New adjuvant patented by Vical
A new vaccine adjuvant developed by Vical promises to improve the
immunogenicity of gene-based immunization. The company has just
been granted a US patent on the adjuvant.
Argonaut resin aids combichem
Argonaut Technologies has introduced a new resin-bound reagent,
MP-TsO-TEMPO that enables medicinal chemists to introduce diversity
into chemical libraries with high purity and yields.
GSK opens uHTS R&D facility in Spain
GlaxoSmithKline has opened an ultra-high-throughput screening
facility at its site in Tres Cantos, Spain, marking a significant
milestone in the company's bid to develop a more industrialised
approach to the process of drug discovery.
Novo facility covers a third of bulk insulin market
Novo Nordisk has sent out the first batch of bulk insulin from a
new facility at its site in Kalundborg, Denmark, that is producing
more than a third of the world's supply.
GSK takes once-daily Requip into pivotal trials
A new formulation of GlaxoSmithKline's Parkinson's disease drug
Requip (ropinirole), developed with UK drug delivery specialist
SkyePharma, has entered Phase III testing.
Child-safety standards probed by CPSC
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has started a review of
its criteria to determine whether drug packages meet its
Eurand breaks into fast-melt sector
Italian drug delivery specialist Eurand has made a foray into the
market for fast-melt oral tablets that dissolve quickly in the
mouth without chewing or the need for water.
PhaSeal protects cancer drug handlers
A closed system that prevents the exposure of healthcare workers to
hazardous anticancer drugs, developed by Sweden's Carmel Pharma,
has been introduced in the USA by Baxa.
Bayer offers biotech capabilities to clients
For the first time, German chemicals and pharmaceuticals major
Bayer is offering a range of products and services from its
biotechnology division to third-party customers
IDEC and Biogen forge biggest bio pairing in 2003
The resurgence of merger and acquisition activity in the biotech
industry shows little sign of letting up, with US companies IDEC
Pharmaceuticals and Biogen the latest to step up to the altar
Brookfield launches QC rheometer
Brookfield has introduced the YR-1 Rheometer, designed to provide a
simple to operate, low-cost alternative to full-featured laboratory
rheometers for quality control applications
Cell culture markets get lift from BSE fears
The market for cell culture products is getting a lift from
stringent regulations from the US FDA and Department of
Agriculture, restricting the importation and usage of foetal bovine
Biolex uses plant to make Centocor proteins
Centocor forged a deal with Biolex in which the latter firm will
examine the feasibility of producing three therapeutic proteins
using a proprietary plant-based expression system
Iggesund sees OTC trend key to future growth
There is a growing trend towards patients self-medicating with
over-the-counter products rather than asking their doctors for a
prescription medication, and this promises to benefit companies
involved in pharmaceutical packaging,...
Forum to mull UK labelling guidance
A conference on 1 July will provide an update on the UK Medicines
and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Best Practice Guidance on
the Labelling and Packaging of Medicines