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Singapore CMO wins second major contract

31-May-2005 - Singapore contract biologics manufacturer A-Bio has added another top pharmaceutical company to its list of customers, just over 18 months after starting operations, reports Phil Taylor.

Roche plans new plant to meet Tamiflu demand

31-May-2005 - Concern over the threat of a new flu pandemic is hiking demand for Roche's Tamiflu >(oseltamivir phosphate) product to the extent that the firm needs to build another production plant,...

People on the move

31-May-2005 - presents its periodic round up of personnel news in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and drug development sectors.

AES cuts microbial air sampling in cleanroom

31-May-2005 - France's AES Laboratories has developed a system for the rapid monitoring of air in the cleanroom or pharmaceutical production facility for microbial contamination, without having to wait days for culturing,...

Pfizer signs up for Chromos cell engineering system

31-May-2005 - Chromos Molecular Systems won another customer for its cell line engineering technology yesterday, when world number one drugmaker Pfizer took out a license for its ACE system, reports Phil Taylor.

Isolagen plays its ACE card

31-May-2005 - Isolagen unveils its automated cellular expansion (ACE) system, which claims to harvest cells more cost-effectively than other cell harvesting systems currently available. The system will reduce the time needed by...

Marchesini launches into stickpack space

30-May-2005 - Marchesini has made its first foray into the market for stickpack packaging with the launch of a complete automated line aimed at manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries,...

Tagging makes RFID labels secure, says Creo

30-May-2005 - Canadian packaging technology company Creo has teamed up with XINK Laboratories, a company that makes conducting ink for printing radiofrequency identification (RFID) antennas, to address RFID tag security issues.

Able Labs cuts staff after manufacturing suspension

30-May-2005 - Able Laboratories has announced sweeping job cuts across its manufacturing division in the wake of the quality control problems emerging at its plant in the US, reports Phil Taylor.

Researchers identify gene enzymatic activity

30-May-2005 - US researchers have identified an enzyme activity that is inactivated in all reported mutant forms of a disease protein, opening up opportunities for therapies to treat ataxia, a rare hereditary...

EU backs nanoscience research hub

30-May-2005 - The European Union is to part-finance the creation of a European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) to advance collaboration across the continent in the field of nanotechnology, reports Phil Taylor.

NanoLogix unveils DNA extraction system

27-May-2005 - NanoLogix unveils its DNA extraction system for the molecular diagnostics market, which is said to take significantly less time than standard spin column extraction methods.

Agilent to buy SSI and expand lab software range

26-May-2005 - Agilent Technologies is to acquire SSI in a move that will combine the former's analytical instrumentation, data systems and services with SSI's strong position in chromatographic data systems and informatics.

SCOLR starts raloxifene clinial trials

26-May-2005 - Drug delivery specialist SCOLR Pharma has started pilot testing in Canada of a formulation of the osteoporosis drug raloxifene that promises to improve the absorption of the drug and, potentially,...

Beckman launches latest GenomeLab system

26-May-2005 - Beckman Coulter has launched a gene analysis system that aims to deliver high-throughput, cost effective gene expression via scalable, multiplexed PCR and overcome the biases that limit standard PCR analyses...

Creo and Accucote to offer tagged labels to pharma

26-May-2005 - Creo, a Canadian firm which makes imaging and printing technologies, has teamed up with label company Accucote to develop invisibly-tagged, traceable label stocks for the pharmaceutical, medical and other industries,...

Report describes bioinformatics market as 'explosive'

26-May-2005 - According to a recent report, the global bioinformatics market is currently estimated at about $1.4 billion (€1.1 billion). It is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of...

EaglePicher, Xcellerex win F&S awards

26-May-2005 - EaglePicher Pharmaceutical Services and Xcellerex both won awards at a ceremony held last night by market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan.

Big Blue aims to modernise pharma production

25-May-2005 - Information technology giant IBM has developed a software architecture that promises to modernise the pharmaceutical industry's manufacturing processes, often accused of lagging behind those of other industries such as chemicals...

CI Electronics launches new pill weighers

25-May-2005 - UK company CI Electronics is rolling out a new tablet and capsule weighing system, the SADE SP, in North America via local distributor AC Compacting, reports Phil Taylor.

Nasal vaccine delivery tech clears milestone

25-May-2005 - A delivery technology that could allow vaccines to be administered intranasally and does not require refrigeration has passed its first clinical hurdle, reports Phil Taylor.

Biotech to outpace pharma, says Deloitte

25-May-2005 - The boundary between the pharma and biotech industries will become incresingly blurred over the next 10 years, with the latter enjoying stronger growth, writes Phil Taylor.

Norbrook buys Czech anaesthetic facility

24-May-2005 - Norbrook Laboratories of Northern Ireland has acquired two anaesthetic product lines and a production facility from Czech company Synthesia, part of the Aliachem group, reports Phil Taylor.

NextGen launches E coli product range

24-May-2005 - NextGen Sciences has launched an "automation-friendly" range of consumables, designed to maximise throughput and productivity for protein expression. The products have been designed to reduce error and increase expression effectiveness....

Able suspends manufacturing on QC violations

24-May-2005 - US generic company Able Laboratories ceased all its manufacturing and recalled products yesterday after major problems emerged with its quality control procedures, reports Phil Taylor.

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