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ChromaTan to develop continuous purification tech with $2.5m US FDA grant

20-Sep-2017 - ChromaTan will develop an integrated and continuous downstream purification platform through provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act to support manufacturing initiatives.

EU distribution: BioCat on board the Vmax Express

20-Sep-2017 - SGI-DNA has selected BioCat to distribute its protein expression platform Vmax Express, which it says is more rapid than traditional expression systems.

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US FDA stem cell enforcement challenged by state legislation

20-Sep-2017 - State legislation allowing unapproved stem cell treatments could undermine efforts by the US FDA to clampdown on unregistered clinics.

Fire ant venom to combat thick skin

19-Sep-2017 - Researchers say compounds from fire ant venom could be used to develop psoriasis treatments which limit skin-thickening side effects.

Brammer ups early phase manufacturing capacity

19-Sep-2017 - Brammer Bio has doubled its early phase manufacturing capacity at its Alachua, Florida-based site.

Catalent to buy Cook Pharmica for $950m in cash

19-Sep-2017 - Catalent Inc has announced it will buy Cook Pharmica for $950m (€792m) in cash to boost its high tech drug production business.

Bayer takes a shine to Berkeley Light's Beacon biologics workflow tech

19-Sep-2017 - Bayer has signed a deal to use Berkeley Lights’ automated biological workflow platform for cell line development and antibody discovery.

Samsung Bioepis will use CMOs to make Ontruzant if it is approved

19-Sep-2017 - Samsung Bioepis will use contractors to make its candidate Herceptin biosimilar Ontruzant if it goes on to be approved in Europe.

Synpromics expansion to support growing gene control business

19-Sep-2017 - Moving to a larger facility will help Scottish firm Synpromics Ltd increase its gene control and cell line services presence, the firm says.

Remicade biosimilar: J&J’s ‘fear and loathing’ subdued as Pfizer slugs it out

15-Sep-2017 - Fears of Remicade competition have not manifested in significant growth declines for Johnson & Johnson, but Pfizer says US payers and physicians are slowly getting comfortable with biosimilars.

US FDA approves Amgen and Allergan's Avastin biosimilar

15-Sep-2017 - US regulators have approved Amgen Inc’s Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), a biosimilar version of Roche’s monoclonal antibody (mAb) cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab). 

Kaneka Eurogentec to build biodrug production plant in Belgium

14-Sep-2017 - Kaneka Eurogentec has announced plans to build a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Seraing, Belgium.

Momenta: WuXi single-use capacity expansion to support changing biosimilar demand

14-Sep-2017 - Momenta says flexibility built into its contract with WuXi Biologics will offset fluctuations in demand for global biosimilars.

Microtissue magic: 3D-printed tech for cell culture production 'degrades on demand'

14-Sep-2017 - Researchers at Brown University have developed a 3D printing technique which they say could be used to make cell cultures for biopharmaceutical production.

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Alexion to close Rhode Island Soliris plant and cut jobs

13-Sep-2017 - Alexion will close its Rhode Island manufacturing facility as part of a cost cutting plan that will also see it reduce its workforce by 20% over the next year.

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies opens new UK lab

13-Sep-2017 - Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies has opened a $9m process development laboratory in Teeside, UK.

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Biocon says Malaysia insulin plant passed HPRA inspection

12-Sep-2017 - Biocon says its insulin plant in Malaysia has been awarded a European GMP certificate after an inspection by Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).

Expression yourself: Win an iPad in our bioprocessing survey

12-Sep-2017 - Is plastic fantastic? Is stainless still à la mode*? Do Chinese hamsters continue to tow the cell line? Biopharma-Reporter wants your opinions for its second annual biomanufacturing survey.

Merck boosts cancer pipeline in €464m deal

08-Sep-2017 - Merck & Co has announced it will acquire immunotherapy-focused Rigontec and lead candidate RGT100, designed to treat patients with solid tumours and lymphoma.

CGT Catapult teams with TrakCel for cell and gene therapy tracking

08-Sep-2017 - Firms that make therapies at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult facility in Stevenage, UK will track their products using tech provided by TrakCel.

Lilly preserves biomanfacturing network amid $500m cost-saving restructure

08-Sep-2017 - Eli Lilly has announced a restructuring plan which will cut around 3,500 jobs but biomanufacturing will remain largely unaffected.

Celltrion confident in quality of biosimilar supply despite US FDA 483

07-Sep-2017 - Celltrion Inc has received a FDA Form 483 with 12 observations but remains confident no exported biosimilar products have any quality issues.

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Spain OKs TiGenix's bigger cell therapy plant as firm preps for Cx601

06-Sep-2017 - Spain has licensed TiGenix NV's expanded Madrid plant paving the way for a potential European launch of Cx601, its cell therapy for the Crohn's disease complications.

GE launches cell therapy thawing tech

06-Sep-2017 - GE Healthcare has launched a thawing technology for cell therapies it says removes the risks and inconsistencies of standard water baths.

Roche to up Russian Gazyva supply through local fill/finish deal

06-Sep-2017 - Local manufacturer Pharmstandard will make the finished dosage form of Roche’s monoclonal antibody Gazyva (obinutuzumab) at its site in Ufa.

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