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CMO Kentucky Bioprocessing grows Ebola mAb from tobacco

ZMapp is produced with tobacco-plant based mAbs. (Picture: Kevin Bercaw)

ZMapp, the experimental Ebola therapy given to a handful of infected patients in West Africa, is being produced in tobacco plants for Mapp Biopharmaceutical by CMO Kentucky Bioprocessing in collaboration with drugmaker Defyrus.

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European organisations representing academic CROs and nuclear medicine researchers have established an accreditation programme for a novel Zirconium-PET imaging technique, used in early development of monoclonal antibodies.

Increasing the predictivity of in vitro systems could cut the costs of drug development and shift preclinical research away from animal models, according to Crown Bioscience.

Patheon has sliced four weeks off its Quick-to-Clinic service saying speedier supply of materials for first in human trials increases pharma’s return on investment.

CRO Synexus has expanded its presence in “the gateway to Africa” by acquiring the Helderberg Clinical Trials Centre (HCTC) in Capetown.

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Baxter donates IVs to aid groups fighting Ebola in Africa from

Baxter International has donated intravenous fluids to aid organisations treating Ebola infected patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Novo Nordisk snaps up Olympus plant and rehires laid off NH workers from

Novo Nordisk has bought a biomanufacturing facility earmarked for closure by Olympus Biotech and begun rehiring staff in order to support its haemophilia product pipeline.

Merck KGaA biopharma division to make small molecule drugs in China from

Biopharmaceutical firm Merck Serono will make small molecule drugs at the new plant it is building in China according to a company spokeswoman, who told us the firm will supply both local and international markets.

CFDA approves BTG bead delivery device for liver cancer from

BTG has received approval from the China FDA for a liver cancer treatment which uses its hydrogel product DC Beads.

GSK and Immunovaccine: delivery techs promise to deliver Ebola vaccine from

A candidate Ebola vaccine that uses Immunovaccine's formulation technology has stopped cynomolgus monkeys from catching the disease in a preclinical study.

Single-use growth outpacing stainless steel, says acquisition-hungry Pall from

Acquisitions in the single-use tech space helped drive growth in fiscal 2014 according to Pall, which plans to continue its two-pronged M&A strategy.


Evotec confirms orphan drug development status with Shire contract

Evotec teams with Shire on Fabry's disease as pharma interest in orphans grows

Evotec has partnered with Shire to develop inhibitors against Fabry’s disease and says such collaborations will grow...

CRL nears 85% capacity use, but says sector pricing won't improve yet

CRL nears 85% capacity use, but says sector pricing won't improve yet

Charles River Laboratories is approaching its optimal capacity utilisation but says pricing will not improve until the...

CMO issues persist as Cubist announces third recall for antibiotic

CMO issues persist as Cubist announces third recall for potential glass in antibiotic

For the third time since last August, Cubist Pharmaceuticals has recalled lots of its antibiotic Cubicin injection...

AMRI: Big Pharma still reliant on CMOs for sterile injectables

Injectables outsourcing growing despite pharma M&A, says AMRI

Big Pharma is still reliant on CMOs despite talk of returning in-house, says AMRI, which has launched...

Quintiles sees strong demand from large pharma

Quintiles sees strong demand from large pharma

Quintiles CEO Tom Pike told investors last week that the company is seeing “very strong demand from...

Almac announces Government backed recruitment drive

Almac announces Government backed recruitment drive

Northern Ireland-based contractor Almac will create 348 jobs over the next five years in its pharma and...