting opportunity for Director of Regulatory Affairs in a drug delivery company in San Jose, CA that is responsible for development of global regulatory strategy, managing RA activities (nonclinical & clinical), for investigational drug-device combination products from preclinical through product approval & RA submissions. 

Functions: Develop & execute regulatory strategies for earliest possible approvals; Help translate local, regional & international regulatory reqs in workable plans; Plan strategy for product registration & submissions to health authorities worldwide; Interact cross-functionally; Prep filings of INDs, CTAs, BLAs, NDAs, MAA etc.; Exp in CMC regulatory compliance; Review clinical trial documents, protocols, reports, brochures, Review & approve clinical manufacturing plans & labeling & authorize drug shipment to clinical sites; Liaise w/ regulatory agencies for review & approval of plans, timely resolution of issues & approval of marketing; Manage regulatory timelines; Interface w/ international affiliates; Maintain knowledge of global competitive landscape & regulatory environment.

Requirements: BS or MS in a scientific discipline, 10-15 yrs exp in RA in biotech or pharma, Knowledge of drug device combination products and exp in global regulatory strategy & submissions, Exp in multiple phases of devt in various therapeutic areas, Exp w/ biologics (this is a must); Ability to travel.

Quality Engineer – North San Jose, CA

There is immediate opportunity for Quality Engineer in well funded startup by a veteran leader with a world class team. JD will be posted soon but meanwhile please send CV.

Quality Engineer – South San Jose, CAurgent

Exciting bay area start-up on catheter development to focus on improved outcomes of arterial disease has an immediate opportunity for Quality Engineer.

Responsibilities
Support QA/QC/QS functions and activities in a medical device manufacturing environment; Establish purchased materials RI acceptance criteria & perform RI; In-process/final device inspection; Technical Writing for Design History File documents etc, Regulatory & Quality System documents; Design, write & perform equipment qualifications & process validations; establish & maintain equipment calibration & maintenance; support team, contract manufacturers & suppliers with robust & statistically valid testing, sample size selection, monitoring & analysis requirements

Requirements
5+ years medical device work experience (vascular catheter exp preferred), formal statistics training, Validation protocol design & report writing exp, exp to work in & maintain compliance of a certified QMS related to configuration control, document control & change control, enthusiasm for producing cool new products for catheter development. College education preferred.

Bioanalytical Lab Research Scientist – San Jose, CAhot

This is an exciting opportunity for a bioanalytical scientist to join world class team to work on drug-device projects, with the potential to dramatically change patient outcomes. Position, salary, and benefits are commensurate with experience, with possibility of option grants!!

Required: Background in medical device or pharma testing & regulatory development. Experience in preclinical and clinical research is a must. The candidate must have technical training in biochemistry and/or pharmaceutical sciences with experience using lyophilization, Karl Fischer titration, and HPLC. Experience with biochemical analysis such as spectrophotometric and fluorescence immunoassays, and LC-MS is a plus. Also required, degree in biochem or pharma sciences w. 2+ years experience, extensive exp in various analytical techniques & bioanalytical assays.

Responsibilities: Lead projects on biologic formulation, drug product process development; Executes experiments based on protocols and implement; Develop & maintain documentation,  test methods, study protocols, SOPs, worksheets, forms, and reports; Design and manage data from complex experiments including preliminary statistical analysis; literature searches; Maintain lab & assay operations notebook, equipment, supplies, computer files; Support regulatory efforts.

Bioanalytical Lab Scientist – San Jose, CAurgent

There is an exciting opportunity for a bioanalytical scientist to join a team working on drug-device combinations projects w/ potential to change patient outcomes. Attractive benefits package with competitive salary is offered and option grants makes this exciting opportunity. Perform literature search, routine data management, tabulate & graph results, support regulatory efforts & manage lab supplies, safety, equipment. 

Responsibilities: Perform bioanalytical assays for the quantification of the analytes in in-vitro, preclinical and clinical samples; Participate in the development of in vitro/in vivo models by performing a variety of microplate assays independently with minimal supervision; Configure, program and troubleshoot laboratory automated platforms; Optimize existing automated processes to improve efficiency, throughput, robustness and quality. Perform literature search, routine data management, tabulate & graph results, support regulatory efforts & manage lab supplies, safety, equipment.

Required: Background in medical device or pharma & exp in preclinical and clinical research is a must. Also required, background in biochemical analysis such as spectrophotometric, fluorescence immuno assays, HPLC, CE, LC-MS. exp w/ microplate assays is must and experience with Luminex MapX technology is a plus. BS + 3 yrs work exp or MS + 1 yr exp and exp in writing reports & SOPs, knowledge of statistical software like Excel, GraphPad, Prism & Softmax Pro and hands-on exp in automation & liquid handling in a bioanalytical lab is required.

Senior scientist role requires 5+ years work experience.

Senior Scientist/ Dir/ VPS. San Francisco, CAurgent

Senior Scientist/ Director/ VP (commensurate with experience)

An early stage biotechnology startup with patented technology for engineering mammalian cells to vastly increase productivity for therapeutic proteins & disrupt biologics manufacturing, has two exciting openings. (The company has backing from J&J).

Job Functions: The work will involve vector design & preparation, transfection, cell culture, cloning & screening, flow cytometry & other related molecular and cellular biology techniques. Collaboration with co-workers &  pharmaceutical company customers is essential for this position.

Requirements: Candidate is required to have Ph.D. plus multiple years of experience with cell line creation, mammalian cell culture expertise, know regulatory landscape related to creating & testing cells for GMP manufacturing; exp. with molecular biology techniques for creating vectors & transfecting cells: exp with protein assays, with a goal to further develop the technology toward full commercialization. Experience with flow cytometry, cell banking, transposase transfection methods a huge plus.

Manufacturing Engineer

There is immediate opportunity for Manufacturing Engineer in San Jose, CA, in a well funded startup by a veteran leader with a world class team. JD will be posted soon but meanwhile please send CV.

Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers – San Jose, CA

A bay area company with world class team, has an exciting opening for Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers to design, develop & validate semi or fully automated equipment used for scale-up of high volume, disposable devices.

Responsibilities: Develop concepts & ideas for improving tooling, create new tooling, evaluate current manufacturing processes & workflows, take ownership of design, create User Requirements Specs, conduct concept reviews, show proof of concept through prototyping, support test data, coordinate with stakeholders for V&V, launch & documentation, created 3D models, engineering drawings & bills of materials, participate in design FMEA, plan to mitigate risks, and work with outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers.
Requirements: BS in ME plus 3 to 13 years of medical device industry experience with complex mechanical/ electromechanical design, extensive experience with precision mechanisms pneumatics, servo systems, tooling/ fixtures, motors, belts/ pulleys, gears, actuators, sensors and experience creating engineering drawings, BOMs, products specs is required. Also required knowledge of material properties, heat treatment & surface finish, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, and track record with medical device manufacturing methods, RDA reqgulations, ISO, cGMP & QMS standards is required. MS in ME, experience with plastic injection molding, knowledge of DOE, SPC, JMP/ Minitab, experience with metal stamping, laser cutting, chemical etching, familiarity with sterilization process & aseptic environment and PLC programming would be a big plus.

Mechanical Engineer R&D – San Jose, CA

Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for evaluating and improving the current drug delivery system by testing and optimizing components or sub-assemblies as needed. He/she will work with quality & regulatory to develop complete documentation for the device.

Responsibilities: Evaluate current design & identify opportunities for improvement, show proof of concept through prototyping and supporting test data, document internal design control SOPs, lead V&V activities, create 3D models, engineering drawings & bill of materials, create work instructions & manufacturing SOP’s, work with quality, and outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers and comply with company’s policies & guidelines regarding quality & regulatory.

Qualifications: BS in ME + 5 years hands’on experience in medical device design environment, experience with creating engineering drawings, BOMs, product specs, experience with implementing product into manufacturing, knowledge of FDA regulations & ISO, cGMP, QMS standards, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, experience with machine shop tools & SolidWorks. Master’s degree in ME or BME and/or experience with plastic injection molding, a huge plus.

Senior Catheter Design Engineer – S. San Jose, CA – urgent

There is an immediate opportunity for a Senior Catheter Design Engineer with 15 to 20 years experience in catheter design engineering in a stealth mode company that is less than 2 years away from getting its first two devices 510 K approved and launched. The company is led by a visionary leader and has highly experienced engineering and management team.  This a hug opportunity to participate at grounds level in what is a truly exciting and game changing technology that is poised to change the quality of care of cardiac patients, with a potential to save millions of healthcare dollars, on regular basis. Experience is IVUS engineering a huge plus.

Manufacturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with experienced engineering team, led by a serial entrepreneur, has an immediate opening for  Manufaturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer. This requires 10 plus years experience in the filed of catheter engineering.

Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an immediate opening for  Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer. The position requires 5 to 10 years of experience in catheter engineering, a can do, problem solving attitude, excellent conflict resolution skills and an ability to handle uncertainty. 

Program/ Project Manager – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with world class engineering team, led by a veteran leader with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for  Program Manger with experience of working in catheter engineering industry and a demonstrated history of managing projects all the way from conceptualization, team building, cost estimation, implementation, regulatory 510 (K) approval, and production support to launch. Experience in catheter engineering and leading 510K approval program is absolutely essential.

Supply Chain Management/ Strategy Leader – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode startup with exciting technology with potential to alter the quality of care of cardiac patients is looking for Supply chain management/ strategy leader. This position requires extensive experience across the end to end supply chain spectrum in Class 3 medical device industry. It requires proven track record of significant contributions to cost reduction and productivity improvement and experience in cross-functional leadership.

Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer with 4 plus years experience in catheter engineering. 

NGS Research Scientist – Foster City, CA

Job Functions: To work on NGS assays for RNA seq, single cell and immune profiling projects & work collaboratively to develop new assays based on requests from the commercial team. Design & execute on NGS assays including 10X single cell & TCR/BCR repertoire profiling; Perform proof-of-concept experiments to enable development of new NGS applications for epigenetic and immunotherapy solutions; Collaborate w bioinformatics scientists to assist in data interpretation for single cell & TCR projects & generate presentations & reports for commercial projects; Generate data for application notes for marketing & BD needs.

Qualifications: Masters in Genetics, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology or related field; 2+ yrs NGS experience. Also, Hands-on experience in NGS techniques including sample extractions, RNA-seq, 10X, library prep & exp in low-input & single-cell NGS applications & exp in designing, executing, & troubleshooting for molecular & cell biology techniques a plus.

Mechanical Testing & Fixture Design  Engineer – Milpitas, CA

There is an immediate opening for mechanical testing and fixture design engineer. Good understanding of how to design and set up tests is required. Responsibilities include design unique tests, develop fixtures, report failtures, help improve manufacturing processes, support V&V testing, interface with manufacturing to implement new design updates into pilot manufacturing line and analyze data. BS in ME, fluency in SolidWorks, and 3-5 years of medical device industry experience is required.

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JOBS: October, 2020


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Please see my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local (US based) candidates with valid work visa with all required industry experience.  If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd under score darshana at hot mail or find me on Linkedin.

Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers

A bay area company with world class team, has an exciting opening for Senior & Junior Mechanical Engineers to design, develop & validate semi or fully automated equipment used for scale-up of high volume, disposable devices.

Responsibilities: Develop concepts & ideas for improving tooling, create new tooling, evaluate current manufacturing processes & workflows, take ownership of design, create User Requirements Specs, conduct concept reviews, show proof of concept through prototyping, support test data, coordinate with stakeholders for V&V, launch & documentation, created 3D models, engineering drawings & bills of materials, participate in design FMEA, plan to mitigate risks, and work with outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers.
Requirements: BS in ME plus 3 to 13 years of medical device industry experience with complex mechanical/ electromechanical design, extensive experience with precision mechanisms pneumatics, servo systems, tooling/ fixtures, motors, belts/ pulleys, gears, actuators, sensors and experience creating engineering drawings, BOMs, products specs is required. Also required knowledge of material properties, heat treatment & surface finish, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, and track record with medical device manufacturing methods, RDA reqgulations, ISO, cGMP & QMS standards is required. MS in ME, experience with plastic injection molding, knowledge of DOE, SPC, JMP/ Minitab, experience with metal stamping, laser cutting, chemical etching, familiarity with sterilization process & aseptic environment and PLC programming would be a big plus.

Mechanical Engineer R&D – San Jose, CA

Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for evaluating and improving the current drug delivery system by testing and optimizing components or sub-assemblies as needed. He/she will work with quality & regulatory to develop complete documentation for the device.

Responsibilities: Evaluate current design & identify opportunities for improvement, show proof of concept through prototyping and supporting test data, document internal design control SOPs, lead V&V activities, create 3D models, engineering drawings & bill of materials, create work instructions & manufacturing SOP’s, work with quality, and outside vendors, machine shops, contract manufacturers and comply with company’s policies & guidelines regarding quality & regulatory.

Qualifications: BS in ME + 5 years hands’on experience in medical device design environment, experience with creating engineering drawings, BOMs, product specs, experience with implementing product into manufacturing, knowledge of FDA regulations & ISO, cGMP, QMS standards, understanding of DFM & lean manufacturing, experience with machine shop tools & SolidWorks. Master’s degree in ME or BME and/or experience with plastic injection molding, a huge plus.

Senior Catheter Design Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

There is an immediate opportunity for a Senior Catheter Design Engineer with 15 to 20 years experience in catheter design engineering in a stealth mode company that is less than 2 years away from getting its first two devices 510 K approved and launched. The company is led by a visionary leader and has highly experienced engineering and management team.  This a hug opportunity to participate at grounds level in what is a truly exciting and game changing technology that is poised to change the quality of care of cardiac patients, with a potential to save millions of healthcare dollars, on regular basis. Experience is IVUS engineering a huge plus.

Manufacturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with experienced engineering team, led by a serial entrepreneur, has an immediate opening for  Manufaturing/ Test/ Quality Engineer. This requires 10 plus years experience in the filed of catheter engineering.

Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an immediate opening for  Catheter Design Mechanical Engineer. The position requires 5 to 10 years of experience in catheter engineering, a can do, problem solving attitude, excellent conflict resolution skills and an ability to handle uncertainty. 

Program/ Project Manager – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company with world class engineering team, led by a veteran leader with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for  Program Manger with experience of working in catheter engineering industry and a demonstrated history of managing projects all the way from conceptualization, team building, cost estimation, implementation, regulatory 510 (K) approval, and production support to launch. Experience in catheter engineering and leading 510K approval program is absolutely essential.

Supply Chain Management/ Strategy Leader – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode startup with exciting technology with potential to alter the quality of care of cardiac patients is looking for Supply chain management/ strategy leader. This position requires extensive experience across the end to end supply chain spectrum in Class 3 medical device industry. It requires proven track record of significant contributions to cost reduction and productivity improvement and experience in cross-functional leadership.

Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

A stealth mode cardiovascular company, led by a serial entrepreneur with prior experience in building a company, has an opening for Senior Technician/ Manufacturing Engineer with 4 plus years experience in catheter engineering. 

NGS Research Scientist – Foster City, CA

Job Functions: To work on NGS assays for RNA seq, single cell and immune profiling projects & work collaboratively to develop new assays based on requests from the commercial team. Design & execute on NGS assays including 10X single cell & TCR/BCR repertoire profiling; Perform proof-of-concept experiments to enable development of new NGS applications for epigenetic and immunotherapy solutions; Collaborate w bioinformatics scientists to assist in data interpretation for single cell & TCR projects & generate presentations & reports for commercial projects; Generate data for application notes for marketing & BD needs.

Qualifications: Masters in Genetics, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology or related field; 2+ yrs NGS experience. Also, Hands-on experience in NGS techniques including sample extractions, RNA-seq, 10X, library prep & exp in low-input & single-cell NGS applications & exp in designing, executing, & troubleshooting for molecular & cell biology techniques a plus.

Logistics Lab Associate – Foster City, CA

This position will report to the Lab Manager & will handle procurement, distribution, storage, delivery & inspection of incoming & outgoing products to the lab. 

Responsibilities: Maintain inventory system, procure lab supplies from verified vendors, provide monthly reporting, execute POs, drive cost optimization, negotiate w/ vendors/ service providers, liaise w/ lab scientists on inventory, for example, ensure kits/reagents are not expired, manage iSensix alarms, store items appropriately & efficiently, & keep in stock at all times general use items (such as gloves, pipette tips, PCR plates, etc), track NGS inventory, meet reporting deadlines, generate & discuss reports w/ lab managers, handle shipment of  receipts & support facility initiatives. Requires ability to move/ stock supplies weighing up to 45 lbs.

Requirements: Ability to work independently, 2-5 years prior work experience as lab assistant at biotech/ diagnostic/ pharma/ lab, attention to detail in written instructions & documentation, basic computer skills in Word, Excel, willingness to work in two different time zones.

Senior Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician – San Jose, CA

Requires 15+ years of experience.

Mechanical Testing & Fixture Design  Engineer – Milpitas, CA

There is an immediate opening for mechanical testing and fixture design engineer. Good understanding of how to design and set up tests is required. Responsibilities include design unique tests, develop fixtures, report failtures, help improve manufacturing processes, support V&V testing, interface with manufacturing to implement new design updates into pilot manufacturing line and analyze data. BS in ME, fluency in SolidWorks, and 3-5 years of medical device industry experience is required.

Patent Attorney

This position will be responsible for preparing patent applications and will prosecute company’s global patent portfolio. 3+ years of medical device industry experience as a scientist or engineer plus 3+ years of experience as a patent prosecutor is required. Also required USPTO registration and CA license. Highly preferred, 3+ years experience designing/ developing medical devices and at least 3-% of patent prosecution experience across a variety of medical devices and a basic understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinets and a degree in EE or material science.

Leadership Opportunity – Milpitas, CA

There is a senior level leadership opportunity that requires prior experience with leading a neurological medical device company.

Leadership Opportunity – Union City, CA

A senior level leadership opportunity requires experience with taking a biotech company public.

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For here or to go? Movie Review


Not only do we humans get used to an easier life with some comforts, but when we begin to get settled in a place where we begin to build our career in our youth and make friends and build aspirations then we’re simultaneously not planning an alternate lifestyle. However, students who come to study in the US are stuck in a limbo of uncertainty for years, and among them are over a million young people from India. Pulled between a sense of cultural displacement, strong familial ties back home and climbing the career ladder of success in the US, their dreams are just beginning to come into a sharper focus as they enter the world of work, after completion of their studies. 

The Impermanence of Being an H-1B Immigrant

When the recession hit in 2008, young Vivek Pandit (Ali Fazal) with brilliant ideas for a tech startup, encountered problems with his visa renewal. Faced with the prospect of going home, his friends advise him that If the job is over then they have to be ready to leave. Life in a different society will call for different priorities and accordingly they say, “Go to the Golden gate, and take a few pics that you can also use for shadi.com (Indian matrimonial site)”.

Vivek’s accidental meeting with Shweta  (Melanie Kannokada), a second generation Indian or ABCD as they are called by desi circles, results in a sprouting romance. However, Vivek’s uncertain future suddenly ends a relationship that looked promising. Vivke laments, “Temporary is not how you feel living here, it’s also how others see you”. Meanwhile, Shweta’s author father Vishwanath Prabhu (Rajit Kapur) is on a speaker’s circuit advising young Indians to return home and make a difference in India.

Vivek’s townhouse roommates include Sam (Samrat Chakrabarti), a gay co-worker Lakshmi (Omi Vaidya), and Amit (Amitosh Nagpal). Their innocent mistake or allowing a friend who is an illegal immigrant, lands them on the FBI’s watch list. Each of them is also navigating a set of cultural and practical challenges. Omi is reluctant to visit his family back home, from the fear that he may be pressured to get married and they will not accept his being gay. Amit has to present his passport to the FBI but has misplaced it.

As the movie progresses it begins to become clearer that among the blessings these young people have are their families who care deeply for their happiness and love and support of friends who are stuck in similar moral dilemmas and navigating practical challenges. Amit bring many lighter moments. Living in a shadow of uncertainty he says, Zindagi sirf guarantee pe nahi, umido pe bhi chalti hai (life doesn’t just run on certainly, it also unravels on the basis of hope).

Writer-producer Rishi S. Bhilawadikar’s script is fast moving and hits a range of diverse points that highlight the complexities of living a life of uncertainty. Director Rucha Humnabadkar has avoided over-dramatizing any of these challenges, while maintaining focus. 

In the end, what you are impressed with is the quiet tenacity and adaptability of these bright young people. Vivek says, Akhir zindagi sirf umiddo pe nahi, apni nazariya pe bhi to chalti hai (after all, life doesn’t just unfold on the basis of hope, but also unravels as per your perspective and efforts).

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દ્રષ્ટિકોણ – હેન્રીએટ્ટા લેક્સ નું અમર જીવન (Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in #Gujarati)


જો આ કોરોનવાઈરસ ના સમય માં નવાઈ લાગે કે એક આવડું એવું અમથું જંતુ આવો ભય મચાવી દ્યે તો આજે એક બીજી ઘટના ની વાત કરીએ.  તેનો કોરોનવાઈરસ સાથે નો સબંધ એટલો જ કે કોઈપણ જીવંત વસ્તુ ક્યારે અનહદ અને અમર્યાદિત રીતે વાતાવરણમાં ચારેકોર ફેલાવા લાગે તે જાણવું અઘરું છે. 

Pink Sphere Splashed by Green Liquid

1961 ની સાલ માં હેન્રીએટ્ટા લેક્સ કરીને એક આફ્રિકન અમેરિકન મહિલાને કેન્સર થયું અને એકદમ જલ્દીથી તેના શરીરમાં ફેલાવા લાગ્યું।  કુટુંબની અથાગ સારવાર અને ડોક્ટરોની મહેનત છતાં કેન્સર રોકાયા વગર એકદમ જલ્દી ફેલાતું રહ્યું અને ટૂંક સમય માંજ તેનું અવસાન થયું।  ડોકટોરોને રિસર્ચ માટે તેના સેલ્સ જોઈતા હતા. તેમણે થોડી માત્રામાં તે સેલ્સ તેના શરીર માંથી કાઢી લીધા અને તેમની ઉપર રિસર્ચ કરવાનું શરુ કર્યું। 

આપણા શરીરમાં લગભગ એક કરોડ ટ્રિલિયન સેલ્સ (કોષો) હોય છે. આ સેલ્સ  આપણા શરીરની પેશીઓ, સ્નાયુઓ, અસ્થિ, લોહી, અને અંગો બનાવે છે. દરેક કોષમાં સાયટોપ્લાઝમ અને ન્યુક્લિયસનો સમાવેશ થાય છે. ન્યુક્લિયસમાં તમામ આનુવંશિક માહિતી (જેનેટિક કોડ) હોય છે, જે દરેક કોષના દરેક ન્યુક્લિયસમાં વ્યક્તિના સંપૂર્ણ જીનોમની સમાન નકલ હોય છે. સેલ વિભાગ અથવા મિટોસિસ નવા કોશિકાઓના વિકાસ શક્ય બનાવે છે. પરંતુ આ વિભાજન પ્રક્રિયામાં એક નાની ભૂલ, એક એન્ઝાઇમ misfiring, એક ખોટી પ્રોટીન સક્રિયકરણ પ્રક્રિયાને ને લીધે થતી કોઈ ભૂલ શરીર ને કેન્સર તરફ દોરી જય શકે છે. હેનરીટ્ટાના કેન્સર કોશિકાઓ તેમના ગાંઠમાંથી લેવામાં આવી હતી અને વૈજ્ઞાનિકોમાં સંશોધન માટે મુક્ત રીતે વહેંચવામાં આવી અને તેને હીલા સેલ્સ નામ આપવામાં આવ્યું.

હેન્રીએટ્ટા નું કેન્સર એટલું ઝડપથી ફેલાયું હતું કે વૈજ્ઞાનિકો ને જાણ હતી કે હેન્રીએટ્ટા ના હીલા સેલ ખુબજ શક્તિશાળી હતા અને તેને અમર સેલ રેખા તરીકે નામ આપ્યું. પણ જયારે આવા પ્રભાવશાળી હિલા કોષો વૈજ્ઞાનિકોમાં, સંશોધન માટે મુક્તપણે વિતરણ કરવામાં આવ્યા ત્યારે  કેટલી હદ સુધી તે અમર સેલ રેખા હતી તે કોઈને ખબર નહિ. સંશોધકો તેમને હર્પીસ, મિસલ્સ, મમ્પ્સ, પોક્સ, એન્સેફાલીટીસ અને પોલિયો જેવા તમામ પ્રકારનાં વાઇરસ સાથે સાથે અભ્યાસ કરતા હતા. તે પછી તો તેઓ બીજી સેલ લાઈન અન્ય કોશિકાઓ, બીજા દર્દીઓના શરીરમાંથી લઈને અને તેને વિકસાવીને પણ રિસર્ચ કરવા લાગ્યા। પણ એક વાત તેમના ધ્યાન બહાર રહી. અને તે એ કે હીલા કોષો એટલા શક્તિશાળી હતા કે લેબોરેટરી માં રહેલ ઘણી બધી બીજી સેલ લાઈન હિલા સેલ થી દૂષિત થઈ જતી હતી અને કદી કોઈ પણ રીતે ના મરનાર હિલ સેલ બધેજ પ્રસારીને પોતાનું વર્ચસ્વ જમાવી દેતા. 

1966 માં ગટૅલ નામના વૈજ્ઞાનિકે પુરવાર કર્યું કે ઘણી સેલ લાઈન ઉપર વૈજ્ઞાનિકો અભ્યાસ કરી રહ્યા હતા તેમાંથી મોટા ભાગની હિલા લાઈન થી દુષિત થઇ ગયેલી। એટલે કે વૈજ્ઞાનિકો સમજતા હતા કે તે નવી રિસર્ચ કરી રહ્યા છે પણ તે બધી રિસર્ચ હિલા ઉપર જ થઇ રહી હતી. જયારે ગટેલે એ વાત બહાર પાડી તે વખતે વૈજ્ઞાનિકો ની દુનિયા એટલી હચમચી ઉઠી કે તે વાત ને વૈજ્ઞાનિકો હિલા બૉમ્બ તરીકે જાણે છે. કરોડો ડોલર્સ ના સંશોધનો કૈક જુદું વિચારીને વૈજ્ઞાનિકો કરી રહ્યા હતા તે નકામા થઇ ગયા. હેન્રીએટ્ટા બહેન ના એક કેન્સરે આખા એક દેશની જ નહિ પણ બીજા ઘણા દેશોની લેબોરેટોરી માં પ્રસરીને ઘણી સેલ લાઈન ને દુષિત કરી નાખેલ। આજે પણ વૈજ્ઞાનિકો સંશોધન માટે હિલા સેલ લાઈન નો વપરાશ કરે છે. પરંતુ તેઓ બીજી લાઈન ને દુષિત ન કરે તેનો ખાસ ખ્યાલ રાખે છે. જો હિલ સેલ્સ કોઈ પણ સેલ ને આડકતરી રીતે પણ અડે તો તે તુરંત બીજા સેલ ને દુષિત કરી અને તેનું વર્ચસ્વ જમાવે છે.  આજે પણ  હેન્રીએટ્ટા બહેન ના એટલા હિલા સેલ દુનિયાભર ની લેબોરેટોરી માં છે કે અમુક અનુમાન ના આધારે તેને ભેગા કરીને વજન કરીએ તો તે 500 મિલીઓન મેટ્રિક ટન અથવા 10 એમ્પાયર સ્ટેટ બિલ્ડીંગ જેટલું તેનું વજન થાય. 

રેબેકા સ્કલૂટ કરીને લેખિકાએ આ વાત લખી ત્યારે તેણે હેન્રીએટ્ટા ના કુટુંબ ને મળીને તેમની વાત પણ આ વાર્તા માં વણી લીધી છે. સ્કલૂટ કહે છે કે હેન્રીએટ્ટા નું શરીર ઠંડી જમીન માં દફનાવેલ પડ્યું છે, અને તેનું કુટુંબ ગરીબીમાં ગોથા ખાય છે જયારે હેન્રીએટ્ટા ના હિલા સેલ ને કારણે દુનિયામાં કેન્સર ની જાણકારી માં ઘણી પ્રગતિ થઇ રહી છે. સ્કલૂટ ના કહેવા અનુસાર, આ સંશોધન માંથી નફો કરનાર ફાર્મા કંપની દ્વારા, હેન્રીએટ્ટા ના કુટુંબ ને કૈક હિસ્સો મળવો જોઈએ। રેબેકા ના લખાણ થી હવે આ વાત ની ચર્ચા થઇ રહી છે અને હવે સંશોધન માટે દર્દીઓનું લોહી, થુંક, સેલ વગેરે વપરાય તે માટે પહેલેથી પરવાનગી લેવામાં આવે છે.  જો તમે Kaiser ના મેમ્બર હો તો તમે આવા ફોર્મ સાઈન કર્યા હોય તે તમને યાદ હશે. 

હવે તો બે, ત્રણ પેઢી બાદ હેન્રીએટ્ટા ની નવી પેઢી ભણી ગણી ને હોશિયાર થઇ રહી છે અને તેઓ સ્ટેનફોર્ડ યુનિવર્સિટી વગેરે જગ્યાએ લેક્ચર આપે છે. તેમનું કહેવું છે કે સંશોધન કરનાર વૈજ્ઞાનિકો અને તે વૈજ્ઞાન ની જાણકારી ને આધારે ઉપચાર પામનારા લોકોએ એટલું ધ્યાન માં રાખવું જોઈએ કે આ જાણકારી લોકોના દર્દ માંથી પેદા થઇ છે અને તે લોકોના આપણે ઋણી છીએ. હેન્રીએટ્ટા બહેન ના પૌત્ર પૌત્રીઓની વાત તદ્દન ખરી છે.  આજે તેમને યાદ કરતા આપણે પ્રાર્થના કરીએ કે પ્રભુ હેન્રીએટ્ટા બહેન ના આત્મા ને શાંતિ આપે.

જો તમારા પુત્ર, પુત્રી કે પૌત્ર, પૌત્રીઓ બાયોલોજી ના વિષય માં કામ કરતા હોય તો તેમને હિલા સેલ વિષે જરૂર પૂછશો। તમને અંગ્રેજી વાંચવું પસંદ હોય તો રિબેકા સ્કલૂટ લિખિત ચોપડી નું નામ છે “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. 

 

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કવિ ની માળી સાથે વાત (Poet talks to Gardner) – Poem


Reblogging my earlier poem with English translation….

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Reblogging my earlier poem with English translation

Image result for flowers planted in rowsPoet’s talk with Gardner

Ah your garden’s pretty flowers! My garden grows words
You put flowers in rows, I arrange words in lines
Your seedlings yield pretty flowers and sweet fruits
My words form poetry, ties that bind us to our roots

માળી, તારા જેવો મારો બગીચો, આવ હિંચકે જુલ
ફરક માત્ર એક જ
મારા બગીચા માં ઉગે શબ્દો ના છોડવા, ખીલે શબ્દો ના ફૂલ

તું બીયા ને પાણી પાય ને તારો છોડ મોટો મોટો થાય
ધીમે ધીમે તેમ જ
મારા મગજ માં ઘૂમી રહેલા શબ્દો કવિતા માં બદલાય

તું ખાતર નાખે અને એક દિવસ નાના છોડ નું બને મોટું ઝાડ
વાક્યો ભેગા થાય એમ જ
અને અંતર ની લાગણીઓ પદ માં ગોઠવાય જયારે પાડું હું સાદ

તારી મહેનત ના બદલા માં જયારે આપે ઝાડ મીઠા ફળ
થાય મને તેવો જ રોમાંચ
જયારે પૂરી કવિતા બને અને મારી મહેનત થાય સફળ

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