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Labcorp to buy Covance and enter contract research

12 November 2014 Business

Firm wants to diversify away from diagnostics, but law firm investigation suggests investors are unconvinced of the deal's value

Lanxess to cut 1000 jobs over two years

11 November 2014 Business

Agrium also cutting 500 positions and divesting underperforming business segments

Perrigo to buy Omega Pharma for €3.6bn

11 November 2014 Business

Deal strengthens Perrigo’s over-the-counter portfolio and pushes strongly into Europe

Chinese buyer resurrects US Boehringer plant

3 November 2014 Business

UniTao will take over manufacturing site scheduled for closure, saving over 200 jobs

Platform to expand in agrochemicals by buying Arysta

29 October 2014 Business

Business will be integrated with previous acquisitions for a broad crop protection portfolio

EU warns DuPont and Honeywell over green refrigerants

29 October 2014 Business

Commission thinks cooperation may have been anti-competitive

Judge slashes fines in drug safety case

29 October 2014 Business

Takeda and Eli Lilly’s $9 billion damages in diabetes trial reduced to $38 million

CHF3bn redevelopment for Roche’s Basel site

29 October 2014 Business

New buildings will move employees out of rented office space

Amgen stacks up additional job cuts

28 October 2014 Business

Up to 1100 more staff face redundancy in ongoing restructuring plan

AbbVie backs out of Shire deal

17 October 2014 Business

Treasury rule changes make inversion ‘too uncertain’ and remove financial benefits

Endo outbids QLT for Auxilium merger

10 October 2014 Business

Biotech backs out of Canadian deal in favour of increased $2.6bn bid from Endo

EMA finalises trial transparency rules

8 October 2014 Business

Researcher access reinstated, but company redaction rights may cause issues

Actavis boosts antibiotics with Durata buyout

8 October 2014 Business

$820 million deal gives Actavis control of newly-approved intravenous antibiotic

Becton Dickinson to buy CareFusion for $12bn

7 October 2014 Business

Medical devices merger continues consolidation trend

J&J to buy antiviral specialist Alios

1 October 2014 Business

$1.75 billion deal brings Phase II compounds for hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus

Dow’s $1bn price-fixing fine upheld

1 October 2014 Business

Firm loses its appeal against damages for fixing polyurethane prices

Lumara splits and sells to AMAG and Perrigo

30 September 2014 Business

Lumara has just emerged from bankruptcy and brings a drug for suppressing pre-term birth, plus other women’s health products

Mitsubishi to buy Japanese gases specialist

30 September 2014 Business

Taiyo Nippon Sanso acquisition continues consolidation in Japan’s chemical industry

India backs off drug pricing controls

25 September 2014 Business

Current price caps will stand, but rules on how new caps can be imposed are being tightened

Review says cheaper drug is safe for eye disease

24 September 2014 Business

Cochrane collaboration says side effects of expensive Lucentis and off-label Avastin are similar

Gilead licenses generic hepatitis C drug in India

23 September 2014 Business

Company aims to head off competition and grab a slice of royalties

Freeing a world of fixers

16 September 2014 Business

Company profile: Sugru mouldable silicone rubber lets you mend what’s broken and hack stuff better

Halliburton settles Deepwater Horizon claims

3 September 2014 Business

Company will pay $1.1bn for damage to property and commercial fishing

Novo Nordisk quits inflammation R&D and cuts jobs

3 September 2014 Business

Firm will return to primary focus on diabetes and obesity

Exelexis slashes workforce by 70%

2 September 2014 Business

Poor clinical trial performance pushes company into cost-cutting drive