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M&As discussed: Do merged CROs/CMOs equal less than the sum of their parts?

17-Sep-2014 - Suppliers Albemarle, Siegfried USA and Johnson Matthey join CROs, CMOs and other leaders of the services sector in New Jersey, US this week to discuss all things outsourcing....

DHL and Octopharma open cold-chain logistics centre in Germany

16-Sep-2014 - In a venture with plasma products manufacturer Octopharma, DHL has opened a €3.4m ($4.4m) cold-chain logistics centre in Germany for the pharma and life sciences industries.

Parexel adds two clinical tech companies to partner program

16-Sep-2014 - CRO (contract research organization) Parexel International has allowed clinical technology companies CRF Health and Clinical Ink to join its Perceptive Partner Program. 

Medidata, Icon partner on electronic patient-reported outcomes

11-Sep-2014 - Cloud-based solution provider Medidata and CRO Icon have launched a joint initiative to bring new efficiency to the administration of electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs) in clinical trials. 

Marken’s Brazilian depot to receive first shipment this month

11-Sep-2014 - Marken expects the first batch of trial supplies to reach its new depot in Sao Paulo, Brazil later this month.

WCG looks to galvanize northeast clients with New England IRB acquisition

10-Sep-2014 - WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), a provider of regulatory and ethical review services for clinical research, announced today it has acquired New England Independent Review Board (IRB). 

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Outsourcing - who's the big cheese?

04-Sep-2014 - New execs for ICON and PPD, plus services shake-ups in this week's column.

West eyes up Waterford, Ireland facility in expanding network

03-Sep-2014 - West Pharmaceutical Services has confirmed it is evaluating potential expansions but says rumours that it plans to pay €100m ($130m) for a facility in Ireland are premature.

EDC more critical in biopharma trials than small mol studies says expert

29-Aug-2014 - Smaller pipelines make keeping to timelines particularly important in biopharmaceutical trials according to Exco InTouch, which says this pressure is driving EDC tech adoption.

If it’s an IATA certified cold chain, this must be Belgium

28-Aug-2014 - Brussels airport has become the first European shipping hub to adopt a cold-chain certification programme for pharmaceutical cargo that industry group IATA claims “goes beyond” GDP requirements.

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28-Aug-2014 - Regulatory experts dominate this week's column on who's who in pharmaceutical outsourcing.

Planning essential to ensure temperature control, say logistic firms

25-Aug-2014 - Temperature fluctuations during shipping have led to costly clinical data delays and product recalls, but such problems can be avoided through supply chain pre-planning say distribution firms.

Clinverse closes $9m in Series C funding round

21-Aug-2014 - Clinverse, a provider of automated financial management tech solutions for clinical trials, has closed a $9.1m (€6.9m) round of funding led by New Jersey-based Edison Partners.

UK drug exporters shipping outside the EEA must seek MHRA approval

20-Aug-2014 - EU law changes mean all UK firms handling pharmaceuticals for export outside the EEA must now be inspected and pay license fees according to the MHRA.

The final frontier: Eurofins set for Next Generation sequencing

18-Aug-2014 - Eurofins Genomics has installed next generation DNA and RNA sequencing systems by Roche and Illumina, citing growing sponsor demand for high throughput services.

UDG exits pre-wholesale JV; nets €70m for packaging and comms businesses

18-Aug-2014 - UDG Healthcare has sold its share in a pre-wholesale supply chain JV to partner Alliance Boots and outlined plans to invest some of the €82m ($110m) proceeds in its packaging and marketing...

Almac announces Government backed recruitment drive

14-Aug-2014 - Northern Ireland-based contractor Almac will create 348 jobs over the next five years in its pharma and clinical services business according to UK enterprise, trade and investment Minister, Arlene Foster.

IMCD sees modest gains post IPO and plans to accelerate growth efforts

13-Aug-2014 - IMCD has seen a modest increase in operating profit and revenue since going public in June according to first half results published earlier today.

ICH seeks bids to replace Northrop Grumman as MedDRA contractor

13-Aug-2014 - The ICH is looking for a new manager for its MedDRA international regulatory terminology standards system to replace current contractor, aerospace and defence technology giant Northrop Grumman.

Marken opens clinical trials depot in trial haven of Brazil

11-Aug-2014 - Supply chain specialist Marken announced last week the opening of their newest clinical trials depot in Sao Paulo, Brazil to help sponsors and CROs looking to conduct trials there and...

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On the move: CRISPR experts, CFOs and PM Society awards finalists

07-Aug-2014 - All the latest hires in our weekly column.

Premier acquires clinical surveillance software provider for $117m

06-Aug-2014 - Healthcare company Premier has purchased Hospira subsidiary TheraDoc, a provider of electronic clinical surveillance, for $117m (€87.5m).

BioClinica, Isis relationship maturing with age

31-Jul-2014 - BioClinica, a provider of clinical trial management tools, is helping Isis Pharmaceuticals and its antisense drug development program bring on more and larger clinical trials, including 16 trials for 2014.

SGS expands Shanghai lab in response to growing pharma demand

31-Jul-2014 - Growing pharma demand in China has led SGS Life Sciences to expand its validation testing and lab service offerings at its Shanghai site.

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