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GSK to ship malaria vaccine for African pilot programme

28-Apr-2017 - GSK says maintaining an unbroken cold chain will be critical as it prepares to rollout malaria vaccine pilot programme. 

Filtration is a ‘high value process at a marginal cost,’ says Danaher

25-Apr-2017 - Danaher reported mid-single-digit growth from its bioprocessing subsidiary Pall Life Science and expects a continued trajectory to support Biopharma’s filtration needs.

MilliporeSigma launches M-pleat pattern single-use filters

14-Apr-2017 - MilliporeSigma has launched a range of high area cartridges and single use capsules it says gives biomanufacturers greater efficiency in the filtration step.

GE aiming to be cell therapy production services one-stop-shop

12-Apr-2017 - GE Healthcare has acquired cryopreservation technology firm Asymptote and says more investments are likely as it builds an “end-to-end ecosystem” for cellular therapy production services.

Automation acquisitions 'capture the future of streamline production,' expert

12-Apr-2017 - There is a growing trend among vendors to integrate automation technologies into their offerings says a bioprocessing expert, as GE Healthcare invests in its partner Zenith.

Sumitomo Dainippon buys cell therapy processing tech from Hitachi

10-Apr-2017 - Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd has ordered cell culture technologies from Hitachi as part of its effort to develop a treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Selling cell thawing: Medcision launches early adopter scheme to push tech

07-Apr-2017 - Medcision has started pushing its cell therapy thawing technology through an early adopter scheme designed to encourage adoption by firms with candidates in trials.

News in brief

Permira to buy Lyophilization Services of New England

28-Mar-2017 - Private equity fund Permira has announced its intention to buy freeze drying firm Lyophilization Services of New England Inc (LSNE) 

Lilly: Tax reforms would release $150m to further support US manufacturing

27-Mar-2017 - Eli Lilly will invest $850m in its US operations this year but warns the country’s antiquated tax system leaves the firm at a competitive disadvantage.

Roquette aims to up its biologic reagent presence

17-Mar-2017 - Roquette says investments in packaging, documentation and testing requirements have helped the firm move into the biologics excipient and reagent space.

Patheon: Biologics seeds to bloom in 2018 as products shift to commercial

17-Mar-2017 - Patheon says it expects to see a surge in biologics revenue in 2018 as products shift from development stage to commercial.

GE Healthcare installs purification tech at FujiFilm Diosynth site

15-Mar-2017 - GE Healthcare has completed another tech installation at FujiFilm Diosynth’s biopharmaceuticals facility in Billingham, UK, integrating a single-use purification system with bioreactors it provided in 2014.

Repligen to up column production on back of ‘milestone year for chromatography’

08-Mar-2017 - Repligen will boast seven packing suites for its range of OPUS chromatography columns by the end of the month, up from two this time last year.

Biocon's second fill/finish line at Bangalore site to come online later this year

Mylan and Biocon Neulasta biosimilar to go under US FDA scrutiny

17-Feb-2017 - Biocon’s biomanufacturing facilities in India will need a “meaningful capacity expansion” to cope with long-term global biosimilar demand, the firm says.

Sanofi awaits FDA inspection of fill/finish plant before Q1 Kevzara resubmission

09-Feb-2017 - Sanofi intends to resubmit its licensing application for Kevzara within the next few weeks following subject to a US FDA re-inspection of a French fill/finish plant.

German affinity chromatography tech firm changes hands, changes name

08-Feb-2017 - German private equity firm UV-Cap GmbH has bought Scil Proteins and renamed the affinity chromatography tech company Navigo Proteins.

Saudi CDMO’s fill/finish plant to offer Big Biopharma access to local benefits

01-Feb-2017 - Saudi Biotech Manufacturing has selected Swedish engineering firm KeyPlants to design and build a fill/finish plant for biological APIs.

Sandoz awaiting facility inspections before filing Humira biosimilar in US

27-Jan-2017 - Capacity upgrades and US FDA discussions delayed the filing of Sandoz’ Humira biosimilar, the company has confirmed.

Amatsigroup buys French Pyrofree manufacturing specialist Disposable-Lab

23-Jan-2017 - Amatsigroup has acquired single-use processing equipment and packaging tech firm Disposable-Lab SAS as part of a plan to increase its revenue to €50m this year.

Cell preservation prosperity: BioLife and Cryoport up on personalised meds

20-Jan-2017 - With increased interest in cell and gene therapies, BioLife Solutons has reported a 28% year-on-year growth in sales of biopreservation media, while Cryoport has struck another logistics deal.

UPDATED: UCART19

Servier universal CAR-T therapy outsourced to Belgian CDMO

18-Jan-2017 - Servier has recruited CDMO MaSTherCell SA to manufacture its universal CAR-T candidate UCART19, licensed from the biotech Cellectis as an off-the-shelf cell therapy for leukemia.

GEA and Siemens team on continuous processing tech

17-Jan-2017 - Siemens and GEA have developed a continuous manufacturing platform for pharmaceuticals that integrates the former’s quality control software.

Strategic partnership forms single-source solution for biopharma

10-Jan-2017 - CSSi LifeSciences and BioMARC have announced a strategic partnership to provide 'fully cohesive product development and support' for vaccine and biologic development. 

COLD CHAIN

Cryoport to deliver Gradalis autologus immuno-oncology therapies across US

05-Jan-2017 - Cryoport’s network of cold chain logistics will support the delivery of Gradalis Inc’s autologous cell therapy to various cancer trial sites across the US.

Prokarium and Probiomed team to scale-up thermostable oral vaccine

04-Jan-2017 - The project funded by the UK and Mexican governments will look to prove the scalability of Prokarium’s oral vaccine platform, the firm says.

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