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West Pharma launches barrier film

30-Oct-2003 - The company claims that stoppers equipped with West Fluro Tec film have barrier properties that can significantly reduce leachables, extractables and particulates that result from...

Cardinal offers $400m for Intercare

30-Oct-2003 - Cardinal Health has entered into a $400 million deal to acquire Intercare Group of the UK that would provide it with a significantly-expanded presence in...

Smoother lipid delivery

30-Oct-2003 - The healthcare division of UK-based speciality chemicals maker Croda Chemicals Europe used the CPhi exhibition in Frankfurt this week as a platform to launch two...

New Envirotainer set for 2004 take-off

30-Oct-2003 - Envirotainer, a specialist in freight containers for pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive goods, unveiled a mock-up of its latest thermostat-controlled product at the CPhI conference in...

Funding for Phase I at FeRx

29-Oct-2003 - San-Diego based FeRx has received a slice of funding to support research to evaluate the use of its MagneTarg drug delivery system in the site-specific...

Tablet pressing, the Italian way

29-Oct-2003 - An Italian-designed single punch automatic tablet press machine is now under distribution from UK equipment supplier Isopak. Targetted at small batch runs, the stainless steel...

Development services shake-up for Rhodia

29-Oct-2003 - After a difficult period which has seen the departure of its chief executive and first-half loss of €150 million, Rhodia took the opportunity presented by...

CPhI debut for Amberzyme technology

29-Oct-2003 - The recently-formed Advanced Biosciences unit of Rohm and Haas has introduced the first product in a new line of functionalised resin systems for the immobilisation...

Patheon leads Europe in lyophilisation

28-Oct-2003 - Canada-headquartered contract manufacturing company Patheon is now offering the largest capacity in Europe for Lyophilisation, following the completion of a €60 million investment programme at...

Quest for multiple chiral centres

28-Oct-2003 - US life sciences company Cambrex has linked up with UK Dextra Laboratories to look into new pathways to chiral molecules used in active pharmaceuticals ingredients...

Novo Nordisk on track for FY2003

28-Oct-2003 - Danish chemical group Novo Nordisk - with a market capitalisation of DK72.0bn - will likely deliver a 'lacklustre' set of results for the first nine...

Merck ramps up custom synthesis capacity

28-Oct-2003 - Germany's Merck KGaA has almost completed the construction of a €200 million plant that will provide a significant increase in the company's organic synthesis business,...

Stanelco license deal

27-Oct-2003 - UK-based Stanelco has licensed rights to a non-gelatine encapsulation process developed by its subsidiaries Adept Polymers and Stanelco Fibre Optics to Isracaps, an Israeli company....

Peptides from Solutia

27-Oct-2003 - Under-pressure speciality chemicals company Solutia has launched an offensive on the outsourced peptide synthesis market with the formation of a new business group in Switzerland...

Purification market getting crowded

27-Oct-2003 - The market for protein and DNA purification kits is maturing, and the pace of technological innovation has slowed, leaving dozens of companies fighting for market...

EU microencapsulation institute

27-Oct-2003 - A European Union-funded project has launched the first ever European virtual microencapsulation institute, aimed at turning technologies in this field into viable business products. Microencapsulation...

Pharma tech shines at Cardinal Health

27-Oct-2003 - Cardinal Health posted higher earnings in the first quarter of fiscal 2004, on the back of increased demand in its prescription drug wholesale business but...

Sales flat but profits rise at PE

23-Oct-2003 - PerkinElmer today reported third-quarter revenues of $367.1 million (€311m), at around the same level as the same period of 2002, but cost-cutting helped net income...

Bar code buy for McKesson

23-Oct-2003 - McKesson has purchased the packaging operations of privately-held Sky Pharmaceuticals Packaging, a supplier of unit dose bar coded packaging solutions. The deal sets up McKesson...

GMP on the agenda

23-Oct-2003 - AustraIian Pharmaceutical Industries has been given the go-ahead to restart production of therapeutic goods at its Kingsgrove facility in New South Wales, which was shut...

Off-the-peg LIMS

23-Oct-2003 - The worldwide market for Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8 per cent over...

Legal challenge hits gelatine-free capsule sector

22-Oct-2003 - BioProgress has started legal proceedings against Stanelco Fibre Optics alleging ownership of several patents related to processes used in gelatine-free encapsulation. A subsidiary of the...

New contracts for EPPS

22-Oct-2003 - EaglePicher Pharmaceutical Services (EPPS) of the USA says it has received $1.8 million (€1.5m) in late-stage development contracts for active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). The company...

Takeda shuffles pharma production

22-Oct-2003 - Japan's Takeda Chemical Industries is to invest approximately Y15.0 billion (€117m) in its plant at Hikari City, in anticipation of the closure of its Shonan...

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