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27 Nov 2013

Aesica Appoints New Site Manufacturing Manager at Cramlington Facility

Aesica, the global contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), has annouappointed Catherine Dick to the new role of site manufacturing manager at Cramlington. She will take responsibility for ensuring that all manufacturing is performed as planned from product introduction through all aspects of the manufacturing process.


A key function for Catherine is to ensure that every activity scheduled is kept on track for products during the remainder of 2013. This includes the completion of manufacturing work on approximately four new products, at multiple stages of development, due to be brought on to the Cramlington site in 2014, each of which will be manufactured for a key strategic partner of Aesica.       


Catherine brings strong experience and knowledge of operations at Cramlington to the task in hand, having joined Aesica back in 2007 as the site’s Quality Manager. In 2010, she was promoted to Head of Quality for UK APIs, responsible for the quality and regulatory compliance of all products manufactured across both the Cramlington and the Queenborough API manufacturing sites. Recently, she headed up the latest Queenborough API MHRA site inspection, carried out voluntarily by the company every 3 years.


Mark Dawson will now take the helm as Head of Quality at the Cramlington facility. With more than 25 years’ experience in the API industry, Mark has held various roles at the site within the Quality Control, EH&S and Warehousing departments. In his most recent role, he spent thirteen years as part of the production management team responsible for the day-to-day running of the process plants on the Cramlington site.


The company is also set to recruit three new chemists, a site engineering manager and an analytical technology officer.


Catherine had previously worked as QA Manager and as a project manager for a small biotechnology company prior to joining Aesica. She holds an MSC research fellowship in mechanisms of iron uptake in plants, microbes and mammalian cells, a PhD in BioChemistry from Newcastle University and a degree in BioChemistry and Genetics from Durham. 


Steve Barker, Operations Director, API Business Unit at Aesica remarked: “Catherine possesses strong expertise and a solid knowledge of implementing work on multiple, quality APIs. The acumen she brings to the role coupled with the collective quality measures we are taking will ensure the company operates to the most rigorous, cost effective and timely manufacturing processes.”

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