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Operation Jupiter rains on fake antimalarials

28-Feb-2008 - A multinational, multidisciplinary initiative involving scientists, public health workers, police and government officials could provide a cogent model for rooting out and stamping out counterfeiting of essential and lifesaving drugs.

Glide injection system to be assessed by 'major' drug firm

28-Feb-2008 - UK specialty pharmaceutical company Glide Pharma has signed a deal with a "leading" pharmaceutical company, under which the as yet unidentified firm will evaluate Glide's Solid Dose Injection system for...

AMRI stuck with stagnant sales

28-Feb-2008 - AMRI edged back into the red during the fourth quarter of 2007 after stagnant sales growth and higher costs, a scenario that is expected to continue.

Animal studies begin for Chikungunya virus

28-Feb-2008 - French scientists have found a suitable genetic variation of mice that can be used to study the way the Chikungunya virus develops and spreads in the human body.

State 'should focus on translational medicine' to compete

28-Feb-2008 - The state of Massachusetts should invest become the 'new medicine capital' of the US, with a focus on translational medicine research, or risk losing out to rivals around the world.

PolyTherics and CPDS sign R&D accord

28-Feb-2008 - The spiraling cost of developing a new drug, which organisations such as the USA-based Tufts Centre for the Study of Drug Development estimate to be between $800m and $1.2bn, means...

Improved gene expression accelerates biologic drug production

27-Feb-2008 - Bayer Healthcare is to deploy a new technique, developed by Millipore, for genetically engineering cells to produce pharmaceutically useful proteins that could both increase the yield and accelerate drug production.

Bosch to lay out new filling and packaging wares at Interpack

27-Feb-2008 - Bosch Packaging Technology will be rolling out a range of new and recently launched processing and packaging solutions at the Interpack 2008 exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany this April, including a...

Novartis vaccines institute sets sights on developing world diseases

27-Feb-2008 - Novartis has lent impetus to the growing trend towards philanthropic R&D in the pharmaceutical industry by opening a new research institute in Siena, Italy "with a non-profit mission to exclusively...

Deal makes Sigma-Aldrich exclusive US antibody supplier

27-Feb-2008 - Sigma-Aldrich has struck a deal with Atlas Antibodies that grants it distribution rights to Atlas' library of 1,800 antibodies that is expected to grow by several thousand per year.

European MIT rival to be operating by 2009

27-Feb-2008 - The prospect of Europe's very own institute of technology - dubbed the European equivalent of MIT - is looking increasingly likely.

Scottish consortium start work on 3D cell-based assay

27-Feb-2008 - A new consortium in Scotland is to develop a new 3D cell assay for use in drug discovery and for safety evaluation prior to clinical trials, in the hope of...

West reports profit slump on higher production costs

27-Feb-2008 - West Pharmaceutical Services has reported sales of over $1bn in 2007 and is optimistic about 2008, despite a small drop in the consolidated gross profit margin large in Q4.

Gerresheimer sees benefit of plastic push in Q4

26-Feb-2008 - Packaging giant Gerresheimer crowned its first year as a public company with a leap in profits for the fourth quarter of 2007, helped by its acquisition of plastic specialist Wilden Group.

Product news round-up

26-Feb-2008 - LabTechnologist presents its periodic round-up of new product introductions in the life sciences arena, with releases from Invitrogen, Genetix, Vapourtec and GE Healthcare.

H&R Wasag stays positive as oil prices bite in pharma

26-Feb-2008 - Oil price fluctuations had the expected impact of dampening profits in H&R Wasag's key chemical-pharmaceutical raw materials business during 2007.

Biotage increases environment technology presence

26-Feb-2008 - Biotage has announced plans to shift its business focus to the environmental analysis sector - an industry on the rise as soaring world population demands more efficient and safe laboratory...

Investigation fingers Cambrex for safety breach after plant explosion

26-Feb-2008 - An investigation in the aftermath of a fire and explosion at one of Cambrex' US plants last year has found the firm in breach of several safety regulations and the...

India's largest CRAMS firm gathers momentum

26-Feb-2008 - Jubilant Organosys, India's largest custom research and manufacturing services (CRAMS) provider, has scored new contracts to the tune of $92m for the year thus far as its business continues to...

Systems biology approach identifies cancer proteins faster

26-Feb-2008 - A tool that more quickly identifies proteins present in cancer cells and identifies targets for immunological therapies and diagnostics has been reported by Austrian researchers.

BASF sees hefty chemicals growth in 2007

25-Feb-2008 - Earnings growth from its pharma solutions business helped push BASF's operating income (EBITDA) from fine chemicals up by 56.5 per cent to €288m in 2007.

Genmab slakes capacity thirst with PDL facility purchase

25-Feb-2008 - Genmab, the Danish antibody specialist with three product candidates in Phase III clinical trials, is taking control of its manufacturing requirements with the agreed acquisition of an antibody facility in...

Accu-Break goes for gold with Midas tie-up for Europe

25-Feb-2008 - Accu-Break Pharmaceuticals (ABP), the US company with a suite of tableting technologies for creating divisible dosage forms, has signed a co-operation agreement with Germany's Midas Pharma that should open new...

Contract manufacturing news in brief

25-Feb-2008 - Dextra Laboratories, Akorn, Metrics and Xcelience have all recently announced new contract manufacturing news.

Arr4 protein could make signal activation an inside job

21-Feb-2008 - A protein discovery that could open up a whole new pathway for drug development has been reported by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the...

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