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Phøenix from the flåmes? Swedish firm makes the most of old AZ site

23-Oct-2014 - A process development firm founded by ex-AstraZeneca employees says closure of the drugmaker’s Swedish R&D site gave it technical knowhow and former colleagues as customers.

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In pictures: People on the Move in outsourcing

23-Oct-2014 - The latest faces in drug discovery, CROs, and research charities.

Consultant: Commercial bioequivalence software in need of validation in wake of Thermo Scientific's review

22-Oct-2014 - A bioanalytical consultant has stressed the importance of drug developers testing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software following the discovery of potential issues with Thermo Scientific’s bioequivalence Kinetica platform.

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Shift to single-use means end users ceding more control to suppliers, experts say

22-Oct-2014 - As single-use technology replaces traditional stainless steel technology in biomanufacturing, suppliers will own a larger portion of the supply chain, which is creating anxiety for end users such as Pfizer...

Clinical trials driving consolidation in IMP distribution and logistics industry, says PCI

20-Oct-2014 - Consolidation in the healthcare logistics industry is inevitable, says PCI as it opens a US storage and distribution facility for clinical trial materials.

Novartis calls on Covance to help with Big Data

16-Oct-2014 - Covance’s collection of drug development data is set to get bigger though a collaboration with Swiss drugmaker Novartis.

Cipla teams with Israel's Teva and outlines plans for Iran plant

13-Oct-2014 - Cipla will sell drugs for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in South Africa according to a BSE filing submitted late last week.

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Marken expansion into Latin America continues with Chile, Peru depots

09-Oct-2014 - Fresh off the near completion of its depot in Sau Paulo, Brazil , Marken has now also completed the construction of another depot in Santiago, Chile, in order to more easily...

Almac invests in humidity controlled blister packaging

09-Oct-2014 - Almac has made a new investment alongside Hapa to expand its UK commercial packaging facility to provide a humidity controlled blister packaging suite, complete with off-line blister printing for two...

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Quintiles to lay off 27 New York employees

06-Oct-2014 - CRO Quintiles is shuttering a medical education office in Hawthorne, NY, in December and will lay off all 27 employees at the office.

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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 Octapharma open cold-chain logistics centre in Germany

16-Sep-2014 - In a venture with plasma products manufacturer Octapharma, 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.