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Amcor halts share trading; is Alcan Pharma Packaging deal close?

17-Aug-2009 - Amcor has temporarily halted trading on the Australian stock exchange, fuelling rumours that the group is finally about to move for Rio Tinto’s Alcan pharmaceutical packaging unit.

Weak pound benefiting UK CROs

17-Aug-2009 - The British pound’s weakness compared to other EU currencies is benefiting UK-based CROs, according to Lab Research (LRI), which attributed the poor performance of its Danish business to the exchange...

EMEA approves Patheon’s Puerto Rico facility

13-Aug-2009 - The EMEA has approved Patheon’s facility in Manati, Puerto Rico, allowing the CMO to import to Europe and improving its fortunes on the island that caused it financial problems in...

China lab services shine for WuXi in Q2

12-Aug-2009 - Wuxi PharmaTech’s China-based laboratory services grew by 23 per cent in Q2, outstripping expectations and resulting in the company revising its guidance for the business segment.

India will take larger share of outsourcing market; report

11-Aug-2009 - India’s outsourcing sector is growing at 43 per cent, according to a new report that predicts the country will take a bigger share of the global market as concerns about...

Millipore buys BioAnaLab to expand in EU

11-Aug-2009 - Millipore has expanded its European biotech services business by acquiring BioAnaLab, a UK-based company that provides analysis of biologics and vaccines.

Ecron Acunova teams up with Essential CRO and Biotrial

03-Aug-2009 - Ecron Acunova’s global partnering team had a busy end to July with the Indian CRO entering into collaboration deals on both sides of the Atlantic to further expand its global...

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Pfizer teams helps Fudan University found clinical data management MSc

03-Aug-2009 - US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has teamed up with China’s Fudan University to set up a Master’s degree programme in clinical data management and statistical programming.

Isogen's new science centre a "unique" clinical service facility

28-Jul-2009 - US firm Isogen says the combination of aseptic filling, engineering and containment know-how on offer at its new Science Center is unique among facilities serving the clinical market.

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Pfizer calls in CBRE to streamline EU operations

27-Jul-2009 - US drug giant Pfizer has called in real estate services firm CB Richard Ellis Group (CBRE) to provide facilities management services at 10 of its European offices.

Developing world trials meet standards and speed drugs to market, says ACRO

22-Jul-2009 -  Clinical trials in the developing world meet the same standards as those in Europe and the US and are vital for accelerating drug development says the Association of Clinical Research...

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Almac Diagnostics Craigavon HQ open for business

22-Jul-2009 -  The new Northern Ireland HQ of Almac’s diagnostics unit was opened last week in a ceremony presided over by renowned cancer specialist Martin Murphy.

Alcan talks still on in wake of Bemis deal, says Amcor

20-Jul-2009 -  Australian group Amcor has confirmed that talks about a takeover of Alcan’s pharmaceutical packaging business are still ongoing but says that no binding agreement has yet been reached.

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PRA opens South Korean office

16-Jul-2009 -  US CRO PRA International has opened a new office in South Korea, further extending its presence in Asia.

LFB picks Lonza for CMO deal

16-Jul-2009 - French biopharmaceutical group LFB has contracted Lonza’s biopharmaceuticals division to make trial supplies of its candidated monoclonal anti-RhD antibody.

“Velos on-demand” launched to help CROs cut spending

13-Jul-2009 -  US software company Velos hopes its new “software as a service” (SaaS) internet offering will attract CROs and Pharma firms seeking low-cost trial management solutions.

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...