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Arrowhead fires CSO & Co-inventor of delivery tech responsible for clinical trial abandonment

02-Dec-2016 - Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. has also laid off its Chief scientific officer David Lewis - as part of the 34 staff cull - after several trials using delivery vehicle Ex1 were stopped by the firm.

Arrowhead halts development of RNAi-based therapies that use its Ex1 delivery tech

30-Nov-2016 - Arrowhead has abandoned development of therapies which use its Ex1 delivery vehicle, axing multiple clinical trials and sacking staff.

West completes Mulhuddart expansion citing insulin as driver

30-Nov-2016 - Delivery device with West Pharmaceutical Services has completed the expansion of its plant in Mulhuddart, County Dublin.

Catalent adding OTC capsule maker Accucaps to global softgel network

28-Nov-2016 - Catalent will add two Canadian manufacturing facilities to its softgel network through the acquisition of Accucaps.

Evonik to construct second Alabama facility for drug delivery polymers

23-Nov-2016 - Evonik has laid plans to expand a polymer facility in Alabama to cater for growing demand for sophisticated drug delivery and medical devices.


US FDA lifts clinical hold after Aduro modifies listeria-based therapy trials

22-Nov-2016 - The US FDA has cleared Aduro Biotech to recruit for trials of its listeria-based immunotherapies after the firm modified protocols to reduce the risk of subjects developing listeriosis.

Swallowing Stars: MIT spin-out invents gastric device which solves problem of daily dosing

22-Nov-2016 - Lyndra Inc. has developed a star shaped gastric device which claims to solve the problem of delivering drugs with short half-lives.

MIT’s Langer sells off excipients biotech to break into Biosimilar market

21-Nov-2016 - Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced its intention to buy Arsia Therapeutics citing its formulation viscosity reduction platform as the driver for the deal.

Primate deaths cause stock plummet for Arrowhead as RNAi PhII trials halted by FDA

18-Nov-2016 - The US FDA has halted a trial of a candidate Hepatitis B infection drug developed by Arrowhead Pharma Inc. after primate deaths in a toxicology study.

Sanofi insulin buy back and rival price hikes a boon for MannKind's Afrezza

14-Nov-2016 - Despite requiring more API, the price of inhaled insulin Afrezza has dropped below that of injected rapid-acting rivals says MannKind's CEO, reporting a resilient Q3.

Product recall after mechanism failure complaints

Teleflex recalls faulty nasal delivery devices used to administer opioid overdose meds

10-Nov-2016 - Teleflex Medical Corp. has recalled devices used to deliver rescue therapies to people who have overdosed on opioids, following complaints of mechanism failure leading to a "public health crisis".

Dutch Biotech takes RSV vaccine nasal spray vaccine into Ph I trial

08-Nov-2016 - Mucosis B.V. has started a volunteer study of SynGEM, a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine formulated for nasal delivery.

Unilife confirms focus on wearables delivery tech for biologics

03-Nov-2016 - Unilife has confirmed its intention to wind down its prefilled syringe business and focus on wearable technologies used to deliver biopharmaceuticals.

Bespak welcomes availability of Cimzia autoinjector on the UK NHS

28-Oct-2016 - Bespak says the availability of the autoinjector version of UCB’s Cimzia on the UK National Health Service (NHS) is a validation of its delivery technology.

Envigo testing single wall carbon nanotubes

27-Oct-2016 - Envigo has collaborated with InterTek and OCSiAl to develop TUBALL™ single wall carbon nanotubes, which is the first of its kind to complete REACH registration.

Unilife in talks with customers about planned wind-down of syringe business

27-Oct-2016 - Unilfe has started discussing the wind-down of its prefilled syringe business with customers after deciding to focus on wearable drug delivery technologies.

PepsiCo & TB Alliance partner to improve tuberculosis drug taste

27-Oct-2016 - PepsiCo and TB Alliance are partnering to improve the bitter and unpleasant taste of today’s tuberculosis (TB) treatments - important in the treatment of children.

update - Kaleo wants all patients to have access to Auvi-Q, regardless of insurance coverage

Kaleo set to relaunch withdrawn Epipen rival Auvi-Q next year

26-Oct-2016 - Kaleo has said it will relaunch Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection) a year after a recall by licensee Sanofi removed the Epipen rival from the market.

Inovio's DNA vaccine trial on hold over delivery device shelf life concerns

25-Oct-2016 - The US FDA has placed a Phase III trial of Inovio’s candidate DNA cancer vaccine VGX-3100 on clinical hold over concerns about its delivery device.

Everstone Capital buys stake in Rubicon Research citing delivery techs and ANDAs

25-Oct-2016 - Everstone Capital has acquired a 70% stake in drug delivery tech firm Rubicon Research Pvt for $33m (€30m).

Lannett compiling evidence to block FDA efforts to pull generic Concerta ANDA

24-Oct-2016 - Lannett is confident it can prove the extended release tech in its Concerta generic is equivalent to the original after the US FDA said it will seek withdrawal of firms ANDA.

Bespak launches autoinjector for high viscosity formulations; signs global pharma deal

20-Oct-2016 - Bespak has launched an auto-injector designed to deliver higher viscosity drug formulations.

Kempharm opts for Acura's anti-abuse tech in $3.5m deal

20-Oct-2016 - Acura Pharmaceuticals has licensed rights to use it anti-abuse technology to develop drug formulations to prodrug firm Kempharm.

Roller compactor bolsters Juniper's granulation capabilities

17-Oct-2016 - CDMO Juniper Pharma Services has added a small-scale roller compactor as the latest investment in its enabling technology offerings.

Smart injector allows for in-home injections

10-Oct-2016 - QuiO has raised $1.05m to develop its real-time adherence monitoring solution for injectable therapies – a device which could allow CROs to monitor injection events remotely. 

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