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New drug class treats neurodegeneration

22-Dec-2004 - The first study to confirm the potential of a new class of drug for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's could herald a breakthrough in drug treatment for a disease that...

Electrochemical systems boost MS

22-Dec-2004 - ESA has successfully employed its electrochemical (EC) systems in conjunction with a mass spectrometer to greatly expand the number and types of molecules for analysis.

Spotlight falls on naproxen

22-Dec-2004 - The ongoing controversy concerning certain drugs and a link to heart trouble gained further momentum after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning for the pain reliever naproxen...

Pharma production news in brief

22-Dec-2004 -'s periodic round-up of developments in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector sees Schering-Plough expanding in Japan and plant news from Germany, Mexico and Vietnam.

CMOs go niche in tough climate

22-Dec-2004 - At the CPhI meeting this year, many contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) trumpeted their new investments in capacity, despite the prevailing wisdom that the pharmaceutical sector is over-served at present.

Roller improves cell culture yields

22-Dec-2004 - Cell culture equipment company Integra Biosciences has launched a new roller system designed to improve the cultivation of adherent and suspension cells.

Pall completes protein purification acquisition

21-Dec-2004 - Separation and filtration giant Pall has completed its $32 million acquisition of BioSepra, a division specialising in protein purification technologies, from Ciphergen.

Inyx to buy Sanofi-Aventis firm

21-Dec-2004 - US drug delivery company Inyx has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aventis Pharmaceuticals Puerto Rico, part of the French Sanofi-Aventis group.

COMPASS points to best blisters

21-Dec-2004 - Tekni-Films, part of the Tekni-Plex group, has introduced a new blister package modeling system to support pharmaceutical manufacturers in the development of packaging for oral solid dosage forms.

OptiNose takes nasal delivery to a higher level

21-Dec-2004 - Norwegian drug delivery specialist OptiNose has raised €4.5 million in a new financing that will support the development of its nasal delivery system, designed to hike efficiency over current devices.

Tax savings from smart supply chain management

21-Dec-2004 - Companies in the European life sciences industry could save significant sums of money, up to 5 per cent of turnover in some cases, by considering tax implications in their supply...

Alltracel buys oral care company

21-Dec-2004 - Irish biopharma firm Alltracel Pharmaceuticals has reinforced its position in the dissolvable film market with a reverse takeover of London firm Westone Products.

Pfizer: Celebrex poses heart risk

20-Dec-2004 - The safety of cox-2 inhibitors was plunged into further uncertainty after Pfizer released details of trials that found an increased risk of heart problems with patients taking its painkiller Celebrex....

New class of virus changes shape during infection

20-Dec-2004 - A new approach to prevent infection of West Nile and dengue fever may be on the horizon after a US team identified interactions involving the alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV). The...

Wyeth seeks approval of new class antibiotic

20-Dec-2004 - Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has announced the submission of a global registration dossier for its investigational antibiotic Tygacil (tigecycline), a new class of treatment for intra-abdominal and skin infections.

Flamel starts trials of Medusa interferon

20-Dec-2004 - France's Flamel Technologies has enrolled the first patient in a clinical trial of its Medusa drug delivery technology, used to develop sustained-release formulations of therapeutic proteins.

New ligands from Degussa

20-Dec-2004 - Degussa Homogeneous Catalysts, an internal start-up company operating as part of the Degussa chemical group, introduced a new family of ligands at the CPhI meeting.

Reduced additive film from AstraZeneca

20-Dec-2004 - Researchers at AstraZeneca in Sweden have been granted a US patent on a new film coating for tablets that can be carried out in water-based conditions, doing away with the...

Esco upgrades class II biosafety cabinet

20-Dec-2004 - This month will see the launch of the second generation of Esco's Airstream Class II (AC2) biosafety cabinet, used for potentially hazardous applications such as cell culture, virus propagation and...

Cottoner doubles packing speed

20-Dec-2004 - NJM/CLI has launched a second product in its range of cottoner systems for the pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals packaging industries.

Flarer launches gum for drug delivery

16-Dec-2004 - Flarer, a Swiss company specialising in methods of drug delivery, has developed a new chewing gum production technology that extends the range of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) that can be...

Teva turns to Codexis for process improvement

16-Dec-2004 - Codexis has signed a research collaboration agreement with generics company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to develop improved processes for the manufacturing of a currently marketed fermented pharmaceutical product.

Cerestar launches Sorbidex formulation

16-Dec-2004 - Cerestar has responded to the rising demand for starch-based excipients by extending its range of Sorbitol products, two non-animal and non-synthetic based formulations that offers a carrier platform for active...

Merck raises staff cuts to 5,100

16-Dec-2004 - Merck & Co, still reeling from the impact of pulling its painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib) from the market, is to slash its staff by 5,100 positions in a bid to save...

Research group takes aim at bad packaging

16-Dec-2004 - Researchers at the University of Derby in the UK are appealing for industrial partners to join their research programme into tackling problems associated with misleading medicine labels, difficult drug names...

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