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UK clears first use of e-consent tech in clinical trial

28-Aug-2015 - A drugmaker trialling an autoimmune disease treatment in the UK has become the first cleared to use electronic informed consent by the National Health Service (NHS).


The week in outsourcing appointments

28-Aug-2015 -

Device advice: Intertek study shows its key to consider devices in formulation development

26-Aug-2015 - Pharma firms developing inhalable drugs often fail to test that their formulations are compatible with their intended delivery devices early enough according to the Intertek team behind research stressing the...

Improper goat euthanasia lands antibody supplier with USDA complaint

26-Aug-2015 - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a complaint against antibody supplier Santa Cruz Biotechnology for its allegedly poor treatment of animals.

Merck KGaA closes Indian bio supplies subsidiary

26-Aug-2015 - Merck Millipore says it has closed the Bangalore plant which produced its GeNei brand of biologics manufacturing and R&D supplies.

Google launches life sci unit as standalone Alphabet company

24-Aug-2015 - Google has announced plans to launch its life sciences team as a standalone unit under its new Alphabet structure.

Eurofins tasked with streamlining disease testing by US kidney transplant group

21-Aug-2015 - Eurofins has been contracted to streamline donor serology testing by the US National Kidney Registry (NKR).


Appointments in outsourcing

20-Aug-2015 -

Hemispherx signs US distribution deals as it preps to relaunch wart drug in US

19-Aug-2015 - Hemispherx Biopharma has signed extended US distribution agreements as part of efforts to relaunch Alferon N Injection, a genital wart treatment it pulled in 2008 after production costs soared.

MHRA to launch pilot inspections of contract pharmacovigilance service providers

13-Aug-2015 - The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working on a pilot project investigating the feasibility of inspecting pharmacovigilance contract service providers as it’s becoming increasingly common for...

BioClinica looks to tap CROs, sponsors hesitant to adopt cloud tech

12-Aug-2015 - BioClinica is looking to target its new offering to the CROs and sponsors who have yet to adopt a cloud-based solution for the management and delivery of clinical trials.

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...

News in brief

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...

Almac's new Asia Pacific packaging hub inspected by Singapore's HSA

13-Jul-2015 - Singapore regulators have inspected a trial packaging site set up by Almac last month to support growing global demand for services in the region.

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