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Medipure Pharmaceuticals Inc

Formulation Scientist

Research and Development – Burnaby, British Columbia
Department Research and Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About Medipure

Medipure’s mission is to revolutionize drug discovery and bring innovative and safe medication for the treatment of pain, anxiety and skin disorders. We bring novel prescription medicines to market, providing patients with serious conditions valuable solutions that improve quality of life through the development of safe and effective endocannabinoid-based therapeutics.

Through rapid cost-effective product development, by addressing market needs, and establishing strategic partnerships, we seek to maximize the value of our products and provide innovative treatments for targeted diseases. For information, please visit our website 


Position: Formulation Scientist

Reports to (Position): Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and R&D Management

Department/ Section:  Research and Development


1.Principle Accountabilities

Reporting to the CTO and R&D Management the incumbent is responsible for developing, optimizing and upscaling the drug formulations for various R&D clinical trial projects ensuring they adhere to FDA, EMA, and Health Canada requirements for safety, efficiency and quality.  The Formulation Scientist will support R&D projects by conducting formulation development, evaluation, analytical characterization, and technology transfer to scientists involved in clinical manufacturing activities.

 Job Duties:

  • Develop novel transdermal (preferably hydrogels) and/or sublingual formulations (preferably thin films) for in-house drug products and commercial use.
  • Performing analytical characterization of candidate formulations by using various biophysical and biochemical characterization techniques.
  • Knowledge of regular drug formulations such as tablets, capsules, creams, and lotions.
  • Develop infrastructure for analysis and execution of pre-formulation and formulation research activities.
  • Plan, develop, and implement scientifically well-designed experiments with minimal direction and guidance.
  • Co-ordinate with other R&D Departments to understand the needs and develop new technologies.
  • Support R&D activities related to novel drug delivery system
  • Identify the multidimensional aspects of complex problems and applies novel and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop, set-up, scale-up and optimize formulations, and manufacturing processes in a GMP environment. Optimize formulation and process through QbD approach.
  • Identify critical process parameters and process control for scaling up the manufacturing process and transfers the technology accurately to the Manufacturing Department.
  • Compile and prepares professional technical reports, and CMC documents for clinical trial applications (FDA, EMA and Health Canada).
  • Support Manufacturing Department during equipment purchase/set up, testing (raw/intermediate/finished products), technology transfer, process optimization, up-scaling and pilot batch production.
  • Participate in investigations into product failure.  Ensure involvement in all trouble-shooting activities.
  • Perform short- and long-term stability studies.
  • Comply with GMP’s SOP’s and all regulatory documentation. Follow ICH, FDA, EMA, and Health Canada guidelines for product development under GLP/GMP conditions.

Qualifications and desired skills:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. Degree in chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent.
  • Minimum 7-10 years of formulation experience in both lab and clean room environment (GMP).
  • Hands-on expertise in formulation development for oral and topical dosage forms.
  • Hands on experience with material characterization using thermal methods, TGA, solution NMR, IR/Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and particle size analyses.
  • Skilled in drug delivery optimization, using DOE where applicable.
  • Experience with handling of a controlled substance is desired.
  • Thorough cGMP, and GLP knowledge is a must. Knowledge of Health Canada’s CDSA and quality guidelines to formulate compliant products is an asset.
  • Knowledge of FDA regulatory guidance’s, ICH guidelines and requirements of clinical trial applications are a must.
  • Working knowledge of patents, pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple departments and levels within the organization
  • Strong ability to coordinate multiple projects and priorities and work well under time constraints.
  • Technical ability to trouble shoot as required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be flexible, a strong team player, excellent attention to detail and have a hands-on approach

If you want to further develop your skills and build a long-term career with a growing company – Apply Today! 

About the Benefits

Upon joining Medipure you will be welcomed into a dynamic and multicultural team. In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will receive a competitive annual salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.

 And that's not all! When you join Medipure, you will have the ability to define your own career path while working with an engaged and excited team.

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    Burnaby, British Columbia
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    Research and Development
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