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With festivities and holidays galore during the latter part of December we thought it would be a good idea to briefly run through some of the pharma news that came out in the run up to Christmas. more

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In this brief news round-up, we discuss recent news, breakthroughs and updates in the drug delivery sector, including vaping medicinal cannabis and a molecular slingshot. more

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To satisfy his inner geek, our editor Dave Gray takes a dive into the world of web traffic analytics to see which EPM online stories you were reading over the past 12 months. more

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Gerresheimer and Chase Scientific Glass are to sell their joint venture, Kimble Chase to Duran Group, a portfolio company of One Equity Partners. more

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Despite it costing £1.8bn ($2.6bn) to bring a novel drug to market, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly looking towards developing first-in-class treatments to maximise revenue and stay ahead of competition, according to GBI Research more

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The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has called for clinical and genomic data to be easily accessible on a shared ecosystem more

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The Concept Life Sciences Group, offers a range of services to clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, agrochemical, petrochemical, chemical, food, environmental and consumer industries and has launched its services in the US more

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West Pharmaceutical Services has announced the availability of the 1-3mL NovaPure plunger, a component for pre-filled delivery systems more

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The next five years will see more outsourcing, vaccine, biotech development and harmonisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region according to CPhI organisers, UBM EMEA more

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published new data that indicates a strong performance from the pharmaceuticals sector helped UK manufacturing output grow at the fastest pace in nearly four years more

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People that take medicines carrying warnings about sleep disturbances do not sleep any worse as a result of the medication, according to a study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology more

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PCI Pharma Services is installing 3D and high resolution colour camera technology for product inspection and fill control on three of its blister packaging lines at its site in Hay-on-Wye, Wales more

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Cell therapy experts join PCI and TrakCel for free webinar – ‘Successfully Managing the Unique Demands of Cell Therapy Supply Chains’ more

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Pharmacosmos’ initiates first hard endpoint randomised controlled trial looking at the effect of intravenous (IV) iron in chronic heart failure (CHF) more

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Lucideon and Skyepharma sign an exclusive feasibility, development and licence agreement to provide Skyepharma’s oral business with access to Lucideon’s proprietary abuse deterrent controlled release technology, iCRT-deter more

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Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Strains of E. coli resistant to one antibiotic can protect other bacteria growing nearby, according to findings by researchers at MIT more

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F-star and CMC Biologics are collaborating for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) of the FS118 immune-oncology programme, ahead of future clinical studies more

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation (J&J Innovation) and Janssen Research and Development have announced the launch of the World Without Disease QuickFire challenge for disease solutions from across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer sectors more

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Merck, Array BioPharma and Pierre Fabre have initiated a prospective, randomised, global phase three clinical trial for a treatment of BRAF-mutant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) more

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A delegation from the North of England is heading to the BIO International Convention (BIO) in San Francisco this week – the first time the region’s life science sector has worked together to promote its offer on the global stage more

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