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CMO group wants US FDA fees to be exempt from enforced budget cuts

A US CMO industry group has backed plans to exempt privately paid user fees from Government spending cuts enforced if US politicians fail to agree a budget.

Cromos launches cardiology-based site research organization in Russia

Moscow-based Cromos Pharma, an international full-service CRO, has launched Cardiorus, a cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery site research organization (SRO), with its clinical base being at the Bakoulev Center of Cardiovascular Surgery in Moscow.

VWR expands deal with enzymes firm NEB in latest biopharma-focused expansion

VWR has expanded its distribution deal with industrial enzymes firm New England Biolabs (NEB) in its latest biopharma-focused move.

Sun Pharma goes after opiates with deal to buy GSK’s Aus business

Indian giant Sun Pharma has bought GSK’s Australian Opiates business.

Senators reintroduce bill to offer CROs a share of R&D tax credit

Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) reintroduced a bill that would permanently allow CROs (contract research organizations) to capture a share of the R&D tax credit. 

Catalent expands EU storage and packaging sites

Clinical supply company Catalent has expanded its European facilities, citing growing demand for cold-chain and highly potent products.

Germany’s IQWiG questions transparency of proposed database of EU clinical trial results

The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) says the EMA’s proposal to establish a publicly accessible database of clinical trial data does not do enough to make the data transparent. 

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Researchers enthusiastic over Obama’s new $215m precision medicine initiative

Researchers enthusiastic over Obama’s new $215m precision medicine initiative

In what was largely a pep rally for science, President Obama on Friday unveiled his $215m precision...

Parexel sees book-to-bill bounce back as GSK strategic partnership renewal bears fruit

Parexel sees book-to-bill bounce back as GSK strategic partnership renewal bears fruit

One quarter after announcing a disappointing book-to-bill ratio, CRO Parexel has now renewed its strategic partnership with...

AstraZeneca turns to CRISPR for drug discovery; Are you watching Cellectis?

AstraZeneca turns to CRISPR for drug discovery; Are you watching Cellectis?

AstraZeneca has partnered to use the CRISPR genome editing technique across its discovery programmes in a move...

HCV drugs Sovaldi and Olysio boost Q1 sales for AmeriSourceBergen

HCV drugs Sovaldi and Olysio boost Q1 sales for AmeriSourceBergen

New hepatitis C drugs produced by Gilead, Janssen and AbbVie contributed to a first quarter spike in...

Strong USD to hit revenues but strategic CROs may see lower costs

Strong US Dollar to hit revenues but strategic CROs may see lower costs

The strengthening US Dollar will reduce CRO revenues, say analysts, but firms which have global strategic deals...

Biosimulation – the next step in PK modelling embraced by regulators

Biosimulation – the next step in PK modelling embraced by regulators

Computer-based drug modelling is moving from a discovery aid to a clinical tool accepted by regulators, according...

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