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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

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

UCB sells speciality generics subsidiary

26 November 2014 Business

Firm will use $1.5bn proceeds to reduce debt and concentrate on developing new drugs in neurology and immunology

Actavis rescues Allergan with $66 billion deal

24 November 2014 Business

Deal ends takeover fight with Valeant – but Actavis must still be ‘fairly ruthless’ to justify the high price

Ranbaxy sues over withdrawn US approvals

21 November 2014 Business

Company says decision is ‘unconstitutional’ and deprives it of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue

Methyl mercaptan leak kills four workers

20 November 2014 Business

Cause of accident at US DuPont plant is still under investigation

Russian sanctions hurt chemical industry

13 November 2014 Business

Equipment imports and modernisation hampered by extra administrative burden

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

Ineos bets big on shale

27 October 2014 Business

UK profit-sharing plan and transatlantic ethane shipping contracts show company’s commitment to a fracking future