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DSM invests in microchip compliance packaging

30-Sep-2008 - DSM has invested in The Compliers Group (TCG), a company developing pharmaceutical packaging containing microchips to monitor a patient's compliance.

Marketing deal for Prosonix’s SonoLab

30-Sep-2008 - Syrris has become the primary marketer for Prosonix’s new SonoLab laboratory scale sonocrystallisation and sonoprocessing equipment.

Pharma manufacturing products: News in brief

30-Sep-2008 - in-PharmaTechnologist.com’s latest round up of products launched in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector includes new offerings from Premier Pneumatics, GE Healthcare and WaterSep.

Handheld device for validating raw materials

29-Sep-2008 - Ahura Scientific has launched an updated version of its TruScan handheld instrument, which allows for raw materials to be quickly verified.

PEPFAR drops Ranbaxy from recommended list

29-Sep-2008 -  Ranbaxy’s antiretrovirals zidovudine, lamivudine, and nevirapine have been removed from PEPFAR’s list of approved products until ongoing GMP problems at two of the firm’s Indian manufacturing plants are resolved. ...

Sagent acquires rights to multi-chamber syringe

29-Sep-2008 - Sagent Pharmaceuticals has acquired the rights to a patented, multi-chamber, sequential dose syringe from Infusive Technologies.

BioTrove clears the way for new disease pathway research

28-Sep-2008 -  BioTrove has launched a series of assay panels that enable researchers to skip the laborious initial steps of gene selection and assay optimisation and start studying disease pathways straightaway.

TTP mosquito nanolitre liquid handler ‘bulks up’

26-Sep-2008 -  TTP LabTech has transformed its ‘mosquito’ nanolitre liquid handler into a highly flexible system for preparing microplates for high throughput (HT) screening applications.

Dragon files new drug packaging film with SFDA

25-Sep-2008 -  Chinese packaging specialist Dragon International is seeking SFDA marketing approval for a new composite film product for the suppository drug market. 

Teva Kowa JV to target Japanese generics market

25-Sep-2008 -  Teva and Kowa have set their sights on Japan’s $4.6bn (€3.1bn) generics market with their development and manufacturing joint venture Teva-Kowa Pharma.  

Alpharma licenses transdermal delivery patch

25-Sep-2008 - Alpharma has licensed an investigational transdermal bupivacaine patch from Durect for an initial $20m, with further payments based on reaching developmental milestones.

Manufacturing facility news in brief

24-Sep-2008 -  in-PharmaTechnologist.com’s periodic round-up of developments in the pharmaceutical manufacturing space includes news on MannKind, Nycomed, ABS and Tris. 

Pfizer’s API unit to use Prosonix' Prosonitron

24-Sep-2008 - Prosonix, a specialist developer of ultrasonic industrial processing solutions, says that global drug giant Pfizer is to begin using its Prosonitron reactor and sonocrystallisation technology at its manufacturing facility in...

Health Canada adds to Ranbaxy’s woes

24-Sep-2008 - A domino effect appears to have been started by the FDA blocking Ranbaxy imports, with other regulatory bodies paying close attention to the generics giant.

EU cash for plant cell biosynthesis

24-Sep-2008 - The production of pharmaceutical products in plant cells has been given a boost, after the European Union ploughed $8.8m into a research programme.

Zentiva board accepts Sanofi’s revised €1.8bn offer

23-Sep-2008 -  Sanofi-Aventis’ €1.8bn ($2.6bn) offer for Czech generics firm Zentiva has been unanimously accepted by the latter firm’s board after four months of wrangling that has seen the bid increase by...

Sandoz’ SA plant gets WHO NoC letter

23-Sep-2008 -  The WHO has issued Sandoz with a Notice of Concern (NoC) after an inspection of the firm’s Kempton Park facility in South Africa identified 41 deviations from GMP standards. ...

FDA guidance on GE animal drug production

23-Sep-2008 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for the use of genetically engineered (GE) animals to produce drugs.

Pharma manufacturing: People on the move

23-Sep-2008 - in-PharmaTechnologist.com presents its latest round-up of personnel changes in the pharmaceutical sector.

DSM and LibraGen enter transaminase deal

22-Sep-2008 -  Dutch chemicals giant DSM and France’s LibraGen are targeting the chemical and pharmaceutical industries with their new chiral amine production accord, which aims to develop a range of new catalytic...

EnWave’s new dehydration method shows promise

22-Sep-2008 -  EnWave says that its freezeREV dehydration technology can reduce the moisture content of single vial vaccines to between 3 and 3.5 per cent, bettering the mark achieved by its bioREV...

Joint API inspection service to cut costs

22-Sep-2008 - Germany-based Diapharm has launched a service allowing pharmaceutical manufacturers to perform joint third-party audits of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Skills shortage predicted in Massachusetts

22-Sep-2008 - Massachusetts needs to do more to produce workers for its life sciences industry if it is to avoid a skills shortage in years to come, according to research.

Reaxa and RohnerChem partner on EnCat scale-up

22-Sep-2008 -  UK-based Reaxa and Switzerland’s RohnerChem have teamed up to develop the former’s EnCat catalyst technology for industrial applications in the API and drug manufacturing sector.  

Invitrogen and ABI unveil new company structure

19-Sep-2008 -  Despite the credit crunch, Invitrogen’s acquisition of ABI (Applied Biosystems) is expected to be complete by early November and details of how the merged entity will be structured have just...

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