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Pfizer turns to Charles Stark Draper Laboratory for 'organ-on-a-chip' tech

22-Dec-2016 - The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. has inked a three year partnership with Pfizer to create personalised versions of Draper’s Microphysiological Systems (MPS), for cheaper and more effective preclinical testing....

Top CRO M&A activity of 2016

22-Dec-2016 - As 2016 comes to a close, looks back at some of the major mergers and acquisitions from the past year.

CRO turnover remains high, says report

21-Dec-2016 - Turnover in the US for clinical monitoring jobs at contract research organizations (CROs) has remained high despite efforts to increase salaries, according to a recent report.

Catalent’s CHO cell lines and Gate’s Foundation to make PATH Malaria vaccine

21-Dec-2016 - Catalent has partnered with US non-profit PATH for antibody discovery using the CDMO’s GPEx cell line platform, funded by PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI).

AGC expanding CDMO biz through $500m CMC Biologics buy

21-Dec-2016 - AGC Asahi Glass has signed an agreement to buy CMC Biologics, the second biologics CDMO acquisition for the Japanese chemicals firm in three months.

BioCity CRO creates new Bioanalysis space with Thermo Scientific

20-Dec-2016 - XenoGesis has upgraded its spectroscopy capabilities in a deal with Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 

'Site-less CRO' model looks to evolve clinical trials

20-Dec-2016 - Center Point Clinical Services has launched what it is calling the “world's first site-less, technology CRO.” 

Domainex is first UK CRO to invest in NanoTemper’s novel Drug Discovery technology

19-Dec-2016 - NanoTemper Technologies Gmbh has scored custom from the UK CRO Domainex Ltd., which is using its MicroScale Thermophoresis technology for speedier, “higher quality clinical candidates”.

Packaging design: how to ensure successful patient outcomes

19-Dec-2016 - As holidays shoppers wrap up their presents with ribbons and bows, reviews how contract pharmaceutical packaging companies help ensure successful patient outcomes with iterative design.

News in brief

Maryland CRO gets thumbs up in animal testing checkup

15-Dec-2016 - Smithers Avanza is granted renewal of full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), with “no recommendation for improvements.”

apceth Biopharma joins Lonza as bluebird bio cell therapy contractor

15-Dec-2016 - bluebird bio Inc has hired apceth Biopharma GmbH to make its candidate ALD cell therapy Lenti-D and its thalassemia treatment LentiGlobin for the European market.

QuintilesIMS Institute: global drug market to reach $1.5tn in 2021

15-Dec-2016 - Total spending on medicines is expected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2021, up 33% from 2016 – with historical amounts of new medicines emerging from the pipeline, according to a recent...

Almac to collaborate with Exostar on cloud-based management solutions

15-Dec-2016 - Almac Clinical Technologies, part of the Almac Group, has announced a collaboration with Exostar to help mitigate risk associated with intellectual property.

News in brief

Evotec completes Cyprotex acquisition

15-Dec-2016 - Evotec AG has completed its previously announced acquisition of the preclinical contract research organization (CRO), Cyrotex.

PPD increases capacity, capabilities at Wisconsin-based GMP lab

14-Dec-2016 - PPD has expanded its stability sample storage capacity and capabilities at its Middleton, Wisconsin-based good manufacturing practices (GMP) lab.

INC Research moving headquarters, creating 550 new jobs

14-Dec-2016 - Earlier this week, INC Research announced its intent to expand at its headquarters in Wake County, creating 550 jobs over the next several years as part of a $37.9m investment.

Eurofins Genomics launches EXTREmers

14-Dec-2016 - Eurofins Genomics has launched its EXTREmer oligonucleotides in the US – adding another ‘tool’ to help researchers advance drug discovery.


Syngene's Bengaluru site damaged by fire

13-Dec-2016 - A fire has damaged a facility operated by Indian contractor, Syngene International. 

News in brief

CMO Evonik acquires silica business for $630m

13-Dec-2016 - Evonik Industries AG has acquired the silica business from the US company J.M. Huber, expanding the company’s presence in North America and Asia.

Startup forges ‘Superbug Alliance’ with Evotec to engineer new antibiotics

13-Dec-2016 - Evotec AG and Forge Therapeutics Inc have entered a two-year agreement to discover novel antibiotics for Gram-negative bacterial infections, including resistant strains.

Skanska gets $45m contract to refit US GSK R&D hub

13-Dec-2016 - GSK has hired Skanska AB to renovate its laboratory and office in Upper Providence, Pennsylvania, US in a $45m (€42m) project.

Purdue Pharma enters new therapeutic area with Exicure collaboration

13-Dec-2016 - Through the collaboration, Purdue will leverage Exicure’s Spherical Nucleic Acid (SNA)™ technology to discover and develop a treatment for psoriasis, and other diseases.

Avid on track for third plant and to clear $73m biomanufacturing backlog

13-Dec-2016 - Avid Bioservices has reported strong contract manufacturing revenues for its Q2 and is confident a planned third facility will not leave the firm with too much capacity.

Lonza confirms interest in Capsugel takeover

12-Dec-2016 - Lonza has confirmed it is interested in buying Capsugel. 

38 dead: Animal Welfare Institute criticises ‘Weak settlement’ in US CRO primate case

12-Dec-2016 - The Institute claims SNBL USA has committed dozens of violations to the Animal Welfare Act and demands more severe consequences from the US Department of Agriculture.

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