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Sweden recalls Sanofi's enoxaparin after OSCS contamination

30-Apr-2008 - Swedish authorities have recalled Sanofi Aventis' low molecular weight injectable blood thinner Lovenox (enoxaparin), known locally as Klexane, after four batches of the blockbuster drug were found to contain oversulfated...

Kyowa Hakko biochemicals prosper on back of acquisitions

30-Apr-2008 - Japan-based Kyowa Hakko's biochemical segment has experienced 135.6 per cent growth taking the departments operating income for the 2007 financial year to $92.4m.

Dr Reddy's buys BASF contract unit

30-Apr-2008 - India's Dr Reddy's Laboratories has just announced the signing of a definitive agreement to buy the US pharmaceutical contract manufacturing business of chemicals giant BASF.

Pharmaceutical manufacturing: people on the move

30-Apr-2008 - presents its periodic round-up of personnel changes in pharmaceutical manufacturing and development.  

Prolient takes major step forward in BSA production

30-Apr-2008 - US-based Prolient has improved its "closed loop" bovine serum albumin (BSA) manufacturing process, in what it describes as a "major step forward".

Invitrogen doubles its profits during Q1

29-Apr-2008 - Invitrogen's first-quarter profits were nearly double those it recorded in the first-quarter of 2007.The maker of kits used for cloning enjoyed growth, driven by sharp increases in sales for drug...

US govt pays Sanofi Pasteur $192m for bulk flu antigen

29-Apr-2008 - The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has accepted a bulk stock of H5N1 influenza virus antigen, consisting of both hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, worth $192m (€123m) from French...

siRNA delivery difficulties to meet a sticky end?

29-Apr-2008 - French firm Polyplus-transfection hopes that its new "sticky siRNA" (ssiRNA) technology, which allows siRNA molecules to form more stable structures, will revolutionize the in vivo delivery of small interfering-RNA based...

Non-allergenic latex glove gets the nod

29-Apr-2008 - A new type of latex glove developed by Yulex Corp that is less allergenic for medical and research staff has been given a green light by the US Food and...

Recipharm eyeing dominant CDMO spot

29-Apr-2008 - Swedish firm Recipharm is concentrating its efforts on becoming one of the leading contract development and manufacturing organisations (CDMOs).

DSM acquires PTG and predicts record year

29-Apr-2008 - Dutch chemical group DSM has acquired Polymer Technology Group (PTG) and predicted its best financial year to date following organic sales growth of 14 per cent for the first quarter.

Lab901 raises 3.5m to develop electrophoresis arm

29-Apr-2008 - Lab901 has raised £3.5m in funding, which will go towards expanding its sales efforts and new products for RNA and Protein Electrophoresis - a market that is currently worth $1.3bn...

Synthetic lung could further asthma research

29-Apr-2008 - UK researchers have started developing a 'lung in a test tube', that could aid research into respiratory diseases such as asthma and allergy and reduce the need for animal testing.

HP printer to stamp out counterfeiting

28-Apr-2008 - Computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has developed a system that allows high quality printing to be added to tablets and capsules in an attempt to derail counterfeiters.

Schott forms joint venture to crack Indian vial market

28-Apr-2008 - German-based technology group Schott has formed a joint venture with Kaisha in an attempt to gain access to the glass primary pharmaceutical packaging market in India.

ELGA makes rental an option for water purification

28-Apr-2008 - ELGA Process Water has launched its new All-in-Pack water treatment solution for pharmaceutical manufacturers wishing to reduce both capital expenditure and associated running costs.

Unigene launches joint venture with Chinese state

28-Apr-2008 - US drugmaker Unigene has begun construction of new facilities in China as part of its joint venture with a state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company to establish research, development and manufacturing capacities...

Waters flowing strongly with Q1 revenues up 12 per cent

24-Apr-2008 - Analytical equipment specialists Waters made a solid start to 2008, posting a 12 per cent increase in first-quarter revenues buoyed on by higher margin expansions and strong global sales that...

Pharmaceutical manufacturing: people on the move

24-Apr-2008 - presents its periodic round-up of personnel changes in pharmaceutical manufacturing and development.

FDA links contaminant to adverse events: issues warning to China facility

24-Apr-2008 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed evidence linking the heparin contaminant with the series of reported adverse reactions, and has also now issued a warning letter to...

EU urges greater pharma, academia links

24-Apr-2008 - The European Commission has urged member states to more effectively convert knowledge acquired through research into socio-economic benefits.

OSCS detection may protect heparin supplies

24-Apr-2008 - International research suggests that a simple in vitro bioassay, in addition to procedures currently in place, would help secure the global supply chain for heparin and reduce the risk of...

Jubilant's overseas operations boost sales

24-Apr-2008 - A 67 per cent increase in the contribution from overseas operations helped boost Indian custom research and manufacturing services (CRAMS) group Jubilant Organosys' sales in fiscal 2008.

'Plastic' proteins aid drug discovery

24-Apr-2008 - Researchers have created a hybrid gel that can reacts to changes in acidity and temperature by turning green. The gel, made from a combination of synthetic polymers and proteins, could...

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