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Immunotherapy, Bioinformatics, Devices: EPPICon 2017 Preview
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Big Data -Cloud -IoT-Software -Mobile -Entrepreneurship, Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on March 20, 2017
One of the latest most talked about buzzwords in cancer treatment is “immunotherapy” where body’s immune system is used to wage a war against the cancer cells. Cancer cells divide rapidly than ordinary cells and manage to evade the immune system. The focus of a range of immunotherapies is to put body’s immune system on high alert so it can easily locate and destroy cancer cells.
This year, EPPICon (annual flagship conference at eppicglobal at www.eppicon.org) will focus on Immunotherapy, Bioinformatics, and Devices. Another recent buzzword, “bioinformatics” focuses on harnessing technological advances for management and analysis of data, for cancer immunology and immunotherapy. The hope is that more reliable and comprehensive picture can emerge of tumor genomics landscape and that can point a way towards more effective personalized medicine.
Immunotherapy often involves delivery of a cocktail of immune drugs to awaken the body’s immune system and put it in a “ready” mode to get rid of the cancer cells. Implantable devices can be used to provide regular dosages of medication for several days or everyday for a few weeks and can be used to make localized delivery. This convergence of technologies makes it an interesting time for treatment of cancer and other diseases.
EPPICon, EPPIC’s all day conference will be held on Saturday, March, 25th at Crowne Plaza, Burlingame, CA and has a fabulous lineup of keynotes, speakers, and panels.
Morning keynote, Ira Mellman is VP of Cancer Immunology at Genentech and has an illustrious career in solving most profound health problems with strong research, grounded in science. He spent 20 years at Yale University School of Medicine, prior to joining Genentech in 2007. After the keynote, the conference program will continue with excellent speakers and panels with a special speed pitch session thrown in, where startups looking for funding will have an opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors and receive critical feedback, in real time. At the end of the day, 2017 “EPPIC Eleven” awards will be given out to chosen startups, from around the globe.
To register for the conference, please go to www.eppicon.org .
“The Dog Lived and So Will I” by Teresa J. Rhyne — Book Review
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Book Reviews on July 13, 2014
“I was hideous. Hideous. In preparing for chemo I’d thought about the hair loss, of course, and concentrated on the fact that it would grow back. I thought about losing my eyelashes and decided eye shadow and liner would work miracles. I knew of the bloating weight gain the steroids could cause but told myself that was better than nausea and again it was temporary; after all, Seamus (dog) had gained 20 percent of his body weight and just as quickly was back in fighting shape. Menopause would come, sure, but it was going to do that sooner or later anyway, and before it happened I was no more aware than anyone else of the true meaning of hot flashes and how you burn from the inside out, so that hadn’t bothered me either. Somehow I had overlooked skin rashes as a side effect and never, never had I given thought to what these side effects would all be like together. Not until that moment, face to mirrored face. …….. How does one recover from this? Impossible. ……. I can’t do this. I can’t”.
Heaven forbid and if one ever has to go through cancer treatment, having read this book not only would help one navigate the morass of health care system, but also giver clear hope that not only “it too shall pass” but it is worth waiting for the “cookie moment”.
Teresa poured her heart and soul (not to mention her hard earned money) to take her beagle, Seamus, survive through an aggressive form of cancer. She cried buckets of tears, took him for his biopsy and chemo appointments, rushed him to the hospital when his white blood count dropped dangerously low, and stood up to the neglectful veterinarians, to get him the care he needed. However, in one of life’s cruel ironies, before long she discovered that she had a lump in her breast and the biopsy showed it to be the one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, a triple negative breast cancer. How does one survive such traumas? The answer is “love”.
Some may consider this a story of surviving cancer, but this is a story about the rock, the glue, and the toast. After being divorced twice, Teresa had a new boyfriend Chris, ten years younger, smart, funny, wise, and infinitely kind. Little did they know that he would be the rock (the pack leader) on whom she would need to lean during both Seamus’s and her own illness and treatment. When Teresa is completely dejected and feels she can’t do this anymore, he bakes her cookies at four in the morning, drives her to all her medical appointments, tries out wigs with her, and in solidarity as she looses her hair, he grows his hair, making a deal that he would only cut when she needed a cut, after the regrowth of her hair.
Teresa for her part is the glue that holds their family together. She leans on him but gives him space. She is infinitely grateful and brings her and Chris’s family into the fold, eventually bringing them to meet each other. Seamus who loves toast, steals people’s hearts with his cuteness. He brings much needed joyful respites to their little family.
I cry easily but this book did not make me cry. I teared up often reading this touching tender story, but I also laughed a lot. Deep grief is wrapped in smart, witty, humorous, funny anecdotes. And then there is treasure trove of information about little questions that are hard to get answered. Is it painful for the radioactive tracer to be injected in order to locate the tumor for a biopsy, how long it takes for a chemo treatment, how long does it take for radiation, and more.
And while majority of the health care personnel and physicians are compassionate, committed, and are deeply dedicated to the welfare of their patients, there are some who are clearly uninterested, detached, and neglectful. Teresa stands up (unfortunately not always succeeding) for her right as a patient to get timely information and reasonable care. One of the physicians who rarely sees her patients, leaving actual care in the hands of the nurses, assures Teresa (about her dangerous white blood count crash), these side effects are very common, and the nurses know how to deal with them. We deal with this stuff all the time.” Teresa points out, that the nurse did not have the answers on how to deal with them and says, “it’s not common to me. I don’t deal with it all the time”. Contrarily, she is enormously grateful and highly appreciative of the compassionate and thorough care she received at the UCLA cancer center and particularly Dr. Amer Karam.
This is an engaging, funny, sweet, uplifting, heartwarming story. After all, who would not like to read about a cute dog’s hilarious antics?
JOBS – September, 2013
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in JOB OPENINGS on August 28, 2013
Wow – what a nice steady pickup in Life Science Job Market!
For the opportunities below, please send resume at wd_darshana at hotmail dot com. Please indicate in the email how closely the job description matches your background and identify gaps, if any. Also, indicate your current compensation and compensation expectations. Please note: All below opportunities (except one for post doc) require several years of industry experience and are only for local candidates, with valid US work visa. Also note, opportunities at the top are hot and the ones lower down may be at various stages of being filled. Also, I am awaiting more job descriptions and will keep adding. Leads appreciated.
DSP Specialist – San Francisco, CA
A company working on highly advanced and innovative consumer health sensing technology, has an immediate opening for DSP Specialist in San Francisco, CA. Responsibilities include, research, implement, and analyze cutting edge physiological sensors and signal applications, help design and trouble shoot experiments for top secret projects pertaining to future product offerings, and work closely with excellent research and device team to ingrate the work into amazing consumer products. Requirements include, Bachelors in Engineering plus 2 years experience or MS in Engineering, proficiency in common DSP techniques including time series analysis, adaptive filters, and noise cancellation, demonstrated ability in a scientific computing language (R, Python, and/or Matlab), and passion for health, wellbeing, and fitness. An advanced degree, Knowledge of NoSQL database systems, biomedical engineering background, prior experience in physiological sensors, real time biological data processing, Electrical Engineering, etc. are huge pluses. This is a contract to hire opportunity, for local residents only (no visa processing). The opportunity will start as full time contract opportunity and will turn into permanent opportunity in a period of 3-6 months. Compensation will be between $30 and $45 an hour and will include stock options, as added incentive.
Senior UX Designer – Dublin CA
There is an immediate opening for Senior UX Designer to join an organization dedicated to leveraging digital technologies to drive revenue growth and customer value for company’s software businesses. Working with a team of other user experience professionals, this position will be responsible for driving the design or redesign of individual products or product portfolios, to help define design signature of the company, create unrivaled design solutions, and communicate those design ideas in a way that is appropriate for the various stakeholders. Job includes working with some of the best external digital agencies along with world-class UX and technology leaders internally as part of a core member of a dynamic, exciting, fast-paced, and global team.
Responsibilities also include: Act as a senior member of the Healthcare UX Center of Excellence; Participate in all aspects of UX – research, ideation, strategy, interaction design and visual design; Define and advocate multi-year roadmaps for UX engagement within products; Communicate roadmap and opportunities through the creation of “lighthouse” projects; Define internal standards for UX activities, and lead process improvement projects or initiatives; Proactively provide guidance to team members & management based upon awareness of UX strategy and program engagements; Use your knowledge of UX project planning & execution to lead project teams to the launch of successful software products with unrivaled user experiences; Be a subject matter expert in the area of interaction design, visual design or both. Be an evangelist for current trends in visual and interaction design for mobile, tablet, desktop and hardware-embedded software solutions; Act as a thought leader for high quality software development through the focus of UX; Multitask and manage the design of a product or product line in a cross-functional environment; Conduct design reviews with product UX teams and/or external resources; Build relationships with company’s businesses to develop and champion differentiating interaction design concepts; Coach and mentor team members.
Required Skills & Experience: Bachelors in Graphic/Visual Design, Fine Arts, Library and Information Science, Human Computer Interaction, Marketing, Industrial Design, or a related discipline; 10+ years experience using Adobe platforms: Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and others; 5+ years consulting experience solving UX challenges in consumer & enterprise application environments; 5+ years experience & strong knowledge of site design; mastery in principles of Web & application design (HTML, XHTML, CSS, JS); Ability to travel domestically & internationally up to 20%, including overnight stays. No telecommuting. Location: Dublin, California.
Desired Qualifications: 10+ years experience & knowledge of goal-directed principles, processes & methodologies; Portfolio demonstrating successful examples of conceptual designs, prototypes, & final design patterns used in commercialized products; A track record that demonstrates significant knowledge & experience in strategy, ideation & product definition using disruptive design practices; A demonstrated understanding of all phases of goal-directed design & development, and the ability to create unrivaled interfaces that solve hard problems with elegant interaction solutions.
General Manager – Software Engineering, Life Sciences – CA
There is an immediate opening for General Manager of Software Engineering in Life Sciences Division, with a large company near Dublin, CA, with a broad portfolio of transformational medical technologies in medical imaging & information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring and life support systems, disease research, drug discovery, & biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. The focus is in helping physicians detect disease earlier and to tailor personalized treatments for patients, & improving productivity in healthcare and enhance patient care by enabling healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, & other conditions.
The GM for Life Science Software Engineering is a key member in the Chief Technology Officer’s Executive Leadership team. The position requires excellent technical and operational knowledge coupled with superior people leadership skills, program management experience and business planning processes. The GM, Software Engineering will: Provide advanced technical expertise and thought leadership in the area of strategic software development and governance; Lead and drive next generation product software strategies and services. With strong leadership and close collaboration with functional business leaders ensure Life Sciences software architecture is set to meet the needs of the future; Align strongly with and leverage the San Ramon software center of excellence; Drive business innovation and transformation with strong platform leadership. Move away from point solutions towards effective processes and tools, creating a change-enabled architecture platform, enabling flexibility and agility in the business; Maximize the value of each SW/IT investment Lif Science division. Focus on not just solving and solution for today’s projects, but solving for tomorrows needs by building the longer term plans (architecture blueprints and roadmaps) and driving projects to align to the longer strategic plans. Adapt HC SW solutions and COE architecture wherever efficient and applicable in a lean fashion; Drive efficiency to Maximizing the reuse and Simplification. The future Architecture must ensure that we drive towards a more standardized and reuse based SW development; Drive implementation of processes and tools for efficient and effective global software development lifecycle; Drive Life sciences wide software governance to ensure goals and targets are met and are measurable. Lead the Life Sciences review processes for software architecture; Integrate internal and external product design into a cohesive world class user experience; lead and direct activities within the Life Sciences business software area including reference application architecture; content models design patterns; service-based architecture strategy, development and support and other areas; Be responsible for program budgets and/or cost centers, resource allocation and planning to ensure delivery of business benefits.
Desired Skills & Experience
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree CS/MIS or similarly positioned technical discipline; Minimum twelve years IT experience; At least eight years of leadership experience leading large design efforts and coordinating project for reputed multinational IT organizations; At least five years as a manager of geographically distributed development teams with 10 or more members.
Preferred Qualifications: Masters in Computer Science or similar discipline; Experience with a broad array of Infrastructure technologies (compute, network, telecom, database, etc.); Demonstrated program management skills including project initiation, scoping, resourcing, scheduling, budgeting, risk management and communication ; Project management experience in global environments; Excellent interpersonal, presentation and facilitation skills; Ability to learn complex systems and business processes and define requirements for solutions; Mastery of user interaction design skills; Familiarity with field and lab-based usability research methodologies; Ability to communicate design rationale and build consensus; Ability to prioritize and manage work to critical project timelines in a fast-paced environment; Previous experience in medical devices; Expert understanding of regulatory requirements, IT SOPs and Validation SOPs; Experience working in Agile Environment.
Senior Validation and Quality Engineer – San Jose, CA
There is an immediate opening for a Senior Validation and Quality Engineer in an early stage company developing a novel approach for the oral delivery of large drug molecules.
Responsibilities: Develop test strategies DOEs and test protocols to test developmental medical devices and manufacturing processes.; Analyze and report on test results ; Develop, implement, and maintain documentation system; Put together Quality manual; Develop strategy and manage and shift products to GMP/GLP operation.
Skills Required: Degree in an engineering discipline; CQE Certification; Expertise with statistical analysis using Minitab, Jump or similar; Expertise with Documentum or similar document control system; Strong ability to operate as a team member in a development environment.; Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Experience Required: Five to ten years work experience in quality role in GMP environment; Experience either in medical device or pharma development environment.
R&D Technician – San Jose, CA
There is an immediate opening for a Medical Device Senior Technician in an early stage company, located in San Jose, CA, developing a novel approach for the oral delivery of large molecules.
Responsibilities: Perform experimental device component fabrication, device assembly; device testing and analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting on manufacturing equipment and process, Develop fixtures for testing or manufacturing, and Compile data on device testing.
Requirements: 5+ years work experience in an industrial or laboratory environment; experience in medical device or pharmaceutical operation, with test equipment including instron, burst, weight, pressure, and force test equipment and with basic chemistry laboratory processes including measuring, mixing solutions, chemical storage, and laboratory safety.
Also required: Demonstrated mechanical skills, Ability to read and follow written instructions, Ability to interpret engineering drawings, Familiarity with plastic manufacturing processes including molding, forming, and bonding, Familiarity with principles of machine operation, machine control systems, pneumatics, and motors, Computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook, Ability to operate independently and function as a team member, Good written and verbal communications skills., Familiarity with principles of GMP and/or GLP operations.
Territory Account Manager for Medical Injection Molding Operations – Santa Cruz, CA
Responsibilities: Initiate and evolve customer relationships for the purpose of securing production business for company’s medical injection molding and assembly operations, located in Minnesota and California. Activities include researching and calling potential identified customer opportunities and promoting capabilities and technology through presentations and meetings. Interaction with internal engineering group to facilitate completion of quoting opportunities on a timely basis. Presentation of quotes and ultimately the closing of new business.
Job Functions: Work to exceed individual/company annual sales goals; Participate in weekly sales meetings; Provide weekly sales activity reports; Sales pipeline reporting is required for the sales director, for review and discussion at the monthly managers’ financial review meeting; Work industry trade shows and follow up on leads, as required.
Major areas of accountability: Initiate and Evolve Customer Relationships to Meet Annual Sales Objectives – 75%; Account Maintenance – 20%; Monthly Reporting – 5%.
Financial Responsibility: Expense management.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree; Basic knowledge of molding and assembly for medical device manufacturing; Ability to understand technical drawings and related requirement information; Minimum of 2 years previous technical selling experience required.
IP Legal Secretary/ Paralegal – San Rafael, CA
Requirements : Strong docket filing experience; Thorough knowledge of patent & trademark prosecution process; Experience with Electronic Filing with USPTO and Pair; Ability to type at least 60 words per minute; Knowledge of time slips program to facilitate accounting & billing functions; Experience preparing time reports, expense reports, client bills & conflict checking forms; & Familiarity with legal terminology. Absolutely required, 5+ years experience with patents and dockets; 5+ years experience working as legal secretary.
Responsibilities: Provide secretarial & administrative support; Assist with preparation & filing with USPTO and of foreign patent & trademark applications; Generate transmittals & formal USPTO documents; Handle foreign patent & trademark prosecution matters including PCT & foreign prosecution forms; Monitor patent prosecution docket; Prepare & file maintenance fees, assignments, missing parts & IDSs; Proofread & redline work for accuracy of copy, format, grammar, punctuation, and syntax; Type & edit computer system legal & other documents (including memoranda, bills, timesheets & project work) from handwritten or typed materials; Copy, distribute, send by courier or express service, File & otherwise handle completed work; Receive, screen & transmit telephone calls, conference calls & messages; Handle incoming & outgoing mail; Set up & maintain files. Should work independently, take initiative, set priorities & see projects through completion; Work in a team setting.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer – San Francisco, CA
A software company that provides innovative, modular, scalable and world class solutions by leveraging state of the art sensor technologies, cloud computing, big data analytics, and complex event processing, is scaling, in pre-funding stage. The company is expanding core engineering and product development team & looking for high caliber, senior, Quality Assurance Test Engineers, with interest in working with cutting edge technologies in a high energy entrepreneurial environment.
Responsibilities: Acquire in-depth understanding of the company’s products to ensure high quality of products; Support the development of workarounds, testing, necessary documentation (including investigation and resolution of issues; Assist in coordinating delivery management tasks; Track requirements and software release management for clients; Be first escalation point for supporting company’s customers.
Requirements: Must have strong client support & project management background. Must have 4-6 years of implementation & post production support experience for enterprise applications; 3-4 years of functionality, testing, bug tracking, writing test cases experience; strong communication skills; demonstrable hands-on experience with quality management tools; technical skills in SQL, HTML based documentation. Highly preferred: skills in developing and managing on-line help content.
Location: San FranciscoBay Area. Telecommuting is okay but will need to attend client team meetings – so must be in driving distance. Duration: 6-12 months, full to part-time, 1099, corp to corp, contract to hire. No visa sponsorships.
Post-Doc ———- San Jose, CA
A medical device company has a post-doc position. Requires PhD in Material Science, BioEngineering, BioChemistry or related areas, ideally from a top notch school. Must have excellent references. Send resume as an attachment with brief description of the academic experience and projects, in the body of the email.
Injection Molding Tooling Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA
A contract manufacturing company has an immediate need for Injection Molding Tooling Engineer. This position will lead and own the design, development, and procurement of all new injection mold tooling, insert mold tooling and fixtures and oversees all design changes, modifications and repairs to new and existing tooling. They will be part of the Operations team on all new product launches.
Responsibilities include, Develop primary design concepts for tooling working in conjunction with our Customers Engineering Staff and the Director of Engineering; Establishes and maintains relationships with outside tooling sources; Directly manage the construction of all new tooling with domestic and off shore tooling suppliers; Directly manage the construction of all new gauges and fixtures needed with new tools; and Communicate with supplier and customer on a technical level. Responsibilities include the establishment of technical and quality requirements for programs; Design modifications to tools and fixtures using Solidworks, or Pro E; Responsible for tracking tooling budget to quote; Work directly with the Program Managers to ensure customer and supplier terms are followed; Review of piece part prints, tolerances and GD&T and communicate requirements to Quality; Attend APQP meetings and take part in PFMEA, Control Plan and Line Documentation meetings; Direct efforts of outside tool and die shops this include selecting suppliers and reviewing and approving designs while working in conjunction with the Program Manager; Insures deliveries by outside vendors that meet the program requirements and meet established budgets for tooling procurement; Maintain CAD files associated with tooling in compliance with associated internal document control procedures; Takes part in mold start up trials at the tool maker, internally and at offsite locations; Tracks timing of tools using MS Project; Ability to tear down and maintain molds when needed.
Requirements include, Ability to manage multiple tooling sources simultaneously; An understanding of injection molding processing; Is knowledgeable in automation equipment for labor reduction efforts; Creates validation protocols; Understands and knowledge of IQ,OQ,PQ validation processes; Must be able to travel to suppliers and customers domestically, travel to tooling sources in Asia may be required. Minimum of 10 years experience managing injection mold construction and 5 years Solid Works/ ProE Experience is required. Also must have direct experience with managing tool construction. Medical thermoplastic injection molding experience is a huge plus.
Patent Attorney – Sunnyvale, CA
Innovative medical device company with a broad line of product portfolio, has an opening for Senior Patent Attorney for VP level position. Must have 15+ years of medical device and biotech patent prosecution experience in a law firm.
Manufacturing Manager – Santa Cruz, CA
Job Functions & Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for managing production operations to ensure business objectives are achieved at the lowest cost consistent with customer delivery and quality requirements. Responsibilities include: Manufacturing scheduling and staffing; Production methods and standards; In-process product quality; Materials responsibilities including procurement and inventory management; Safety policies and procedures; Hourly employee development, performance management and relations; Continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing Leadership and implementation; Budget management and cost containment.
Requirements: Knowledge of Manufacturing concepts and principles; Experience in Lean Manufacturing, Process management/statistical process control, Production layout/design/method, Manufacturing equipment management and knowledge of Business and office system software. Also required, experience in Capacity planning; Scheduling/MRP; Budget management; Team development of both hourly and salaried direct reports; Problem analysis/solving; Managing internal and external relationships. Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required. Also required, Medical/Cleanroom/Assembly experience; Experience managing a 24/7 operation; Ten years manufacturing experience; Management experience; Experience in the Injection Molding/Plastics industry.
Accountability measures include, Quality, Safety, Productivity, Utilization, Service, Deliver, Cost efficiency and continuous improvement, and Employee development and retention.
Software Developers – SF Bay Area (contract, part-time)
Big data and machines are revolutionizing the way we operate. A software company that provides innovative, modular, scalable and world class solutions, in this industrial-internet paradigm, by leveraging state of the art sensor technologies, cloud computing, big data analytics, and complex event processing, is now scaling in pre-funding stage. Some of the clients include Cisco Systems, Applied Mateirals, Huawei, Agilent, HP, Foxconn, Fletronics, and Sanmina that are using this software to transform their engineering and manufacturing operations. The company is expanding core engineering and product development team and looking for high caliber, senior software developers, with interest in working with cutting edge technologies in a high energy entrepreneurial environment.
Responsibilities include: Being involved in all stages of SDLC including analysis, design, implementation, testing, documentation, and release; Participate in multiple projects with changing requirements; and Maintain contact with clients/ partners to provide solution support and updates.
Requirements include: 4-6 years of software development experience; Software Development experience; ASP.NET with MVC, JQuery; Comfortable in data modeling, developing stored procedures, and triggers; and Readiness to learn new technologies quickly. Windows Workflow Communication Foundation 4.0; Biztalk RFID server skills; Windows Mobile Development experience; and Exposure to Windows Azure.
The position is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Telecommute is okay but may need to attend client team meetings. Duration: 6-12 months to full-time. Terms: 1099, corp-to-corp, contract-to-hire, no visa sponsorships. Pay: rate negotiable. Open to considering excellent part-time candidates.
Program Manager – Santa Cruz, CA
A contract manufacturing company, near South San Jose, has an immediate opening for Program Manager.
Responsibilities: Managing the processes by which the company designs, develops, tests and releases for production the tooling, assemblies, equipment, and facilities required to meet customer needs; Act as primary focus for NPI for customer products, directing development and transfer to manufacturing; Supporting the Sales Department in the technical aspects of new business development and customer relations; Supporting the Manufacturing Department to resolve design issues impacting the manufacturing process; Supporting the Quality Department to diagnose and document the root cause of unacceptable product and process variation; Participating in the management of the company as a member of the Management Team.
Responsibilities also include: Take charge of projects assigned and charts status; Drive customer project requirements, reporting the customer needs to management; Lead cross-functional resources, organizing a productive, capable, and skillful project team with Manufacturing, Quality and Sales; Lead vendor qualification of machine parts with purchasing; Drive customer expectations.
JOB DESCRIPTION Program Manager; Develop trusting relationship with customer; Balance company goals with customer expectations, knowing when to push back; Support operational excellence (OE) and 5S programs; Recognize problems and eliminate them before they become crises; Track costs in labor, materials and resources with precision and accuracy; Preparing and submitting billing data to the Accounting Department; Report project problems to management; Collaborating with the Sales Department to develop new equipment and facilities that will meet customer objectives; Collaborating with the Quality Assurance Manager to develop process definition, measurement and improvement for newly developed tooling; Supporting the Manufacturing Manager in the selection of manufacturing materials, manufacturing equipment and control.
Requirements: Undergraduate degree in an engineering or technical discipline; Relevant experience may be substituted for the educational requirements; Five to ten years substantiated experience in the engineering function with companies that provide highly sophisticated manufactured products; Experience in the medical, bio-technology and other high technology industries strongly preferred; Experience in dealing with customers is strongly preferred; Must demonstrate expertise in a variety of concepts, practices and procedures common to the manufacturing industry; Project a neatly groomed, confident appearance and be effective with public speaking and direct client interface.
The environmental conditions in which the Program Manager will perform his/her duties are an open office. This position will require visits to client sites in all types of weather. The normal travel hazards will apply including driving and flying in a variety of traffic and weather conditions.
Other Requirements: The physical demands of the position are listed in accordance with the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act. They are outlined on the attached Checklist: Good reading, writing and verbal skills to communicate clearly and effectively in the English language to customers and company personnel; Intermediate capability in engineering and project management software; Computer literate in Word, Excel and Power Point with full competency in sourcing Internet material; Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of the job. Some evening and weekend work may be required; High tolerance for stress and deadlines
Performance Criteria: The Program Manager’s performance is satisfactory when the following have occurred: New programs have been completed to the satisfaction of management and the customer; Responses to Requests for Quotes are submitted to the Sales Department when committed; The management team is always informed of the status of new programs; Billing information is submitted to the Accounting Department in time to support the billing process; Required reports are accurate and submitted on time.
Pharmacologist with Large Animal Survival Surgery Experience: San Jose, CA
A dynamic company, founded by a veteran leader, involved in the development of drug-device combination products for treating chronic diseases, has an opening for a Biologist. This is once in a lifetime kind of an opportunity to work on exciting technology with game changing potential. The candidate must have hands-on research experience including in vivo experience esp with large animal models during their doctoral and post-doctoral training period. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Physiology/Pharmacology or any other related Biology discipline or a DVM with research experience. The individual is expected to have a breadth of experience in both in vitro and in vivo biological research supporting various drug/ device development programs across multiple therapeutic areas including CNS, oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The individual will support and work with external institutions including CROs and academic institutions especially for conducting in vivo studies in small as well as large animals. Additionally the individual will set up and run a variety of routine in vitro research paradigms in house as needed such as isolated tissue and cell-based assays as well as quantitative assays for small molecules, peptides and proteins using techniques such as FTIR, HPLC, and immunoassay. The individual will work with a multidisciplinary team of experts and provide biology support with minimal supervision on various ongoing projects.