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Capsugel gets commercial deal from NicOx

30-Sep-2008 -  Capsule specialist Capsugel has won the contract to make a highly-touted new anti-inflammatory developed by French biotechnology company NicOx as the product approaches registration.

Publication bias emerges again in clinical research

30-Sep-2008 -  Clinical trials that support the effectiveness of drugs filed for approval in the US are more likely to be published than those that are less supportive, according to researchers at...

Encorium backs away from Prologue deal

30-Sep-2008 -  US contract research organisation Encorium Group has postponed its planned acquisition of Prologue Research International and cut staff in the latest twist in a rollercoaster ride for the firm in...

Astech REACTS to pharma’s automation needs

28-Sep-2008 -  UK-based automation expert, Astech Projects, has been signed up to assist a ‘top 5 pharmaceutical company’ just months after launching its new automation maintenance service.

Pharma outsourcing: people on the move

27-Sep-2008 - presents its periodic round-up of executive appointments in the contract services sector.

India’s biotech industry a “sunrise sector”

27-Sep-2008 -  Indian pharmaceutical companies are making their first forays in the biotechnology arena, helping the market expand from a standing start at the beginning of the decade to reach a value...

Melbourn offers integrated drug delivery service

25-Sep-2008 - UK-based Melbourn Scientific is now offering an integrated package of formulation, method development, analysis and short-run clinical manufacture services to industrial clients.

Moody's down on pharma prospects

25-Sep-2008 -  Pharmaceutical companies on both sides of the Atlantic are facing a particularly difficult time over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a report by financial research and analysis...

India’s Lupin buys into southern Africa

25-Sep-2008 -  Indian pharmaceutical company Lupin Ltd has expanded into Africa by acquiring a 60 per cent stake Pharma Dynamics, a generics company and contract manufacturer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Encorium wins $6.2m EU vaccine trial deal

23-Sep-2008 -  US CRO group Encorium has signed new contracts worth around $6.2m (€4.1m) under which it will conduct trials of a developmental vaccine on behalf of a global biopharmaceutical company.

China No1 for outsourcing, says PwC

23-Sep-2008 - China is the ideal destination for outsourcing, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that has calculated rankings based on a range of parameters.

Phylogeny launches first in situ miRNA detection service

23-Sep-2008 - Phylogeny has launched the first microRNA (miRNA) in situ hybridisation detection service to help scientists delve deeper into the mechanisms controlling key biological processes.

ChanTest to increase range of ion channel services

23-Sep-2008 - Ion channel expert ChanTest is expanding its range of ion channel services and cell lines that help identify promising target compounds and those that could cause harmful side effects.

Acquisition looming in Calyx Pharma’s future, says CEO

22-Sep-2008 -  Active pharmaceutical ingredient specialist Calyx Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals is planning an acquisition within the next two years, probably in the US or Europe, according to chief executive Smitesh Shah.

Joint API inspection service to cut costs

22-Sep-2008 - Germany-based Diapharm has launched a service allowing pharmaceutical manufacturers to perform joint third-party audits of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Merck signs sales outsourcing deal

22-Sep-2008 - Merck & Co has added additional sales staff by signing an outsourcing agreement with inVentiv Health.

Aseptic outsources “revolutionary” vial filler

18-Sep-2008 - CMO NextPharma has signed a deal to make Aseptic Technologies “revolutionary” ‘closed-vial’ filling system available as part of its offering to clients.

Pharmaceutical Profiles the effects of diabetes drug

18-Sep-2008 -  UK-based Pharmaceutical Profiles has used an imaging technique known as scintigraphy to quantify the effects of Amylin / Eli Lilly’s latest diabetes drug on the stomach.

High-potency unit opens at Phamatek

18-Sep-2008 - Pharmatek Laboratories has opened its highly-potent and cytotoxic facility located in San Diego, US, just over a year after announcing its move into this growth area of contract manufacturing.

Charles River expands Discovery Services

17-Sep-2008 -  Charles River Laboratories has agreed to buy US-based drug discovery imaging expert Molecular Imaging Research, Inc. (MIR) for approximately $12.5m (€8.8m) in cash.

Pharma outsourcing: people on the move

17-Sep-2008 - presents its latest round-up of new appointments, employment moves and personnel news in the pharmaceutical contract services sector.

Outsourcing drives growth in trial sector, Bilcare GCS

16-Sep-2008 -  Bilcare GCS, the clinical supplies arm of Indian packaging giant Bilcare, has considerably expanded its Phase III trial offering in an effort to provide drugmakers with a complete package.

Competition intensifying for diabetes subjects; Acurian

16-Sep-2008 -  Patient recruitment specialist Acurian has hit a major milestone in its business, with more than half of the entire US population of type 2 diabetics now opted into its database.

India tipped for 15% share of clinical sector by 2011

16-Sep-2008 -  Shifting clinical trial operations from Western markets to India can reap substantial benefits for sponsors in saved costs and time, according to KPMG’s just-published report India Pharma Inc.

Assay Depot: ‘Ebay’ for drug discovery services debuts

16-Sep-2008 -  Assay Depot, a new online marketplace which allows bench researchers around the world to choose and buy a broad range of drug discovery services, went live yesterday.

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