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Bioclinica Predicts Demand for TQT Trials in China

18-Jun-2013 - Bioclinica has partnered with a Chinese hospital citing growing regulatory pressure for cardiac safety studies in the country as the key driver.

Almac Expands Capacity and Workforce with £13.7m Double Expansion

12-Jun-2013 - Investment in Almac’s Northern Ireland plant will keep production costs competitive with low-cost economies, according to the company.

ChoiceOne Seeks Partners for Asia CRO Business

10-Jun-2013 - UK healthcare services firm ChoiceOne wants EU and US partners to help grow is Asia-focused CRO unit, Choice Pharma.

Yusen to Fly AstraZeneca's Drugs to Australia

15-May-2013 - Yusen Logistics has launched a new air freight service to help UK drug major AstraZeneca ship its products to Australia in a new agreement announced today.

Clinical Cymru Can Compete on Costs says PRA

15-May-2013 - PRA International says technology and IT innovation will help it compete with rivals that have moved their service centres to cheaper locations in the East to cut costs.

McKesson Confident FY2014 Will See Revenue Growth

13-May-2013 - Brand-to-generic conversions have been blamed for “somewhat softer than expected” financial results at McKesson, though significant FY2014 direct revenue growth has been predicted.

DKSH Ups Asian Distribution Services; Sanofi Invests In-House in Africa

22-Apr-2013 - DKSH has upgraded its cold chain infrastructure in Southeast Asia as both small and large manufacturers increase their access needs to emerging markets.

DHL: Globalisation, Generics & Biologics Drive Cold Chain Expansion

17-Apr-2013 - Globalisation, outsourcing and a move towards biopharmaceuticals are leading innovation for pharma distribution companies, according to DHL Global Forwarding.

DKSH Bags Pfizer Deal in Cambodia

17-Apr-2013 - DKSH has won a second deal with a Big Pharma firmin Asia in as many months, with US giant Pfizer signing up the firm as its agent in Cambodia.

Rise of Russia as EMA Reports Global Stretch of Clinical Trials

15-Apr-2013 - An EMA report says increased Russian participation in European submitted clinical trials is part of a trend away from traditional regions, yet fluctuating legislation may affect numbers.

Telerx's Sentrx Takeover Driven by Drug Industry Demand for Safety Services

10-Apr-2013 - High drug industry demand for safety monitoring expertise drove Telerx’s acquisition of Sentrx Safety Solutions says deal broker.

Contract Manufacturing Regulatory Approval Round-Up

26-Mar-2013 - Evonik gets the thumbs up from the MHRA, Recipharm's approved by Japan and Simcere passes the Chinese regulatory test – welcome to Outsourcing-Pharma’s round-up of GMP accreditation.

Catalent Focuses on Clinical Services in One of Two Chinese Ventures

13-Mar-2013 - Catalent has penned a deal with CRO ShangPharma as part of a two-pronged plan into China and expects more investments to come.

Marken Opens Depot to Support Growth in Chinese Clinical Trials

13-Mar-2013 - Marken says the opening of its new pharma depot is part of a whole strategy within China and was driven by demand from an increase in clinical trials. 

CDSCO Moves to Speed UP Ethics and SAE Review Processes After Criticism

07-Mar-2013 - The CDSCO has started prescreening applications to register clinical trial ethics committees in a move designed to streamline the approval process.

PRA says Clinstar Takeover Offers Quicker and Cheaper Patient Enrollment

05-Mar-2013 - US CRO PRA international has expanded its presence in Eastern Europe with the acquisition of privately-owned trial services firm ClinStar.

News in brief

Synteract and HCR Complete Merger to Become Global CRO

04-Mar-2013 - Following its acquisition of HCR, Synteract has become a multinational CRO with a presence in 16 countries.

CiToxLAB Beats Preclinical Market Trends

21-Feb-2013 - CiToxLAB says strong revenue growth in 2012 was due to a new global status following its acquisition of Lab Research.

TFS to buy Semcon Caran's EDC business

12-Feb-2013 - Swedish CRO Trial Form Support has announced plans to make its second late-stage, IT focused acquisition in the space of three months.

QPS adds Phase I capacity in the US with MRA buy

07-Feb-2013 - QPS has acquired Florida-based trial site Miami Research Associates (MRA), adding first-in-man capacity to its US services offering.


Trials published by Pfizer didn't match internal docs say researchers calling for CONSORT revision

05-Feb-2013 - Clinical trials made public by Pfizer did not match internal reports or reflect what was done in studies of the seizure drug gabapentin say researchers calling for revision of journal...

Variations in site recruitment performance a risk, says Tufts

16-Jan-2013 - Variation in site recruitment performance is a major risk factor for CROs and their sponsors according to new research.

Wuxi JV is about building in China's late-stage sector says PRA

15-Jan-2013 - PRA wants to build its late-phase offering in China and has committed to provide staff and knowhow to Wuxi Pharmatech joint venture. 

American Capital to expand Cambridge Major Labs' API biz

15-Jan-2013 - Cambridge Major Labs’ (CML) new private-equity investor plans to expand the CMO’s chemistry and API business and assess cross selling synergies with other firms in its portfolio.

UPS’ TNT takeover bid fizzles out

14-Jan-2013 - United Parcel Service (UPS) has abandoned its bid to buy Holland-based logistics firm TNT Express after the European Commission said it would block the deal.

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