Catalent lines up for an IPO worth $100M--or much more

Pharma contracting heavyweight Catalent has set plans for an IPO, planning to raise $100 million and trade under "CTLT."

Covance adding 100 jobs in U.K. nutrition expansion

Covance is betting on a boom in the demand for nutritional chemistry and food safety services, planning to cut the ribbon on a 10,000-square-foot lab in the U.K.

UPDATED: Patheon soars in its last year as a public CMO

Contract manufacturer Patheon boosted its revenue by about 137% in the last fiscal year, hauling in more than $1 billion as it prepares to merge with competitor DSM.

AMRI: Burlington 'money pit' is now a springboard

With the FDA's all-clear under its belt, AMRI's once-troubled Burlington, MA, "money pit" is poised to push the Albany, NY, company into new markets, the company's new CEO reportedly told investors at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference last week. The former Teva executive said he's eyeing generics and high-tech drug delivery among potential expansion areas.

Device CRO NAMSA rolls into the U.K. with Medvance buyout

Ohio medical device researcher NAMSA is stretching out its European presence with the acquisition of Medvance, snapping up the U.K.-headquartered CRO with hopes of growing its share of the med tech market.

Harlan targets India with latest animal model expansion

Animal model specialist Harlan Laboratories is moving to expand its share of the Indian research market, planning to open its first breeding facility in the country.

Parexel ups its expectations after a late-year stumble

Last year, Parexel watched its stock price drop after reporting an unexpected decline in net new business, but that was a mere blip and not the beginnings of an alarming trend, the CRO said, boosting its expectations for the next quarter.

BioClinica preps for another merger as CRO consolidation marches on

Another year, another merger for BioClinica as the once-public CRO prepares to combine its operations with CCBR-Synarc, a specialized clinical services outfit.

GoBalto goes global with expansion into U.K. and Singapore

San Francisco clinical trial software outfit goBalto has made its first big international push, opening outposts in Singapore and the U.K.

JSS eyes Canadian dominance with buyout of rival CRO

Montreal's JSS Medical Research has acquired competitor Integrated Research Inc., completing a deal the CRO says makes it the largest Canadian-owned contract researcher.

Pfizer taps risk-sharing researcher Avillion for cancer PhIII

Contract researcher Avillion launched last year with a novel approach to contract drug development, planning to team up with Big Pharmas on late-stage assets and take drugs to the finish line in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. Now the London company has reeled in a big-name partner in Pfizer, signing on to run a Phase III study of the cancer-fighting Bosulif.

CROS NT buys into biometrics with its latest acquisition

Italy's CROS NT has bought out MDSL International, absorbing the U.K. company's expertise in clinical data management, statistics and other biometrics services.

Theorem aligns with BioTelemetry to dial up its cardiac market share

Theorem Clinical Research is looking to up its game in cardiac trials, teaming up with BioTelemetry for access to high-tech core labs and a bigger share of the market.

Quintiles partners up to boost its commercialization business

Global CRO Quintiles has struck up a deal with the Medical Affairs Company, a medical liason contractor, and the two companies plan to pool their powers in drug and device commercialization.

Report: Big or small, CROs need good relationships to thrive

For CROs and their sponsors, secrecy doesn't do anyone any good, a group of experts tells Genetic Engineering News, and building a strong relationship depends on transparency, shared goals and an upfront understanding of what's to be delivered.

India further tightens clinical trial rules as demand plummets

After years of allowing loosely regulated clinical trials that often put patients at risk, the Indian government has taken a 180-degree turn, now further strengthening its rules by mandating that ethics committees must be registered and accredited before a study can begin.

Can Parexel regain some confidence after a major slip?

Analysts have high hopes for the world's largest CROs, which continue to expand their market shares in an ever-consolodating industry, but Massachusetts giant Parexel broke from the pack last quarter with a costly stumble. Now, as the company gears up for another earnings release, investors will be watching closely to see whether CEO Josef von Rickenbach has corrected its course.

DaVita ups its CRO weight with latest partnership

Kidney dialysis mainstay DaVita HealthCare is working to boost the profile of its in-house CRO, recruiting a few experts to expand its early-phase capabilities.

Sanofi stops short of baring it all with clinical trial transparency pledge

Pharma giant Sanofi is jumping on the clinical trial transparency bandwagon, agreeing to share data with researchers public and private, but the French drugmaker's plan stops short of the sweeping initiatives favored by some of its rivals.

Cyprotex bags a U.S. CRO for up to $5.1M

The U.K.'s Cyprotex has picked up competitor CeeTox in a deal worth up to $5.1 million, boosting its offerings in in vitro testing and expanding into cosmetics and personal care.