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Oil slump reverberates in chemicals

9 February 2016 Business

Collapse in crude prices has complex and mixed effects on markets for derivative chemicals

ChemChina offers to buy Syngenta in £43bn takeover

8 February 2016 Business

Directors welcome deal that will allow agrochemicals giant to establish a presence in China

BP to cut 7000 jobs

4 February 2016 Business

UK oil company reduces its workforce to cut costs in response to low oil price and charges from Deepwater Horizon incident

Medical devices consolidation continues

4 February 2016 Business

Abbott to buy Alere for $5.8bn to augment its point-of-care diagnostics business

Seed secrets thief jailed

3 February 2016 Business

Chinese born US citizen pleads guilty to conspiring to steal trade secrets from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto

Merck & Co joins hepatitis C party

1 February 2016 Business

New drug adds new treatment options and increases competition in premium market

J&J to cut 3000 jobs in medical devices unit

27 January 2016 Business

Cost-saving cuts will help ‘accelerate the pace of innovation’, company claims

GSK scientists indicted for trade secret theft

25 January 2016 Business

Two researchers accused of passing research data and manufacturing details to Chinese firm

Fatal blast at US peroxide plant

25 January 2016 Business

One dead and three injured in an equipment explosion at PeroxyChem in Texas

Clinical trial death highlights hazards

25 January 2016 Business

Pain drug trial has left one dead and five hospitalised in France, with little indication as to the cause of the problems

Crispr goes commercial

21 January 2016 Business

Gene editing technique Crispr has shaken up genomics research and the commercial opportunities couldn’t be more evident

Shire bets big on rare diseases

18 January 2016 Business

$32bn Baxalta buyout will deepen Shire’s commitment to developing specialist drugs for small patient populations

ThermoFisher will buy Affymetrix to expand genetic testing

13 January 2016 Business

Deal boosts Thermo’s position in growing genomics field as well as adding antibodies and assay technology

ChemChina buys German machinery maker

13 January 2016 Business

Plastics and rubber equipment manufacturer KraussMaffei Group will retain German headquarters after €1bn deal

Fixing the broken antibiotics business model

13 January 2016 Business

With rising resistance and doomsday warnings, focus is turning to alternative economic models to boost antibiotic R&D

GSK’s ViiV to buy HIV drugs from BMS

11 January 2016 Business

Deal hands over Bristol-Myers Squibb’s entire HIV pipeline as the company looks to quit virology research

Monsanto adds 1000 to job cut tally

11 January 2016 Business

Cost reduction plan brings cuts up to 16% of global workforce by the end of 2018

New vinyl catalyst will reduce mercury emissions

11 January 2016 Business

Johnson Matthey strikes gold as China’s PVC industry looks for cleaner processes

DuPont cuts go deep in Delaware

8 January 2016 Business

Following its merger with Dow, DuPont will terminate 1700 positions in Delaware, US, as part of a cost-cutting drive

Shale feeds US methanol boom

7 January 2016 Business

US will become a net exporter as new plants come online, with extra production absorbed by growth in China

AstraZeneca to buy Acerta for blood cancer drug

24 December 2015 Business

Deal will strengthen AstraZeneca’s immunotherapy offering

FDA finally approves anaesthestic antidote

22 December 2015 Business

Persistence pays off for Merck & Co

Accident and emergency

22 December 2015 Business

2015 was a problematic year in the chemicals industry

Mexico approves world’s first dengue vaccine

21 December 2015 Business

Sanofi's vaccine protects children and adults against the mosquito-borne disease

BioAtla and Pfizer to collaborate on antibody research

21 December 2015 Business

Two-way agreement to share technology and royalties on new cancer drugs