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Fareva opens aerosol plant as part of $40m drug and OTC business investment

08-Dec-2016 - Fareva Group has set up an aerosol manufacturing facility at its site in Richmond, Virginia as part of a $40m (€37m) investment in its drug, OTC medicine and beauty care business.

GSK extends single-use purification tech R&D deal with Puridify

06-Dec-2016 - The development partnership has been extended as GlaxoSmithKline looks to make clinical trial scale batches using Puridify’s Protein A alternative to packed bed chromatography columns.

Takeda to build €40m Irish plant for global Ninlaro API supply

05-Dec-2016 - Takeda will build a high containment production facility at its site in Dublin, Ireland to support the manufacturing of its oncology product Ninlaro (ixazomib).

Takeda building Dengue fever vaccine plant

01-Dec-2016 - Takeda has started work on a vaccine plant to make its candidate Dengue fever virus vaccine, TAK-003.

Spain's Idifarma adds capsule filling to service offerings

01-Dec-2016 - Idifarma has invested over €300,000 in its facility in Spain in order to offer its customers automated capsule filling for commercial batches.

Pfizer axes parts of $425m Irish expansion after dropping PCSK9 inhibitor

28-Nov-2016 - Plans to build a five-story biomanufacturing plant in Ireland could be shelved following the clinical failure of Pfizer's proposed cholesterol-lowering candidate bococizumab.

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Continuous and aseptic innovations top FDA list of emerging tech requests

21-Nov-2016 - Continuous manufacturing and sterile production innovations have dominated requests to participate in the US FDA’s Emerging Technology programme, the Agency says.

Both small and large CMOs to benefit from pharma capacity and agility demands

21-Nov-2016 - Larger CMOs are likely to be better for commercial manufacturing but small players offer niche services and agility for lower volumes, say Symbiosis and Idifarma.

Thermo provides hot-melt tech to US continuous manufacturing researchers

14-Nov-2016 - Thermo Fisher Scientific has provided Rutgers’ researchers with hot-melt extrusion tech to support development of continuous manufacturing for drug production.

Hurricane and fire related shutdowns have cost Patheon $15m in lost revenue in Q4

14-Nov-2016 - Recent facility closures due to a hurricane and a power outage have cost Patheon around $15m in lost revenues, the firm says.

Slovakian CDMO Saneca ups capabilities after controlled release contract win

10-Nov-2016 - Saneca Pharma will invest in its manufacturing site in Slovakia to service a five-year agreement supplying the Menarini Group with controlled release pellets.

Pfizer closing two UK manufacturing plants: 370 jobs at risk

09-Nov-2016 - Pfizer has earmarked two sites in the UK for closure, including an ex-Hospira aseptic plant in London it says would need ‘significant investment’ to remain open.

GSK exiting Australian OTC site: over 200 jobs to be lost

07-Nov-2016 - GSK says it remains dedicated to Australian despite announcing plans to shutter a painkiller manufacturing site in Sydney.

Datwyler injects CHF 100m into US drug delivery component site

03-Nov-2016 - Increasing demand for reduced particle loads in pharmaceutical containers has driven Datwyler to build a CHF 100m plant making elastomer components for injectable drug delivery systems.

Lonza opens formulation development and testing lab

02-Nov-2016 - Lonza has opened a drug quality testing and formulation laboratory in Basel, Switzerland.

Agilent developing new applications for mass spectrometry system

01-Nov-2016 - Agilent Technologies has contracted the original creators of its RapidFire 365 High-throughput Mass Spectrometry System to further develop new applications.

Thermo Fisher confident in gaining share of blossoming Korean market

01-Nov-2016 - South Korea is a key opportunity for biopharma services firms says Thermo Fisher, reporting its third quarter which saw it up capabilities in the region.

Patheon contracted to make second drug by age-related diseases firm Biophytis

25-Oct-2016 - Patheon will make a candidate AMD treatment under a contract with French biotech Biophytis.

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.

News in brief

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.

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