PPD has amped up the biologics capabilities at its Irish manufacturing operation, opening a new lab devoted to the development of large-molecule treatments.
Drug developers commonly deal with a host of CROs as they work their way from preclinical testing to first-in-human trials, a process designed to maximize the strengths of each contractor. But a piecemeal approach to early-stage development can lead to costly delays, according to Covance, which is pitching an all-encompassing offering it claims can seamlessly shuttle molecules from animal studies to Phase II.
Cel-Sci, seeking $50 million from former partner inVentiv Health, will soon get its day in court against the CRO.
U.K. CRO Ergomed, which often shares the risks and rewards of R&D with its clients, grew its revenue by 14% in 2014, and the company hopes to ride a late-year boom into 2015.
In-transition drug developer AMRI has won a 10-year contract with the National Institutes of Health to help develop and manufacture neurological drugs.
The R&D innovators at Evotec have signed a deal to lend their drug discovery muscle to U.K. biotech C4X Discovery, hoping to develop selective drugs that can combat addiction without druggy side effects.
Catalent has signed a collaboration deal with pharma giant Sanofi, lending out its proprietary approach to crafting antibody-guided treatments.
CRO Clinipace, which has pulled the trigger on 5 acquisitions in as many years, raised $50 million in debt and equity to bankroll the next phase of its expansion effort.
Novartis, in the midst of a long-running effort to make clinical trials more efficient, has recruited Qualcomm to help it gather and store patient data from medical devices.
Novella Clinical, owned by Quintiles, struck a deal with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation to join forces on trial services, expanding their existing relationship to create a seamless offering for medical device developers.
Evotec, a risk-sharing R&D collaborator, has extended its relationship with biotech startup Padlock Therapeutics, inking a new deal that will see the pair progress into preclinical development.
X-Chem, a subsidiary of PPD, has signed a deal with Johnson & Johnson to provide its library of molecules to aid in the discovery of new treatments for inflammatory disease.
AMRI, on the mend after a rough quarter, is laying out $60 million to expand its manufacturing footprint, agreeing to buy a couple of outposts from service provider Aptuit.
Chinese CRO giant WuXi PharmaTech is continuing its push into genomic sequencing, paying $65 million for NextCODE Health, a Big Data-focused spinout of the high-profile deCODE.
Fujifilm has completed its acquisition of Kalon Biotherapeutics, a contract manufacturer with a focus on vaccines.
German contract researcher Evotec has paired off with Ohio State to help the school develop an in-house cancer prospect, lending its technology and expertise.
China's WuXi PharmaTech has launched an app to allow clients to order its chemistry services on the go, touting it as an industry first as the CRO works to claim more of the small-molecule services market.
Improprieties at a GVK Biosciences facility in India have led some European countries to pull medicines from shelves, and the resulting fallout is cutting into the CRO's profits.
A malfunctioning thermostat led to the deaths of 13 research primates at a Covance facility, according to authorities, and the CRO could be in line for federal punishment.
PPD has signed a deal with service provider Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories to collaborate in Japan, pooling resources in a joint venture designed to tap the growing market for clinical research there.