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Althea opens new GMP production suite

19-Sep-2017 - Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. has opened a GMP production suite in its newly constructed High Potency Products (HPP) commercial manufacturing facility in San Diego, CA.

Brammer ups early phase manufacturing capacity

19-Sep-2017 - Brammer Bio has doubled its early phase manufacturing capacity at its Alachua, Florida-based site.

Catalent to buy Cook Pharmica for $950m in cash

19-Sep-2017 - Catalent Inc has announced it will buy Cook Pharmica for $950m (€792m) in cash to boost its high tech drug production business.

New lab space to support CRO’s acceleration into 2018

18-Sep-2017 - Concept Life Sciences has added new laboratory space at its Alderley Park-based facility in Cheshire, UK to support discovery services growth.

Planning teams forming as Thermo Fisher completes $7.2bn Patheon acquisition

18-Sep-2017 - Patheon is “better positioned” to serve clients following the Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. acquisition, says CDMO president, whose initial focus will be integration.

Recipharm partners with CTC to reduce complexity of first-in-human studies

18-Sep-2017 - Recipharm is collaborating with the Swedish contract research organization (CRO) to provide a “start to finish service,” says the CDMO.

CordenPharma completes early development suite at Plankstadt facility

14-Sep-2017 - CordenPharma has completed development of an early development suite for highly potent, oral solid dosage products at its Plankstadt, Germany location.

High-risk of issues in high-risk device trials, say researchers

14-Sep-2017 - Clinical trials supporting changes to high-risk medical devices often lack quality data, according to a recent report.

Q&A

Parexel: pharma competition will only get more intense

14-Sep-2017 - The clinical research environment in Japan has evolved dramatically since Parexel first began operations in the country, says the CRO, who recently established an alliance with a local cancer institute.

Q&A

Cost of bad quality is much higher than cost of producing good quality, says PDA task force

13-Sep-2017 - Aging pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities have become a major concern as the industry tries to keep pace with advancements in technology while balancing costs.

Invicro, Imanova merge to form global informatics-enabled CRO

13-Sep-2017 - Invicro has acquired Imanova in a move that bolsters the company’s biomedical imaging capabilities and gives it a foothold to expand its services into Europe.

News in brief

Cytel expands in US, plans to hire 100 new employees

13-Sep-2017 - The biometrics contract research organization (CRO) and clinical trial software provider is continuing with its expansions plans as it opens a new office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

SCRI invests $35m in clinical research coordinator development

13-Sep-2017 - The Singapore Ministry of Health has set aside $35m to help train and develop clinical research coordinators in the region.

Parexel: now is the time to invest in and develop real-world data solutions

12-Sep-2017 - Parexel is expanding its service offering after demand for integrated real-world data solutions grew three-fold over the last year.

Smoking cessation clinical studies: quit-rates overestimated

12-Sep-2017 - Researchers conducting smoking cessation clinical trials should use biochemical measures to determine if participants have quit – as many falsely self-report, according to a recent study.

Catalent to make opioid withdrawal candidate for US approval

11-Sep-2017 - US WorldMeds has teamed up with Catalent Pharma Solutions to manufacture lofexidine, an investigational drug designed to treat symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

Clintec’s research site boost at Scotland HQ

07-Sep-2017 - Clintec International has opened a centre of excellence for clinical research and quality assurance capabilities as part of its headquarters expansion in Glasgow, Scotland.

PSI CRO opens in Seoul with sites across South Korea

07-Sep-2017 - There are many opportunities in Asia Pacific for mid-sized CROs says PSI, after opening a new office in Seoul, South Korea in response to client requests.

Outsourcing-Pharma's State of the Global Pharmaceutical Contract Services Industry

Outsourcing plans, demand, and relationships: readers weigh in on the state of the industry

07-Sep-2017 - The global pharmaceutical contract services industry continues to face several challenges and changes, from ubiquitous consolidation among all industry players to uncertainty in a turbulent political climate.

‘Refreshed with capital’ AMRI eyes acquisitions, looks to double revenue

06-Sep-2017 - AMRI has been acquired by a private equity firm and has already begun its search for “the next couple of acquisitions,” says its CEO – and the shopping list is long.

Pharma Finance

Mid-size CRO market update: battle for customers is heating up

06-Sep-2017 - The mid-size contract research organization (CRO) sector continues to evolve and surprise experts with rich valuations – and what seems to be a never ending list of transactions.

Asia-based CRO group secures investment from private equity

06-Sep-2017 - TPG has acquired a majority stake in the OPC Holding Company – a network of companies providing services across the clinical development pipeline.

Janssen taps Mundipharma for distribution of its diabetes medicines

05-Sep-2017 - Janssen and Mundipharma have expanded their alliance through which Munipharma will sell, market, and promote medicines for the Belgium-headquartered pharma company.

Teckro raises $10m to advance clinical trial digitization

05-Sep-2017 - Teckro Inc has raised $10m in Series B financing as the company aims to expand the digitization of clinical trials.

LabCentral signs Science Exchange: outsourced services ‘increasingly important’

05-Sep-2017 - Cambridge-based LabCentral has signed on Science Exchange to provide its resident startups with access to outsourced services.

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