How COVID-19 Shape-shifting Could Aid Vaccine and Drug Development

How COVID-19 Shape-shifting Could Aid Vaccine and Drug Development

We at Newton Colmore Consulting like to keep up-to-date with important news in our key markets; medical devices and biotechnology.

Here is an interesting article on Fierce Biotech which shows detailed insights into how understanding coronavirus mutations and shape-shifting could aid the development of vaccines and drugs.

A team led by specialist scientists at Yale University have used new imaging techniques to determine how the coronavirus’ spike protein changes its shape in response to COVID-19 antibodies. The Yale scientists have identified two methods antibodies can use to interfere with the virus’s entry into human cells for infection.

Here is a quote from Maolin Lu, an associate research scientist at Yale.

“The spike protein constantly changes shape, [and] this shape-shifting feature not only allows the virus to enter host cells, it also helps the virus escape from being attacked or recognized by antibodies,”

The team at Yale are utilising high performance computing algorithms that run multiple simulations simultaneously, as the research team were able to identify the glycans that are responsible for activating the S protein, according to a release about their presentation at the Biophysical Society annual meeting.

It will be interesting to learn the outcome of this work, in the fight against COVID-19.

You can read more here; https://www.fiercebiotech.com/research/insights-into-how-coronavirus-changes-shape-could-aid-development-covid-19-vaccines-drugs

Newton Colmore Consulting is a specialist recruitment consultancy, offering hiring and talent solutions to the medical devices and biotechnology sectors, globally.

Healthcare App Review Finds Some Concerning Trends

Healthcare App Review Finds Some Concerning Trends

A review into healthcare apps by ORCHA, an independent UK-based reviewer, has found some significant shortcomings, including;

A diabetes management app offering complex medical support without any back-up from experts.

A physiotherapy app offering exercise plans without any visible input from professionals.

An app to help smokers quit, which had not had security updates in more than two years.

The review covers 5,000 apps so far out of the roughly 370,000 available online and with many people relying on healthcare apps for data, communication and advice, what can be done to improve these findings?

For further reading, here is a link to the fill article on BBC; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56083231

Newton Colmore Consulting is a specialist recruitment consultancy and executive search firm tailored specifically for the medical devices and biotechnology markets. Our diverse network of talent and expertise has been constructed over a ten year period by our two directors, Andrew Welsh and Matthew Lowdon.

Why would you use a Recruitment Agency to find a person in 2020?

Why would you use a Recruitment Agency to find a person in 2020?

 

It’s 2020 and we are still waiting for flying cars, however the world has become more and more advanced and most services you can just go to the internet and find what you need.  So why are companies still using recruitment agencies?

 

Saving on Workload

When managing people or actively working on the R&D of a new device, reviewing 100’s of applications for the right type of person can be daunting and may not take priority over the latest issue you need to deal with to keep business moving forward.

 

This means the perfect person, who may be in that pile of applications, would have most likely moved on to another role by the time you review their details.

 

By using a recruitment agency, they filter these applications, so you only need to review a handful of people.  Something that would take hours and hours is suddenly limited to maybe an hour.  Saved time = saved money in the majority of companies.

 

Getting to review a wider pool of people and saves you Money

If you only recruit directly, you could be limiting the number of people you consider for the role.

 

Just like going to a comparison website for insurance to save time, candidates will often register their details with only a couple of specialist recruitment agencies so that they can focus on their day job while the recruiter finds them a number of options.

 

If you advertise the role (either on a jobsite or on your own website) you need to hope people see your advert and apply but you may be one small advert or careers page out of 100’s when people may not go past page two of a search engine or job site.

 

If the person who applies directly is better than the candidates you receive from a recruitment agency, fantastic…. You have the best candidate and saved money.  However, if the best candidate comes via a recruitment agency and that person’s work makes your business more money….. fantastic, you’ve also saved money and have the best candidate.  When a company “cheaps out” on a product they often end up stung, the same goes for getting the right people into your team of people.

 

So, by using a recruitment agency you both make sure you have a wider pool of people, assuring you hire the best person and save money at the same time.  I know often, people look at using a recruitment agency as a cost they can cut but if using them gets you the best inventor who creates a one-million-pound idea, was that recruitment fee that bad?

 

Manages the person’s expectations for You

One of the main reasons someone withdraws their application is not knowing what is happening with their application.

 

You may have interviewed someone and really like them, but you want to see the other two people you have booked into an interview because it’s the fair thing to do.  This will take over a week, so you tell this first person “we’ll get back to you in two weeks” as standard process.  When this person hears nothing for a week, but another company are making them an offer, they will often presume you are not interested in them, thinking “otherwise they would have come back to me already”, and take the other role.  If you are using a recruitment agency, they will be in continual contact with the person, so they know the process is still normal.  The recruiter can also tell you if the person has received an offer from another company, giving you the chance to progress quicker if needed.

 

Protect your company’s Reputation

Surprisingly, this is one note a lot of companies do not think about.  As mentioned, you may receive 100’s of applications.  It is unlikely that your main role is replying to these applications so you naturally only get back to people who you feel would be suitable for the role.

 

The problem with this is you have a lot of people who never hear back from you.  When talking to friends in your sector they could say things like “don’t apply to them, they never get back to you” which can result in really good people ignoring you.

 

When using a recruitment agency, if they do not get back to the candidates it is their reputation not your company’s that is being affected.  Also, if you already have this reputation, a recruiter can convince the person that your company is worth making an application to.  I’ve had people join companies who have told me “I would never have applied to this company if you had not spoken to me”.

 

Bit of advice when using a recruitment Agency

A lot of people have horror stories when using recruitment agencies, so here are a couple of tips that should help you find the best one for you;

  • Use a specialist recruitment agency. If you are looking for someone from the Medical Devices, Scientific Engineering, Life Sciences, Machine Learning or Robotics field I’d suggest using Newton Colmore Consulting (I’m biased as this is my own recruitment company).  If you are looking for an Automotive Engineer, I would suggest not using Newton Colmore Consulting as we are not specialists in this field.  It’s a simple tip, but if a recruiter knows your sector, they know people who are looking, know people to approach with your opportunity and they know how to represent you to protect and sometimes improve your image.  Personally, if you ask me about a role I cannot help with, I’d rather point you in the direction of a recruiter who can help you than fail to help you and waste your time.
  • Don’t just go for the cheapest. I know budgets can be tight but recruiting the wrong person can cost a business a lot more than using a specialist industry recruiter and finding you the right person.  Most recruiters will want to build a lasting relationship with you so will do everything they can to help you.
  • Don’t ignore the recruiter. Any recruiter will tell you that it is a nightmare for their candidates, when a company engages you to look into a role and then they go quiet when they have sent the company a few people’s applications.  You may have just had something happen in the office meaning you cannot progress immediately…. Tell the recruiter this and they can manage the applicant’s expectations for you, then when you are ready to interview there is a much better chance of the people still being interested in your company.
  • Don’t choose a large recruitment company over a small one just because of size. I’ve worked for large recruiters, I’ve worked in small recruitment companies (and now own one), I’ve got friends in large recruitment companies and friends in small recruitment companies.  What they all have in common is it’s the recruiter you are talking to that offers you the service.  In fact, I personally have had more individual resources at smaller recruitment companies than when I have been at larger ones.
  • Test out new recruiters if you think they can add value. May sound silly, but if someone approaches you offering a service and fail, they will leave you alone in the future most likely.  But if you test out their services and they offer a great service (even if they do not find you the person, but the service was good) then you have found a new supplier who you can trust.  Most recruitment companies will not charge unless someone starts with you, so testing out their service is free, and you only pay on success.

 

So why would you use a Recruitment Agency to find a person in 2020?

In a nutshell, why not?  It’s a free service and you only pay on success.  There is no automated service than replace recruiters just yet, and I’d expect this to be the case for a long time.

 

Why use Newton Colmore Consulting to find me a person in 2020?

We started Newton Colmore Consulting in January of 2015 and have provided recruitment services to the Medical Devices, Scientific Engineering, Science, Machine Learning and Robotics fields since then (plus another six years in these fields before starting Newton Colmore Consulting).

 

We are Director owned and run, meaning we will work on your role until we are told otherwise.  We feedback if there is a lack of candidates and explain why.  We do not have KPI’s to hit, so will not harass you for new roles every other week and will not just send you an application to please a boss.  Everything we do will be to continually build on our working relationship with you.

 

So, if you are looking for someone please feel free to test out our services.  It’s free and you only pay on success.  You can contact Andrew Welsh at [email protected] or Matthew Lowdon at [email protected] or please feel free to call us on 0121 268 2240 or have a look at our website – newtoncolmore.com

 

Or if you would prefer to review some of our specialist fields please take a look at the following pages on our website;

Medical Devices Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/medical-devices-recruitment/

Machine Learning Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/machine-learning-recruitment/

Science Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/science-recruitment/

Research & Development Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/research-development/

Product Development & Invention Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/product-development-invention/

Embedded Software & Electronics Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/embedded-software-electronics-recruitment/

Sales & Business Development Recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/sales-business-development-recruitment/

Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs recruitment – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/quality-assurance-regulatory-affairs-recruitment/

 

Also, let me know your views on using recruitment agencies, any extra points I should add?  Any reason why you would not want to use a recruitment agency?  I want to hear views from all sides.

Surgical Robotics, Medical Devices Safety Laws & Cognizant acquisition – News that caught my eye this week – 21st June

While the news has been about the new PM I’ve been reading about the latest Medical Devices and Machine Learning News;

 

Designing a Medical Device with four safety tips;

Four tips when designing Medical Devices;

https://www.machinedesign.com/community/4-tips-designing-medical-devices-safety-mind

 

Government planning on holding off changes in Medical Devices Safety Laws;

Ireland and Germany are trying to hold off new Medical Devices Safety Laws;

https://www.icij.org/investigations/implant-files/european-health-ministers-fight-to-postpone-medical-device-safety-laws/

 

Cognizant to acquire Zenith;

John Oliver did a show on FDA approved vs FDA Cleared last week, I’m waiting for their YouTube channel to have a video that will be viewable in the UK, but until then this is an interesting article on the subject;

https://www.cnet.com/news/fda-approved-vs-fda-cleared-whats-the-difference/

 

Surgical Robotics, where is it headed?;

Surgical Robotics is advancing but where is it headed;

https://www.mddionline.com/wheres-robotic-assisted-surgery-headed

 

Medical Devices Recruitment and Careers;

Do you ever find yourself wondering “where can I find that person with a Medical Devices background?”?  Well, look no further.  Newton Colmore Consulting are a specialist Medical Devices Recruitment company.

If you are looking for a new team member or looking for a new role, why not have a look on our website – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/ or specifically on our Medical Devices Recruitment page – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/medical-devices-recruitment/

 

Machine Learning Recruitment and Careers;

Machine Learning recruitment is becoming more and more difficult due to the number of companies either being created or larger companies exploring how to use it.  So if you are struggling, why not contact Newton Colmore Consulting, who are a specialist Machine Learning Recruitment company.

If you are looking for a new team member or looking for a new role, why not have a look on our website – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/ or specifically on out Medical Devices Recruitment page – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/machine-learning-recruitment/

 

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Brain Aneurysms, MDD/IVDD services and FDA approved/cleared – News that caught my eye this week – 14th June

Happy Summertime with rain in the UK, anyway, let’s have a look at the latest Medical Devices and Machine Learning News;

 

Detecting Brain Aneurysms with AI;

An AI Diagnostic system is being used to identify Bran Aneurysms’;

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/brain-aneurysms-detected-using-ai-diagnostic-tool/

 

Lloyd’s Register withdraws their MDD and IVDD services;

One of the big Notified Bodies has withdrawn their MDD & IVDD services;

https://www.lr.org/en/latest-news/lloyds-register-withdraws-mdd-and-ivdd-services/

 

FDA approved vs FDA Cleared;

John Oliver did a show on FDA approved vs FDA Cleared last week, I’m waiting for their YouTube channel to have a video that will be viewable in the UK, but until then this is an interesting article on the subject;

https://www.cnet.com/news/fda-approved-vs-fda-cleared-whats-the-difference/

 

Stryker are the latest company to be investing in the RD&I companies in Ireland;

€200m invested in Irelands RD&I;

https://www.medicaldevice-network.com/news/stryker-rd-projects-ireland-investment/

 

Medical Devices Recruitment and Careers;

Do you ever find yourself wondering “where can I find that person with a Medical Devices background?”?  Well, look no further.  Newton Colmore Consulting are a specialist Medical Devices Recruitment company.

If you are looking for a new team member or looking for a new role, why not have a look on our website – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/ or specifically on our Medical Devices Recruitment page – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/medical-devices-recruitment/

 

Machine Learning Recruitment and Careers;

Machine Learning recruitment is becoming more and more difficult due to the number of companies either being created or larger companies exploring how to use it.  So if you are struggling, why not contact Newton Colmore Consulting, who are a specialist Machine Learning Recruitment company.

If you are looking for a new team member or looking for a new role, why not have a look on our website – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/ or specifically on out Medical Devices Recruitment page – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/machine-learning-recruitment/

 

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News that caught my eye this week – 7th June

Happy June, hopefully it will bring more sun soon.  Anyway, let’s have a look at the latest Medical Devices and Machine Learning News;

 

Deepfakes have come a long way;

These pictures look like real people, scary how the technology is coming along;

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/5/31/18645993/ai-deepfakes-gan-explained-machine-learning

 

Force Sensing Technologies being used to improve Medical Devices;

Ultra-thin force-sensitive technologies being used on smart medical devices;

https://incompliancemag.com/article/improving-medical-devices-with-force-sensing-technology/

 

Fantastic technology helping people who have had a heart-attack;

This Pumping Patch could help people’s hearts repair after having a heart attack;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48495313

 

Got a bit of spare cash? Why not look at buying one of the five most expensive Medical Devices?;

Have a look at the top 5 most expensive Medical Devices;

https://southfloridareporter.com/top-5-most-expensive-medical-devices/

 

Medical Devices Recruitment and Careers;

Do you ever find yourself wondering “where can I find that person with a Medical Devices background?”?  Well, look no further.  Newton Colmore Consulting are a specialist Medical Devices Recruitment company.

If you are looking for a new team member or looking for a new role, why not have a look on our website – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/ or specifically on our Medical Devices Recruitment page – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/medical-devices-recruitment/

 

Machine Learning Recruitment and Careers;

Machine Learning recruitment is becoming more and more difficult due to the number of companies either being created or larger companies exploring how to use it.  So if you are struggling, why not contact Newton Colmore Consulting, who are a specialist Machine Learning Recruitment company.

If you are looking for a new team member or looking for a new role, why not have a look on our website – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/ or specifically on out Medical Devices Recruitment page – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/machine-learning-recruitment/

 

Post your own stories;

Also, if you have your own articles you would like to add to our Blog, please feel free to upload them and we will publish any that match our website’s audience – https://www.newtoncolmore.com/blogs/

 

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