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Is Pfizer now eyeing up Actavis three months after failed AZ bid?

28-Aug-2014 - Pfizer is rumoured to be eyeing up Actavis three months after failing to woo AstraZeneca in a $120bn megamerger, but what would such a deal bring to the Pharma Giant? In-Pharmatechnologist investigates.

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GE Healthcare: plans to move New Jersey ops to new Massachusetts HQ

22-Aug-2014 - GE Healthcare has said it plans to relocate operations in New Jersey to its new Massachusetts life sciences headquarters.

Ben Venue site has no place in injectables network, says new owner Hikma

21-Aug-2014 - Ben Venue Laboratories will remain inactive says new owner Hikma as it looks to optimise its injectables manufacturing network.

Novartis invests $35m in stem cell tech company with option to acquire

20-Aug-2014 - Novartis has invested $35m (€26.3m) for a 15% stake in Israel-based Gamida Cell, which offers stem cell expansion technologies and therapeutics.

G-CON launches transmissible disease containment POD

18-Aug-2014 - Access to portable and flexible technology could be one way of containing transmissible diseases says G-CON as it launches a more readily deployable version of its ‘POD’ manufacturing suite.

SCM's woes part of UK-wide aseptic slowdown, says ex-owner

14-Aug-2014 - GMP failures at an aseptic plant owned by SCM Pharma are part of a wider industry trend affecting several sterile sites in the UK, according to the ex-owner of the CDMO.

Boehringer Ingelheim aims to cut German costs 15% as revenues drop

13-Aug-2014 - German jobs are safe despite a programme that will cut the cost of operations by 15%, Boehringer Ingelheim says as it reacts to international price reductions.

Merck Millipore invests €12m in French facility

13-Aug-2014 - Merck Millipore, the life science division of Merck KGaA, will invest €12m ($16m) at its Molsheim, France facility to expand its ready-to-use media manufacturing capabilities and capacity.

Hep C biocatalyst sales slump as Codexis feels Sovaldi impact

07-Aug-2014 - Codexis has felt the impact of Gilead’s Sovaldi with product revenues tumbling almost 60% due to the reduction in its hepatitis C biocatalyst and intermediate business.

Fresenius: US supply from troubled Indian plant to restart in Q3

05-Aug-2014 - Fresenius Kabi has recommenced production at a troubled Indian facility and expects to start shipping APIs to the US in the next few weeks.

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 $28bn 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.”  

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SCM's woes part of UK-wide aseptic slowdown, says ex-owner

SCM's woes part of UK-wide aseptic slowdown, says ex-owner

GMP failures at an aseptic plant owned by SCM Pharma are part of a wider industry trend...

Boehringer aims to cut German costs 15% as H1 sales fall

Boehringer Ingelheim aims to cut German costs 15% as revenues drop

German jobs are safe despite a programme that will cut the cost of operations by 15%, Boehringer...

WHO: Data from use of unapproved Ebola drugs should be shared

WHO: Data from use of unapproved Ebola drugs should be shared

Efficacy and safety data from use of unapproved Ebola virus treatments should be shared according to an...

THC may reduce tumor size? mouse study investigates

THC may reduce tumor size? mouse study investigates

A previously unknown signaling platform may be responsible for the success of the main psychoactive ingredient in...

India’s CDSCO outlines procedures for state manufacturer inspections

India’s CDSCO outlines procedures for state inspections of manufacturers

In order to ensure uniformity on the state and federal levels, India’s CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control...

Roche re-enters RNAi space with $250m Santaris acquisition

Roche re-enters gene silencing space with $250m LNA acquisition

Roche has renewed its interest in gene silencing drugs, paying $250m (€187m) for Santaris Pharma including its...

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