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US firm offers CRISPR viral knock-out library for R&D

31-Jul-2015 - Genomics services company Cellecta is offering gene-editing tool CRISPR to researchers wanting to “knock out” human gene functions.

Drugs stolen while trucker changed his clothes recovered thanks to hidden GPS

30-Jul-2015 - A shipment of drugs stolen while a truck driver went home to change his clothes were recovered in half an hour thanks to a GPS tracking device embedded in the...

Biologic services demand pushes BioOutsource to open new Glasgow facility

28-Jul-2015 - A surge of demand in biologics contract testing and biosimilar characterization has caused BioOutsource to double its capacity with the opening of a new facility in Glasgow, Scotland.


People on the move: Aegerion CEO resigns

27-Jul-2015 -

Source BioScience to boost stability testing services through $10m acq

27-Jul-2015 - DNA sequencing firm Source BioScience will bolster its stability testing and storage services through a proposed acquisition of Select Pharma Laboratories.

Walgreens JV drives AmerisourceBergen Q3 gains

24-Jul-2015 - AmerisourceBergen has reported a good third quarter driven by an acquisition and a JV, but says stunted generic prices will slow income in 2016.

First part of European fake fighting database linked to securPharm

23-Jul-2015 - The first part of a Europe-wide database intended to help identify fake drugs is operational after being linked to Germany’s securPharm system.

Medidata ‘bullish’ on back of record quarter and mHealth deal

23-Jul-2015 - Increasing pharma R&D spending is helping grow revenues for Medidata, which has boosted its cloud-based clinical technology through a partnership with Validic.

Twice single-use? MHRA issues draft guidance for device makers

22-Jul-2015 - Companies that recommission old single-use devices would have the same liability as the original device maker under draft guidelines proposed by the MHRA.

Thermo Fisher partners with CDC to aid public health labs

21-Jul-2015 - Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed new software via a partnership with the Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that helps public health labs...

Planes, drones but no automobiles: NASA pilots pilotless plane for drug delivery

20-Jul-2015 - NASA has used a remote control plane and a fleet of drones to deliver drugs in an approach that could help pharma firms get medicines to patients in hard to...

Life ban for founder of fake US drug company with $12m in sales

15-Jul-2015 - The founder of a phony pharma company which made $12m importing fake chemo drugs to the US has been banned for life by the US FDA from working with any...

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Icon’s lab services group partners with Cancer Genetics on range of testing services

14-Jul-2015 - DNA-based diagnostics company Cancer Genetics has partnered with the lab services group of CRO Icon to provide clients with new offerings, including oncology-focused genomic testing, central lab analysis, project and data...

UCB: automation makes supplier and vendor management 20% more efficient

13-Jul-2015 - UCB claims automating supplier management with the help of Genpact generated cost and time efficiencies at operations worldwide.

Strategic silence: Lack of follow-up after Big Pharma-CRO deals ‘dangerous’ says expert

10-Jul-2015 - The fanfare that accompanies Big Pharma strategic partnerships with CROs is rarely followed by progress reports according to an industry consultant, who warns the lack of feedback means mistakes are...

Beast of bio-burden: Charles River to buy bacterial test firm Celsis

09-Jul-2015 - Charles River is set to buy QC company Celsis in a $212m deal to expand its Endotoxin and Microbial Detection business.

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Private CRO expands into Armenia

09-Jul-2015 - US and China-based CRO FMD K&L has expanded into Armenia with a new office to support clients’ needs in the region and grow the company’s business further in Europe.  ...

ReNeuron to automate stem cell stroke therapy production for Phase III trial

07-Jul-2015 - ReNeuron will automate processing of its stem cell-based stroke therapy ahead of planned Phase III trials using a system acquired from Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) subsidiary, TAP Biosystems.

Colorcon opens new China lab to meet demand for speedy dosage development

07-Jul-2015 - Chinese drugmakers value speed to market according to Colorcon, which has opened a services lab in Beijing to be closer to customers.

BioClinica acquires patient recruitment, retention firm MediciGroup

07-Jul-2015 - Specialty trials services and tech provider BioClinica has acquired the patient recruitment and retention firm, MediciGroup. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Quintiles, Quest begin operating joint central labs business

06-Jul-2015 - The world’s second-largest central lab services company is now operational, with Quintiles and Quest Diagnostics calling their new creation Q2 Solutions.

Small molecule chromatography demand driving expansion, says services firm

02-Jul-2015 - UK firm Reach Separations is doubling its lab space as pharma companies call for more chromatography services.

Marken ships trial supplies directly to patients in Korea as MERS tapers off

01-Jul-2015 - As the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) slows in South Korea, logistics supplier Marken has been granted government permission to deliver the first direct to patient (DTP) shipments...

Eurofins not agnostic about diagnostics as evidenced by Emory investment

30-Jun-2015 - Eurofins has outlined plans to buy Emory Genetics Laboratory in the latest in a series of investments in the contract diagnostics sector.

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