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Icon buys Veeda’s UK biomarker lab

13-Jul-2009 -  The Oxford, UK, biomarker laboratory facilities of India’s Veeda CR have been taken over by Icon Development Solutions, in a deal which both consolidates existing customer relationships for the buyer...

KDH hopes PatientLocate will change recruitment paradigm

09-Jul-2009 -  US software development firm KDH Systems has unveiled a new platform that it claims will change “the paradigm of clinical trial patient recruitment.”

PPD cuts jobs in face of falling demand

09-Jul-2009 -  US CRO PPD has laid off around 80 people at its HQ in Wilmington, North Carolina and may cut another 200 jobs from its North American workforce, according to local...

QPS partners Taiwan’s DCB and extends offering

08-Jul-2009 -  US contract research organisation (CRO) QPS has been called in by the Taiwanese Development Center for Biotechnology (DCB) to provide support services for biotech firms operating in the region.

India vs China: outsource what to where

07-Jul-2009 -  India and China share many similarities as outsourcing locations but there are also significant differences that are important to understand before making a commitment, according to a report.

UAE predicted to be clinical trial hub

07-Jul-2009 -  The number of CROs operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to rise, according to an expert on the region, as companies are attracted by the cost effectiveness...

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WuXi only CRO to make China’s list of top ten outsourcers

06-Jul-2009 -  Shanghai based CRO WuXi PharmaTech has been named as one of China’s top ten outsourcing enterprises in 2008 by the country’s Ministry of Commerce.

Sepha shows off BlisterScan in Japan

06-Jul-2009 -  Northern Irish pack testing specialist Sepha has moved forward with plans to enter the Japanese market, showcasing its BlisterScan platform at Interphex Japan in Tokyo last week.

Charles River rejigs exec roles and preclinical organisation

02-Jul-2009 -  US CRO Charles River (CRL) has unveiled a raft of executive changes and plans to restructure its PCS unit to provide customers with a more centralised approach to global drug...

Originates increases pharma gelatin capacity

30-Jun-2009 -  US raw materials supplier Originates has boosted its pharmaceutical bovine hide gelatin manufacturing capacity with the addition of two new ISO 9000/9001 certified, GMP-standard production facilities in South America.

Chiltern sets up in Hungary

30-Jun-2009 -  UK group Chiltern International has opened an office in Budapest Hungary, joining the growing number of CRO players to set up in the CEE.

Synteract sets up in Czech Republic joining CRO CEE rush

24-Jun-2009 -  Synteract will open an office in Prague in the Czech Republic, joining the growing number of CROs to offer sponsors access to treatment naive populations in Central and Eastern Europe...

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Downturn bad for Indian CMOs but only short-term, says BMI

22-Jun-2009 -  While contract manufacturing organisations (CMO) will see demand fall short-term, ultimately, the global downturn will benefit the India’s pharmaceutical industry, says BMI.

Quintiles sets up in Ghana to boost recruitment pool

17-Jun-2009 -  UK CRO Quintiles Transnational has set up an office in Accra, Ghana in a move it claims allows it to recruit trial participants from sub-Saharan Africa’s estimated 760m residents....

Large pharmas turning to 3PL to cut costs

17-Jun-2009 -  Large pharma companies will increase the level of supply chain activities they outsource in the next few years but smaller businesses are predicted to keep them in-house, according to a...

DZS rolls out ClinPlus CTMS for complex trials

16-Jun-2009 -  US group DZS Software Solutions says its new web ClinPlus CTMS technology will help sponsors and CROs ensure that trial procedures are being followed and eliminate redundant study management systems....

Biologics contracting worth $2.6bn this year, says HiTec

11-Jun-2009 -  Demand for biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing will grow 16 per cent a year over the next five years, according to analysis by US market research group HighTech Business Decisions.

CBI targets “boom” in peptide outsourcing market

10-Jun-2009 - Commonwealth Biotechnologies (CBI) is set to acquire China-based peptide manufacturer GL Biochem, which it believes will create a dominant force in the non-GMP segment of the market.

Syntagon “cuts out middlemen” with China office

09-Jun-2009 -  Swedish CRO Syntagon has set up an office in Shanghai, China to forge stronger links with a broader range of local raw materials suppliers, saving its customers time and money....

Kemwell & Boehringer collaborate on biologics

09-Jun-2009 -  CMO Kemwell is receiving technical assistance from Boehringer Ingelheim for the construction of its new biotech facility, which is designed to marry European technology with Indian low cost manufacturing.

MDS expands Taiwan capacity in early stage focus

09-Jun-2009 -  MDS Pharma Services is renovating and expanding its Taiwanese discovery pharmacology operation in response to growing global demand for work performed in Asia.

GE unveils modular approach to facility validation

03-Jun-2009 -  GE Healthcare hopes its new modular validation platform (MVP) will change the way drugmakers think about how they create new plants and bring existing manufacturing facilities up to code. ...

Kendle further expands Asia-Pacific presence

02-Jun-2009 -  US CRO Kendle has set up three units in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, further demonstrating the growing importance of the Asia Pacific for the contract research sector.

PRA opens drug safety centre in Brazil

01-Jun-2009 -  PRA International has opened a drug safety centre in São Paulo, Brazil, expanding its presence in Latin America and bringing its array of services to a new market.

Power outages cost India $9.2bn in 2008

01-Jun-2009 -  Power outages cost India $9.2bn (€6.5bn) in 2008, according to a report, with the disruptions causing direct losses in numerous sectors, including pharma and biotech.