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German pharma raw materials supplier makes major facilities investment

Caesar & Loretz is modernising production and warehousing facilities as well as its HQ in Hilden, Germany

Design and Build | Ingredients | Europe

Merck announces application period for start-ups

At least three selected start-ups will receive strategic and operational advice, as well as financial support of €25,000 in the form of a silent participation

Europe | R and D | Finance

Validation of cartridge filters and filtration processes

Sterile product filter manufacturers will usually supply a validation guide. However, different fluids can influence the extractables and filtration efficacy compared with standardised tests. Mozamal Nazir, Senior Scientist, Porvair Filtration, explains the need for a simulated filtration process

Regulatory | Measurement and Analysis | Manufacturing and Equipment

New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

A pH-responsive polymer gel could create swallowable devices, including capsules for ultra-long drug delivery

Drug Delivery | R and D | Therapeutic Sector | Gastrointestinal

Medimmune partners with the University of Sheffield to innovate cell factory technology

Partnership will create tools that could increase the yield and predictability of engineered proteins such as bispecific antibodies to treat a range of diseases

Europe | R and D | Biotechnology

Mix and match: milling options for inhalation products

To ensure proper delivery, inhalation products require APIs and carriers to be sized precisely and mixed carefully. Hosokawa Micron reviews the mixing and size reduction technologies available

Manufacturing and Equipment

Type 2 diabetes mellitus treatment market value will reach US$39bn by 2021

Several recently approved and pipeline treatments offer improvements in dosing frequency and administration methods, says GBI Research

Therapeutic Sector

Regulators rethink how best to oversee quality issues

Patient safety demands strict quality controls for drug manufacturers, but increasing drug shortages have led to new initiatives by the regulatory authorities that aim to streamline the oversight of new drugs, production processes and facility inspections

Packaging | Europe | North America | Regulatory | Asia

The inside view on quality issues

Non-destructive methods of product inspection can be valuable tools for investigating quality issues. Rene P Friedrichs and David M Wright, Reading Scientific Services, offer an inside view on pharmaceuticals and drug delivery devices using X-ray microtomography

Packaging | Imaging Analysis | Measurement and Analysis

Atlantic Zeiser offers system for printing serial numbers on flat cartons

Digiline Single 450 Pharma complies with current and forthcoming serialisation regulations

Packaging | Europe

Consistency – the key to quality and compliance

Sharon Johnson, Senior VP, Quality, Product Development & Regulatory Affairs at Catalent, looks at how the newly created US FDA Office of Pharmaceutical Quality aims to prevent quality issues – and therefore drug shortages – arising by establishing a uniform global programme for drug quality

North America | Regulatory