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Symbiosis expands workforce

Symbiosis welcomes two new members of staff to their team

Symbiosis Pharmaceutical Services, a world class contract manufacturer specialising in injectable pharmaceuticals for use in clinical trials is pleased to announce the recruitment of a new Marketing Associate and a Manufacturing Engineer. Sarah Cross – a recent graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and Billy Russell, a specialist in manufacturing engineering with over 25 years of experience, joined the Symbiosis team this month. With their appointments Symbiosis is strengthening its key marketing and manufacturing capabilities. Sarah will be responsible for driving the development of the social media marketing as well as extending brand awareness globally. Billy will be responsible for maintaining the Stirling facility and the specialist manufacturing equipment it contains. His other responsibilities include managing the installation of new equipment and the calibration of our advanced pharmaceutical equipment.

Billy started in the pharmaceutical industry at a young age completing an engineering apprenticeship with a European pharmaceutical company. He joins us from OKI – the printer manufacturing company, where he was the maintenance supervisor. He also worked for Bausch and Lomb, a contact lens manufacturer for several years. His work experience has been a split between the biomedical and life sciences and the electronics manufacturing industry giving him a vast amount of experience which he is brings to our team here at Symbiosis.

Sarah has an Honours Degree in International Business with Modern Languages, specialising in Marketing and French. Sarah spent one academic year at a French Grande École (Business School) ESSCA – École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers, where she specialised in marketing and management in French. Sarah has previously conducted research relating to alternative advertising approaches and has completed a marketing internship for an online shopping business.

Sarah said, “I have always had a passion for marketing within the pharmaceutical industry as it tends to be very innovative. I was attracted to Symbiosis because they are a young, dynamic and fast growing company operating within a niche market where they exhibit a number of core competencies. I am looking forward to putting my theoretical knowledge of marketing into practice within this exciting industry.”

Billy has also commented that “There’s a specific way of working that you can only find in GMP environments. It’s always been an industry I’ve enjoyed working in and it offers the right kind of challenges for me. It’s a rewarding industry and the people that tend to work in this industry are very conscious, very focused and have a lot of pride in what they are doing.”

CEO Colin MacKay added; “I’m delighted that Sarah and Billy have agreed to join the ever-increasing Symbiosis team and am keen to welcome them aboard. We have a company culture which is client-orientated and service-orientated and that requires a certain kind of person with not only the right kind of experiences and knowledge, but the right kind of attitude – one that aligns with the rest of the team who are consistently focussed on delivering service excellence to our clients. We know that is the basis for building strong, mutually advantageous, long-term relationships”.

Symbiosis Pharmaceutical Services specialises in the GMP manufacture of liquid, lyophilized, cytotoxic, conventional and biological pharmaceuticals for clinical trials.

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