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Equity group buys ZeeCRO’s bioanalytic unit

23-Dec-2009 - US investment group Kansas Venture Capital (KVC) has acquired ZeeCRO’s bioanalytical division.

Pacific Biometrics to be renamed Pacific Biomarkers

23-Dec-2009 - US CRO Pacific Biometrics is to be renamed Pacific Biomarkers, after shareholders voted in favour of the change at the company’s AGM earlier this month.

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NYK bags Ranbaxy UK distribution contract

23-Dec-2009 - NYK Logistics will be responsible for all the distribution of all the products that Ranbaxy Laboratories, the non-branded arm of Japanese pharmaceutical firm DaiChii-Sankyo, sells in the UK under a...

People on the move: pharma outsourcing jobs

23-Dec-2009 - Outsourcing-Pharma presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma outsourcing sector, including changes at SRC, Pacific Biometrics, GVK Biosciences and DPT Laboratories.

Delays, takeover bids and Puerto Rico hurt 09, but Patheon up about 2010

22-Dec-2009 - Patheon says a slowdown in “outsourcing decision making,” manufacturing problems in Puerto Rico and cost related to JLL’s takeover bid hurt it in fiscal 09.

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Contract manufacturing worth $299bn by 2014, BCC Research

22-Dec-2009 - The global pharmaceutical contract manufacturing sector is growing at 11 per cent a year and will generate $299bn (€209bn) by 2014, says BCC Research.

XenoTech rolls out CryostaX offering for drug developers

22-Dec-2009 - US CRO and discovery technology supplier XenoTech has launched CryostaX, which it claims is the largest single-freeze pool of human hepatocytes available to drug developers.

New discovery services firm Biocius begins operations

22-Dec-2009 - US genomic analysis group BioTrove has completed the spin out of Biocius Life Sciences, a new contract drug discovery company.

Kendle opts for MetricStream for compliance management

21-Dec-2009 - Trials contractor Kendle International will use a management platform developed by US software group MetricStream to help control its global compliance and quality assurance operations.

PPD teams with DiabetesAmerica to boost recruitment capacity

21-Dec-2009 - US CRO PPD will add a database of 16,000 patients to its portfolio in an exclusive services deal with Houston-based care organisation DiabetesAmerica.

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Jubilant plans new niacinamide facility

21-Dec-2009 - Jubilant Organosys will build a new niacinamide and 3-Cyanopyridine plant to cater for growing demand in the drug and nutrition industries.

NexMed stays on Nasdaq after Bio-Quant buy

21-Dec-2009 - US drugmaker NexMed has maintained its place on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, partly as a result of its acquisition of US preclinical CRO Bio-Quant.

Recipharm moves for Cobra to boost biologics capacity

17-Dec-2009 - Swedish CDMO Recipharm will buy privately-owned group Cobra Biomanufacturing to build its presence in the expanding biologics sector.

NextPharma plans German cold-chain Logistics facility

17-Dec-2009 - NextPharma unveiled plans for a new cold chain and logistics unit earlier today to bolster its European distribution operations.

Covance sets up in Seoul and Mumbai

17-Dec-2009 - US CRO Covance says its new development offices in South Korea and India will improve access to patients and reduce clinical development timelines.

Phase Forward appoints chief privacy officer

16-Dec-2009 - US eClinical firm Phase Forward has created the new executive role, “chief privacy officer,” to ensure it complies with the latest data protection and privacy regulations governing the trial sector.

Instem sets up in Shanghai

16-Dec-2009 - US software firm Instem will establish an office in Shanghai, China, to provide customer support, client management, development and sales support to its Chinese pharmaceutical and life sciences R&D clients....

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Icon triples capacity at Dublin lab

16-Dec-2009 - CRO Icon says the expansion of its central lab facility in Dublin, Ireland will provide better support for its clinical investigators worldwide.

Bend makes enhanced HPMCAS DMF available

15-Dec-2009 - US formulation services provider Bend Research says a new safety file for the bioavailability enhancing drug excipient, HPMCAS, can now be referenced by its clients in FDA filings.

People on the move: pharma outsourcing jobs

15-Dec-2009 - Outsourcing-Pharma presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma outsourcing sector, including appointments at Absorption Systems, CliniComp, Clearstone Central Laboratories and CTI.

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Microsoft makes Amalga easier to access with Sentillion buy

15-Dec-2009 - US software giant Microsoft has unveiled plans to acquire Sentillion to further expand its presence in the clinical data management sector.

Deltagen adds to discovery offering with Benten buy

15-Dec-2009 - US drug discovery group Deltagen has acquired Benten BioServices, a contract services organisation that offers a suite of regulatory-compliant manufacturing and testing services to support biopharmaceutical development and commercialisation.

TNO to move into Phase 0 studies with AMS buy

14-Dec-2009 - Netherlands-based contract research group TNO has purchased an accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) to add microdosing to its clinical trial offering.

Avid’s Q2 revenues rise 440%

14-Dec-2009 - CMO Avid Bioservices’ year-on-year revenues increased by 440 per cent in the second quarter, leading to the company planning expansions in Asia-Pacific, biosimilars and analytical services.

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