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Amgen to slash 23% of its manufacturing footprint and 2,900 US jobs

30-Jul-2014 - Amgen is slashing 15% of its workforce and closing two US manufacturing facilities as part of a restructure the firm says will save $700m (€520m) a year.

Biocon: Political turmoil hits sales, but quality systems ensure future

29-Jul-2014 - Robust quality systems differentiate Biocon from other Indian manufacturers, the firm says, despite political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa impacting first quarter 2015 sales.

Waters broadens mass spec offering with REIMS acquisition

29-Jul-2014 - Analytic science company Waters has acquired all of the assets of MediMass, which includes its Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) technology, as well as patent applications, software, databases and REIMS expertise.

Lilly swaps dry powders for insulin at Indiana site in post-patent shake-up

23-Jul-2014 - Patent expiration and a large molecule pipeline has prompted Eli Lilly to repurpose a solid oral dose plant in Indiana.

Allergan further fends off Valeant with 1,500 job cuts, M&A projections

22-Jul-2014 - Botox maker Allergan announced sales and earnings per share growth above the high end of its expectations, but it will cut 1,500 jobs, or about 13% of its workforce as it continues to avoid a $54bn hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Glenmark to build first US manufacturing plant

21-Jul-2014 - India-based Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has announced plans to set up a new oral solid dosage manufacturing facility in North Carolina. 

Codexis: $25m GSK tech accord could be catalyst for more Big Pharma deals

15-Jul-2014 - Biocatalyst developer Codexis says its new platform licensing deal with GSK is a model with which it can approach other Big Pharma firms.

Pfizer: Unexpected hike in volumes of post-patent drugs saves Irish jobs

11-Jul-2014 - Pfizer says 100 workers at an Irish facility will now keep their jobs due to an unpredicted increase in production volumes of off-patent drugs.

Actavis cuts down Forest as $26bn acquisition closes

10-Jul-2014 - Actavis says it is closing facilities in St. Louis, Missouri affecting 190 jobs a week after completing the $28bn (€21bn) acquisition of Forest Laboratories.

Pfizer investment an endorsement of 'podular' manufacturing, says G-CON

10-Jul-2014 - G-CON says a multi-million dollar investment by Pfizer could hasten the “paradigm shift” in pharma manufacturing towards flexible cleanroom technology and portable facility design.

Xellia bags Fresenius Kabi plant and supply contract

08-Jul-2014 - Finished dosage form and API manufacturer Xellia has acquired a US plant from Fresenius Kabi in a deal it says enhances supply chain security.

M+W sells automation biz to ATS for $350m

08-Jul-2014 - M+W says a lack of synergies with its engineering and construction business drove the decision to sell its automation divison to ATS for €255m ($348m).

Abbott doubles down on Russian manufacturing with Veropharm purchase

01-Jul-2014 - With its purchase of Veropharm for up to $495m, Abbott is looking to tap into one of the largest Russian manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.

China demands ‘famous brand’ suppliers and added value, says Romaco

30-Jun-2014 - Chinese pharma is looking for added value and “famous brands” from its processing providers, the tableting and packaging supplier Romaco has said. 

US FDA guidance widens ‘nanotechnology’ definition

25-Jun-2014 - The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will consider products outside the nanoscale, up to 1,000 nanometres (nm), to involve nanotechnology and so be potentially liable for “particular examination.”  

SAFC to make virus-resistant cell lines

24-Jun-2014 - BioReliance and its parent company SAFC say they are working on viral-resistant cell lines that will prevent contamination in bioreactors.

NIH 3D printer project to allow public to create drug models

23-Jun-2014 - The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a 3D Print Exchange which will turn data submitted by the public into files for printing 3D models.

Fette launches new press for commercial-scale production

17-Jun-2014 - Fette Compacting America claims its new tablet press technology can accelerate the production of large drug batches.

Teva's 70+ manufacturing sites could be halved in efficiency drive

12-Jun-2014 - Teva could halve its manufacturing network as part of its $2bn-a-year efficiency programme says CFO Eyal Desheh, with most cuts hitting its core generics business.

Malvern moves for microcalorimeter tech in pharma-focused acquisition

10-Jun-2014 - Malvern Instruments will buy GE Healthcare’s MicroCal business in a deal that adds protein analysis and formulation development tech to its expanding drug industry offering.

J&J's energy answers are blowing in the wind in Irish collaboration

09-Jun-2014 - J&J says it collaborated with Novartis and GSK to install wind turbines in Cork, Ireland to substantially reduce electricity costs at its local manufacturing plants.

Actavis' $48m investment reassuring for Puerto Rico, says PRIDCO

05-Jun-2014 - The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) says Actavis’ investment at two facilities is evidence of continued pharma growth, despite a number of recent closures on the island.

Pfizer swaps dye for high-tech scans in blister pack tests

05-Jun-2014 - The days of testing for leaks in blister packs with traditional blue dye are numbered at Pfizer, which has replaced the method with high-tech scans.

Pfizer JV indicative of burgeoning UAE drug sector says DuBiotech

03-Jun-2014 - Tax breaks and the promise of preferential treament for locally made drugs were key to attracting Pfizer to the UAE says DuBiotech.

Hikma eyes Ben Venue's assets as part of $300m Bedford Labs acquistion

29-May-2014 - Hikma Pharmaceuticals says it is evaluating Ben Venue’s manufacturing facility as an option in its $300m (€220m) acquisition of Bedford Laboratories.

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G-CON: Pfizer investment an endorsement of 'podular' manufacturing

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US FDA enforcement evolving in India will drive compliance costs

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Ease regulations to cure drug industry antibiotic resistance, says RPS

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Zogenix adds abuse deterrents to Zohydro painkiller

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