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JOBS: July, 2019


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Please see some of my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local candidates with valid work visa and require deep industry experience. If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd underscore darshana at hot mail or find me on Linkedin.

Clinical Trials Manager – San Jose, CA

There is an immediate opening for Clinical Trial Manager to join a high-performance team. The Clinical Trial Manager will be accountable for the day-to-day operational oversight of one or more clinical trials including trial start-up, conduct, and close-out activities in accordance with the protocol, standard operating procedures (SOP), good clinical practices (GCP) and other applicable regulatory requirements. This activity typically is coordinated in conjunction with one or more CROs. The individual must have the ability to work independently and also as an effective and engaged team member in a fast-paced environment. Strong initiative and follow through are essential for this job. The ability to maintain confidentiality and to operate in the role with the highest of ethical standards and professionalism are required.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the operational aspects of clinical trials
  • Participate in protocol, CRF development, Clinical Study Report preparation, as appropriate
  • Prepare metrics and updates for management, as assigned
  • Proactively identify potential study issues/risks and recommends/implements solutions
  • Participate in and facilitate CRO/vendor selection process for outsourced activities
  • Manage CRO interactions, including sponsor oversight of operational functional activities (e.g., study management, monitoring, site management, project master files)
  • May work with CRO to develop and revise the scope of service agreements, budgets, plans, and detailed timelines, and ensure that performance expectations are met
  • Prepare and/or review/approve study-related documents (e.g., Monitoring Plan, Laboratory Manual, Patient Diary, Clinical Site Procedures Manual, Pharmacy Manual, and CRF Completion Guidelines)
  • Manage clinical monitoring activities ensuring compliance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and applicable regulations
  • Serve as a liaison and resource for investigational sites
  • Review site study documents (informed consent template and study tools/worksheets), investigator contracts, and site payments

Skills

  • Good written and verbal communication skills and proven ability to multitask. Efficient time management and organizational skills. Attention to detail and accuracy in work.
  • Performs job duties with minimal guidance from supervisor
  • Organizes and prioritizes numerous tasks and completes them under time constraints.
  • Demonstrated success in problem solving.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Ability to constructively interact directly with clinical site personnel

Education and Experience

  • BA/BS or equivalent degree in scientific discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years of clinical trial management experience in biotech
  • Experience in managing outside vendors, e.g., CROs and other vendors
  • Experience with U.S. and Ex-U.S clinical trial management and Regulatory processes

Director of Regulatory Affairs – San Jose, CA

The position is responsible for managing all Regulatory Affairs activities (nonclinical and clinical) for investigational drug-device combination products from preclinical candidate designation through product approval, including regulatory submissions.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute regulatory strategies for earliest possible approvals for development programs.
  • Provide expertise in translating local, regional, and international regulatory requirements into workable plans with cross-functional teams.
  • Prepare submissions and regulatory filings of INDs, CTAs, BLAs, NDAs, MAA, 510(k) and other submission documents including meeting packages, briefing documents, responses, supplements etc.
  • Review clinical trial documents including clinical protocols/reports, investigator brochures, nonclinical reports, protocols/test methods; review and approve clinical manufacturing plans and labeling, and authorize drug shipment to clinical sites.
  • Interact with regulatory agencies on defined matters. Liaise with regulatory agency project manager in coordinating meetings, providing responses to agency questions/requests.
  • Serve as Regulatory representative on project teams, manage regulatory timelines, and provide strategic input as applicable.
  • Interface with international affiliates on regional regulatory strategy and implementation plans.
  • Maintain knowledge of global competitive landscape, regulatory environment, regulations and guidelines.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance the Regulatory Affairs working practices and procedures.

Skills

  • 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.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in scientific discipline required.
  • 10-15 years’ experience in Regulatory Affairs in pharmaceutical, biotechnology or device industry.
  • Thorough knowledge of the drug, device and combination product development process with demonstrated experience in preparing global regulatory submissions.
  • Experience in multiple phases of development in various therapeutic areas.

Senior Quality Engineer – 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.Responsibilities

  • 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: IQC, in-process and finished product testing and product release, Risk Management (FMEA, hazard analysis), internal and external audits and 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
  • Manage the Non-conforming Materials Review (NCMR) in collaboration with Operations to ensure timely reporting, analysis, and resolution of non-conforming material/ product incidences
  • Extensive experience regarding root cause analysis and statistical techniques (such as Cause and Effect Analysis, Fishbone Diagram, 5 Whys, Six Sigma processes)
  • Address systemic quality issues with suppliers or internal groups
  • Oversee calibration and preventive maintenance program
  • Oversee receiving inspection. Establish and implement systems to ensure timely quality inspections for incoming materials, components or finished goods Identify and report nonconforming material
  • Perform/manage 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
  • The position has supervisory responsibilities for a team of 5-8 direct reports
  • Other duties/ activities may be necessary to support departmental or company goals

Education and/or Job Experience

  • A Minimum of 10 years quality assurance/engineering experience is Experience in a regulated industry (medical device, biopharmaceutical, or pharmaceutical) is required
  • BS degree in Engineering is required
  • A Minimum of 3 years’ experience supervising employees
  • 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

Skills and Specifications

  • Ability to motivate and influence people
  • Must possess the ability to handle multiple tasks with high attention to detail
  • Organizing, planning, and problem-solving skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Ability to review, analyze, summarize, and interpret data; draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations and decisions; write reports
  • Ability to create and provide training
  • Good statistical and numerical ability

Manufacturing Engineer – San Jose, CA

Summary: Supports the manufacturing of high volume disposable device. Works with engineering and clinical to make sure device specifications conform to device requirements. Works with assemblers and technicians to make sure devices are built to desired specifications.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes by designing and conducting research; apply knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; solicit observations from operators.
  • Evaluate manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment; conferring with equipment vendors.
  • Improve manufacturing efficiency by analyzing and planning work flow, space requirements, and equipment layout.
  • Assure product and process quality by designing test methods; establishing standards; testing finished product and process capabilities.
  • Provide manufacturing decision-making information by calculating production, labor, and material costs; reviewing production schedules; estimating future requirements.
  • Prepare product and process reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Work with Development Engineers to effectively transfer new products to Manufacturing.
  • Maintain product and process data.
  • Complete design and development projects by training and guiding technicians and assemblers.

Requirements:

  • Proficient in process validations and its execution
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Education and/or Job Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Field or equivalent
  • Minimum 15 years in Medical Device Industry

Skills and Specifications

  • A proven track record with Medical Device Manufacturing Methods and Procedures and FDA QSR 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO 13485 Quality Systems
  • Capable of generating parts, assemblies and drawings using Solidworks
  • Comfortable dealing with complexity and flexibility
  • Experience working under Change Control policies of FDA regulated devices and /or drugs.
  • Ability to proactively identify and solve manufacturing issues.

Senior Manufacturing Equipment Engineer – San Jose, CA

Summary: Supports the manufacturing equipment and tooling used to manufacture company’s proprietary high volume disposable device. Works with Calibration and Preventive Maintenance personnel to ensure equipment is kept in optimal conditions. Works with equipment suppliers/vendors to purchase equipment/parts under our or equipment specifications.

Responsibilities

  • Assures that equipment integration projects are performed under the required timelines and budgets.
  • Develops manufacturing equipment by designing and conducting research; applying knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials; soliciting observations from operators.
  • Identify Capacity and Quality Issues with Manufacturing Equipment. Recommend and Implement Solutions to revolve issue.
  • Provides support and oversees maintenance on Production Molding Machines
  • Design and fabricate of tools and fixtures with In house Machine Shop Equipment
  • Keeps equipment operational by coordinating maintenance and repair services; following manufacturer’s instructions and established procedures.
  • Proficient in developing IQ/OQ/PQ documentation and its execution
  • Maintains product and company reputation by complying with government regulations.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Education and/or Job Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering Field or equivalent
  • Minimum 15 years in Medical Device Industry
  • Experience in plastic molding and material analysis

Skills and Specifications

  • A proven track record with Medical Device Manufacturing Methods and Procedures and FDA QSR 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO 13485 Quality Systems
  • Capable of generating parts, assemblies, and drawings using Solidworks
  • Comfortable dealing with complexity and flexibility
  • Experience working under Change Control policies of FDA regulated devices and /or drugs.

Business AnalystPleasanton, CA

Requires 2+ years experience. Company offers 100% healthcare coverage & other benefits like 401K and there is potential for bonus.

Associate Scientist – Pleasanton, CA
Requires 10+ years pharma R&D experience with expertise in cell biology and should be able to translate it into business. Must know industry well and have a good network.

Director of Pilot Manufacturing – San Jose, CA

Innovative medical device company located in San Jose, CA has an immediate opening for Director of Pilot Manufacturing. This position will report to VP of Manufacturing Operations. This low volume production line is crucial to the company’s several ongoing preclinical studies.

Duties and Responsibilities
Lead day to day operations including injection molding, aseptic processing, capsule assembly, supply chain and other related activities; Develop detailed production planning, resource allocation, equipment maintenance, operator training etc.; work closely with product development, pre-clinical & clinical groups and quality in order to ensure achievement of targets & develop manufacturing plans & detailed production schedules; Manage inventory of raw materials & injection molded components; Manage human resources in pilot manufacturing; Maintain a strong commitment to quality; Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cGMP regulations, other regulatory requirements (ISO), Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.

Requirements
Strong problem solving & analytical skills; Experience with use of statistical analysis & design of experiments for product optimization and validation activities; Experience with lean manufacturing, design for manufacturing, design for test & test implementation; Experience working with ERP systems & Broad GMP manufacturing background with Class III medical devices. Requires BS/MS in Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Engineering and 15+ years’ experience managing & supervising manufacturing with a strong history of hands-on experience successfully transferring new products into manufacturing & Deep technical experience with manufacturing processes, design control and quality systems. Also required, strong problem solving and analytical skills; Experience with use of statistical analysis and design of experiments for product optimization & validation activities; Experience with lean manufacturing, design for manufacturing, design for test and test implementation; Experience working with ERP systems. Also essential is proven ability to coach & develop employees & develop effective cross functional relationships. This position requires interface throughout all levels & functions of the organization.

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Biotech Showcase 2018 Preview: What it will mean to be living in the era of cures & more VC money


Lunch plenary sessions are always a huge draw at Biotech Showcase and are very exciting. On day one, a panel moderated by Sara Radcliff from CLSA will take a 60,000 feet view and will discuss what the future holds for biotechnology and life science sector. Biotechnology is increasingly going beyond treatment to focusing on cures. Day 2 panel moderated by Alice Valder Curran from Hogan Lovells with Eric Aguiar from Aisling, Philippe Lopes-Fernandes from Merck and Camille Samuels from Venrock will discuss “what it means to be in the era of cures”. The panel will discuss how public and private markets are still catching up with new policies on coverage, pricing, and liability issues, making it even more challenging to decide what product candidates to pursue.  Lunch panel on day 3 moderated by Ellen Corenswet from Covington & Burling LLP and populated by prominent VCs and industry experts will reflect on 2017 surge of venture capital.
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Besides all day information packed sessions focused on key diseases that are getting attention http://bit.ly/2pA45B7 , there are interesting panels and sessions on treatment modalities that are the garnering attention of investors and entrepreneurs http://bit.ly/2CjET4G .  And then there will be panels discussing investment in healthcare, what to expect in 2018 from investment perspective and what are likely to be new drivers of innovation in drug development, and new targets, new trends and new combinations in treatment.

Besides three action packed days, the evenings will be packed with countless receptions and networking will continue late into the night. Concurrent 36th annual J P Morgan Healthcare Conference is expecting 400+ public and private companies to deliver presentations to over 8000 attendees. San Francisco will be taken over by everything health for three days, from January 8th through 10th, 2018.  

While JPM conference is by invitation only event, registration is open for Biotech Showcase at conferences@ebdgroup.com or at https://ebdgroup.knect365.com/biotech-showcase/agenda/1

 

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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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