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ATMI doubles bioprocess tech manufacturing capacity

29-Jul-2010 - ATMI completes expansion at US bioprocess tech plant days after citing life science business growth as an important part of its second quarter gains.

Solid diabetes sales drive slight Q3 growth at BD Medical

29-Jul-2010 - The medical unit of Becton Dickinson (BD) reported a slight increase in revenues in the third quarter driven by solid sales of diabetes products.

Marina buys Smarticles liposomal delivery system

29-Jul-2010 - Marina Biotech has acquired the intellectual property for the Smarticles liposomal-based delivery system from Novosom AG.

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Pharma consolidation and the downstream impact on CROs

29-Jul-2010 - Significant biopharm consolidation has played a key role in reshaping the drug development sector. Viq Pervaaz, senior vice president at Aon Consulting, discusses the changes and how they will impact...

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Hovione grows sales in 09

29-Jul-2010 - Consolidated sales at Hovione increased by 15 per cent to $144m (€110m) in fiscal 2009.

Mylan plans €67m solid-dose packaging plant in Hungary

28-Jul-2010 - Mylan hopes new solid-dose packaging plant in Hungary will help it increase market share in Eastern Europe.

Celleuxs launches “broad cell line” disposable bioreactor

28-Jul-2010 - Cellexus has expanded its disposable bioreactor offering with a unit designed to give biomanufacturers greater flexibility in their choice of cell lines.

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Mocon moves US HQ to add capacity

28-Jul-2010 - US testing instrument maker Mocon has moved to a bigger HQ and manufacturing centre to help it keep up with what it describes as growing demand for its range of...

Oracle adds ePedigree system to secure supply chain

28-Jul-2010 - Oracle has introduced an integrated mass-serialisation and pedigree application to improve pharma supply chain integrity.

Colorcon builds coating biz with Indian buy

27-Jul-2010 - Colorcon will buy Indian group Pharmaceuitcal Coatings to expand both its tablet film coating business and presence in “rapidly growing” pharmaceutical market.

Grant awarded for non-invasive counterfeit detection

27-Jul-2010 - Research into the use of quadrupole resonance spectroscopy (QR) for non-invasive, non-destructive detection of counterfeits has been boosted by a grant.

People on the move: pharma jobs

27-Jul-2010 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including appointments at Phage Pharmaceuticals, the USP and Nycomed.

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Azelis launches excipients in UK

27-Jul-2010 - Azelis Pharma has launched Syral starch-derived oral excipients in the UK.

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Becton Dickson plans East coast distribution boost

26-Jul-2010 - Medical Technology group Becton Dickson (BD) will build a $38m warehouse facility in Four Oaks, North Carolina, according to State Governor Bev Perdue.

EU majors reported to be looking at Genzyme

26-Jul-2010 - European drugmakers Sanofi-Aventis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are rumoured to be looking at a possible acquisition of US biotechnology group Genzyme.

Ampac response to plant concerns “insufficient,” says FDA

26-Jul-2010 - The US FDA has asked Ampac Fine Chemicals for a more detailed plan to fix cGMP deviations at its API plant in Rancho Cordova, California.

Suspect medicines seized by EU increased again in 2009

26-Jul-2010 - EU seizures of medicines suspected of infringing IP increased in 2009, with a total of almost 11.5m articles being detained.

Sensient invests in pharma coating biz; H1 sales up

26-Jul-2010 - Sensient Technologies hopes investment in pharmaceutical coating capacity will boost its pharmaceutical sector business.

Constantia buys Tobepal from Amcor

22-Jul-2010 - Austria’s Constantia Packaging will pay Amcor €92m ($118m) for its Spanish Tobepal flexible packaging business.

Danish API audit plans criticised; harmonisation called for

22-Jul-2010 - Danish plans to develop its own guidelines for API audit reports have been criticised by a body that is calling for harmonisation across Europe.

Bill giving FDA mandatory recall powers introduced

22-Jul-2010 - Mandatory recalls of drugs posing an imminent threat to human health could be initiated by the US FDA if a bill introduced last week is passed into law.

Terrene plans US growth with gelatin capsule DMF

22-Jul-2010 - Indian contractor Terrene Pharma has filed a DMF for hard gelatin capsules with the US FDA, signalling its intention to expand in the world’s most lucrative drug market.

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Afrezza approval: one small step away for MannKind?

21-Jul-2010 - The US FDA is set to make a final approval decision on the one remaining inhalable delivery insulin product, MannKind’s Afrezza, by December 29.

Reaxa to lead $1m CP-STAR catalyst project

21-Jul-2010 - Reaxa has received a UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) award to further development of cleaner catalysts for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

MDCI, CDSS partner to expand geographic reach

21-Jul-2010 - CROs MDCI and CDSS have partnered to expand their geographic reach and drive growth through cooperation.

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