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Valeant heads off Endo bid for Salix

25 March 2015 Business

Bid raised to $15.8 billion in cash after rival offer from Irish firm

23andMe jumps into drug R&D

23 March 2015 Business

Gene profiling firm aims to capitalise on its databank of genetic information to discover new drugs

Drug firms warned to be honest with investors

16 March 2015 Business

Official warns of ‘significant consequences’ if companies aren’t forthcoming about their FDA interactions

BASF introduces bio-based polyTHF

13 March 2015 Business

Process uses 1,4-butanediol from microbial digestion of sugar feedstocks to make component of polyester and polyurethane materials

Amgen to axe 300 Onyx employees

13 March 2015 Business

Amgen will close its Onyx facility in South San Francisco in December

Mergers and moves trigger pharma layoffs

11 March 2015 Business

Shire expects to sack 500 or more employees, while Merck and GSK also wield the axe

US approves biosimilar filgrastim

10 March 2015 Business

Sandoz’s version of Amgen’s Neupogen is ‘biosimilar’ but not ‘interchangeable’

AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for pipeline boost

10 March 2015 Business

$21bn deal gives AbbVie a share in sales of blockbuster cancer drug as its own biggest sellers face patent expiry

Mallinckrodt to buy Ikaria to expand in US hospitals

9 March 2015 Business

$2.3bn deal brings nitric oxide ventilator system for newborns with respiratory failure

J&J to sell cardiac devices to wholesaler Cardinal

3 March 2015 Business

Commodity technology no longer fits with company’s focus on growth and innovation

AstraZeneca to spin off anti-infectives research

2 March 2015 Business

Early-stage research will transfer to a new company, while AZ and MedImmune retain late-stage programmes

Asahi Kasei to buy Polypore for battery materials

26 February 2015 Business

$2.2bn deal adds to Japanese consolidation in energy storage

US opens up home DNA screening

25 February 2015 Business

FDA approves single disease genetic test and clears pathway for similar devices

B-MS bolsters immuno-oncology with pair of deals

24 February 2015 Business

Firm will acquire Flexus Biosciences and collaborate with Rigel

Catalytic carbon dioxide convertors

24 February 2015 Business

Company profile: Econic Technologies makes catalysts that build carbon dioxide into performance polymers

Valeant to buy Salix for $14.5bn

23 February 2015 Business

Companies expect $500m in savings through ‘R&D rationalisation’

Europe approves stem cell therapy

23 February 2015 Business

Treatment for burn-damaged eyes uses patient’s own scaffold-grown cells

Hepatitis C drug patent challenged in Europe

19 February 2015 Business

Campaign group says Gilead’s expensive blockbuster sofosbuvir is not innovative enough to warrant a patent

Teva wins generic esomeprazole race

16 February 2015 Business

US approval of heartburn drug after Ranbaxy version was withdrawn by regulators

US approves internal tissue glue

16 February 2015 Business

Urethane-based TissuGlu aids healing after abdominal surgery

Hospira buyout is a shot in the arm for Pfizer’s biosimilars

12 February 2015 Business

$17bn deal, intended to bolster sterile injectable and biologics capabilities, will be financed with existing cash and new debt

Fertilising India's petrochemical industry

12 February 2015 Business

Rajesh Parishwad speaks to H N Ananth Kumar, India's minister for chemicals and fertilisers

Indian chemical investment

12 February 2015 Business

By setting aside regions for joined-up investment plans, India hopes to become a significant player in the global petrochemical market. Rajesh Parishwad investigates

WR Grace to split in half

9 February 2015 Business

Two daughter companies will focus on catalysts and speciality construction chemicals

Tronox to buy FMC’s alkali chemicals

6 February 2015 Business

$1.6bn deal helps Tronox strengthen its inorganics portfolio as FMC shifts towards agrochemicals