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Happy Thanksgiving for GSK with FTC approval of Novartis vaccine biz

27-Nov-2014 - Just in time for the holidays, GSK can ‘give thanks’ to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which has approved the $7bn acquisition of Novartis’ vaccine business.

Recipharm adds French plant and drug delivery tech in strategic deal with Flamel

27-Nov-2014 - Recipharm will acquire a facility and add technologies including spray granulation and spray coating as part of a “truly strategic” collaboration with France-based Flamel Technologies. 

Mind the gap: GSK and UK scientists say smaller is better for some biopharmaceuticals

19-Nov-2014 - UK researchers working with GSK say a newly identified immune cell communication mechanism could explain why some drugs don’t work and drive development of smaller, large molecule meds.

'Killer experiments' and reimbursement are the keys to VC backing says Index

17-Nov-2014 - Investors only back drug innovators because they have to according to Index Venture Management's Kevin Johnson, who says less risky 'first to be second' firms are much more attractive.

Actavis to acquire Botox maker Allergan for $66bn

17-Nov-2014 - After fending off hostile takeover bids from Valeant for nearly seven months, Allergan is finally agreeing to a takeover, but with Ireland-based Actavis.

AZ, ISIS expand partnership to develop novel delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides

14-Nov-2014 - Isis Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca have expanded their partnership to develop novel delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides in order to target the desired tissue more effectively. 

DISPATCHES FROM AAPS 2014

Ebola nasal vaccine under threat as funding runs dry

12-Nov-2014 - Lack of funding is threatening development of a nasal spray vaccine shown to provide long-term protection for non-human primates against the Ebola virus, the lead researcher told this publication in an exclusive interview.

Sanofi wearable injectable supply deal could net Unilife over $1bn per year

12-Nov-2014 - Unilife says its 15 year-wearable injector supply deal with Sanofi is “unprecendented” and could result in over $1bn of sales annually for the delivery device maker. 

UPDATE

Microneedles feasible peptide delivery tech, says Merck Director

11-Nov-2014 - Transdermal delivery using microneedles is an attractive and feasible administrative route for peptides, according to a Merck & Co. Director.

Inhalable insulin: Will Sanofi and MannKind succeed where Pfizer failed?

10-Nov-2014 - Afrezza will succeed where Pfizer's Exubera failed, say MannKind and Sanofi as they prepare to launch their inhalable insulin product.

Dispatches from AAPS

Inhaler delivered peptide could prevent LDC deaths during childbirth, says GSK

04-Nov-2014 - Inhaled delivery of the labour inducing peptide oxytocin could help prevent millions of deaths in the lesser-developed countries (LDC), according to a GSK scientist.

dispatches from AAPS

Breaking Ad: Can virus-delivered gene therapy help meth addicts quit?

04-Nov-2014 - Addicts struggling to kick a meth habit could be helped by gene therapy according to the team behind a US National Institutes of Health funded project.

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

30-Oct-2014 - Animal astronauts on the International Space Station will test an implant which allows doctors back on earth to deliver drugs by remote control.

Oral influenza vaccine one step closer, says Vaxart

22-Oct-2014 - A seasonal flu vaccine taken in the form of an oral solid dose has been found comparable to currently available jabs, according to data presented by developer Vaxart.

News from CPHI Paris

Doctors ask for quick-dissolve meds to stop in-patient cheating

21-Oct-2014 - Patients receiving court-ordered treatment can be stopped from secretly spitting out their medicines by formulations which dissolve quickly in the mouth.

Exclusive interview

CDMOs: Leave aseptic manufacturing to the Vetters of this world, says Aesica

14-Oct-2014 - Aesica has turned its back on sterile injectables manufacturing and, in an exclusive interview, told Outsourcing-Pharma.com there is now limited steriles capability in the UK following the exit of other key players. 

Catalent calls for greater academic and industry collaboration on delivery tech

02-Oct-2014 - Catalent has urged industry and academia to share knowledge about delivery technologies to help improve drug efficacy as it signs a deal to develop ADHD treatments for Cingulate.

dispatches from technopharm

Personalised meds to deliver bigger market for oral film technologies says expert

02-Oct-2014 - Flexible inkjet printing and personalized medicine will grow the market for orodispersible delivery technologies according to experts at a conference in Germany this week.

Acorda gains pulmonary drug delivery tech in $525 Civitas deal

25-Sep-2014 - Acorda has gained a pulmonary delivery technology and a GMP manufacturing site in Massachusetts along with a Parkinson’s disease candidate in its $525m (€410m) acquisition of Civitas.

Telormedix granted 'most important patent ' for TLR agonist bladder cancer drug

22-Sep-2014 - Telormedix has been granted a European patent for increasing the solubility of its lead bladder cancer toll-like receptors (TLR) treatment Vesimune.

Feature

Nobel prizes and the world’s top drug: a gallery of Scottish pharma

17-Sep-2014 - On the eve of the historical vote on Scottish independence from the UK tomorrow, we take a look at the pharma inventions Scotland gave the world.

Galen plans to sell “green whistle” inhalable pain drug in UK and Ireland

16-Sep-2014 - Almac’s subsidiary Galen has licensed UK sales and marketing rights to an emergency pain drug nicknamed the “green whistle” from Australian firm Medical Developments International (MVP).

Unilife accelerates expansion to fulfill demand for delivery devices

15-Sep-2014 - Unilife has invested in manufacturing capacity for its drug delivery devices ahead of schedule to support the accelerated commercial launch date of its customers' products.

Singapore researchers develop microneedle patch to better deliver pain meds

15-Sep-2014 - Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a microneedle patch that can deliver lidocaine in what they say is a “faster, more effective and painless” way.

News in brief

Cipla buys Indian plants from contractor

11-Sep-2014 - Indian drugmaker Cipla has bought two manufacturing facilities from its contractor Okasa Pharma.

Spotlight

DPI delivered peptide could prevent deaths during childbirth, says GSK
Dispatches from AAPS

Inhaler delivered peptide could prevent LDC deaths during childbirth, says GSK

Inhaled delivery of the labour inducing peptide oxytocin could help prevent millions of deaths in the lesser-developed...

Why Apple and Google hold the key to avoiding Pharmageddon
dispatches from AAPS

Why Apple and Google hold the key to avoiding Pharmageddon

In the future pharma will be reliant on technology, says physician-scientist Daniel Kraft, who warns that companies...

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

India has relaxed stability data requirements for API manufacturers seeking “written confirmation of quality” certificates needed to...

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

Animal astronauts on the International Space Station will test an implant which allows doctors back on earth...

Why there's no sign of Pfizer among top pharma employers
Feature

Why there's no sign of Pfizer among top pharma employers

A head-hunter explains why Regeneron, Novo Nordisk and Genentech top a global survey of science employers, but...

EDQM sets new policy for testing of bacterial endotoxins

EDQM sets new policy for testing of bacterial endotoxins

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health Care, under the European Pharmacopeia, has set...

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