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'Super Combination Traveler's Vaccine' looking promising

31-Jul-2007 - The concept of a "Super Combination Traveler's Vaccine" has come one step closer to reality with the initiation of a Phase II study on a single dose, oral typhoid fever...

Laboratory suppliers see strong Q2 growth

31-Jul-2007 - Laboratory equipment manufacturers have been doing well in the first half of 2007, with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waters, Affymetrix and PerkinElmer all achieving near double digit growth.

Gerresheimer going strong

31-Jul-2007 - German packaging firm Gerresheimer has reported healthy first half financial results, boosted by a series of strategic acquisitions and favourable market conditions, with the firm's recent initial public offering promising...

China continues steps toward drug safety reform

31-Jul-2007 - China continues to take steps toward drug safety reforms as it forges closer ties with US regulators and shuts down dodgy manufacturing plants.

The fine line between antibody yield and process throughput

31-Jul-2007 - UK researchers have developed a computer simulation to aid researchers find the optimum conditions for purifying polyclonal antibodies on affinity chromatography systems.

Gene therapy skies grey again

31-Jul-2007 - Just as the biopharma industry was recovering from its hangover after negative clinical events in the gene therapy field, the death of a patient during a gene therapy trial last...

Sanofi's SoloStar hits US market despite patent suit

31-Jul-2007 - Sanofi-Aventis' disposable insulin pen SoloStar has been launched across the US for use with the company's 24-hour basal insulin Lantus (insulin glargine), despite patent infringement claims emanating from fellow insulin...

Nikon to care for your cells while you study them

31-Jul-2007 - Nikon have launched a new 'hands off' system that combines an incubator and inverted microscope to allow automated live-cell culture studies and time-lapse imaging in a controlled environment.

Risk management strategy progressing nicely

31-Jul-2007 - European pharmaceutical and medical authorities have announced their satisfaction on the progress being made with the European Risk Management Strategy (ERMS) following a meeting earlier this month.

MorphoSys pleased with financial results

30-Jul-2007 - German-based MorphoSys has a positive outlook for its antibody producing industry, despite the research antibody segment posting revenue 10 per cent below expectations in the six-month financial report released today.

TB booster vaccine enters Phase II

30-Jul-2007 - A new booster vaccine aimed to up the immune response against tuberculosis (TB) has entered Phase II trials in South Africa.

Biocon JV sets up in UAE

30-Jul-2007 - Indian biotech heavyweight Biocon has today announced that its joint venture with Abu Dhabi-based Neopharma has spawned new company NeoBiocon, operating out of one of Dubai's newest biotechnology parks.

Contract manufacturing news in brief

30-Jul-2007 - Akorn, Dompé, Angel Biotech and Flamingo Pharmaceuticals have all made new contract manufacturing announcements this past week.

Patent promise for oral insulin tablet tech

30-Jul-2007 - A novel drug delivery technology capable of delivering large molecules in oral tablet form is set to gain patent protection in a number of countries through an international patent treaty.

RFID set for explosive growth

26-Jul-2007 - The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies in the healthcare industry is set for explosive growth over the coming years as teething problems from its formative years are overcome.

Product news in brief - week 30

26-Jul-2007 - LabTechnologist.com brings you its periodic round-up of product news from suppliers such as Bruker, Sotax, SP Industries, SUI and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Novel soft mist COPD inhaler set for EU

26-Jul-2007 - A novel spring-powered inhaler system to deliver the blockbuster COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) treatment Spiriva (tiotropium) has successfully completed the EU approval process, paving the way for its introduction...

SwitchGear screens signalling-pathways

26-Jul-2007 - SwitchGear Genomics has launched a new high-throughput tool (HT) that allows researchers to peer into disease-related pathways and study how potential drugs affect disease progression.

Frustration for GPC oral cancer drug

26-Jul-2007 - GPC Biotech was dealt a blow this week as an advisory committee recommended that regulatory bodies should hold off on approval of a novel oral formulation of a platinum-based cancer...

Don't trust 'Old Faithful' when pipetting hot liquids

26-Jul-2007 - Artel's extreme pipetting expedition team went to Yellowstone National Park, US, where they found that pipetting hot or cold liquids can cause delivery volume errors of up to 37 per cent.

Rentschler in protein production expansion

26-Jul-2007 - Rentschler Biotechnologie has completed the first phase of a €50m expansion of its biomanufacturing capacity with the launch of two new bioreactors aimed at making protein-based drugs for biopharma clients.

First dissolution-focused CRO launched

25-Jul-2007 - Lab equipment specialist Sotax has announced the creation of a new contract research organisation (CRO) focused exclusively on dissolution testing services.

Disappointment for Biovail bupropion plans

25-Jul-2007 - Biovail has this week sought to reassure its investors after the news that US regulators issued the company with a Non Approval letter for its new bupropion salt anti-depressant.

Pharmaceutical manufacturing: people on the move

25-Jul-2007 - Roche, Alexza Pharmaceuticals, WuXi PharmaTech, Ambrx and NovaDel Pharma have all had people on the move in the world of pharmaceutical manufacturing.

World pharma packaging set for solid growth

25-Jul-2007 - Worldwide demand for pharmaceutical packaging is set to grow steadily over the coming years growing to over $30bn (€21.7bn) by 2011, according to a new report published this week.

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