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DSM says CMO biz model out of step with market; sales drop in Q1

28-Apr-2011 - Royal DSM NV says its pharmaceutical contract manufacturing business model is ‘out of step with market needs’ after the unit’s Q1 performance blots an otherwise positive set of financials.

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Clariant acquires Süd Chemie

28-Apr-2011 - Switzerland – based specialty chemicals group Clariant has acquired 96.15 per cent of German Süd – Chemie.

Becton Dickinson updates on Japan ops; posts Q2 results

28-Apr-2011 - Becton, Dickinson and company (BD) has announced that production of its Hypak prefilled in Japan will resume later this year as operations in the country are recovering faster than expected.

PharmStar to accelerate Aquaprin to market with new 24,000 sq. ft. facility

28-Apr-2011 - US drug developer, PharmStar Pharmaceuticals, has reached an agreement to buy a new 24,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Wilson, North Carolina.

Appointments at DSM, Mersana and Diamyd Medical – People on the move

28-Apr-2011 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including appointments at DSM, Mersana and Diamyd Medical.

Space, the final frontier for drug stability says NASA study

27-Apr-2011 - The finding that space flight is detrimental to drug stability may have implications for drug packaging, dispensing technologies and mail order delivery according to a NASA study.

USP and ChP forge stronger links with new appointments

27-Apr-2011 - The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission (ChP) have made mutual executive appointments in an effort to further align drug quality standards.


Oystar sells processing tech units to Bosch

27-Apr-2011 - Oystar has sold its processing tech units, Huttlin and Manesty, to Bosch in a deal that continues its effort to refocus on primary and secondary packaging.

Eli Lilly and Medtronic to collaborate on developing new Parkinson’s treatment

27-Apr-2011 - Pharma giant Eli Lilly and medical device maker Medtronic are to collaborate on the research and development of an implantable drug delivery system for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Teva resumes production at Irvine, CA facility

27-Apr-2011 - Teva has resumed production at its Irvine, California plant a year after quality control issues put production on hold.

Bio-Rad rolls out benchtop biomanufacturing tech at Interphex 2011

26-Apr-2011 - Bio-Rad has launched what it claims is the drug industry’s first all in one chromatrography platform for small-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

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Sotax opens India unit

26-Apr-2011 - Tablet testing tech specialist Sotax has set up a new unit in India in the first stage of a five year plan to expand its business in the country.

Caliber opens world’s largest plant-based manufacturing facility

26-Apr-2011 - US-based vaccine specialist, Caliber Biotherapeutics, has opened the world’s largest modular, plant-made pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Bryan, Texas.

Merck & Biogen to expand NC capabilities & add jobs

26-Apr-2011 - Biogen Idec and Merck & Co are expanding capabilities and adding jobs in Durham, North Carolina, US.

Gilead and MicroDose to develop new RSV treatment

21-Apr-2011 - Gilead has entered into a licence and collaboration agreement with drug delivery specialists MicroDose Therapeutx to develop a treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Hebei Aoxing adopts new API processing technology

21-Apr-2011 - China-based Hebei Aoxing is to produce naloxone hydrochloride API after it successfully adopted new drug processing technology.

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Noax sees growing pharma demand for sealed PCs

21-Apr-2011 - Industrial PC supplier Noax says pharmaceutical industry demand for sealed computers is growing and being driven by increasing regulatory focus on containment in manufacturing processes.

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Doe & Ingalls and BioVectra expand partnership

21-Apr-2011 - US-based chemical services provider Doe and Ingalls has renewed and expanded its partnership with BioVectra.

Warner Chilcott to axe 500 jobs in Europe by 2012

20-Apr-2011 - Ireland-based Warner Chilcott is to axe 500 European jobs as it deals with the fallout from the patent expiry of its osteoporosis drug, Actonel.

US-wide track-and-trace called for to pre-empt state laws

20-Apr-2011 - Pharma, distributors and dispensers have all called for a single, US-wide track-and-trace standard that pre-empts state laws.

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Sartorius launches device to cut and seal single-use tubes

20-Apr-2011 - Sartorius Stedim Biotech has launched a handheld device to aseptically cut and seal silicone tubing after fluid transfer.

Appointments at Raptor, Regulus, Novavax and Symphogen – People on the move

20-Apr-2011 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including appointments at Raptor, Regulus, Novavax and Symphogen.

Organogenesis breaks ground on state-of-the-art facility

19-Apr-2011 - US-based tissue regeneration specialist, Organogensis, has broken ground on the construction of the world’s largest automated living cell manufacturing plant in Canton, Massachusetts.

WHO agreement improves global pandemic preparedness

19-Apr-2011 - The IFPMA has welcomed a WHO proposal to fund creation of extra vaccine production capacity to cope with global influenza epidemics.

Continuous manufacturing offers QbD and PAT advantages says ISP

19-Apr-2011 - Continuous manufacturing offers significant advantages for drug production in terms of quality and efficiency, but more research and regulatory input is needed to help the pharmaceutical sector reap the benefits...

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