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ScinoPharm says exports drove 2010 rev gains; updates on China plant

31-Mar-2011 - Chinese (API) maker ScinoPharm said that it met its sales targets in 2010, despite rocketing raw materials prices, cutbacks in government healthcare spending in key markets and currency revaluation.

China's new approvals system brings outsourcing opportunity

31-Mar-2011 - A new, tougher approvals policy for pharmaceutical products in China will bring opportunities for Western contract companies able to help domestic firms meet the strict new rules, according to a...

Planning key to cell therapies' $6bn growth

31-Mar-2011 - Planning the commercial production and delivery of effective cell therapies will be key if the sector is to achieve forecast growth of $6bn within nine years, according to a seminar...

US FDA opens Interphex 2011 with presentation backing continuous manufacturing

30-Mar-2011 - The US FDA set out its support for properly planned continuous manufacturing during a fascinating opening presentation at the first day of Interphex 2011 in New York, US yesterday.

West and Carefusion team on needle-free drug reconstitution tech

30-Mar-2011 - West Pharmaceutical Services has moved to expanded its offering by partnering on the development of a new needle-free technology for drug reconstitution with hospital supply giant Carefusion.

US FDA advises on prevention of glass lamellae in injectables

30-Mar-2011 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new advisory designed to help drugmakers prevent the formation of glass fragments in vials following a spate of recent recalls.

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Oral peptide delivery tech achieves Phase III endpoint

29-Mar-2011 - Unigene Laboratories claims a Phase III trial has validated its oral peptide drug delivery technology.

Lower clinical trial spend helps Novavax halve operating loss

29-Mar-2011 - Novavax halved its operating loss in the fourth quarter as a result of lower clinical trial spending.

Pharma driving short-term demand in PAT

29-Mar-2011 - The pharmaceutical industry’s PAT initiative is set to drive demand for process analytical instruments, according to a F&S study.

Appointments at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Baxter and Achaogen – People on the move

29-Mar-2011 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including appointments at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Baxter and Achaogen.

Novartis invests in Chinese vaccine maker

28-Mar-2011 - Novartis has acquired a majority stake in vaccine maker Zhejiang Tianyuan Bio-Pharmaceutical, continuing its efforts to accelerate revenue growth in China.

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Mississippi passes anti-counterfeiting law

28-Mar-2011 - Mississippi, US has passed anti-counterfeiting legislation to give law enforcement the tools needed to tackle fake products.

Sigma posts loss but shares soar on special dividend

28-Mar-2011 - Sigma Pharmaceuticals posted a A$235.4m (€172.0m) loss in 2010 but its share value soared on payment of a special dividend.

Round up of clinical trial packaging partnerships

28-Mar-2011 - Outsourcing-Pharma presents a round up of recent clinical trial packaging services partnerships.

Kerry adds two Chinese sites to logistics network

24-Mar-2011 - Kerry Logistics has opened two distribution centres in China to serve pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and other industries.

Syracuse team use gold nanoparticles to deliver DOX anti-cancer drug

24-Mar-2011 - Scientists from the University of Syracuse’s chemistry department have created a new drug delivery system which they claim will improve the efficacy of cancer-killing drugs.

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Cumberland launches EDTA-free Acetadote formulation

24-Mar-2011 - Cumberland Pharmaceuticals has introduced an Acetadote (acetylcysteine) formulation that is free from stabilisation or chelating agents.

UK budget aims to attract & keep pharma manufacturers

24-Mar-2011 - The UK has drafted a budget to attract and keep business but there are still significant barriers to investment, warns the CIA.

Lonza wins manufacturing deals with Enobia and Athera

23-Mar-2011 - Switzerland-based Lonza has signed two new manufacturing deals with pharmaceutical firms that look set to improve capacity utilisation.

Q1 FDA cGMP warning letters

23-Mar-2011 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents a round up of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) related warning letters sent by the FDA in the first quarter.

GSK joins UK Gov innovative manufacturing initiative

23-Mar-2011 - GSK is participating in a UK Government-backed innovative manufacturing initiative aimed at revitalising the sector.

Gerresheimer buys Bazilian plastic pack firm Vedat

23-Mar-2011 - Gerresheimer has bought Brazilian pharmaceutical plastic packaging maker Vedat, citing rapid growth of the country’s drug market, particularly the generics segment, as the main driver for the acquisition.

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Finesse upgrades bioprocess software

23-Mar-2011 - Finesse Solutions has added off-line data processing modules to its bioprocess parameter control software, TruBio DV.

Unilife reports growing interest in prefilled syringe; execs invest

22-Mar-2011 - US delivery device maker Unilife has reported growing drug industry interest in its Unifill prefilled syringe range.

Melbourn Scientific extends testing capabilities; buys eight Copley Scientific dissolution testers

22-Mar-2011 - Copley Scientific, the Nottingham, UK-based lab equipment manufacturer, has confirmed delivery of eight tablet dissolution testers to contract research organisation (CRO), Melbourn Scientific.

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