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SCM Strengthens Senior Team

PHARMA contract manufacturer SCM Pharma has bolstered its quality department and board with the appointment of a senior new recruit.

Mark Edwards joins the Northumberland-based company as Quality Assurance Director to manage the quality team and be responsible for quality across the organisation’s three sites.

Highly-experienced Mark has spent over 30 years in the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry having worked with the likes of Merck, Abbot and Fujifilm and becomes the third a new Qualified Person at SCM Pharma.

Qualified Persons like Mark undergo extensive training and have an in-depth critical understanding of all the aspects associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing. They are essential to the safe control of medicines as they are able to certify batches of medicinal products prior to use in clinical trials or prior to release for sale on the market.

Dianne Sharp, managing director at SCM Pharma, said: “There are hugely important quality requirements around the sterile manufacturing and filling of drugs so we need to always ensure we have the right level of expertise and resource to meet the regulatory requirements.

“At present, almost a third of our entire workforce sits within the quality function, which demonstrates our commitment to achieving the highest quality standards across our development, clinical trial supply and commercial production operations.

“Mark is an exceptional addition to our board of directors given his background in quality and will bring a great deal to our clients’ projects in terms of ensuring quality systems are robust, manufactured products are fit for purpose and the efficient release of products.”

SCM Pharma develops and manufactures drug products on behalf of pharmaceutical clients across the world. It specialises in the formulation and sterile production of such medicines for clinical trials and commercial markets.

The award-winning company increased its headcount by over 25% in 2012 to take its staff numbers to 101 across its sites in Sunderland and Prudhoe along with its new £6m facility in Newburn due to open this year.

The specialist manufacturer’s newly appointed director Mark Edwards said: “I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic and reputable manufacturer such as SCM Pharma.

“Already I’ve been really impressed by the can-do attitude from the staff along with a complete package of development work through to the to commercial manufacture of finished dosage forms including terminally sterilised and aseptically filled products.”

A Qualified Person since 1992, Mark has undertaken a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Pharmaceutical studies at Brighton University, Mark is also a Graduate of the Society of Biology specialising in Microbiology from the North East Surrey College of Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences from Paddington College, London. | | |

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Jodie Balmer .

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