Complex supply chain driving shift in analytical methods
The shift towards a complex global supply chain incorporating many suppliers and service providers is driving adoption of modern analytical methods to ensure quality.
UPS adds Arizona site for outsourced mail operations
UPS Mail Innovations has opened a processing centre in Phoenix, Arizona, US to improve the service it provides to pharma companies in the region.
Cardinal Health acquires Chinese distributer as part of new ‘growth platform’
US based healthcare distributer, Cardinal Health, has announced the $470m acquisition of privately held healthcare distribution business Zuellig Pharma China, known locally as Yong Yu.
Almac adds language-based pack unit for niche and orphan drugs
Almac says new late-stage customisation suite at its facility will cater for firms wishing to launch orphan and niche drugs in Europe.
United Drug extends use of Pilgrim tools to harmonise ops
United Drug is extending use of Pilgrim SmartSolve to standardise quality and compliance of its pharma services across Europe and the US.
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Sharp enters TraceLink Network to become services “concierge”
Sharp Corporation has joined the TraceLink Network to provide production visibility and serialisation services for life sciences customers.
Outsourcing a threat to supply chains, says PwC
Increased outsourcing carries a significant operational risk according to executives quizzed in a new survey by PwC and Axendia.
BioStorage adds lab sample preparation services
BioStorage Technologies has added laboratory sample preparation services, such as sample aliquoting, to meet demand for end-to-end sample management.
BI opens ‘Centre of Competence’ opens as part of a €100m China plan
Boehringer Ingelheim has opened its ‘Centre of Competence’ (CoC) in Shanghai to optimise API and chemical intermediates sourcing in China.
Quintiles lands CF drug commercialisation contract
Quintiles will help Australian drugmaker Pharmaxis launch its cystic fibrosis treatment Bronchitol in Europe under a contract announced yesterday.
Parexel works with Stora to monitor supply temperatures
Parexel has collaborated with Stora Enso to add an integrated temperature recording system which can save up to 48 hours compared to traditional cold chain.
Patheon partners with TraceLink to boost production efficiency
Patheon is partnering with TraceLink to increase manufacturing efficiencies through closer integration and collaboration with clients.
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Almac expects cold-storage demand to hot up
CMO Almac is predicting a surge in demand for cold storage as the pharmaceutical industry shifts focus towards temperature sensitive biologics.
Covance opens 20,000 sq fit biorepository in Indiana
Covance has opened a 20,000 sq ft biorepository facility in Greenfield Indiana, US for the long-term storage of clinical trial specimens.
MNX sets up in Australia to offer Pacific Rim logistics
MNX has opened a temperature controlled distribution centre in Melbourne, Australia to serve the Pacific Rim region’s pharma industry.
FDA advises on preventing and responding to drug theft
The FDA has issued a letter to stakeholders detailing best practices for preventing and responding to theft of pharma products.
KryoTrans says CROs will benefit from KT1500 container
KryoTrans International claims its developmental KT1500 reusable container for drug shipments will be first passive temperature-controlled unit capable of accepting pallets and a boon for CROs in the globalised trial sector.
Investment in eBizNET to drive its global SaaS expansion
eBizNET has entered into a strategic relationship with CDC Software, which is expected to accelerate the deployment of its SaaS supply chain systems in emerging, high growth markets.
Collaboration to give legal, tech advice on CRO, CMO deals
MLawGroup and WS Partners are collaborating to offer pharma and biotech advisory services, including help in preparing and negotiating agreements with CROs and CMOs.
CRL: China site gets GLP cert; new strain supply service launched
Charles River Laboratories’ (CRL) Shanghai preclinical test facility GLP certified by Belgian authorities under the OECD’s mutual acceptance of data framework.
Streamlining of Indian supply chain needed to cut costs
Rising use of biologics and a tax initiative will drive the streamlining of Indian supply chains, helping companies to deliver drugs at affordable prices, according to PwC.
DPT, NextPharma and Vetter update on sterile production expansions
The drug industry will gain new options for sterile contract development and manufacturing in the near future with DPT Laboratories, NextPharma and Vetter each working on new dedicated units.
Eli Lilly has taken an expansive approach to outsourcing, adding an agreement with Thermo Fisher to its raft of deals, and this strategy is visualised in an interactive timeline from Outsourcing-Pharma.
BioStorage Technologies allies to offer room temperature storage
BioStorage Technologies has allied with Biomatrica to offer clients the option to store biological samples at room temperature, which reduces costs and energy use while maintaining stability.
Pharma “leading the pack” despite shipping law issues
The shipping requirements of drugs means the TSA’s new law poses unique problems to the pharma industry, according to DHL, but experience of tight regulations should help companies achieve compliance.
Bilcare doubles Crickhowell trial supply capacity
Indian CMO Bilcare says need to test new drugs in diverse patient groups drove expansion of its cold chain clinical trial supply packaging and storage facility in Crickhowell, Wales.
Fujifilm launches full-colour, high-res anti-counterfeiting label
Fujifilm has introduced an anti-counterfeiting label, called ForgeGuard, which it claims is the first product with full colour images and text that can be checked using a viewing device.
BioClinica launches software to optimise clinical trial supply
BioClinica Optimizer has launched to allow users to simulate and optimise their clinical trials, providing information to identify potential supply shortages or excesses and study delays.
Small firms turning to US CMOs in downturn; SOCMA
In the economic downturn biotechs have cut back on outsourcing to Asia and opted to use the US instead because they lack the resources to manage overseas relationships, according to a SOCMA representative.
Pharmarama builds in US market
US Pharma firms can benefit from the sourcing, storage and distribution efficiencies offered by comparator drug sourcing and distribution specialist Pharmarama says managing director Rosemary Bensley.
Almac launches STEMS temp monitoring system for trial supplies
Almac Clinical Services says novel temperature monitoring system speeds shipping and cuts quarantine times by allowing authorised personnel to make decisions on trial supplies at clinical sites 24/7.
FDA: drug safety benefits of import inspection system easy to Predict
The US FDA says its new screening system will expedite the importation of genuine drugs and help inspectors focus their efforts on “high risk” products.
BioStorage Technologies "rolls out" mobile biorepository for samples and APIs
BioStorage Technologies has come up with a novel solution to cold-chain transport, launching a mobile biorepository that is capable of transporting samples across the continental US on a single tank of fuel.
NextPharma plans German cold-chain Logistics facility
NextPharma unveiled plans for a new cold chain and logistics unit earlier today to bolster its European distribution operations.
A MEP has questioned the EC’s estimate that 20,000 API producers supply the EU, which was used to justify not having mandatory inspections, and the CEO of Hovione added that the numbers have been “dramatically misunderstood”.
World Courier network meets GxP requirements
World Courier has GxP compliant status for its whole distribution network, covering more than 140 offices in 50 countries, which it believes no other business in the sector has achieved on such a large scale.
Few pharma plants will be sold to CMOs; report
The recent wave of M&A will lead to manufacturing over-capacity at pharma companies but only a small number of these sites will be sold to CMOs, in part because of the facilities’ suboptimal locations, according to a report.
Penn completes phase one of Tredegar plant expansion
Welsh contract services firm Penn Pharmaceuticals has reorganised its transport and delivery infrastructure in the first phase of a £12m (€13.3m) expansion at its facility in Tredegar.
Siro adds trial supply capacity in India
Indian CRO Siro Clinpharma has ramped up clinical trial manufacturing capacity at its facility in Mumbai in response to growing demand from pharma and biotech firms.
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World Courier opens trial depots in Africa & Australia
World Courier has opened investigational drug storage facilities in South Africa and Australia, a move it says is in response to growth in the regions' clinical trials markets.
We look ahead to CPhI 2009 which takes place in Madrid, Spain next week and will showcase the world’s leading ingredients, contract services, machinery and biotech companies.
DHL invests $15m in Asia
DHL is investing $15m (€10.2m) in its logistics infrastructure in Asia, increasing capacity in India to meet demand for supply chain services that are in compliance with stricter regulatory and quality requirements.
Bankrupt Introgen reborn as CMO
Having filed for bankruptcy in December Introgen Therapeutics has sold its assets, including management and technical team, to Vivante, a company that formed last week as a contract manufacturing organisation (CMO).
BioClinica buys Tourtellotte in busy acquisition month
BioClinica is continuing to acquire companies in the wake of the collapse of its etrials bid, buying software and services provider Tourtellotte Solutions just over two weeks after its last takeover.
Quintiles: “something needs to change in the industry”
Quintiles believes there is a “dire need” for trial sites that can raise standards and reduce inefficiencies in the clinical research process and is expanding its Prime Site programme to meet this demand.
CL and Gentris team up on clinical sample logistics
Canadian group Clinical Logistics (CL) and US analysis specialist Gentris have teamed up to develop a dedicated low temperature storage service for clinical cell and DNA samples collected during drug trials.
More biotechs should outsource to emerging markets; report
Biotechs that partner or outsource in emerging markets are better equipped to innovate and prosper, according to research that warns “if you are not in Shanghai, Mumbai, or Dubai, watch out".