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Synexus acquires fourth trial site in South Africa

01-Sep-2014 - CRO Synexus has expanded its presence in “the gateway to Africa” by acquiring the Helderberg Clinical Trials Centre (HCTC) in Capetown.

SGS expands Shanghai lab in response to growing pharma demand

31-Jul-2014 - Growing pharma demand in China has led SGS Life Sciences to expand its validation testing and lab service offerings at its Shanghai site.

Global trials growth driving CRO consolidation, says M&A report

29-Jul-2014 - Increased emphasis on global clinical trials is promoting consolidation of contract research organisations (CROs), according to an industry report by M&A services firm 11T Partners.

AmerisourceBergen set to pass $100bn sales mark for FY 2014

28-Jul-2014 - AmerisourceBergen has reported “outstanding operational and financial performance” for the third quarter 2014, and is set to pass the $100bn revenue mark for the fiscal year. 

Accovion continues expansions across Europe

23-Jul-2014 - Germany-based full-service CRO (contract research organization) Accovion has expanded European presence with new offices in Italy, France and Eastern Europe. 

Big Pharma's 'intellectual arrogance' stunts CMO partnerships, says GPCM Chair

22-Jul-2014 - Efficient relationships with contract manufacturers are being held back by Big Pharma’s ‘intellectual arrogance’ and ill-defined operational teams, according to an ex-Director at GlaxoSmithKline.

West is East - Indian plant opens to serve Asian-Pacific customers

17-Jul-2014 - West’s new pharmaceutical packaging facility in India will reduce supply lead times for its Asia-Pacific customers, the company says.

CROs see high jobs growth as bio industry remains relatively flat, report finds

15-Jul-2014 - While the overall bioscience industry has seen 7.4% jobs growth between 2001 and 2012, the sector encompassing CROs and other research, testing and medical labs has grown by more than...

Russia set for first foreign CMOs as pharma preps for 2020 policy

09-Jul-2014 - Several international CMOs will establish themselves in Russia over the next few years as pharma looks to satisfy the country's manufacturing policies, the CEO of R-Pharm predicts.

CDSCO issues raft of new trial regulations

07-Jul-2014 - Sponsors and CROs must ensure that clinical studies are properly designed and that investigators work on a maximum of three trials simultaneously under new guidelines issued by Indian regulators.

Clinical Cymru: Simbec Research buys Orion Clinical Services for £12.5m

24-Jun-2014 - Simbec Research has bought Orion Clinical Services in the latest deal backed by the Welsh Government’s £100m life sciences investment fund.

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For big pharma, ten is the magic number of CMOs says ex-GSK Director

18-Jun-2014 - Big pharma is moving towards strategic partnerships with CMOs, according to speakers at the Global Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing (GPCM) Conference, with the ideal number of partners being ten.

Brazil's bureaucracy a barrier to foreign CROs, says expanding Techtrials

10-Jun-2014 - Bureaucracy is the biggest problem in accessing the Brazilian clinical research market, according to local CRO Techtrials, who says its expansion into the US was a far easier procedure.

Adopt highest GMP/GDP standards for Asian clinical trials, says Almac

02-Jun-2014 - Sponsors trialling drugs in Asia should insist on the highest manufacturing standards and consider local production to successfully navigate the varied and complex regulations that govern research in the region...

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Lilly focuses in-house as manufacturing becomes more complex

27-May-2014 - Eli Lilly is maintaining greater in-house control as manufacturing processes become more complex, whilst MSD is leveraging external over-capacity to fulfil its needs, the firms told during a recent...

Medpace moves into Singapore with new central lab

07-May-2014 - Medpace Laboratories, Singapore will serve and support new and existing Medpace pharmaceutical clients conducting clinical research in the rapidly expanding Asia Pacific region. 

Icon and Parexel: Pfizer-AZ merger will bring more business for CROs

05-May-2014 - A mega-merger between Pfizer and AstraZeneca would bring increased business to CROs say Icon and Parexel, if past experiences are to go by.

Orphan drug market offers opportunities for direct-to-patient logistics firms

29-Apr-2014 - As regulators incentivise the development of orphan medicines and high price tags for the drugs continue to rise, logistics specialists are offering new ways to get the drugs to the...

Harlan partners with Invenium to move further into Asia-Pacific region

28-Apr-2014 - Toxicology services provider Harlan Laboratories has selected Invenium Pharmacology as its exclusive agent for Harlan’s Contract Research Services (CRS) in Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

AmerisourceBergen growing global presence; first World Courier, now Proforma

28-Apr-2014 - A stake in Brazil-based wholesaler Profarma will increase AmerisourceBergen’ global presence already strengthened by the World Courier acquisition, the firm says as it reports a robust Q2.

Japanese pharma using more CROs as large-scale development picks up

24-Apr-2014 - A new report says the Japanese CRO market is seeing more growth as Japanese pharma firms, which traditionally kept research in-house, are now broadening their horizons to use more outsourcing...

News in brief

Bristol-Myers Squibb extends deal with DKSH in SE Asia

08-Apr-2014 - Bristol-Myers Squibb has extended its partnership with DKSH to provide commercialization and distribution services across Southeast Asia.

Quality and IP issues driving sponsors away from Indian CMOs, experts say

01-Apr-2014 - Quality and IP issues are driving firms back to the US and Europe for their contract manufacturing according to experts, but Kemwell says there are still opportunities for Indian CMOs.

AmerisourceBergen to launch $100m distribution JV in Brazil

25-Mar-2014 - AmerisourceBergen (ABC) plans to buy a minority stake in a Brazilian drug wholesaler and outlined plans for a $100m distribution services joint-venture in the rapidly expanding market.

Aesica predicts more CMO consolidation and hints at acquisitions

17-Mar-2014 - Aesica has predicted that CMO sector consolidation will continue and hinted that it is considering strategic acquisitions as a part of a bid to generate $1bn revenue.

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