Takeda leads the way on skills
Founded in 1781 and headquartered in Osaka, Japan,
Takeda Cambridge showed an early interest in working Takeda is a research-based global pharmaceutical with Cogent to develop a training framework for SMEs company. Worldwide, Takeda markets a number of and in the new Higher Apprenticeship in Life Sciences blockbuster drugs discovered through its internal programme. This has seen TCB take on their first ever research programmes including Actos®, Blopress®, and apprentice, an HA in life sciences (the first in the sector). Prevacid®. Takeda Cambridge Ltd (formerly Paradigm TCB has also joined the Cogent Life Sciences Skills Therapeutics) was established in 2000 by Cambridge University researchers. Using genetic models and in vivo pharmacology Takeda Cambridge (TCB) and its subsidiary Takeda Singapore have developed a promising pipeline of novel drug discovery projects.
“Takeda Cambridge is very pleased to be supporting
the important work of Cogent in developing training
The Cambridge site employs around 120 people with a frameworks for SMEs and identifying skills gaps in
further 30 researchers in Singapore. 90 per cent of the the biosciences industry. We are delighted to be
staff are biosciences graduates and the majority are participating in the HA life sciences pilot scheme and
to have our first apprentice start work in our in vitro
pharmacology department.”
TCB recognises the importance of maintaining a highly-skilled workforce at all levels. Typical scientific training courses on offer include statistics and database management. When Linda Millett, Head of Human “The Higher Apprenticeship in Life Science provides a
Resources, could not source a suitable course on Project fantastic opportunity to study in higher education as
Management for Scientists she decided to bring this well as learning a range of laboratory based practical
in-house and is now developing this with a local training skills in a real life working environment. I have
already had hands on experience with compound
screening in assay development, cell transfections,
Linda has also recently launched a Training Curriculum cloning, cell culture and DNA purification. I have
at TCB which focuses on “soft skills” for scientists enjoyed every minute so far at Takeda Cambridge
including, communication, presentation skills and and I’m confident I will continue to feel this way
management and supervisory training. TCB has a throughout the duration of my placement here.”
cultural awareness training course which is delivered as part of their induction programme and aims to raise awareness of cultural differences (both national and If you want
to find out more about
any of Cogent’s programmes
contact us on: 01925 515 200
Cogent SSC, Unit 5, Mandarin Court, Centre Park, Warrington WA1 1GG


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