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Serialisation, automation and data integration: Zenith talks manufacturing in 2017

19-Jan-2017 - The implementation of serialisation regulations in 2017 are among the opportunities for drugmakers to improve manufacturing efficiencies, says IT and engineering firm Zenith Technologies.

GEA and Siemens team on continuous processing tech

17-Jan-2017 - Siemens and GEA have developed a continuous manufacturing platform for pharmaceuticals that integrates the former’s quality control software.

T-ray technique faster for tablet quality and structure testing say researchers

11-Jan-2017 - High frequency radiation can be used to test tablet quality and structural characteristics on the production line according to scientists planning to develop low cost THz sensors. 

US DEA finalises controlled substance and equipment revisions

09-Jan-2017 - Drugmakers must include a transaction identification number when buying or selling machinery for tabletting or encapsulating controlled substances, according to a final ruling from the US DEA.

CytoBioscience buys formulation safety tech company in Alabama for millions

22-Dec-2016 - Cytobioscience Inc, has acquired Soluble Therapeutics Inc to expand its high throughput formulation screening capabilities.

DuPont gets Gates grant for protein drug production platform

20-Dec-2016 - DuPont has joined a Gates Foundation backed effort to develop low cost production methods for therapeutic proteins.

apceth Biopharma joins Lonza as bluebird bio cell therapy contractor

15-Dec-2016 - bluebird bio Inc has hired apceth Biopharma GmbH to make its candidate ALD cell therapy Lenti-D and its thalassemia treatment LentiGlobin for the European market.

Cipla to make drugs in Iran in deal with Ahran Tejarat

15-Dec-2016 - Cipla Ltd has formed a joint venture with Ahran Tejarat Company to manufacture and sell drugs in Iran.


Syngene's Bengaluru site damaged by fire

13-Dec-2016 - A fire has damaged a facility operated by Indian contractor, Syngene International. 

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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.

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