A new early-phase contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), Ardena, has launched following the merging of Pharmavize and Crystallics. The two companies came together in 2016 with backing from investor Mentha Capital. The new brand name, Ardena, reveals the increased service offering and complementary capabilities of Pharmavize in Belgium and Crystallics in the Netherlands.
Eurofins Scientific, a world leader in bioanalytical testing, has opened a new pharmaceutical chemistry and microbiology facility in Livingston, Scotland, following a £4 million investment.
Contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) Sterling Pharma Solutions is investing £6m into a new facility at its UK site to strengthen and expand its milling, micronization and solid form capabilities. The 40-acre site in Dudley, North East England, will meet growing demand for pharmaceutical API particle size control technology, as well as expanding Sterling’s laboratory capabilities to provide a full solid form offering including polymorph screening, salt selection and particle engineering and crystallization scale-up.
AkzoNobel has been ranked number one on the influential CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Global Chemical Companies List, which ranks the largest publicly listed chemical companies on business readiness for a low carbon transition. The results are published in the Catalyst for change report, which focuses on a group of 22 companies responsible for a combined total of 276 million metric tons of CO2 emissions a year – which represents a quarter of all annual emissions in the chemicals sector.
Thomas Swan & Co has completed the purchase of the Opelika, Alabama speciality chemicals manufacturing facility formerly owned by Apollo Chemicals, part of Mt Vernon Chemicals group.
Airedale Chemical, a Yorkshire-based chemical specialist, has seen sales of one of its key products soar due to its use in the strengthening manufacturing sector. Airedale Chemical is celebrating a 40% rise in production output this year to date for one of its own-branded chemicals. Airquest, a family of phosphonate-based products, are widely used in elements of many manufacturing processes and the resurgence of the UK manufacturing industry has led to a rise in demand from customers.
The SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex was unveiled in October 2017 – a mile-long private deepwater frontage along the main Savannah River shipping channel, as well as class I rail service on-site and easy access to the Georgia Ports Authority and major interstates like I-95 and I-16. Located on the site of the former Kemira plant in Savannah, GA (USA), SeaPoint is a unique industrial deepwater site for the Southeast US. Greenfield, a brownfield redevelopment company, took over the site after the Tronox bankruptcy in 2009. The 755-acre site will include use of an existing office complex, warehousing, security, rail, deep water terminal operations, by-product steam, logistical services, maintenance services and more.
According to U.S. Water, a federal jury in the Western District of Wisconsin has delivered a unanimous verdict in favour of U.S. Water in its lawsuit against Novozymes A/S and Novozymes North America, Inc.The jury found that Novozymes’s sale of Phytaflow to its customers caused infringement of the U.S. Water patents asserted in that case, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,415,137 and 8,609,399, relating to U.S. Water’s pHytOUT deposit control technology and that these patents are valid.The jury awarded U.S. Water $7.58 million dollars in past damages for the infringement.
The 2017 CPhI Pharma Award winner by category:
SABIC will highlight new predictive engineering capabilities of its Water Management Centre of Excellence, and compelling new data on anti-biofouling performance, at Aquatec Amsterdam 2017.