28-May-2015 - Merck KGaA is confident it will close the $17bn acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in mid-2015 despite competition concerns from the European Commission (EC).
26-May-2015 - Intertek has opened a new stability facility citing demand for bespoke drug and device services like abuse potential assessments and stress testing.
21-May-2015 - Access to yeast strains modified to produce opiates for cheaper, more effective pain meds must be strictly controlled according to researchers who warn that stopping criminals using such API manufacturing routes to make illegal narcotics is vital.
20-May-2015 - Despite pharma being “highly regulated and slow to change,” continuous manufacturing will soon be realised, says Rutgers University which has received an R&D grant from J&J.
19-May-2015 - Endo’s $8bn takeover of Par Pharmaceutical is expected to shake-up the generics sector, while Lupin is expanding its South American network – welcome to In-Pharmatechnologist’s M&A round-up.
18-May-2015 - Pfizer is set to close its $17bn (€15bn) acquisition by the end of the year after receiving the thumbs up from Hospira shareholders.
13-May-2015 - A lack of scientific talent will hold pharma back from adopting continuous manufacturing despite the imminent opening of regulatory pathways, says an MIT Professor.
11-May-2015 - Novartis subsidiary Sandoz has opened a new packaging facility to support the five billion tablets made at a site in Poland.
07-May-2015 - Hospira’s closure of its manufacturing facility in Clayton, North Carolina, which it says is a cost rather than a quality issue , will result in the laying off of 100 employees, according to a WARN notice posted Wednesday.
06-May-2015 - Schott, Heuft and GEA have teamed up to offer drugmakers a serialisation service for primary packaging to help with EU anti-counterfeiting requirements.
01-May-2015 - Though making the switch from batch to continuous manufacturing may be difficult, costly and time consuming, pharma manufacturers and CMOs should begin to consider the switch as in the long-run it will end up saving companies time, money and space, FDA’s CDER Director Janet Woodcock told congressmen in a hearing Thursday.
29-Apr-2015 - Biotech giant Amgen has begun hiring about 100 more research scientists and production engineers as part of an expansion at its office in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the same time as laying off more than 2,000 employees at other sites.
28-Apr-2015 - Mylan has rejected an unsolicited bid by Teva and upped its offer for Perrigo, as the ongoing saga in the generics space continues.
27-Apr-2015 - Mylan has recalled eight lots of injectables after foreign particulate matter was observed during the testing of samples.
23-Apr-2015 - Agilent Technologies has launched a quadrupole-time of flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry system for applications including food safety and pharmaceuticals.
23-Apr-2015 - Technology transfer is the first step to bringing pharma investments to Africa, says the African Regulatory Network (ARN).
22-Apr-2015 - The world’s top pharma and biologics manufacturing and processing companies have come together in New York this week to showcase the latest in equipment and services.
21-Apr-2015 - Pfizer and Regeneron are in Cuba this week, scouting the country for business opportunities.
21-Apr-2015 - Almost 600 staff at Allergan’s headquarters in Irvine, California, will be laid off in the Botox maker’s latest round of job cuts.
20-Apr-2015 - LB Bohle has opened a multi-million euro Technology Center it says can help expedite the shift to continuous processing within the pharma industry.
20-Apr-2015 - GEA said it expects to achieve a moderate organic growth in revenue and an operating EBITDA of between €580 and €620m in the current fiscal year 2015, but its growth is overshadowed by 1,450 job cuts.
16-Apr-2015 - To benefit from breakthrough therapy designation (BTD) pharma companies must be willing “bet on the right data” according to Roche, which says this could be a challenge for smaller firms.
16-Apr-2015 - Bayer has announced it will create a $100m (€94m) product testing site in California for its haemophilia A pipeline.
13-Apr-2015 - Novo Nordisk has opened a new manufacturing facility in Russia for the formulation and filling of insulin as a diabetes treatment.
13-Apr-2015 - Almac will transfer its custom peptide manufacturing business to a site at the Edinburgh Technopole business park in Scotland’s capital in a £3.5m move designed to expand capacity.