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GSK and Immunovaccine: delivery techs promise to deliver Ebola vaccine

 The crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) also known as the cynomolgus monkey protected by Immunovaccine's Ebola vaccine

A candidate Ebola vaccine that uses Immunovaccine's formulation technology has stopped cynomolgus monkeys from catching the disease in a preclinical study.

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Biopharmaceutical firm Merck Serono will make small molecule drugs at the new plant it is building in China according to a company spokeswoman, who told us the firm will supply both local and international markets.

BTG has received approval from the China FDA for a liver cancer treatment which uses its hydrogel product DC Beads.

Baxter International has donated intravenous fluids to aid organisations treating Ebola infected patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories says accusations by the US Government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that it violated childproof packaging rules could cause significant losses for the company.

Pfizer is rumoured to be eyeing up Actavis three months after failing to woo AstraZeneca in a $120bn megamerger, but what would such a deal bring to the Pharma Giant? In-Pharmatechnologist investigates.

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Breed lab mice with wild for better neuro research say scientists from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

The drive for homogenous animal models in preclinical research has robbed mice of useful behavioural traits, say scientists.

Clinical trials: the technology catching cheating volunteers from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Contract research organisations (CROs) are turning to technology to fight dual patient enrolment in trials, but rival service companies refuse to sync their methods, says an early-phase expert.

EDC more critical in biopharma trials than small mol studies says expert from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Smaller pipelines make keeping to timelines particularly important in biopharmaceutical trials according to Exco InTouch, which says this pressure is driving EDC tech adoption.

Novo Nordisk snaps up Olympus plant and rehires laid off NH workers from BioPharma-Reporter.com

Novo Nordisk has bought a biomanufacturing facility earmarked for closure by Olympus Biotech and begun rehiring staff in order to support its haemophilia product pipeline.

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SCM's woes part of UK-wide aseptic slowdown, says ex-owner

SCM's woes part of UK-wide aseptic slowdown, says ex-owner

GMP failures at an aseptic plant owned by SCM Pharma are part of a wider industry trend...

Boehringer aims to cut German costs 15% as H1 sales fall

Boehringer Ingelheim aims to cut German costs 15% as revenues drop

German jobs are safe despite a programme that will cut the cost of operations by 15%, Boehringer...

WHO: Data from use of unapproved Ebola drugs should be shared

WHO: Data from use of unapproved Ebola drugs should be shared

Efficacy and safety data from use of unapproved Ebola virus treatments should be shared according to an...

THC may reduce tumor size? mouse study investigates

THC may reduce tumor size? mouse study investigates

A previously unknown signaling platform may be responsible for the success of the main psychoactive ingredient in...

India’s CDSCO outlines procedures for state manufacturer inspections

India’s CDSCO outlines procedures for state inspections of manufacturers

In order to ensure uniformity on the state and federal levels, India’s CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control...

Roche re-enters RNAi space with $250m Santaris acquisition

Roche re-enters gene silencing space with $250m LNA acquisition

Roche has renewed its interest in gene silencing drugs, paying $250m (€187m) for Santaris Pharma including its...

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