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Complex regs and unknown markets top API shippers' logistics headaches

02-Oct-2014 - The world is getting larger, at least it is in terms of the pharmaceutical industry, according to execs who cite security concerns when shipping to new markets as the top...

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RSSL invests £1.5m to expand service in pharma and food

30-Sep-2014 - RSSL (Reading Scientific Service Limited) has invested £1.5m to open a laboratory that will expand operations in pharma and food.

Medidata hit by $4.8m wire fraud, but says customer clinical trial data is safe

29-Sep-2014 - Fraudsters who hoodwinked Medidata Solutions into transferring $4.8m to an "overseas" account this month did not access customer data says the clinical trial IT firm.

LabCorp to acquire NMR-focused, personalized diagnostic company LipoScience for $85m

29-Sep-2014 - CRO LabCorp has entered a definitive agreement to acquire LipoScience for $5.25 per share, or about $85.3m (€67.2m).

AstraZeneca brings IT services in-house with new Indian facility

25-Sep-2014 - The opening of a global IT centre in India will bring services back in-house, but AstraZeneca says it is not changing its outsourcing strategy for R&D and manufacturing.

Injectables demand helped drive PCI's latest acquisition of Welsh packaging and logistics firm Biotec

23-Sep-2014 - PCI has bought packaging and distribution firm Biotec Services International citing demand for cold chain services from a growing injectibles market.

Research accreditation program signs off on three new organizations in US, Mexico

23-Sep-2014 - The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs today announced that it has accredited three more organizations, including two independent institutional review boards (IRB) in Massachusetts and a...

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Merck KGaA: $17bn 'Rolls Royce' Sigma-Aldrich to keep major St Louis site

22-Sep-2014 - The $17bn (€13.2bn) acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich is “not just a milestone but a quantum leap” for Merck KGaA, the firm says.

People on the Move

Who's the next big thing in outsourcing?

18-Sep-2014 - Results from the 50 Most Influential People in Vaccines, Aligent changes CEOs, and more...

US gov rallies industry to join mission to Indonesia and the Phillipines

18-Sep-2014 - Pharma service companies looking to access the growing Philippine and Indonesian markets have been invited to join a Public-Private trade mission by the US Department of Commerce.

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). 

People on the Move

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.

People on the Move

People on the Move

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.