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.
21-Apr-2016 - Aptuit has acquired Swiss CRO Exquiron Biotech, enhancing its drug identification and validation services.
04-Apr-2016 - International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG) has completed its acquisition of Sandoz Industrial Products GmbH from Novartis Group.
15-Mar-2016 - The flexible manufacturing deal with Amgen is a departure from the standard transactional contract approach, according to Patheon.
09-Mar-2016 - Crown Bioscience has announced the acquisition of PreClinOmics, an in vivo preclinical company specializing in early research in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (CVMD).
07-Mar-2016 - Synexus has bought trial site network Research Across America (RAA) in a deal it claims will give its customers access to the US market and additional study participants.
16-Feb-2016 - The generic pharmaceuticals company, Mylan, has announced its offer to buy the Swedish specialty pharma company, Meda, in a deal valued at $9.9 bn.
27-Jan-2016 - French CDMO Amatsigroup will offer complete biologics development services and expand its European presence through the acquisition of Q Biologicals.
05-Jan-2016 - Mergers among Big Pharma companies will continue into 2016 leaving strategic CRO partnerships at risk, according to a report from PwC.
25-Nov-2015 - As CMOs wait to see the short-term fallout of the Pfizer-Allergan deal, an M&A expert says contract manufacturing will follow the CRO industry in embracing strategic alliances and consolidation....
24-Nov-2015 - Charles River has acquired German preclinical CRO Oncotest GmbH in a €34m ($36m) cash deal.
05-Nov-2015 - Gaining a foothold in North America would complete Recipharm’s growth strategy in becoming a global CDMO leader, the firm says.
05-Nov-2015 - CMO consolidation strategy has shifted from building scale and adding geographies towards niche technologies and biologics, according to the founder of trade association PBOA.
02-Nov-2015 - Parexel has lowered its revenue guidance for the year following cancellations worth $305m in its first quarter FY2016.
30-Oct-2015 - The fight between CROs for clinical research associates (CRAs) and people with certain other skillsets is hotting up, with both Icon and Quintiles identifying it as an issue faced by...
29-Oct-2015 - Reports Pfizer is considering buying Allergan to create a company worth $330bn have once again raised fears of disruption for contract research organisations (CRO), although there are reasons to think...
28-Oct-2015 - Covance has reported capacity use at its preclinical toxicology business is in the 70% range, meaning it is still well below optimal levels despite recent improvements.
22-Oct-2015 - As pharma sells off manufacturing capacity and outsources to large and specialist CMOs, smart contract houses will have an opportunity to grab market share in a currently fragmented sector, say...
20-Oct-2015 - An agreement to buy Indian CMO Nitin boosts Recipharm’s presence in emerging markets and plays into its aggressive growth strategy, the firm says.
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.
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.
14-Sep-2015 - Chiltern has completed its acquisition of Theorem, making it the self-declared “largest mid-sized” CRO.
11-Sep-2015 - Tech investment, flexibility and responsiveness have led to double-digit growth in customers, mid-sized CRO SynteractHCR says.
18-Aug-2015 - British CRO Concept Life Sciences has bought toxicology business CXR Biosciences, its fourth acquisition since it formed in July 2014.
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...
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.