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Particle Sciences Expands Drug Eluting Device Capabilities and Overall Clinical Trial Manufacturing Resources

September 2, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Particle Sciences, a CDMO for drug eluting devices, has added to its investment in development and manufacturing capabilities with the addition of a new 18mm extruder. The company now has over 6000ft2 of operating cleanroom and cGMP warehouse space including ISO5 (sterile) and two dedicated highly potent suites.

HHS Contracts with Mapp Biopharmaceutical to Develop Ebola Drug

September 2, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The development of a medication to treat illness from Ebola will be accelerated under a contract...

EMD Serono Appoints New Senior Vice President, Neurology and Immunology

September 2, 2014 9:09 am | News | Comments

EMD Serono announced today that Drew Young has joined the company as Senior Vice President,...

Experimental Ebola Drug Heals All Monkeys in Study

September 2, 2014 8:43 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the...

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Insufficient Postage Leads to Bust of Fake Drugs

September 2, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

British, Hungarian and Austrian police were involved in the sweep that culminated Monday in eight arrests, including the suspected head of the scam in Vienna, police said.             

Senate Hopeful Defends Role in Irish Pharmaceutical Firm's Merger

September 2, 2014 8:24 am | by KYLE POTTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.

Virginia Facility Processes Crab Blood for Medical Tests

September 2, 2014 8:19 am | by CONNIE MORRISON, Eastern Shore News | News | Comments

Wako Chemicals' Cape Charles facility extracts the naturally pale blue blood of horseshoe crabs and processes it to yield a protein used in the medical industry to test instruments, implants and pharmaceuticals.       

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Survey: Pharmaceutical and Other Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 8:14 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday.         

DPx Holdings B.V. Reaches Definitive Agreement to Acquire Gallus BioPharmaceuticals

August 28, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

DPx Holdings B.V., privately owned by JLL Partners and Royal DSM, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all shares of Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, LLC, a contract manufacturing company specializing in biologics and current portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners.

Novo Nordisk Buys Production Plant in New Hampshire

August 28, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

The facility was established in 1989, expanded in 2003-2006 and acquired by Olympus Biotech in 2011. It has been used primarily for mammalian cell manufacturing until production was phased out earlier this year.       

Merck Serono Breaks Ground for New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility in China

August 28, 2014 10:48 am | News | Comments

The new facility, which will be the group's second-largest pharmaceutical manufacturing facility worldwide, will focus on the bulk production and packaging of Glucophage®, Concor® and Euthyrox®, Merck Serono's leading brands for the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and thyroid disorders, respectively.

IBM’s Watson Ushers in a New Era of Pharmaceutical Data-Driven Discoveries

August 28, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

IBM today announced significant advances in Watson's cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.    

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DuPont Fined $1.3M Over Series of West Virginia Chemical Leaks

August 28, 2014 8:20 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275M to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker. The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the settlement announced in a statement Wednesday resolves several alleged violations of federal law.

Moberg Pharma’s Head of U.S. Operations to Resign by End of January 2015

August 28, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Moberg Pharma AB today announced that its head of U.S. operations, Steve Cagle, has announced his resignation. In order to secure a smooth transition, he will remain in his position until end of January 2015 at the latest.     

Three Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick from Enrolling

August 27, 2014 3:35 pm | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling.      

Amerigen Pharmaceuticals and Ningbo Menovo Pharmaceutical to Collaborate on Generics

August 27, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Under the terms of the agreement, Amerigen and Menovo will jointly develop products for Amerigen to commercialize in the United States. Menovo will be responsible for manufacturing API and finished product whereas Amerigen will be responsible for clinical, regulatory and commercial activities in the United States.

Report: Companion Testing Market Exceeded One Billion Dollars in 2013

August 27, 2014 9:11 am | News | Comments

The market for test and pharmaceutical pairs, known as companion diagnostics in the testing industry, has grown significantly. The global companion diagnostic market is valued at about $1.2 billion for 2013. This is up from $950 million in 2011, an increase of 12.5%.

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Japan’s Scandal-Hit Stem-Cell Center to Be Downsized

August 27, 2014 9:08 am | Videos | Comments

One of Japan’s leading research institutions, the prestigious Riken Institute, will scale down the center at the heart of a stem-cell research scandal earlier this year.              

Acura Pharmaceuticals Receives NIH Grant to Fund Limitx Novel Abuse Deterrent Technology

August 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

Acura Pharmaceuticals has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Institute On Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to fund Phase I development of Acura's new, early stage Limitx™ abuse deterrent technology.     

Allergan to Request Court Block Valeant and Pershing Square from Voting Shares Acquired in Violation of Insider Trading Laws

August 27, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Allergan has asked the United States District Court for the Central District of California to set an expedited schedule for discovery and a motion for a preliminary injunction against Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., and its principal, William A. Ackman, for violations of the federal securities laws.

EMD Millipore Announces Strategic Alliance with Samsung BioLogics

August 26, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

The alliance is intended to encompass a long-term supply agreement in which EMD Millipore will provide raw materials for biopharmaceutical manufacturing.                

Trends in High Tox Manufacturing

August 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mark Butler, Vince Cebular, Sam Halaby, George Petroka, Thomas Woody; Integrated Project Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Due to the special containment requirements for manufacturing highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredients and cytotoxic drugs, we have seen many CMO’s invest in building additional capacity in this area. While there are tremendous benefits and a strong promise with these types of products there are also considerable challenges and risks associated with their production, especially in a multiproduct CMO environment.

That’s Nice Announces Expanded Offering For Strategic Content And Public Relations

August 26, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

That’s Nice LLC, a research-focused strategic marketing agency dedicated to life science markets, today announced the formation of a new dedicated team that will support clients with comprehensive strategic content development.    

PPD Names New Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

August 26, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced the appointment of Robert Hureau as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Hureau brings 25 years of experience and extensive financial expertise spanning the medical technology/life sciences, manufacturing and consumer sectors.

Pfizer And Merck to Collaborate On Study Evaluating Novel Anti-Cancer Combination Regimen

August 26, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Pfizer and Merck announced today that they have entered into an agreement to explore the therapeutic potential of the combination of Pfizer’s crizotinib with Merck’s investigational anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab, in a Phase 1b clinical study evaluating the safety and tolerability of the combination in patients with ALK-positive advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

EMD Millipore Expands Biomanufacturing Sciences and Training Center in Japan and Opens New Location in Tokyo

August 26, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

EMD Millipore today announced the opening of a new Biomanufacturing Sciences Training Center (BSTC) facility in Tokyo. The facility is designed to help biopharmaceutical companies develop manufacturing processes and find solutions to processing challenges in collaboration with engineers from EMD Millipore.

Donald Johns Joins Biogen Idec to Lead ALS Innovation Hub

August 26, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

Biogen Idec announced that Donald R. Johns, M.D., has joined the company as vice president, leading Biogen Idec’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Innovation Hub (ALS iHub).             

Cilag GmbH International Acquires Covagen AG

August 25, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced today that it has acquired Covagen AG, a privately-held, biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of multispecific protein therapeutics through the FynomAb technology platform.

VIVUS Acquires Topiramate-Related Patents From Janssen Pharmaceuticals

August 25, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

VIVUS today announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions.   

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