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Takeover battle pushes Allergan to cut R&D jobs

28 July 2014 Business

Besieged by serially acquisitive Valeant, the Botox maker will lay off 1500 staff to propel earnings growth

Bubble wrap could send lab costs packing

23 July 2014 Research

Potential bubbles up across wide range of uses as storage and test vessels, especially for poor countries

Linguistic statistics enable synthetic prophetics

17 July 2014 Research

A metric more commonly used by search engines to analyse language can now power organic chemistry retrosyntheses

Alloy primed for phase change from CD to TV

9 July 2014 Research

Uniting optical and electronic properties could bring compact disc material into smart contact lenses

Molecular sieve membranes look to greener separations

4 July 2014 Research

Coating micron-scale fibres’ inner surfaces with a MOF membrane could slash propylene production energy consumption

EMA wrangles restrain trial data progress

3 July 2014 Business

Attempts to balance industry and research interests on transparency draw suggestions of improper collusion

Beyond wonder

26 June 2014  Premium contentFeature

Five artists show Andy Extance why science and art need not be mutually exclusive

Nickel allergy case highlights nanoparticle unknowns

20 June 2014 News and Analysis

Chemist's metal hypersensitivity after weighing powder on open bench underlines safety needs

Pharma vies to unleash immune system power on cancer

12 June 2014 Business

Immuno-oncological drugs look set to earn billions and significantly lengthen patients’ lives

Cluster structure promises acid advance

30 May 2014 Research

After a 40-year wait, new information on how water clusters around protons stands to benefit our understanding of acids.

Reaching out

22 May 2014  Premium contentFeature

Andy Extance surveys how pharma uses outsourcing in a variety of different ways

Mechanism study seeks to clear ‘crystalline flask’ cloud

20 May 2014 Research

Could x-ray crystallography tracking of palladium-mediated aromatic bromination herald a flood of similar research?

Pfizer presses hard for AstraZeneca deal

14 May 2014 Business

Executives face down international controversy over tax schemes and previous post-merger record

Bayer wins race to buy Merck & Co consumer care

9 May 2014 Business

$14bn deal will make Aspirin inventor the number two over-the-counter healthcare company

WHO raises alarm on deadly bacteria

6 May 2014 News and Analysis

Agency urges rapid action to avoid ‘post-antibiotic era’

MIT makes mega-investment in new nano lab

2 May 2014 News and Analysis

Multidisciplinary approach of $350 million MIT.nano will foster innovation and support investment in ‘state-of-the-art’ tools

$25bn-plus trade sharpens pharma giants’ focus

25 April 2014 Business

Novartis’ asset swaps with GSK and Eli Lilly are the latest steps in an ongoing streamlining process

Nanotubes zip into bundle of solar energy

14 April 2014 Research

Closely packing photoisomerisable groups together boosts energy storage density of versatile solar thermal fuels

Missing safety risk emails draw $9bn Actos fine

11 April 2014 Business

Judge finds absence of Takeda documentation in bladder cancer case ‘disturbing’

Sun set on Ranbaxy rescue

9 April 2014 Business

Acquiring beleaguered firm will create India’s biggest pharmaceutical company

Rotaxanes make symmetry history

5 March 2014 Research

Synthesis and separation of mechanically chiral rotaxanes after more than 40 years is ‘a major breakthrough’

Molecular motors aim to pass water

24 February 2014 Research

Compounds that shift shape of droplets resting on them are a key step towards light-driven water motion

Cheap polymers twist into superhuman muscles

20 February 2014 Research

Do try this at home, urge researchers who have given nylon and polyethylene thread a similar power-to-weight ratio to a jet engine

Plants bear palladium catalyst fruit

5 February 2014 Research

Thale cress could turn mine waste into nanoparticles that deliver high Suzuki coupling yields

J&J puts trial data in independent hands

4 February 2014 Business

Yale University’s YODA seeks to help pharma avoid the dark side by acting as gatekeeper for patient records