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Pfizer hails portable manufacturing as latest in lean

19-Nov-2014 - How can a pharma company invest in continuous manufacturing without bleeding money when it retreats from a local market? Pfizer’s answer is production pods it can roll out anywhere in the world via helicopter… and pack away again if a market turns.

Catalent to tap particle size engineering industry with Micron buy

17-Nov-2014 - Last week CDMO Catalent acquired Micron Technologies, a provider of particle size engineering technologies, with the aim of improving its early stage tech offering.

GSK eyes emerging markets with $27m manufacturing tech investment

17-Nov-2014 - GSK Australia will invest about $27m (€22m) in manufacturing technology to expand its Boronia site in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. 

Live from London: FT Global Pharma and Biotechnology Conference

17-Nov-2014 -    [View the story "Live from the FT Pharma Conference in London" on Storify]

Aseptic manufacturers must invest in latest GMP compliance, says UK CMO

11-Nov-2014 - Investing in GMP compliance regulations is key to success in sterile manufacturing says UK-based Symbiosis which is looking to capitalise on gaps left by recent CMO pullouts.

Dispatches from AAPS

Encapsulating the problem? Machinery could save drugmakers up to $1m, says Capsugel

06-Nov-2014 - Using encapsulation machinery that is well serviced and appropriate to the type of powder being used can save drugmakers hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Capsugel

Dispatches from AAPS

US FDA offers more perspective on real-time release testing

04-Nov-2014 - As manufacturers begin to implement new RTRT (real-time release testing) models, a US FDA expert on the matter is offering additional help.

Novartis completes layoffs at Nebraska plant with 44 more departures

03-Nov-2014 - By dropping 44 more employees, Novartis has completed the final phase of the planned restructuring of its once-beleaguered Lincoln, Nebraska manufacturing facility. 

Novo Nordisk to hire 90 at newly acquired plant in New Hampshire

30-Oct-2014 - Novo Nordisk on Wednesday announced plans to hire up to 90 people at its newly-acquired manufacturing facility in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. 

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Why there's no sign of Pfizer among top pharma employers

29-Oct-2014 - A head-hunter explains why Regeneron, Novo Nordisk and Genentech top a global survey of science employers, but Pfizer is nowhere to be seen in the top 20.

Hikma confirms FDA sent Warning Letter for environmental issues

28-Oct-2014 - Jordanian drugmaker Hikma says it has received a US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Warning Letter over environmental monitoring at its plant in Portugal.

Tower of Basel: Roche spends $3bn on giant R&D site

27-Oct-2014 - Roche has announced plans to invest 3bn Swiss Francs ($3.2bn) in a 433-ft R&D centre and extra offices for 3,600 employees.

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Novo Nordisk subpoenaed over Danish manufacturing site

27-Oct-2014 - Novo Nordisk has been served with a subpoena over alleged manufacturing issues at its site in Kalundborg, Denmark.

GSK £1bn savings plan to hit manufacture towards 2017, but UK likely immune

23-Oct-2014 - GlaxoSmithKline plans to cut manufacturing, sales and R&D as part of a three year plan to save £1bn ($1.6bn) annually. 

Actavis takes axe to Forest again, with New York jobs to go

23-Oct-2014 - Almost 100 jobs at a commercial packaging facility in New York are set to go as part of Actavis’s continued integration of Forest Laboratories.

Eli Lilly to sell PR plant due to patent expirations and shifting portfolio

20-Oct-2014 - Eli Lilly is set to close one of its Puerto Rican facilities as patent expirations and a shifting portfolio reduce its need for capacity.

Agilent to close NMR unit with loss of 300 jobs

15-Oct-2014 - Agilent Technologies is to exit its Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) business because it has not met growth and profit targets.

Got questions for AstraZeneca and Pfizer in Sweden? submit them here

15-Oct-2014 -   [View the story "Hej Sweden: in-Pharmatechnologist talks production strategy with AstraZeneca and Pfizer" on Storify]

News from CPhI

DSM cuts out China's ATS-8 intermediate middlemen with enzyme-made statin APIs

14-Oct-2014 - Royal DSM has launched a statin API it claims is made using a green production method that reduces reliance on intermediate suppliers.

US FDA approves Gilead's $1,125 a pill combination Hep C drug

14-Oct-2014 - Gilead says its hepatitis C combination drug Harvoni will deliver significant healthcare savings in the long-term despite its $1,150 (€885) a pill price tag.

News from CPhI

Halal: accessing the untapped $30bn pharma market

13-Oct-2014 - The pharmaceutical industry must change its ingredients and manufacturing methods to cash in on the enormous purchasing power of European Muslims, says an expert.

Texas A&M licenses Xoma mobile clean room tech citing cost savings and flexibility

10-Oct-2014 - US academics have licensed a mobile clean room design from Xoma for a vaccine and medical countermeasure plant being built in Texas as part of an HHS-funded project.

Highly potent APIs: can lean manufacturing ever be safe?

09-Oct-2014 - The phrase “lean manufacturing” conjures up job cuts and not much more for many people, but managers can use the method to drastically simplify HPAPI (highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredients) production, says an expert.

QbD essential as tablet makers shift to continuous production, says Freeman

09-Oct-2014 - Drugmakers will “inevitably” shift from batch to continuous production of tablets and, according to Freeman Technology, a quality by design (QbD) approach is a fundamental requirement.

Used processing equipment industry booming due to pharma M&A, say vendors

08-Oct-2014 - Consolidation in the pharma industry is driving the second-hand processing equipment market but despite attempts to regulate the industry, a glut of online vendors means illegal drugmakers can buy such systems.

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DPI delivered peptide could prevent deaths during childbirth, says GSK
Dispatches from AAPS

Inhaler delivered peptide could prevent LDC deaths during childbirth, says GSK

Inhaled delivery of the labour inducing peptide oxytocin could help prevent millions of deaths in the lesser-developed...

Why Apple and Google hold the key to avoiding Pharmageddon
dispatches from AAPS

Why Apple and Google hold the key to avoiding Pharmageddon

In the future pharma will be reliant on technology, says physician-scientist Daniel Kraft, who warns that companies...

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

India has relaxed stability data requirements for API manufacturers seeking “written confirmation of quality” certificates needed to...

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

Animal astronauts on the International Space Station will test an implant which allows doctors back on earth...

Why there's no sign of Pfizer among top pharma employers
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Why there's no sign of Pfizer among top pharma employers

A head-hunter explains why Regeneron, Novo Nordisk and Genentech top a global survey of science employers, but...

EDQM sets new policy for testing of bacterial endotoxins

EDQM sets new policy for testing of bacterial endotoxins

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health Care, under the European Pharmacopeia, has set...

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