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Mergers and acquisitions

The pharmaceutical industry seems besieged on all sides, with declining R&D productivity, expiring patents on blockbuster products and relentless downward pricing pressure forcing companies to look closely at the bottom line. One affect of this onslaught has been an upsurge in the level of M&A activity as players within the industry consolidate to cut costs, expand research pipelines and lengthen geographic reach.

Heparin consolidation: Hepalink to buy SPL for $337m

06-Jan-2014 - Chinese API firm Shenzhen Hepalink has announced plans to buy Scientific Protein Laboratories (SPL) from private equity investor American Capital for $337.5m.

Encap selected to formulate Lipocine's HPAPI oral testosterone

18-Dec-2013 - Encap has collaborated with Lipocine to manufacture its oral testosterone product and says it expects continued growth in demand for HPAPI formulation services.

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Over-capacity and patent loss sees Pfizer & Merck shutter Puerto Rico plants

25-Nov-2013 - Pfizer says it intends to shutter a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico just days after Merck & Co. announced it was reducing its footprint on the island.

Aptar launches biologics focused auto-injector

21-Nov-2013 - Aptar Pharma has launched a new auto-injector technology as part of a strategic effort to build its presence in the biopharmaceutical sector.

Granules India to buy Auctus and says Singapore closure is a 'non-event'

04-Nov-2013 - Granules India has outlined plans to buy drug intermediate and API maker Auctus Pharma, set up an actives R&D site and announced its intention to wind up its ‘shell’ operation...

Capsugel and Bend: 'Marriage made in heaven' as first tech transferred

31-Oct-2013 - The acquisition of Bend Research by Capsugel may be “a marriage made in heaven” for customers, the firms say, as the first drug delivery tech is transferred.

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Catalent launches softgel products at CPhI: one vegetarian, one anti-abuse

23-Oct-2013 - Catalent has announced two new softgel solutions as it adds greater versatility to its Advanced Technologies Business Unit.

MedImmune looks to 'next generation biologics' with $200m ADC investment

15-Oct-2013 - AstraZeneca has become the latest company to invest in antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology with the acquisition of Spirogen for $200m (€148m).

Merck & Co.'s New Jersey rejig has some manufacturing implications

09-Oct-2013 - Merck says it is shutting two New Jersey facilities as it moves its headquarters to the Kenilworth site where manufacturing ended last week.

Capsugel to Buy Bend Research to Expand Bioavailability Offering

05-Sep-2013 - Capsugel will buy Bend Research to expand its dosage form solutions (DFS) business in a deal announced earlier today.

GSK in Talks with Several Firms for Romanian Oral Dose Plant

05-Sep-2013 - GlaxoSmithKline is in talks with a number of companies interested in buying its Romanian manufacturing facility that was recently earmarked for closure.

Chiron and Panacea End Injectables JV Amicably, Says Novartis

02-Sep-2013 - Novartis-owned Chiron and Panacea Biotec have amicably dissolved their vaccine joint venture due to strategic regions, according to Novartis.

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CordenPharma Owner Buys Belgian Peptide Firm to Boost API business

29-Aug-2013 - ICIG will buy the Belgian operation of peptide maker Peptisyntha SA from Solvay to expand its recently rejigged contract API business.

Who's Bought Who in the Late Summer Sales

28-Aug-2013 - Amgen spent $10.4bn (€7.8bn) this week on Onyx Pharmaceuticals, but AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have also opened up their wallets this week – welcome to in-Pharmatechnologist.com’s merger & acquisition...

News in brief

Amgen Acquires Onyx for $10.4bn

26-Aug-2013 - Amgen has spent $10.4bn (€7.8bn) in acquiring Onyx Pharmaceuticals saying its oncology products and pipeline will be strengthened by Amgen’s manufacturing capabilities.

Fresenius to Establish Indonesian Manufacturing Hub in 51% Acq

20-Aug-2013 - Fresenius Kabi will focus on intravenous generics and infusion solutions as it acquires a 51 percent stake in an Indonesian pharma company.

Spin Off OTC Unit in Pharmstandard's Vision as it Buys API Supplier

14-Aug-2013 - Pharmstandard says the acquisition of Bever Pharmaceuticals will lower the cost of its API supply as it plans to spin out an OTC business.

Aurobindo Focuses on Injectables with Plans for Spin-Off Subsidiary

13-Aug-2013 - Consolidating its Indian injectable business under a new subsidiary will improve focus and align quality control, says Aurobindo who has invested in two manufacturing companies to support such plans.

Excipients Boost Efficacy in Oral Delivery Platform, says Enteris

06-Aug-2013 - Enteris has acquired an oral drug delivery platform from Unigene Laboratories and says the excipients used can increase solubility and absorption for both peptides and small molecules.

Merck & Co to Halt Production at NJ Plant and Focus on Biologics R&D

06-Aug-2013 - Merck & Co. will close the doors on its Kenilworth, New Jersey manufacturing plant affecting 100 jobs in a continuation of its consolidation efforts.

Kemwell Acquires US Delivery Development Firm

05-Aug-2013 - Kemwell has positioned a foothold in the US with the acquisition of drug delivery research firm Cirrus Pharmaceuticals.

News in brief

Medicines and Vaccines Merge to Form Single NZ Body

31-Jul-2013 - Medicines New Zealand has merged with the Vaccines Industry Association of New Zealand (VIANZ) in order to share resources and provide a single point of contact for all stakeholders.

2,700 Jobs Could Go as Valeant Integrates B+L Acquisition

30-Jul-2013 - Valeant says it will slash its workforce by up to 15% and consolidate some of its non-US locations following the acquisition of Bausch & Lomb.

Drug Pack Leak Test Firm Sepha Bought By Tasi

25-Jul-2013 - Tasi Group has acquired pharmaceutical leak testing firm Sepha and plans to seek more customers overseas.

Teva Doubles Production as Japanese Change Attitude to Generics

09-Jul-2013 - Teva says it will reap the benefits of changing attitudes to generic drugs in Japan as it doubles its production capacity in the country.

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