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AstraZeneca to Invest in New Biologics Manufacturing Facility

May 18, 2015 12:00 pm | by Pharm Pro Staff | News | Comments

AstraZeneca today announced that it plans to invest approximately $285 million in a new high-tech facility for manufacturing of biological medicines in Södertälje, Sweden. The new plant will be focused on filling and packaging of protein therapeutics. It is anticipated that ...

Boys Saved by 3D Printed Custom Tube

May 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Doctors turned powdered plastic into tiny devices that saved the lives of three baby boys by...

Mannkind Ramping up Production of Inhalable Insulin

April 28, 2015 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says it is tripling production of its new, fast-acting, inhalable insulin for...

Merck Hurdles Wall Street Forecasts

April 28, 2015 5:02 pm | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Merck easily beat Wall Street expectations despite first-quarter profit plunging 44 percent. The...

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U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Execution Drug

April 28, 2015 4:56 pm | by TIM TALLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling could force several states to either find new execution drugs or change the way they put prisoners to death.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Reports First Quarter Financial Results

April 28, 2015 11:19 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb reported results for the first quarter of 2015, which were highlighted by strong global sales for key brands, important regulatory and clinical milestones and the completion of several strategic transactions.

A Closer Look at GEA Pharma's Modular Processing Tech

April 28, 2015 11:13 am | by GCONPODs | Videos | Comments

This video showcases the precision engineering involved when GEA Pharma Systems, G-CON and Pfizer collaborated to develop modular, next generation processing technologies for oral solid dosage forms. The technology was recognized at last week's INTERPHEX with an Exhibitor Award.


Pipeline Advancements And Asset Acquisitions Fueled Mid-Cap Biotech R&D in 2014

April 24, 2015 11:09 am | by Global Data | News | Comments

The combined spend on research and development (R&D) for the peer group of 35 mid-cap biotech companies increased by nearly $2 billion to reach a total of $9.7 billion in 2014, primarily thanks to top spenders Regeneron and Vertex, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Marrone Bio Expands Research And Development Capacity

April 22, 2015 11:00 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced the opening of its new greenhouse to facilitate and expand its research and product development capacity.

NeoStem Announces Expanded Cell Therapy Manufacturing Relationship With Kite Pharma

April 20, 2015 10:25 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

NeoStem, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel cell-based individualized medicine therapies, announced today the expansion of manufacturing services under an existing Services Agreement between its wholly-owned subsidiary, PCT, and Kite Pharma.

Catalent Announces $52 Million Kentucky Expansion

April 16, 2015 11:01 am | by Catalent Pharma Solutions | News | Comments

Catalent Pharma Solutions announced the opening of a large scale expansion at its Winchester, KY, manufacturing facility.

ACG North America Bringing Manufacturing, Packaging And Inspection Technology to INTERPHEX

April 15, 2015 3:13 pm | by ACG North America | News | Comments

International Pharmaceutical Expo, the premier industry event dedicated to showcasing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical innovation, technology and knowledge, today announced ACG North America will feature their line of end-to-end oral solid dosage manufacturing, packaging and inspection technologies, at INTERPHEX 2015.


Rentschler Biotechnologie Expands Biopharm Capabilities

April 14, 2015 11:28 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH announced the expansion of Rentschler’s biopharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities.

Ventana and Astellas Work on Targeted Cancer Treatments

April 14, 2015 11:09 am | by Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

Ventana, a member of the Roche Group, announced it has entered into a master collaboration agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc.

Watson-Marlow Acquires ASEPCO Corporation

April 10, 2015 12:29 pm | by Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) | News | Comments

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group strengthens its biopharmaceutical offering through the acquisition of ASEPCO Corporation (Asepco).

Merck's Puerto Rico Facility to be Sold

April 10, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) | News | Comments

Merck's agreement with AIAC is to sell the manufacturing facility in Arecibo that was under closing plans. AIAC will retain the approximately 200 Merck employees.

Why Calibration Needs to Be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 8, 2015 11:12 am | by Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst at LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes, it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well.


Chicago Businessmen Follow Promise of Medical Marijuana

April 6, 2015 12:29 pm | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sampson and his three partners in Chicago-based Cresco Labs are switching livelihoods and risking millions of dollars to follow the promise of medical marijuana.

Nektar Recieves $100M Milestone from AstraZeneca

April 6, 2015 12:16 pm | by Nektar Therapeutics | News | Comments

The cash payment under the Nektar-AstraZeneca agreement was triggered by the first commercial sale of MOVANTIK (naloxegol) in the U.S. 

Cellceutix Enters $30 Million Common Stock Purchase Agreement

April 2, 2015 1:19 pm | by Cellceutix Corporation | News | Comments

Cellceutix Corporation, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, has signed a $30 million stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC.

TPG Completes Acquisition of Aptalis, Renamed Adare

April 2, 2015 1:07 pm | by Adare Pharmaceuticals | News | Comments

Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies announced today that its divestiture from Actavis plc to TPG, a global private investment firm, has been completed.

Analyst: Biotech M & A 'Arms Race'

April 1, 2015 12:50 pm | by Goldman Small Cap Research | News | Comments

Analyst Rob Goldman says mid-stage biotech companies are being built for potential sale, in an environment of increasing mergers and acquisitions.

Patheon Closes Acquisition of IRIX Pharmaceuticals

April 1, 2015 12:33 pm | by Patheon | News | Comments

Patheon has closed the transaction to acquire IRIX Pharmaceuticals, a company that specializes in making difficult to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).

Althea's New Drug Formulation Technology Gains Attention

March 31, 2015 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Ajinomoto Althea announced today that it has added two more top pharmaceutical companies to its growing list of partners in developing and manufacturing cGMP-produced crystal-based drug products.

HHS Contracts to Develop New Ebola Drug

March 31, 2015 11:54 am | by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | News | Comments

HHS awarded approximately $12 million today to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals of Durham, North Carolina, for the advanced development of a promising experimental drug for Ebola, including preparing for large-scale manufacturing of the drug and conducting related studies.

Actavis Selling Australian Generic Drug Unit to Amneal

March 31, 2015 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Actavis PLC is selling its generic drug business in Australia to privately-held Amneal Pharmaceuticals for an undisclosed amount.

Stainless Steel LEDs

August 27, 2014 3:11 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing a stainless steel version of the WLC60 heavy-duty LED lights, designed for use in extremely harsh conditions.

MIT Center For Biomedical Innovation Announces Collaboration With Amgen Foundation

June 5, 2014 11:45 am | by MIT News | News | Comments

The MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI) announces a collaboration with the Amgen Foundation to develop the Amgen-­MIT Biomanufacturing Educational Initiative, focused on biologics manufacturing.                       

Robot Usage To Increase In The Pharmaceutical Sector

June 2, 2014 5:12 pm | by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | News | Comments

A recently published market report indicates that the use of robots in a number of industries has more than tripled in the past five years and by 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging. For the pharmaceutical industry, robots are expected to service 34 percent of primary packaging efforts, a 13 percent increase from 2013.

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