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Catalent bets on armed antibodies with Redwood buyout

In its first acquisition since going public over the summer, Catalent has bought up longtime partner Redwood Bioscience, bringing in proprietary technology for developing antibody-drug conjugates.

WuXi snags a stateside CRO to beef up its early-stage services

Chinese CRO WuXi PharmaTech has bought out XenoBiotic Laboratories, a U.S. contractor focused on early-phase research, expanding its North American presence and broadening its lab-based business.

Parexel buys a U.K. tech outfit to expand its eClinical biz

Parexel International has bought up the U.K.'s ClinIntel, a supply chain software outfit that should fit right in with the CRO's growing technology business.

AstraZeneca moves away from outsourcing, at least in IT

AstraZeneca is looking to bring more of its IT work in-house, spending money to stand up an Indian hub that will replace much of its contract spend in the field.

Post-IPO Ergomed keeps rolling with its risk-sharing partnerships

U.K. drug development outfit Ergomed has come out the other end of its London IPO, touting a range of R&D partnerships that give it a chance to share the rewards of its clients' work.

Catalent partners up with Cingulate on two ADHD drugs

The recently IPO'd Catalent has signed a deal with biotech Cingulate Therapeutics to help develop a duo of candidates for ADHD, tapping its expertise in crafting controlled-release tablets.

Evotec lends its R&D might to the multiple sclerosis cause

Germany's Evotec has joined a trio of research projects focused on multiple sclerosis, contributing its developmental know-how to some early-stage R&D.

GVK accused of tampering with data in Indian clinical trials

Indian CRO GVK Biosciences is working to get back in the good graces of European regulators after inspectors found evidence that its employees doctored clinical trial results.

PPD bets on drug discovery with X-Chem deal

PPD is buying up the entirety of X-Chem, which operates as a biotech within a CRO, marking a vote of confidence in the continued demand for drug discovery services.

TransCelerate dishes on risk-based monitoring

TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit founded by the world's biggest drugmakers to make R&D more efficient, is encouraging developers to adopt risk-based monitoring for clinical trials, disclosing its thinking in two research papers.

CRO FlowMetric gets into diagnostics with new spinout

Pennsylvania CRO FlowMetric is zeroing in on companion diagnostics, launching a new company to put its platform technology to use in developing tests.

Survey says: Big CROs are only getting bigger

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations, which represents the world's largest CROs, polled its membership and found that the industry's biggest players have seen their revenues and payrolls skyrocket over the past decade, claiming an increasingly large share of global R&D spends.

Packaging outfit PCI buys trial supplier Biotec

PCI, a contract pharma packaging company, has snapped up clinical trial supply operation Biotec, expanding its footprint across all phases of drug development.

Covance borrows Fresenius' data to improve kidney treatments

Covance is teaming up with Frenova Renal Research, an arm of dialysis magnate Fresenius Medical Care, tapping the organization's expansive database to spotlight the most effective treatments for patients with kidney ailments.

Evotec takes up legal arms after Andromeda fallout

Risk-sharing researcher Evotec wants what it's due, mounting a legal challenge to reclaim some outstanding royalties after a biotech buyout scandal left it high and dry.

Recruitment specialist Trialbee snags a deal with AstraZeneca

Trialbee, a Swedish patient-recruitment outfit, has added AstraZeneca to its client roster, bringing its direct-to-patient technology to the U.K. drugmaker.

Quintiles homes in on small biotechs with new service offering

Quintiles, the world's largest CRO, is dialing up its focus on nascent drugmakers, launching a biotech-focused service offering designed to meet the particular needs of the industry's seedlings without losing them in the Big Pharma shuffle.

Evotec signs a Huntington's deal as diabetes project falls through

Risk-sharing researcher Evotec took a blow last week when partner Hyperion Therapeutics pulled the plug on a diabetes trial, but the German company is keeping things moving, expanding an agreement that will put it to work on treatments for Huntington's disease.

Icon and Medidata unite to give patients a louder voice in clinical trials

CRO magnate Icon and and eClinical outfit Medidata are pooling their resources to offer a combined platform for patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials, touting their technology as faster and more effective in surveying participants.

SRI teams up with Japan's Nobelpharma on gynecology drug

Nonprofit researcher SRI International has struck a deal with Japanese drugmaker Nobelpharma to collaborate on a new treatment for the painful gynecological disease endometriosis.