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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


Look for courses on drug development on the University of Cambridge Training website.


One Nucleus is a not-for-profit Life Sciences & Healthcare membership organisation centred on the Greater London-Cambridge-East of England corridor. Headquartered in Cambridge, at the heart of Europe’s largest Life Sciences & Healthcare cluster, they support those institutions, companies and individuals undertaking activity in or with the region.

One Nucleus provides courses - amongst other topics - on drug discovery, development and safety.

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Below, you will find several courses that will take place during the following months:


A BioSafety Masterclass: Building and Maintaining Competence in BioSafety

Audience - A one-day Biological Safety Masterclass course provides an essential update in knowledge of current legislation and best practice for those who have previously completed the accredited Biological Safety Officers or Biological Safety: Management & Practice course.

This Masterclass is designed to remind you of what you once knew (but may have forgotten!) about biological safety so it assumes a certain basic knowledge.

Previous delegates who have benefited from Biological Safety courses include: Biosafety Officers, BioPharma directors and managers, 

Biosafety Administrators (industry and universities), Biosafety committee member, Engineers, chemists

Duration – A one day course.

Objectives - Using a mix of formal presentation, class exercises and syndicate work you should, by the end of the session, have:

• Reminded yourself about the legal background

• Revisited the principles and practice of assessing risk

• Applied those principles in the biological context

• Reviewed appropriate standards of laboratory management and operation

• Reflected on changes for the future and drawn up an action plan

Before you attend: find two examples of risk assessments for activities that involve biological hazards, minutes of your last safety committee, a copy of your spill procedure and notes or report from an inspection done within the last 3 months. Bring these with you to review as part of the action planning exercise.

Cost – One Nucleus Gold: £357 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £433.50 + VAT

Non-Member: £510 + VAT


Biological Safety: Management and Practice (IOSH accredited)

Audience - The course is predominantly aimed at those fairly new to the role and mostly focuses on work at ACDP containment levels 1 and 2 and work with GMOs. However, experienced BSO will also benefit from the course.

Duration – A one day course.

Objectives - To improve your knowledge of Biosafety and consequently develop the competency and confidence to perform your role as a Biological Safety Officer more effectively. The course is predominantly aimed at those fairly new to the role and mostly focuses on work at ACDP containment levels 1 and 2 and work with GMOs. However, experienced BSO’s will also benefit from the course.

Cost - One Nucleus Gold: £714 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £867 + VAT

Non member: £1020 + VAT


Laboratory Health and Safety

Audience - Laboratory safety representatives or laboratory workers.

Duration – A one day course.

Objectives - This one-day intensive course is all about health and safety in the laboratory setting. Using lots of practical examples and scenarios from different laboratories, participants will learn about health and safety legislation and the principles of safe working as it applies to them.

As this course is designed to be as relevant to participants own working environments as possible, a small amount of preparatory work is required before attending.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course participants will:

• Understand why safety is important

• Have a basic understanding of health and safety legislation

• Understand and be able to apply the principles of risk assessment

• Understand the main requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended).

• Identify how the Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres Regulations 2002 apply to their laboratory.

• Have an understanding of appropriate safe working practices in the laboratory

• Be able to identify the main health and safety risks in their laboratories and the reasons to control those risks.

• Be able to take appropriate action in the event of an accident or spillage including reporting and investigating accidents

• Identify the health and safety implications associated with lifting and handling and with repetitive tasks including ergonomic risks in the laboratory.

• Have drawn up an Action Plan for taking forward learning points.


Cost - One Nucleus Gold: £213.50 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £259.25 + VAT

Non member: £305 + VAT


The Safe Use and Management of Laboratory Gases

Audience - This workshop is designed to enable Laboratory Managers and Supervisors, Stores Managers and Facilities Managers to effectively identify and control compressed gases safety.

Duration – A one day course.

Objectives - The workshop uses real life case studies and introduces delegates to tools and techniques to identify work patterns that create risk. Delegates are taken from first principles to in-depth modules on a range of topics all fully supported with checklists, audit tools and documentation to check compliance in accordance with current Codes of Practice and Pressure Systems Regulations.

Cost - One Nucleus Gold: £224 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £272 + VAT

Non member: £320 + VAT


Introduction to Drug Development

Audience - Scientific Professionals. Non-Scientific Professionals.

Duration – A one day course.

Objectives - Each course is designed to introduce delegates to the process leading from an initial discovery through to the marketing of a drug.

The aim of the programme is to show how the many steps are linked together and where key related activities such as patenting, licensing and fundraising have to be taken into account.

It also includes a look at biotechnology in the wider context, the size of the industry and how it relates to the pharmaceutical sector.

Cost - One Nucleus Gold: £357 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £433.50+ VAT

Non member: £510 + VAT


Presentation Skills for Scientists

Audience - Junior research scientists (all disciplines) from academia and industry, particularly those starting to present their work at conferences and seminars. It is also useful for scientists who want to present technical material to companies or investors.

Duration  - A one day course.

Objectives - To help delegates to identify their strengths and weaknesses in presenting a scientific talk, both in verbal delivery and in the organisation of visual material.

To provide detailed guidance on both of the above aspects of scientific presentation so that delegates can use this for their own professional development.

Content - The one day course, unlike many presentation skills courses, is designed specifically for the practising scientist. We cover all aspects of verbal scientific communication, asking delegates to present their own research in a conference format prompting feedback on style and content. Because of our expertise in both science and communication skills, we help to solve common problems (such as nervousness and voice control), as well as those unique to scientists presenting the results of their research.

The day begins with practical instruction on key topics associated with slide content and the process of verbal delivery. Each delegate is then asked to deliver a short scientific presentation with digital slides and to answer questions. The whole process is filmed and played back to highlight positive aspects of delivery style and talk content, as well as to identify areas that require improvement.

We usually recommend that a maximum of ten delegates attend each session to ensure that each individual gets as much attention as possible. The trainers Ed Zanders and Lindsay MacLeod have written Presentation Skills for Scientists - a Practical Guide which delegates will receive at the end of their course.

Cost - One Nucleus Gold: £357 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £433.50 + VAT

Non Member: £510 + VAT


Effective Management of Life Science Projects

Audience - People newly appointed as Project Managers, Service Organisation Account Managers, or specialist staff who need to add the management of a project to their current role. More experienced project managers who need to refresh or add best practice to their skill set.

Duration - Two one day modules – you can choose to attend one or both days.

A discount in excess of 25% available if you book both days.

Objectives - By taking this training programme, you will be able to address projects in small-to-medium biotech, pharma, academic and service businesses, which are generally more challenging than rolling out a simple plan. It will focus on life science culture rather than a generic project process model. Content is based on practical experience, complementing and enhancing other more formal qualifications available.

Module 1 - plans, processes and templates – delegates will be able to:

• Clarify expectations, roles and responsibilities

• Work with a team to plan, budget, manage risk, communicate and deliver

• Monitor and report progress

• Build effective business cases to influence decisions.


Module 2 - people, leadership and teams – delegates will be able to:

• Kick off and build the team

• Use straightforward ways to lead cross-functional teams without direct authority

• Establish an effective relationship across a mixed team and with senior management

• Overcoming performance problems and conflict.


Cost - Individual one day modules:

One Nucleus Gold: £357 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £433.50 + VAT

Non member: £510 + VAT

Both modules (total two days):

One Nucleus Gold: £525 + VAT

One Nucleus Silver: £637.50 + VAT

Non member: £750+ VAT


If you wish to book both modules for the same person, please contact for a code to obtain the reduced price for their second module. The code must be entered at the time of booking the second module and cannot be applied retrospectively.