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Thermo Fisher buys GSK Irish site

Thermo Fisher Scientific, owner of Patheon, has agreed to acquire a drug substance manufacturing site in Cork, Ireland, from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for about €90 million.

Queen's Awards for four UK-based chemical operations

Four companies with operations in the UK have been honoured in the latest round of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Diamond Dispersions, Sterling Pharma Solutions and Leverton Clarke all won in the International Trade category, Biocatalysts in the Innovation category.

Ten die in Chinese pharma plant accident

Ten workers were killed in an accident at a pharmaceutical intermediates and APIs plant in China’s Shandong province on 15 April, it has emerged. This was the second fatal industrial accident at a chemicals-related plant in China within the space of a month.

Envigo and Covance in asset swap

Envigo’s Research Models Services business is to acquire the Research Products business of LabCorp’s Covance subsidiary, becoming a pure-play research models and services business. As part of the same transaction, Covance is also acquiring Envigo’s non-clinical research services business, expanding its services in that field.

Authorities close China blast park

Repercussions are continuing from the blast at the Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in Xiangshui, China, on 21 March, which killed 78 people and injured over 600 more.

Merck to spend €1 billion more at Darmstadt

The management and joint works council of Merck KGaA have made a comprehensive agreement about the main site in Darmstadt, Germany, with the stated aim of securing its future viability as a central science and technology hub and further expanding it.
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