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Ex-ICON director joins imaging services company

27-Mar-2015 -

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Cancer Research UK selects Medidata’s cloud-based tech

25-Mar-2015 - Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest charitable funder of cancer research, has selected Medidata’s clinical cloud to support the charity’s drug discovery research.

Horizon partners with ArcherDX to meet growing demand in the translational sequencing market

25-Mar-2015 - Research tool supplier Horizon Discovery Group and ArcherDX, a supplier of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) fusion detection, have signed an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) agreement that will see Horizon’s Reference...

Warburg Pincus invests in Sterigenics International

25-Mar-2015 - Warburg Pincus will acquire a stake in Sterigenics International from Chicago-based private equity owner GTCR.


Ex-Genentech and Icon execs on the move

20-Mar-2015 -

Sigma-Aldrich lands exclusive distribution deal with Roche

19-Mar-2015 - Sigma-Aldrich has signed an exclusive agreement with Roche to distribute its biochemical reagents product portfolio via Sigma’s eCommerce and supply chain capabilities. The companies did not disclose any of the financial details...

Endotoxin and microbial testing to become portable

16-Mar-2015 - Bacterial testing is moving from the lab to the manufacturing floor, says an expert at CRO Charles River.

Distributing donated drugs a major challenge says UK neglected diseases group

13-Mar-2015 - More drugs for tropical diseases have been donated since the London declaration of 2012, but getting them to the remote communities is still a challenge according to a consortium led...

SAFC cell line tech CHOZN by Chinese cancer drug firm BeiGene

13-Mar-2015 - Chinese cancer drug developer BeiGene will create production cell lines using a platform developed by Sigma Aldrich's customer manufacturing services business.


On the move in outsourcing: the big job changes

12-Mar-2015 -

Icon to buy commercialisation and comms firm MediMedia

06-Mar-2015 - Icon has agreed to pay $120m for market access company MediMedia.


On the move in outsourcing

05-Mar-2015 -

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

03-Mar-2015 - VWR has expanded its distribution deal with industrial enzymes firm New England Biolabs (NEB) in its latest biopharma-focused move.

Catalent expands EU storage and packaging sites

02-Mar-2015 - Clinical supply company Catalent has expanded its European facilities, citing growing demand for cold-chain and highly potent products.

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Contract research: this week's movers

26-Feb-2015 -

Apax's proposed Azelis takeover backed by unions

25-Feb-2015 - Apax Partners says workers' unions have backed its plan to buy a controlling stake in chemical distributor Azelis from fellow private equity firm 3i.

PE-backed management buyout at Synexus

23-Feb-2015 - Synexus has been bought by its management in a private equity backed deal that sees Lyceum Capital relinquish control of the trial recruitment specialist.

Medidata partners with Garmin to track patient activity in early clinical trials

20-Feb-2015 - In another sign that mobile health technology is beginning to take off, cloud-based solution provider Medidata is collaborating with Garmin to integrate its vívofit activity tracker with the Medidata Clinical...

SGS rolls out latest Ph.Eur. amino acid impurities testing method at German lab

18-Feb-2015 - SGS will soon be able to test up to 30 batches of amino acids for impurities per month after adding new analytical methods to those offered at its laboratory in...

Theorem to boost service offering with CRO partnership

18-Feb-2015 - CRO Theorem Clinical Research and service provider Biomedical Systems have formed a strategic partnership to expand the type of services available to their clients worldwide.

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AstraZeneca selects Clinigen for antibiotic access program

12-Feb-2015 - Clinigen has initiated an international global access program for AstraZeneca’s investigational antibiotic, CAZ-AVI (ceftazidame-avibactam).

Quintiles signs five-year deal with NFL to track injuries

11-Feb-2015 - The NFL (National Football League) may be getting more serious about its players’ health as it recently signed a five-year agreement with Quintiles to continue and expand upon its Injury...

Novo Nordisk to launch IT wing as separate company

10-Feb-2015 - Danish diabetes specialist Novo Nordisk plans to float its IT services business NNIT on the NASDAQ exchanged in Copenhagan.

Medidata: Big Pharma drove sales but CRO partnerships rising

09-Feb-2015 - CRO partnerships almost doubled last year for cloud-based data firm Medidata, which reported total revenues up 21% on 2013.