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The pharmaceutical industry seems besieged on all sides by declining R&D productivity, expiring patents and relentless downward pricing pressure. One effect of this onslaught has been an upsurge in the level of consolidation as industry players attempt to cut costs, expand research pipelines and lengthen geographic reach.

Greatbatch: $1.7bn acq 'transfromative' in the medical device space

22-Sep-2015 - Standard & Poor has assigned a ‘stable’ rating to Greatbatch after the contract manufacturer secured $1.5bn to buy fellow medical devicemaker Lake Region Medical.

Parexel: M&A likely to continue despite $200m stock repurchase plan

15-Sep-2015 - Parexel could repurchase up to $200m (€175m) of its stock in FY 2016, but one analyst says the firm remains committed to it M&A strategy.

Mid-size CRO consolidation: Chiltern completes Theorem deal

14-Sep-2015 - Chiltern has completed its acquisition of Theorem, making it the self-declared “largest mid-sized” CRO.

SynteractHCR: ‘Customers like working with a mid-sized CRO’

11-Sep-2015 - Tech investment, flexibility and responsiveness have led to double-digit growth in customers, mid-sized CRO SynteractHCR says.

Concept Life Sciences buys UK toxicology biz

18-Aug-2015 - British CRO Concept Life Sciences has bought toxicology business CXR Biosciences, its fourth acquisition since it formed in July 2014.

CMO use on the up, low margins ahead

12-Aug-2015 - Contract manufacturing will rise over the next five years as drugmakers feel the pressure to reduce supply chain time, and choose to focus on in-house R&D rather than conduct their...

iCardiac acquires clinical trials division of nSpire Health

07-Aug-2015 - Cardiac safety assessment service provider iCardiac Technologies has added respiratory and ePRO services to its offerings through the acquisition of the clinical trials division of nSpire Health.


Parexel to lay off up to 125 transferred GSK employees

03-Aug-2015 - Beginning Sept. 30, Massachusetts-based CRO (contract research organization) Parexel will lay off as many as 125 of the 450 employees it brought on from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in North Carolina late last...

BioClinica acquires patient recruitment, retention firm MediciGroup

07-Jul-2015 - Specialty trials services and tech provider BioClinica has acquired the patient recruitment and retention firm, MediciGroup. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Preclinical consolidation: MSI firm Protea buys CRO vivoPharm

08-Apr-2015 - Molecular imaging company Protea Biosciences has acquired CRO vivoPharm in the latest instance of consolidation in the preclinical sector.

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Rise in outsourcing to lead to further CMO consolidation, DPx CEO says

18-Mar-2015 - The CMO (contract manufacturing organization) industry is ripe for consolidation as the rise in outsourcing continues and clients look to simplify their supply chains, DPx CEO James Mullen told

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Preclinical prices improving says Huntingdon CEO; firm is mulling US capacity expansion

05-Mar-2015 - Higher capacity utilization is improving prices across the non-clinical research sector according to Huntingdon Life Sciences CEO Brian Cass, who told the preclinical CRO may add scale to US...

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It's not the size... CRO Simbec-Orion on why it can compete with Quintiles

05-Feb-2015 - Being a drug developer not just a service provider differentiates Simbec-Orion from the Big CROs according to CEO Ronald Openshaw, whose firm signed two strategic partnerships last week.

Covance's LabCorp distraction will drive opportunities for CRL, says analyst

23-Jan-2015 - Investment firm William Blair has upgraded preclinical CRO Charles River Laboratories to ‘outperform’ based on strong toxicology demand and the pending acquisition of Covance.


Consolidation among small CROs could drive up prices, says analyst

21-Jan-2015 - Competition among small CROs kept prices steady in 2014 despite higher sponsor R&D spending and greater outsourcing penetration, according to a Citi Research survey.

One-stop-shop CMOs could fall into pharma's over-capacity curse, say experts

16-Jan-2015 - CMO consolidation is resurrecting the ‘all-under-one-roof’ manufacturing model, but will firms fall into the same inefficiency pitfalls that drove pharma to outsource in the first place?

Shareholder nod for Medtronic and Covidien's $43bn 'strategic' merger

07-Jan-2015 - The $43bn (€36bn) megamerger between Medtronic and Covidien is one step closer after shareholders voted to approval the deal yesterday.

Quintiles will continue to grow through acquisitions, says S&P

10-Dec-2014 - Quintiles has been upgraded to stable by ratings agency Standard & Poor after a second stock offering and the consolidation of debt through a $300m securitisation facility.

CMO use to grow despite Big Biopharma's in-house spend, say experts

02-Dec-2014 - Third-party manufacturers anxious about Big Biopharma investments and downbeat industry reports can relax as experts concur “it’s a time of growth for biopharmaceutical outsourcing.”

Recipharm adds French plant and drug delivery tech in strategic deal with Flamel

27-Nov-2014 - Recipharm will acquire a facility and add technologies including spray granulation and spray coating as part of a “truly strategic” collaboration with France-based Flamel Technologies. 

German CMO looks to grow US biz through rise in SMEs and virtual pharma

24-Nov-2014 - Rottendorf is looking to break from being “the best kept secret in the CMO world” by targeting the thousands of virtual and SME pharma firms in the US, according to its CEO....

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Quintiles CEO: Change in R&D paradigm must come from Pharma's boardrooms

19-Nov-2014 - Vertical integration is inhibiting pharma R&D innovation, according to Quintiles CEO Tom Pike who says executives must be involved in selecting CROs.


PPD and inVentiv: Are the last privately-owned Big CROs ready to go public?

13-Nov-2014 - Soon PPD and inVentiv will be the only privately-owned top eight CROs, which prompted us to weigh up the firms in the event that either goes public in the near...

ERT moves into trial management software with eClinical Insights acquisition

11-Nov-2014 - Patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collector ERT has acquired eClinical Insights (eCI), a provider of cloud-based clinical trials management software, for an undisclosed sum.  

Analyst says Covance execs are smart to back Lab Corp deal

04-Nov-2014 - Lab Corp will buy Covance for $6.1bn in a surprise deal that follows another quarter in which early phase gains were offset by underperformance in central labs.

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