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Complementary my dear Watson: biopharma tech firm buys Flow Smart for $5.3m

27-Nov-2015 - Watson-Marlow Fluid Technologies has bought Flow Smart for £5.7m ($5.3m) to bolster its biopharma-focused pump and fluid path tech portfolio.

Acquired Sigma-Aldrich businesses part of Merck's Africa growth plan

26-Nov-2015 - New acquisition Sigma Aldrich will play a part in African growth plans in addition to giving it a presence in the preclinical services sector says Merck*.

Novo Nordisk to switch to 100% renewable electricity

26-Nov-2015 - Novo Nordisk plans to switch all its production plants worldwide to renewable energy, including wind, by 2020.

Xellia buys ex-Ben Venue site and aims to restart production in 2017

25-Nov-2015 - Restarting production at the former Ben Venue facility in Ohio will be a “significant task” says Xellia Pharmaceuticals which plans to invest after buying the site from Hikma.

Dyadic to sell fungal expression system to DuPont for $75m

18-Nov-2015 - Dyadic has agreed to sell its enzyme-producing fungal expression system and the rest of its industrial technology business to DuPont for $75 million (€70 million).

Roche to exit four EU and US sites in small molecule network shake-up

16-Nov-2015 - Specialised drugs made using flexible technologies are the future for Roche’s small molecule portfolio, the firm says as it restructures its production network.

Pfizer-Allergan combo would comprise 100+ sites and post-Wyeth level headcount

12-Nov-2015 - Pfizer’s manufacturing network would stretch beyond 100 sites if a merger deal with Allergan is reached.

Women sue Endo for packaging mix-up ‘that left 113 pregnant’

12-Nov-2015 - More than one hundred women are suing a subsidiary of Irish manufacturer Endo International, claiming a packaging error caused their contraception to fail and result in unwanted pregnancies.


ABPI: fix the manufacturing skills gap now

11-Nov-2015 - The UK biopharma industry is reporting difficulties finding manufacturing workers with the skills to make vaccines, biologics, and advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP), according to ABPI.

Lonza: industry should shift to QC automation

04-Nov-2015 - While pharma is increasing use of automation and data integration tools in process development and manufacturing, it lags behind in electronic documentation of quality control, according to Lonza Biologics QC director Jessica Jean.

GSK and Pfizer team up on continuous manufacturing project

03-Nov-2015 - Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline have agreed to work together on the development of a new version of the former's continuous processing technology for oral solid dosage (OSD) drugs.

Hanson, Shimadzu combine technologies to create an automated testing system

30-Oct-2015 - Hanson Research and Shimadzu have teamed up to combine their respective technologies into an automated online pharmaceutical testing system.

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Pharma manufacturers using smart glasses for virtual POV

29-Oct-2015 - Big pharma is adopting Google Glass-type tech to remotely advise and monitor manufacturing operators, says the company licensing the handsfree tech.

Graphene could strip polluting medicines from wastewater

29-Oct-2015 - Pollution caused by pharmaceuticals in wastewater is a major challenge facing the industry, but researchers in Greece may have come up with a solution.

Explosion-hit GSK plant loses GMP certificate

26-Oct-2015 - A GlaxoSmithKline plant in China that was hit by an explosion in the summer has had its Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificate revoked by the UK medicines regulator.

Pfizer to hire 130 in Ireland

23-Oct-2015 - Pfizer has announced an extra 90 production jobs at Dublin’s Grange Castle biomanufacturing site, adding to the 40 hires it plans for its API facilities in Cork, Ireland.

AstraZeneca opens $224m Russian plant for local production

22-Oct-2015 - AstraZeneca has opened a $224m manufacturing site in Russia it says is the largest foreign pharma investment in the country.

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Rush to acquire ex-pharma sites means survival of the biggest for CMOs

22-Oct-2015 - As pharma sells off manufacturing capacity and outsources to large and specialist CMOs, smart contract houses will have an opportunity to grab market share in a currently fragmented sector, say experts.

Biogen axing 11% of workforce in plan to save $250m annually

22-Oct-2015 - Biogen will cut around 530 US jobs as part of a restructuring plan it hopes will save $250m (€221m) in operating costs annually.

FDA demands product quality information in CRL for Shire's dry eye candidate

19-Oct-2015 - Problems with manufacturing have left Shire with a Complete Response Letter for its dry eye disease small-molecule integrin inhibitor lifitegrast.

Irish compounder Fannin recalls chemo drugs

19-Oct-2015 - An Irish compounding pharmacy has recalled several batches of chemotherapy medicines because of a sterility alert.

CPhI Worldwide 2015

Dow launches green MUPS-coating tech at CPhI

15-Oct-2015 - Dow has revealed a polymer for multi-particulate drugs that it says is solvent-free and bypasses slow-drying water-based methods.

The self-regulation society? Consultant challenges manufacturing status quo

15-Oct-2015 - API suppliers should be allowed to make process improvements without having to seek re-approval says consultant Girish Malhotra, who argues that the current rules create inefficiency and waste.

Asterias to set up UK arm to access cell therapy production smarts

14-Oct-2015 - US biotech Asterias Biotherapeutics will set up a UK subsidiary to access Cell Therapy Catapult’s (CTC) process development know-how.

Final designs for UK Gov-backed facility 'weeks away' says Cell Therapy Catapult CEO

13-Oct-2015 - The CEO of Cell Therapy Catapult says technical designs for the new UK biomanufacturing centre will be completed in the next few weeks.

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