A team of McGill Chemistry Department researchers led by Dr. Hanadi Sleiman has achieved a major breakthrough in the development of nanotubes - tiny "magic bullets" that could one day deliver drugs to specific diseased cells. Sleiman explains that the research involves taking DNA out of its biological context. So rather than being used as the genetic code for life, it becomes a kind of building block for tiny nanometre-scale objects.
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VP, Lab Support Europe
Kris Richards joined the company back in March of 1999 and was one of the original six “Brits” to start Lab Support UK. She currently is the VP of European Operations—a position that she was promoted to in 2003. Prior to joining Lab Support, Kris studied chemistry and food science at the University of Reading and spent six years in industry. She is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is on the Public Advisory Committee for the IFST.
Her role as VP involves managing the European branches of Lab Support—they are located in three different countries, so part of her job is learning about the different legislation, culture, and business practices of each area. Day to day her duties cover marketing, training, client visits, budgeting, and managing her team.
Kris spends her time working with people she likes and respects, so she enjoys coming to work. She especially likes seeing the development of people who are new to the team— they start out knowing very little about the world of recruitment and develop into accomplished salespeople and recruiters. Her team works well together even though their branches are located throughout different countries. Kris learned early on in the company that you need to have fun, even more so when working in what can be a very stressful environment. Her team members work very hard, and are open and honest with each other as well as with candidates and clients.
Kris has been a part of many accomplishments within Lab Support throughout the years, including seeing the division grow, achieving all-time highs, and winning some major client contracts. Before she joined Lab Support, Kris also had some notable accomplishments as a new product development technologist for an ingredients company. She was involved in a number of projects that resulted in new products being launched into the marketplace. One of the most well-known successes was the Smint breath freshener tablet.
When not working, Kris is a keen runner and really enjoys going for a run as the sun comes up. She has competed in a number of races and has some personal bests that she is striving to beat—if not this season, then next. Aside from all this, she has a five-year-old daughter who takes up most of her time.
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The following Industries expect to have an increase in projects that may result in additional contract staff* within the time frames below:
Contract Testing Labs
Food and Beverage
Coatings and Polymers
Flavor and Fragrance
Personal Care Products
*This insight is based on our comprehensive March 2010 survey of contract staffing buyers. The full report is entitled, "Lab Support Index." The points above are from the report and are related to buyers' strategies for managing staffing resources.
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