New instrument from Thermo
Thermo upgrades its Nicolet Almega spectrometer - used to analyse
organic and inorganic materials - with new automation features.
A UK firm has developed a technology for creating sustained-release
versions of generic peptide and protein drugs, without the need to
conduct extensive registration trials.
Faster, accurate chromatography
Varian launches a new column for reverse phase HPLC and LC/MS
applications that, it claims, offer faster separations without
LIMS meets PIMS
New software promises to integrate data from the quality control
laboratory with systems monitoring production processes to allow
operators to respond swiftly to any problems encountered.
Lara in the lab
Radleys has introduced a new controlled laboratory reactor (CLR)
system that, it claims, has a modular system that offers
capabilities normally associated with higher-priced CLRs.
Lilly signs up for Amersham system
Eli Lilly has purchased an integrated suite of cellular screening
technology and licenses from Amersham to help in the identification
of potential therapeutics in its drug discovery program.
PET resin for UV protection
Voridian, the world's largest supplier of PET resins for packaging,
has launched a new line that provides ultraviolet (UV) light
protection for products in the pharmaceutical, food and personal
Avecia launches encapsulated palladium catalyst
Avecia Pharmaceuticals formally launched its Pd EnCat encapsulated
palladium catalyst technology at last week's CPhI meeting in
Krauss-Maffei adds to product range
A partnership has been formed between Krauss-Maffei Process
Technology UK and Buss-SMS, an international supplier of thermal
separation solutions for difficult to handle mixtures.
Hoefliger completes BioProgress deal
BioProgress has signed a formal contract with Harro Hoefliger to
make the latter the exclusive builder, supplier and service
provider for its non-gelatine encapsulation machines.
Accessories for Millipore water systems
Millipore yesterday launched a range of accessories designed to
improve the monitoring of the purity and quality of water generated
with its Elix and RiOs systems.
Merck launches cleanroom sacks
Merck's Life Sciences division launches a new double-PE sack for
cleanroom use at the CPhI meeting, as well as a new calcium salt
with, it claims, unrivalled bioavailability.
West Pharma launches barrier film
West Pharmaceutical Services has launched an advanced barrier film
technology - West Fluro Tec - to help maintain seal integrity in
New Envirotainer set for 2004 take-off
Envirotainer unveiled its latest thermostat-controlled freight
container for pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive goods
at the CPhI conference. The product is still awaiting airworthiness
approval but should be available...
Tablet pressing, the Italian way
An Italian-designed single punch automatic tablet press machine is
now under distribution from UK equipment supplier Isopak.
CPhI debut for Amberzyme technology
The recently-formed Advanced Biosciences unit of Rohm and Haas has
introduced the first product in a new line of functionalised resin
systems for the immobilisation of biocatalytic enzymes at the CphI
meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.
Stanelco license deal
Stanelco licenses rights to a non-gelatine encapsulation process
developed by its subsidiaries Adept Polymers and Stanelco Fibre
Optics to Isracaps.
Legal challenge hits gelatine-free capsule sector
BioProgress has started legal proceedings against Stanelco Fibre
Optics claiming ownership of several patents related to processes
used in gelatine-free encapsulation. Stanelco recently unveiled its
own ambitions in this area after...
Medical device alliance
Dow Corning and Rohm and Haas link up to develop materials for
topical and transdermal drug delivery, wound-healing and other
medical device applications.
Meridica DPI gets Pfizer seal of approval
Meridica has licensed its newly-designed Xcelovair dry powder
inhaler (DPI) to Pfizer in what amounts to something of a coup for
the small UK start-up.
Mixed bag of product news for Flamel
Flamel Technologies of France makes progress in its deal with B-MS
on an injectable once-daily insulin, but loses a contract with
BioProgress to sell off NROBE system
UK-based BioProgress has elected to sell the rights to one of its
NROBE non-gelatine film technologies to FMC BioPolymer after
deciding that the program would benefit from being in the hands of
a bigger partner.
Labelling better than direct tube printing?
Advanced Labelling Systems (ALS) has launched the T-series tube
labeller, which is claimed to offer a cost effective alternative to
direct tube printing for pharmaceutical applications.
Ignore packaging at your peril, warns 3M
Packaging is one of the last remaining unclaimed frontiers for
manufacturing companies and improving this function could save
millions of dollars a year, says 3M
New Lutrol product from BASF
A new product in BASF's Lµtrol range of poloxamer excipients,
designed to improve the solubility of poorly-soluble actives, will
be introduced at the CPhI exhibition.
Keeping it clean
Particle Measuring Systems has launched a new testing station for
ensuring that biomedical devices are free of surface contamination
due to particles.
Tentacle tech from Merck
Germany's Merck has introduced a new process media for the capture
of viruses, proteins, antibodies and DNA that has significant
advantages over other sorbents.
New tabletting products from Natoli
Natoli launches a new software package designed to make designing
tablets easier, quicker and more accurate; also unveils an
automatic tablet punch polisher.
Liquid handling from KNF
German company KNF Neuberger has announced the UK release of a new
3-in-1 liquid handling device. The company believes it has combined
efficiency with speed in the product that also cuts down on
Erweka launches dissolution tester
Germany's Erweka has introduced a new dissolution testing system
that it says is more accurate and easy to use than rival products.
Price hike for propionates
Starting next year, Verdugt Bv of the Netherlands will increase the
price it charges North American customers for calcium and sodium
Clear benefits from new Multicheck V
Erweka has redesigned its Multicheck system for measuring tablets'
sample weight, thickness, diameter and hardness. The machine can
cope with irregular-shaped and coated tablets.
Biometric solution for pharma firm
SAFLINK, a US company that develops biometric security products,
has made its first sale of the technology to an unnamed
Lab-scale milling from Quadro
Ytron-Quadro officially launched its new Quadro Comil model U5, a
scaleable laboratory model conical screen mill, at last week's PPMA
2003 show in Brimingham, UK.
Casburt unveils in-house tablet press
UK company Casburt has introduced a new own-brand, medium-output
range of tabletting machines under the Technipress banner.
Bayer responds to fake drug drive
Bayer Biological Products will start shrink-banding its liquid
drugs produced in vials, starting with its Gamunex IGIV product, to
make them more tamper-evident and improve their safety. The move
follows an FDA initiative on counterfeiting.
Pliva offers bulk SAMe
Pliva has introduced a granulate version of SAMe to its fine
chemicals portfolio that will be promoted to dietary supplement
Isolast seals improved
Busak+Shamban says it has developed a process which allows its
Isolast seals to be bound to metal, improving their usefulness to
the processing industries.
Cell-based screening system
CyBio launches a new system designed to help researchers automate
cell-based screening of new drug candidates, ADME/Tox and assay
Futura: an even longer-term prospect
The future of Medisys' Futura safety syringe looked to be in doubt
again yesterday after the company conceded that its timetable for
launch of the safety syringe, originally due for launch in 2001,
had been put back yet again.
Chiral alcohols from Wacker, JFC
Wacker teams up with Jülich Fine Chemicals to supply chiral
alcohols, used in the production of a broad range of active
Tekni-Plex answers Latin call
Tekni-Plex has said that its Argentinian subsidiary will begin
production of precision tubing for aerosols and other dip-tube
applications at its Buenos Aires facility.
Tools of the trade
New products unveiled at the BIOPHEX/INTERPHEX meeting include a
cell culture centrifuge, new cleanroom equipment, a fluidised bed
processor and an isolator for aseptic testing.
Viscotek has launched a new module for its OmniSEC software for
multiple detection analysis in size separation experiments aimed at
the measurement of copolymers.
Cutting sterilisation time
A new product from Emerson Process Management is enabling steam in
place (SIP) cycle time reductions of typically 20 per cent on fully
monitored plant installations.
Tamper-evident safety syringe
Safety Syringes has introduced a new tamper-evident version of its
UltraSafe pre-filled glass syringe range, designed to prevent
DeltaTrak has launched a new Pen-Type Thermo-Hygrometer with
several improvements such as a broader temperature range and
improved sensor design for faster response.
Genevac of the UK has introduced a high performance Model HT-4X
centrifugal evaporator for scientists in the drug discovery and
medicinal chemistry sectors.
Weston injector lives on at Aradigm
The Intraject needle-free injector technology originated by
now-defunct UK company Weston Medical has passed a new series of
feasibility testing at new owner Aradigm.
Packaging crucial to pharmaceuticals
Packaging is fast becoming an integral part of pharmaceutical
medications and this is leading to more collaborations between the
drug and packaging industries, says Gerresheimer.