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The track & trace big question: Can we get around aggregation? Or should we get ready?

26-Sep-2017 - Implementing ‘aggregation’ – the term used to describe pharmaceutical product unit-to-case hierarchy – is not mandatory in Europe, however industry delegates say there is incentive to push its adoption. 

Roche Spanish plant becomes eighth solid dose site for Recipharm

20-Sep-2017 - Recipharm has acquired a Spanish manufacturing plant and signed a supply deal with former owner Roche for a range of solid dose products worth €35m a year.

Catalent to buy Cook Pharmica for $950m in cash

19-Sep-2017 - Catalent Inc has announced it will buy Cook Pharmica for $950m (€792m) in cash to boost its high tech drug production business.

Recipharm to make clinical trial cancer candidate for Kancera

18-Sep-2017 - Recipharm will make clinical trial capsules to support oncology candidate KAND567, a former AstraZeneca Fractalkine receptor inhibitor being developed by Kancera.

CordenPharma completes early development suite at Plankstadt facility

14-Sep-2017 - CordenPharma has completed development of an early development suite for highly potent, oral solid dosage products at its Plankstadt, Germany location.

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies opens new UK lab

13-Sep-2017 - Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies has opened a $9m process development laboratory in Teeside, UK.

Catalent to make opioid withdrawal candidate for US approval

11-Sep-2017 - US WorldMeds has teamed up with Catalent Pharma Solutions to manufacture lofexidine, an investigational drug designed to treat symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

Ageing facilities & drug shortages: industry concern drives guidance for manufacturers

07-Sep-2017 - The Parental Drug Association (PDA) is offering guidance to drug makers with ageing, sometimes non-compliant facilities, which it hopes will help combat drug shortages.

Asian innovation: Big Pharma’s push to modernise manufacturing

06-Sep-2017 - Pfizer, Merck & Co (known as MSD outside of North America) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have come together to support the development of continuous manufacturing and bio-catalysis technologies in Singapore. 

Roche sells Italian formulations plant to CMO Delpharm

06-Sep-2017 - Delpharm has been contracted to make solid and liquid forms for Roche after buying the facility in Milan.

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Navesta opens LKR1.4bn sterile drug plant in Sri Lanka

04-Sep-2017 - Navesta Pharmaceuticals had opened a sterile drug manufacturing facility in Horana, Sri Lanka.

Gilead aims to expand CAR-T manufacturing capabilities post-Kite acquisition

01-Sep-2017 - Gilead says it is committed to driving down costs of CAR-T manufacturing after agreeing to buy late-stage cell and gene therapy firm KitePharma for $11.9bn.

Vial-up: Althea adds fill/finish capabilities in California

31-Aug-2017 - A vial filling line at Ajinomoto Althea’s manufacturing site in San Diego will maximise yield and reduce product loss, the CMO says.

Being for the $11.9bn benefit of investors of Kite: Gilead jumps into CAR-T

28-Aug-2017 - Gilead will add a late-stage CAR T-cell candidate and a facility in California capable of treating 5,000 patients per year through the $11.9bn deal.

Alembic sells Baddi formulations plant to Scott Edil Pharmacia

28-Aug-2017 - Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited has sold its drug plant in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh to Scott Edil Pharmacia Limited.

Micro-Sphere pumps $22m into capsule filling facility

23-Aug-2017 - Spray drying and capsule filling-focused Micro-Sphere is expanding manufacturing capabilities at its facility in Ticino, Switzerland.

Hikma upping injectables capacity by as much as 500% by end of 2017

22-Aug-2017 - Hikma has ramped up capacity at manufacturing facilities in the US and Portugal manufacturing to meet the growing demand for its lyophilised and oncology products.

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Alembic JV operations hit by fire at Algerian facility

21-Aug-2017 - A fire has disrupted operations at a generics manufacturing facility in Algeria run by Alembic Mami.

Gilead ups capacity with Cali manufacturing facility

18-Aug-2017 - Biopharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences has opened a facility in La Verne, California, US, which it says will boost manufacturing volumes.

Warehouse serialization: TraceLink acquires ROC IT Solutions

14-Aug-2017 - Track and trace-focused TraceLink has acquired ROC IT Solutions, extending its scanning capabilities to the warehouse.

Wuxi AppTec says expanded STA will get drugs to market faster

14-Aug-2017 - Wuxi AppTec says merged development services and API business will provide customers with more integrated service. 

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Pfizer chooses Sanford, North Carolina site for $100m gene therapy plant

09-Aug-2017 - Pfizer has chosen a site in Sanford, North Carolina for a gene therapy production plant, just 40 miles from its recent acquisition Bamboo Therapeutics Inc.

Lonza buys Micro-Macinazione to bolster micronization biz

07-Aug-2017 - Lonza Group AG has acquired API processing firm Micro-Macinazione SA from private equity investor Cross Equity SA.  

BASF opens pharma formulations lab in India

03-Aug-2017 - BASF has set up a pharmaceutical technical laboratory in Navi Mumbai, India citing Asia’s fast growing generic drug manufacturing sector as its target customer base.

German lyophilisation ramp-up could be delayed into next year, Recipharm

31-Jul-2017 - A lyophilisation expansion announced in 2013 at an aseptic facility in Wasserburg, Germany has been delayed due to lengthy approval processes, says Recipharm.

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