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Material QC Senior Scientist

London, UK

About MeiraGTx

MeiraGTx is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing potentially curative treatments for patients living with serious diseases. We currently have six programs in clinical development including three ocular indications, a salivary gland condition, and a Parkinson’s disease program. Our initial focus on diseases of the eye, salivary gland and central nervous system is based on the significant unmet medical need coupled with the high potential gene therapy has to provide meaningful clinical benefit in these areas. With headquarters in New York and London, our global footprint provides us the opportunity to partner with leading institutions around the world, allowing us to deepen our understanding of diseases and their progression.

Our team was built with deep expertise in gene therapy development, allowing us to efficiently advance our programs from preclinical to clinical development. Our core capabilities in viral vector design and optimization and gene therapy manufacturing give us a differentiated approach to developing gene therapies. Additionally, we are developing proprietary technology to potentially enable innovative gene therapy treatments whose expression can be turned on and off with an easily administered small molecule. We believe temporal control of gene therapy products has the potential to transform the gene therapy landscape.

Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, completed in early 2018, was designed to meet global regulatory requirements, including the current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) required by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 29,000-square foot facility has the flexibility and capacity to produce sufficient product for all our clinical trials and will scale to commercial capacity.

Purpose of Job

To manage the incoming materials qualification and release programme and support Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant activities for the QC release of product and incoming materials.

Support QC Materials Team in other activities where requested

Major Activities

Materials department

  • Set-up and monitor the material inspection programme ensuring materials are suitably qualified for the manufacture of gene therapy products
  • Provide expert technical input where needed and support on quality records associated with raw materials testing e.g. deviations, change controls and CAPA
  • Key contact for technical support for new material requirements
  • Implementation of in-house ID (IR / Raman) testing
  • Implementation of in-house raw materials testing in Shannon
  • Ownership and responsibility for maintenance and review of materials SOP’s, equipment and Test methods
  • Work closely with external testing houses and review the results for technical and quality compliance
  • Perform trending of incoming material qualification data
  • Works closely and collaboratively with warehouse, supply chain and QA teams to ensure completion of activities to support incoming material release
  • Ensure all incoming material documentation meets GMP requirements
  • Ensure adequate control of the material status for release or Reject
  • Comply with MeiraGTx procedures including Health and safety and GMP
  • Identify, report and investigate procedural problems and deviations
  • Participate in the planning of duties to ensure the facility is acceptable and customers receive products on time and in full
  • Supports with all reasonable managerial requests and ad-hoc tasks
  • Contribute to the training and development of others
  • Participate in the planning of duties to ensure the facility is acceptable and customers receive products on time and in full
  • To assist in the generation of the departmental KPI’s as when required

Key Performance Indicators

Material release KPIs are met

All training is completed on-time

Quality KPI’s are met

All work meets GMP and Data Integrity requirements

Internal QC audits performed

Key Job Competencies

  • Experience of working within a GMP manufacturing environment.
  • Quality Management – looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • A high Level of attention to detail
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; able to gather information; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations
  • Motivation – sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence;
  • Planning/Organizing – prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently.
  • Professionalism – approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments
  • Innovation – meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas
  • Oral Communication – speaks clearly; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates good presentation skills; participates effectively in meetings
  • Written Communication – writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information
  • Physical & mental requirements – occasional lifting; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring that own work complies with GMP, Data Integrity and Good Documentation Practice (GDP) and is undertaken in accordance with applicable procedures
  • Responsible for ensuring that own training is undertaken in a timely and GMP compliant manner before the task is undertaken
  • Responsible for ensuring that any GMP documentation assigned to me e.g. (but not limited to) Issues, CAPAs, Change Controls, BMRs & audit/inspection actions is closed timely and in a RFT state

Job Background

  • BSC in Chemistry/Biology or equivalent relevant work experience in pharmaceutical or other similar regulated industry (i.e. biologics or medical devices).
  • Knowledge of GMP/GLP regulations, FDA regulations and a minimum of 5 years experience in a GxP environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) preferred

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