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Samsung Bioepis contracts Catalent to help commercialize Benepali

19-Oct-2016 - Samsung Bioepis has contracted Catalent to provide fill finish services for its Enbrel (etanercept) biosimilar, Benepali.

UK processing training centre to boost pharma manufacturing sector

18-Oct-2016 - A newly opened training centre in Leeds, UK will help fulfil demand for skilled workers in the drug production space, says the head of process manufacturing.

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Agilent to double production capacity at Fredrick Campus

17-Oct-2016 - Work has started to expand Agilent’s Fredrick Campus to include a bulk tank farm and manufacturing and lab/office buildings.

Patheon Q4 likely to suffer from hurricane-related plant closures

17-Oct-2016 - Two manufacturing facilities were closed after being hit by Hurricane Matthew earlier this month, according to a Patheon SEC filing.

Pfizer on CMOs: $180bn is at stake so being first-to-market is critical

13-Oct-2016 - With the top 500 molecules in development having a commercial potential of $180bn by 2022, being first-to-market is critical says Pfizer.

Danaher set to buy purification consumables firm Phenomenex

12-Oct-2016 - Danaher Corporation will further extend its presence in the life sciences space through the acquisition of separations and purification firm Phenomenex.

Aralez buys rights to AZ heart drug; encouraged by generic quality issues

10-Oct-2016 - AstraZeneca will supply Toprol-XL to Aralez Pharmaceuticals Trading for at least 10 years after selling the US rights to the off-patent beta blocker for $175m.

Merck opens testing plant in latest Korean bioprocessing investment

07-Oct-2016 - Germany’s Merck has opened a bioprocessing collaboration centre in Songdo, Incheon - the latest investment supporting the burgeoning Korean biopharma industry.

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UK-based CMOs benefitting from currency exchange post-Brexit vote

07-Oct-2016 - UK-based contract manufacturers are benefitting from the weak pound following the country’s referendum in June, but the long-term impact of Brexit is still unknown.

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Continuous manufacturing: pharma adoption challenges remain according to CMAC

06-Oct-2016 - Economics, regulatory inexperience and a lack of technical skills are holding back drug industry adoption of continuous manufacturing says CMAC industrial director, Craig Johnston.

Novo Nordisk: manufacturing jobs safe amid cost-cutting measures

03-Oct-2016 - The loss of 1,000 jobs is the latest cost-cutting initiative from Novo Nordisk but no manufacturing positions are at risk, the firm says.

Colorcon: Brazil plant will secure supply chain for South American clients

03-Oct-2016 - Being geographically close to customers reduces excipient costs and timelines says Colorcon, as it prepares to open the doors at its first South American production plant.


Regeneron thanks Abec for helping it avoid "gremlins" during bio plant set-up

27-Sep-2016 - Abec has completed work on Regeneron’s biologics facility in Ireland just 28 months after it was hired to kit out the repurposed computer plant.

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Analytik Jena sets up joint application center

26-Sep-2016 - Analytik Jena and the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences are to create a joint application center for customers for teaching and research.

Sartorius pledges to cut development times with upstream suite

22-Sep-2016 - Sartorius Stedim Biotech claims it has a platform that can help biopharma companies carve months off the development time for new products.

Moderna to spend $110m on mRNA therapeutics manufacturing plant

21-Sep-2016 - Moderna Therapeutics has announced plans for a $110m (€98m) API manufacturing facility for its pipeline of mRNA therapeutics.

Rentschler doubles capacity with new manufacturing plant

16-Sep-2016 - Rentschler Biotechnologie has opened a facility at its site in Laupheim, Germany and plans to create 200 new jobs.

LI-COR expansion offers early-phase cGMP services

12-Sep-2016 - LI-COR Biosciences has expanded its production facility to offer contract manufacturing for early-phase cGMP materials.

Bioavailability boost: Capsugel to up micronization offering at US site

07-Sep-2016 - Capsugel plans to up micronisation capacity at Quakertown, Pennsylvania facility to provide API processing services for clinical candidates and commercial drugs.

Hikma continues beefing up US and European manufacturing capabilities

29-Aug-2016 - Hikma invested over $25m in its US facilities in the first half 2016, and plans to use excess capacity at a former Boehringer Ingelheim plant for contract manufacturing.

Cost pressures turning pharma towards automation tech, says Zenith

23-Aug-2016 - Increased cost pressures and a shift to biologics manufacturing are driving demand for automation technologies, says Zenith which is opening two offices in the US.

Fresenius Kabi set for tax breaks after commiting to invest $250m in US plant

18-Aug-2016 - Fresenius Kabi has said it will increase manufacturing capacity and create jobs at a site in Illinois in a move that will earn the German firm US tax breaks.

Public Patheon's $2bn warchest may bolster biologics offering, analyst

17-Aug-2016 - Biomanufacturing demand will drive revenues for Patheon according to an Evercore ISI analyst, who has predicted the newly-listed CDMO will strengthen its capabilities through M&A.

Novartis invests €100m to boost mAb production 70% at French biologics site

12-Aug-2016 - Novartis has recruited Jacobs to undertake a €100m expansion at a French biomanufacturing facility which will add a second purification line and several cell culture bioreactors.

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