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One training course – Three different perspectives  

We spoke to chemists at different stages of their careers about their experiences of attending our ‘Chemical Development and Scale Up in the Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries’ training course. Ben Littler  Ben told us that he had taken the ‘Chem Dev’ course twice as an early career process chemist!  Both courses were held as

The Golden Age of Travel

What an experience to treasure! Claire and Hannah from Scientific Update Ltd were invited to travel on the beautiful British Pullman last week, for a specially hosted event ‘Golden Age of Travel with The Netherlands’. Passengers were encouraged to dress up in 1920’s costume and it certainly was a rather glamorous and special occasion. Everyone enjoyed fine

Our Sadness on the Passing of Her Majesty The Queen

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. She has been a constant in our lives and the only monarch we have known.  We would like to thank her for her dedicated service to her country and the Commonwealth for 70 years and send our heartfelt condolences to all

Young Chemist Award 2022 – Deadline to enter is 23 September

Our ‘Young Chemist Award’ – This competition helps young PhD chemists reach out to a wider industrial audience and gain recognition for their work. It can also help boost confidence as each finalist gets to present their work in a short presentation. Being selected as a finalist and getting the opportunity to present is in

Chemical Industry Awards Dinner June 2022 – Winners Announced

  CIA Awards Dinner Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 16th June https://www.cia.org.uk/ciaawards/Awards Our Events Director Hannah May enjoyed a fantastic evening at the CIA Awards Dinner in Leeds last week. Hannah was delighted to meet so many young chemists and felt truly invigorated and inspired by their enthusiasm for their work. She said that she wanted

Something Unique or Methyl, Butyl, Futile? Born again Boron

I can’t begin to count the number of aryl boronic acids I’ve made and/or worked with over the years. These versatile intermediates will forever be part of the synthetic organic chemist’s toolbox. You would be hard pushed to find an organic chemist that hasn’t run a Suzuki- Miyaura cross coupling reaction at some stage in

The Importance of Networking as we Celebrate Nick Turner’s election to FRS

Last weekend, I attended a celebration party for my PhD supervisor Professor Nicholas J. Turner on the occasion of him being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. This is a prestigious accolade only bestowed upon a few very worthy scientists including 85 Nobel laureates. Nick was elected as FRS in 2020 but due

Scientific Update to Welcomes New Technical Associate for North America & Asia Pacific

Scientific Update to Welcome New Technical Associate for North America & Asia Pacific – Dr Ben Littler Scientific Update is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ben Littler, formerly Executive Director  Process Chemistry for Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Ben will join the team at Scientific Update in August 2022 as Technical Associate, North America & Asia

International Women’s Day 2022 – Scientific Update Ltd Leadership

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022  – Helen Spencer (Consultant BDM and Marketer) asked Scientific Update Ltd joint owners and Directors Dr Claire Francis and Hannah May – a few questions about their career journey. Q: Do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day? A: CF: Yes, for me it is an

It’s Not Goodbye but Au Revoir !

In March 2022, Dr Will Watson will be hanging up his laser pointer and commencing on new adventures as he starts his well earned retirement. Will has been a hugely valued member of the Scientific Update team since he joined in May 2000. During his 21+ years at the company he has trained more than

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