Gelest has introduced a unique range of dual-function poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) reagents that enable new approaches to PEGylation for bioconjugates, reduction of surface biofouling and formation of polymerizeable vesicles for drug transport.
Piramal Pharma Solutions, a leading Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), has announced investments of $55 million across its sites in North America & Asia, to expand its API manufacturing capabilities and capacities. A part of this investment will go into new state-of-the-art, multi-purpose plants, with over 270kL of total capacity, to support the current pipeline of approximately 80 late stage programs that PPS is currently assisting its partners with at various global sites. Piramal will also expand its potency footprint (new Occupational Exposure Limit: ≥10 ng/m3) at its plant in Riverview, Michigan, while augmenting early development capabilities out of Ennore, India through additions of GMP kilo labs and a pilot plant. To serve its European biotech customers better, Piramal will add early development capabilities in both drug substance and drug product out of its Morpeth, UK facility. Support functions such as Analytical capabilities, R&D infrastructure, automation, and IT systems will also be expanded at all API sites through this investment.
A new report suggests many chemical companies are struggling to move away from highly-polluting upstream services; AkzoNobel, Johnson Matthey and DSM are highlighted as ‘best performing’ on climate-related metrics.
Brenntag has strengthened chemical distribution in South Africa with the official formation of Brenntag South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Brenntag, a global market leader in chemical distribution, has officially founded Brenntag South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Following the merger of the separate operating entities Lionheart, Plastichem, Multilube and Warren Chem Specialities, Brenntag South Africa was officially launched on 1st October 2017. The business includes chemical distribution and services in Life Science (food, nutrition, pharma and personal care), Material Science (plastics, rubbers, polymers and lubricants) as well as Industrial Sales and Services.
BASF is presenting its updated polyurethane (PU) systems and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) portfolio for work and safety shoes at the A&A 2017, the international trade fair for occupational health and safety in Düsseldorf.
A global charity partnership announced between CPhI Worldwide and International Medical Corps UK will help raise funds, awareness and engagement from the pharma community for the charity’s lifesaving work in crises across the globe. CPhI Worldwide, organized by UBM, has announced a new dedicated charity partnership with International Medical Corps UK. The collaboration will see UBM extensively promote International Medical Corps across the global pharma community, with a range of fundraising and customized sponsorship packages.
A new, high performance binder for lamination inks from SONGWON helps to enhance print quality on packaging film and optimize productivity. The flexible packaging industry is growing in complexity: as the variety of substrates widens and they become increasingly sophisticated, printing inks need to meet numerous, ever more demanding requirements. Inks for laminations must withstand the lamination process and deliver the bond strength necessary for the respective application. They must also allow high speed printing and ensure excellent graphic quality. Binders are a crucial component of lamination printing inks. HI-THANE A-890K from SONGWON is an aliphatic, solvent based polyurethane ink binder for use in the manufacture of gravure printing inks for a variety of laminates. This new binder is distinguished by its exceptionally high lamination bonding strength on various plastic films, especially PET, nylon and OPP. Its outstanding heat resistance makes it suitable for use in both retortable and non-retortable flexible packaging laminates. With its very high re-solubility, HI-THANE A-890K counteracts scale formation in gravure printing cells, improving print quality and reducing machine maintenance. Thanks to its low viscosity, this versatile binder helps to boost the color strength of inks, promoting top quality printing results. HI-THANE A-890K is suitable for use in pigment grinding to help achieve the required rheological properties and the smaller particle sizes that increase the colour strength of prints. It can be used on its own or together with other binders, such as vinyl chloride vinyl acetate and polyvinyl butyral copolymers. SONGWON will be giving a technical paper at the NPIRI Fall Technical Conference 2017, the venue for technical training, information exchange and professional networking in the graphic arts disciplines. The Conference takes place from 10-12 October at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. For more information, visit www.songwon.com.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 to Jacques Dubochet (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Joachim Frank (Columbia University, New York, USA) and Richard Henderson (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK) for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.
ADC Biotechnology (ADC Bio) has secured investment for the construction of an $11 million bioconjugation facility at its new site in Deeside, North Wales, UK.
Cambrex Corporation, a leading manufacturer of small molecule innovator and generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), has completed the installation of new, large scale manufacturing capacity at its cGMP facility in Karlskoga, Sweden and has also undertaken a multi-year construction project to increase the site’s waste water processing capabilities. The expansion of the site’s manufacturing capabilities included the installation of various multi-purpose reactors, ranging from 4m³ to 12m³ in size, in addition to a 9m³ hydrogenation reactor.