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Roche chases bolt-on acquisitions as it pushes into genomics

28 January 2015 Business

Company’s recent shopping spree aims to harness genome sequencing to advance personalised treatments

Shire deepens rare disease focus with NPS buyout

26 January 2015 Business

Approval of parathyroid hormone drug further validates acquisition decision

UK calls for fracking restrictions

26 January 2015 Business

Environment committee wants to protect national parks and tighten regulation

US methane emissions reduction effort generates sparks

22 January 2015 Business

White House targets oil and gas sector but gets a chilly reception from Republican lawmakers and industry

MFG Chemical fined after worker dies

16 January 2015 Business

Company cited for multiple safety failings before the fatal incident

Ansun settles fraud case for $2m

13 January 2015 Business

Executives fiddled timesheets to overcharge US funding agency on grants and research contracts

Biogen Idec to buy Convergence for pain pipeline

12 January 2015 Business

UK firm will remain intact as a ‘centre of excellence’ in pain R&D for Biogen

Booms and bust-ups

9 January 2015 Business

Chemicals industry roundup 2014

US poised to approve its first ‘biosimilar’ drug

9 January 2015 Business

FDA panel recommends Sandoz’s copy of Amgen’s Neupogen

Revlon’s former chief scientist claims he was fired over safety whistleblowing

7 January 2015 Business

Ex-employee sues firm alleging job loss was the result of raising safety concerns that the company’s chief executive didn't want to hear

Riding new waves

6 January 2015 Business

Pharmaceutical industry roundup of 2014

EU recommends Parkinson’s drug for approval

24 December 2014 Business

First new molecule for a decade, but Alzheimer’s still posing challenges as antibody treatment withdrawn from trials

EU chemicals regulator scolded over animal testing

24 December 2014 Business

Ombudsman says ECHA isn’t doing enough to require alternative, non-animal methods

Consumer products firms fined for French price fixing

23 December 2014 Business

€950m fines for ‘friends clubs’ that pushed up prices for home and personal care products

Freedom Industries’ president arrested for fraud

11 December 2014 Business

Executive whose company leaked MCHM into West Virginian water supplies is charged with lying to deflect blame

Merck to buy antibiotics specialist Cubist

11 December 2014 Business

Pharma giant remains committed to $9.5bn deal despite key Cubist patents being invalidated by court ruling

Big pharma opens up abandoned drugs

10 December 2014 Business

Seven firms will make 68 stalled compounds available for academic research

Saint-Gobain surprises Sika with buyout bid

10 December 2014 Business

Company is buying out family-owned controlling stake, but Sika claims the deal will create a conflict of interest

Solving iron’s solubility problem

10 December 2014 Business

Technology profile: MRC Human Nutrition Research - anaemia supplements with fewer side effects

Huntsman looks to cut jobs and titania capacity

8 December 2014 Business

900 employees face axe as firm evaluates titanium dioxide options

GSK cuts US jobs in push for savings

5 December 2014 Business

Research Triangle Park site bears the brunt as drugmaker consolidates research in Philadelphia and Stevenage, UK

Otsuka to buy neurology specialist Avanir

4 December 2014 Business

$3.5bn deal adds to Otsuka’s mental health portfolio and strengthens its US presence

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sells drug royalty rights for $3.3bn

4 December 2014 Business

‘Venture philanthropy’ model pays off with massive cash injection for charity

DuPont quantifies scale of deadly chemical leak

3 December 2014 Business

10.4 tonnes of methyl mercaptan were released in La Porte, US

Syngenta to cut or relocate 1800 jobs in 2015

26 November 2014 Business

Global reorganisation plan will involve ‘consolidation’ of R&D facilities