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BI breaks ground on Solids Launch facility

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) has started the construction of a new production facility for innovative drugs. The new Solids Launch facility will focus on development activities for drugs in tablet form and manufacture them for worldwide market launches. 

The research-driven pharmaceutical company is investing €85 million (US$99.3 million) in Ingelheim, focusing on modern and flexible production.

Pfizer reorganises

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is reorganising its company into three businesses to help the company “achieve its growth potential”. 

A science-based Innovative Medicines business will now include biosimilars and a new hospital business unit for anti-infectives and sterile injectables. These units possess significant therapeutic area expertise in the medical, commercial and patient experience domains and will provide a strong commercialisation platform for these medicines. 

Takeda and Shire settle on US$62 billion deal

After months of discussions, Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Company has reached an agreement to acquire Shire for US$62 billion (see SCM, May, p.20). The acquisition is expected to create a global, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan and better position Takeda to deliver highly-innovative medicines and transformative care globally. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

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