We know how it feels. You have a passion for engineering and science from an early age. You want to use your brain power and creativity to make a positive and exciting contribution to the world. You work hard for years through your education culminating in a top degree or doctorate from one of the best universities. You should find a job which recognises and rewards that passion. Shouldn’t you?
We remember what it was like ourselves, and we asked our staff of top engineers and scientists what they looked for in their ideal job…
Making a positive contribution to the world
Most talented engineers and scientists want to their abilities for worthwhile and productive causes. We want to solve problems, not cause them. That’s why Springboard has an ethical policy which means we won’t work on things which cause more harm than good like weapons. Our staff take great satisfaction that they will be proud of what they have achieved.
Variety is the spice of life
There is huge diversity in the range of products and problems that Springboard is asked to work on. If we specialise at all, it is in doing things well!
You would find the variety thrilling, challenging and rewarding all at the same time.
Excellent people want, and deserve, excellent opportunities. That is why we at Springboard spend a lot of time mentoring each other in good practice, new techniques or just interesting ways of thinking about things. We also give a personal training budget to spend on what you think is most important for your development.
Keeping it real
There are many jobs out there where you can work your socks off and still not make much impact in the real world. It is different at Springboard: all of the devices we design are on their path to production where they can then make a real difference to peoples’ lives – and you might get to say, “I did that!”
In summary, we understand what you are looking for because we are looking for the same things, and we built a company with that in mind. You will not be surprised to find that some of the most important elements that people look for in a job are the same as the key motivations for starting Springboard.
If you are a bright and passionate engineer or scientist looking for a truly rewarding job, please get in touch.
We have received a great number of enquiries for the latest information on wearable bolus (large volume) injectors, especially since our article “The Rise of the Bolus Injector” was published.
Therefore, Springboard’s Director of Drug Delivery Device Development, Tom Oakley has written a brand new article for OnDrugDelivery featuring the latest technical, commercial and regulatory developments in the world of bolus injectors.
Springboard has been featured in a new article about the demand for top medical device developers.
As a leading technology consultancy, Springboard excels in the development of devices for safety-regulated industries such as medical devices. These span drug delivery devices, diagnostics, minimally-invasive surgical tools, wound care and more.
See the full article at Business Weekly or, if you would like to get in touch now, call Tom Oakley on +44 (0) 1223 422 273.
Springboard’s Tom Oakley recently presented the latest developments of bolus (large volume) injectors at 2 major international conferences: the Management Forum in London and SMi America in New Jersey. Here is an update on the other hottest topics in injectable drug delivery… At the Management Forum, Amgen’s Mathias Romacker explained the trend to:
Higher concentration formulations; and
Larger doses with less frequent injections.
Interestingly, both of these trends point to an increased need for bolus injectors. 3P Innovation’s Tom Bailey and XstalBio’s Barry Moore showed the increased need for reconstitution devices, driven by the increased number of biologics being developed for subcutaneous delivery, especially therapeutic proteins. SHL’s Mats Persson described trends such as:
Moving treatment from the hospital to the home for increased patient convenience and lower treatment cost;
Using the injection device for drug product life-cycle management;
Larger volume and higher viscosity injections required by new drug formulations;
Increased emphasis by regulators on human factors studies;
Interest in polymer, as opposed to glass, syringes;
Autoinjectors for cartridges as opposed to syringes;
Instructions for use on and in devices; and
True end-of-dose indicators.
At the SMi America conference, Merck’s Scott Brown described the most common pitfalls of drug delivery device development, and Beroe’s Chanderkanth Gautam explained the opportunities and threats to electronic autoinjectors. In summary, developments in devices to inject drugs are being driven by:
New biologics which may require larger injection volumes, higher viscosities, or reconstitution;
Regulatory demands for human factors studies; and
The need for increased adherence, which may be addressed by electronic functionality in devices.
If you work at a pharmaceutical company or medical device manufacturer and want to know more, please contact Tom Oakley.
The recent SMi conference on Pre-Filled Syringes brought together experts from the pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and materials industries to reveal and discuss the latest innovations and market trends for the important Pre-Filled Syringe sector.
The highlights were:
The sources and types of leachables by Joel Richard of Ipsen
Filling syringes will high concentration monoclonal antibodies by Yuh Fun Maa of Genentech
Incorporating human factors and patient centric design by Alex Jaksch of BD
Smart labelling by Thorsten Kircher of Schreiner MediPharm
The smart labelling presentation in particular showed some fascinating possibilities whereby labels could have RFID or NFC chips embedded, which can transmit information to a smartphone, for example redirecting it to a website.
If you wish to find out more about the latest developments in Pre-Filled Syringes, please feel free to contact Tom Oakley on +44 1223 422 273.
We will build on a recent research project by the Cambridge University Judge Business School that Springboard sponsored.
The presentation will answer the most important questions for drug delivery professionals, such as:
The changing needs of patients and new drugs
Could autoinjectors and infusion pumps meet the needs?
Bolus injectors: a new class of injection device
What to expect from the draft standard ‘ISO 11608-6’ on bolus injectors
The Management Forum on Injectable Drug Delivery is one of the leading meetings of pharmaceutical and device professionals, and we highly recommend it to managers and executives working in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clinical medicine, government, academia and patient support groups.
If you would like a face-to-face meeting at the event, please contact Springboard on +44 (0) 1223 422 273.
The presentation will be made available to Springboard’s current and potential clients after the congress so please get in touch if you are interested.
The prestigious Judge Business School presented today their findings from a month-long research project on the market and leading technologies for ‘large volume’ or ‘bolus’ injections.
Springboard sponsored the research and provided industry expertise and contacts.
Tom Oakley, Director of Drug Delivery Device Development at Springboard said, ‘The Judge Business School team has approached the project with great professionalism and energy. They have been able to find very useful information on the new drugs which require large injections, and the market for bolus injectors.’
Many directors of device development and procurement at major pharmaceutical companies were interviewed by the team, and their requirements and predictions for the future have been analysed.
The report concludes with predictions of the potential market size, and an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for bolus injectors.
Please contact Tom Oakley on +44 (0) 1223 422 273 if you represent a pharmaceutical or medical device company which requires bolus injector technology development. We would be happy to present the findings to you.