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IMA's order book packs in more sales

31-Aug-2006 - The recovery that has taken packaging and processing machinery company IMA to profitability in 2006 has continued, helped by new opportunities in the biotech sector and a strong growth in generics.

ZymoGenetics stings Bristol-Myers Squibb with patent lawsuit

31-Aug-2006 - Seattle drug firm ZymoGenetics has taken Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to court for infringement of its fusion protein technology patents by several products, including arthritis medication Orencia (abatacept).

Maryland mulls 'vaccine manufacturing capital of the world' dream

31-Aug-2006 - Bruised by Novartis's snub over a $600m (€466m) vaccine plant, Maryland has commissioned a study on what more the state can do to attract a major cell culture vaccine manufacturing...

Erbitux' success leads to 190m plant for Merck KGaA

30-Aug-2006 - Germany's Merck has announced its biggest investment in pharmaceuticals in its 338-year-old history, as its top-selling oncology drug Erbitux (cetuximab) has driven the company to allocate €190m for the construction...

Mylan in India's biggest pharmaceutical takeover as it enters the Matrix

30-Aug-2006 - US generic drugmaker Mylan has agreed to spend around $736m (€573.4m) to acquire a controlling stake in Matrix, an Indian manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and solid oral dosage...

Scientists target receptors in new anthrax treatment

30-Aug-2006 - Scientists believe they have discovered a novel way in treating people suffering from anthrax poisoning, which could overcome the problem of antibiotic resistance that is becoming increasingly common in southern...

FDA's thumbs up to PFI reverberates through outsourcing industry

30-Aug-2006 - In the first drug master file (DMF) approval of its kind, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the sale of metformin hydrochloride tablets which are produced by...

Patheon breaks into drug delivery

29-Aug-2006 - Canadian contract manufacturer Patheon has teamed up with specialty pharmaceutical firm Depomed to offer its clients a controlled release formulation which can grant their drugs increased bioavailability and less frequent...

Novozymes quenches biopharma thirst down under

29-Aug-2006 - Industrial enzyme maker Novozymes is seeking to strengthen its presence in the biopharmaceutical market by offering to acquire Australian biotechnology firm Gropep for AUD83.6m (€49.6m), eager to become a supplier...

Altus and Althea pair up

29-Aug-2006 - Biopharmaceutical firm Altus has asked contract manufacturer Althea to produce Phase III quantities of a crystallised formulation of human growth hormone (hGH) which can be administered subcutaneously weekly instead of...

New protein discovery gives hope to bowel disease sufferers

25-Aug-2006 - Researchers have identified a protein that is thought to defend the intestinal against microbial invaders offering new insights into how the intestine fends off pathogens and potentially leading to new...

Thermo experiences high operating profit growth

24-Aug-2006 - Thermo Electron has reported an operating profit growth of 26 per cent to $143.2m (€111.2m) and boosted its profit margin by three percentage points to 20 per cent in its...

Fisher reports profit jump

24-Aug-2006 - Fisher Scientific has reported a second-quarter pre-tax profit jump of 31 per cent to $146.1m (€113.4m), reflecting the success of recent acquisitions and operating initiatives.

Pharmacists want manufacturers to sort out their tablets

24-Aug-2006 - Difficulties in identifying tablets have emerged as a major issue in a recent US survey of 150 pharmacists who are warning drugmakers that the lack of distinct appearance in pills...

Teva axes Ivax' Puerto Rico facility

24-Aug-2006 - Looking for $45m (€35m) in savings, Teva has decided to abandon its drug manufacturing plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico, as it scrambles to adjust capacity seven months after its acquisition...

NPIL expands high potency API facility in Scotland

24-Aug-2006 - Strong demand for anti-cancer cytotoxic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) has led Nicholas Piramal (NPIL) Pharma to upgrade infrastructure and hire more staff at its high potency substances (HPS) facility in...

Consumables and contract manufacturing the drivers of the bioprocessing industry

23-Aug-2006 - Despite its consolidation, the competitive consumable sector still offers potential for rapid growth and better profits in the biopharmaceutical industry, while contract bioprocessing services will be increasingly in demand, according...

Rexam's Indian pharma packaging dreams come true

23-Aug-2006 - Rexam, the world's largest beverage can maker, has bought Indian pharmaceutical packaging firm Truepack for £5m (€7.3m), hungry for a slice of the country's growing pharma market.

Researchers show efficacy of first Staph drug for decades

23-Aug-2006 - Researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness of a new drug for treating infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria representing the first drug of its kind to be FDA approved in two...

Merck offers first glimpse of $300m vaccine plant

23-Aug-2006 - For the first time Merck has opened the doors of its under-construction manufacturing plant in North Carolina to public officials, boasting it will eventually contribute about two-thirds of its annual...

Plant survey: Performance gaps of drug manufacturers exposed

22-Aug-2006 - A survey of eleven production plants of major drugmakers has revealed considerable variation in capacity utilisation, with the top performers being those who embrace automation and spend little on non-core...

New automated tool to remove sample tube caps

22-Aug-2006 - Instrumentation provider ABgene has launched the first automated device for the opening and closing of screw caps on sample tubes that it claims is three times faster than the manual...

Emergent BioSolutions flaunts $75m anthrax vaccine production facility

22-Aug-2006 - Buoyed by lucrative biodefense contracts, Emergent BioSolutions has showcased a new large-scale vaccine production facility in Michigan which it will use to make Biothrax, the only vaccine approved in the...

New patent strengthens Generex' oral insulin spray

22-Aug-2006 - Generex has registered a new patent in the US that covers broad claims for the delivery of macromolecules via the buccal cavity of the mouth, further safeguarding its RapidMist drug...

Opto Technology launches new heater plate

22-Aug-2006 - Optoelectronic specialist Opto Technology has launched a new low profile heater plate to be used for thermal reactions.

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