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GSK dropping 22% of its pharma portfolio

GSK trimming manufacturing network in pharma product and R&D shake-up

27-Jul-2017 - GSK will simplify its in-house manufacturing and cut CMO use by 25% under plans to strengthen its pharmaceutical business.

Recipharm installs dedicated production line for prostate cancer depot

26-Jul-2017 - Recipharm has installed a dedicated production line to make prostate cancer drug Liproca Depot for Swedish pharma firm LIDDS AB.

Torbay Pharma opens plant with sterile injectables capacity in UK

25-Jul-2017 - Torbay Pharmaceuticals has opened a £26m injectable drug manufacturing facility in Paignton, UK.

ChargePoint expands to target Central and North America

25-Jul-2017 - ChargePoint Technology has announced expansion plans to increase its offering across the US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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GSK says UK manufacturing cuts not Brexit related

20-Jul-2017 - GSK has announced a shakeup of its UK network, shelving plans for Ulverston biopharma plant, mooting the sale of its cephalosporin antibiotics business and pledging to invest in HIV and respiratory drug capacity.

Researchers say bioavailability ‘shortcut’ could become industry standard

18-Jul-2017 - Researchers developing a method to determine drug bioavailability say the approach could become a ‘shortcut’ for scientists in drug discovery and development.

Idifarma adds contract capsule filling to offering

18-Jul-2017 - Idifarma has bolstered its capsule filling capabilities at its manufacturing plant in Pamplona, Spain.

Alembic Pharma launches oncology site for injectable and lyophilized generics

17-Jul-2017 - India-based Alembic Pharmaceuticals has inaugurated its manufacturing facility in Panelav, Gujarat, where the firm will make generic oncology products for international markets.

Merck unveils EU plant cuts and consolidation plan citing Sigma's US strategy

13-Jul-2017 - Merck KGaA has announced a plan to close some EU production sites and invest in others, citing the centralization strategy employed by Sigma-Aldrich as inspiration.

Truking completes acquisition of majority stake in Romaco

13-Jul-2017 - Chinese processing technology firm Truking Group has completed the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Germany’s Romaco GmbH.

GE Healthcare and Oritain launch testing service to combat serum fraud

12-Jul-2017 - Cell therapy firms will be able to authenticate the foetal bovie serum (FBS) they use through a testing programme launched by GE Healthcare and Oritain.

AZ announces A$100m expansion of Oz asthma drug plant citing China demand

12-Jul-2017 - AstraZeneca has committed A$100m ($76.4m) to expand its manufacturing facility in Sydney Australia, citing growing demand for asthma medications in China.

EC says Merck and Sigma-Aldrich broke M&A procedures and could face $170m fine

06-Jul-2017 - German Merck and Sigma-Aldrich broke EU merger procedures and could face a fine equivalent to 1% of the combined firm's annual revenue according to the European Commission

Patheon to spend $45m on manufacturing plants ahead of Thermo takeover

30-Jun-2017 - Patheon NV has announced it will spend $45m to expand and enhance its manufacturing network citing customer demand for more reliable, flexible and cost-efficient supply chains.

Dispatches from Interphex Japan

Pfizer: Global regulatory divergence restricted continuous manufacturing ambition

29-Jun-2017 - Pfizer says a lack of harmony among regulators made its continuous granulation platform untenable for bulk manufacturing but is positive about using such tech for smaller volumes.

EMA clears Janssen to make HIV drug using continuous manufacturing approach

26-Jun-2017 - The EMA has cleared Janssen to make the HIV drug Prezista (darunavir) using a continuous manufacturing (CM) process as well as the previously approved batch method.

Corning life science focus: '21st century glass for 21st century drugs'

21-Jun-2017 - Corning says it is on the brink of capturing an increased share of the $12bn glass quality and packaging markets through material advancements in the space.

Takeda inaugurates €100m German oral solid dose plant

20-Jun-2017 - Takeda has completed a €100m ($112m) oral solid dosage production facility in Germany.

Thermo Fisher opens single-use tech testing centre in UK

14-Jun-2017 - Thermo Fisher has opened a UK test centre to allow biopharmaceutical industry customers to test single-use production technologies.

Acasti and CordenPharma look to continuous production for omega-3 drug

06-Jun-2017 - Continuous manufacturing equipment installed at a CordenPharma French facility has reduced cycle time and cost of making a hypertriglyceridemia drug, says Acasti Pharma.

Q&A with the 'Medical Futurist'

'If only everyone's supply chain was as regulated and secure as pharma’s'

05-Jun-2017 - 3D printing, augmented reality and deep learning algorithms will shape the future of the pharmaceutical supply chain says Dr Bertalan Mesko, the Medical Futurist.

Jindal Poly Films rumoured to buy European assets of DuPont Teijin Films

02-Jun-2017 - India's largest polyester-based packaging film company Jindal Poly Films Ltd (JPFL) is allegedly in talks to buy the European production assets of DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) for an estimated $300m.

Russian partnerships: Pfizer and NovaMedica break ground on aseptic plant

01-Jun-2017 - Pfizer and NovaMedica have broken ground on a manufacturing facility in Kaluga set to supply the Russian market with sterile injectable drugs.

Cambrex continues to up capacity with more than $200m invested in 5 years

31-May-2017 - Cambrex Corporation has increased new capacity at its Sweden-based cGMP as the manufacturer focuses on market demand and customer need, says VP.

Visible particulates and leaking bags land B Braun Cali plant with FDA warning

31-May-2017 - The US FDA has slammed B. Braun Medical for repeatedly failing to thoroughly investigate quality concerns at a drugmaking facility in California.

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