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Three new apprenticeship schemes seek to plug skills gap

    Three new apprenticeship schemes seek to plug skills gap

Three new apprenticeship schemes have been introduced in the medtech sector as part of Government attempts to plug the skills gap in the domestic manufacturing industry. Irish Medtech Association and

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Cambrex announces investment and expansion in Sweden

    Cambrex announces investment and expansion in Sweden

Cambrex, manufacturer of small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), has announced it is investing in new capacity and continuous flow technology at its Karlskoga facility in Sweden. The investment includes

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European countries offer goodies in bid to win EMA after Brexit

    European countries offer goodies in bid to win EMA after Brexit

Even before European officials present the groundwork for relocating the bloc’s drug regulator, a fight has emerged between countries vying for the economic lift and status that come with hosting the

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Irish Biotech developing New Antibiotics attracts €58M in Series B Round

    Irish Biotech developing New Antibiotics attracts €58M in Series B Round

Iterum Therapeutics has raised €58M to fund Phase III and bring a new antibiotic to a market where innovation is lacking. Iterum Therapeutics is a biotech based in Dublin that

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European Medicines Agency’s 2016 annual report published

    European Medicines Agency’s 2016 annual report published

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) 2016 annual report focuses on the Agency’s key achievements in the areas of medicine evaluation, support to research and development of new and innovative treatments and

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Ashfield Healthcare Communications expands across the UK and Europe

Ashfield Healthcare Communications, a global healthcare communications agency, announces significant growth across the UK and Europe. Ashfield Healthcare Communications has a new presence in Dublin, Ireland, joining the office of

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Spanish Pharma Market Shows Signs of Stability

Spain’s pharmaceutical market set to show signs of stability, surpassing $25 billion by 2021, says GlobalData. The Spanish pharmaceutical market is set to see a slight rise in value from

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Dublin-based drugs firm Icon reports rise in revenues

Dublin-headquartered drugs group Icon, which employs more than 1,000 people in Ireland, reported a record number of business wins in the third quarter as revenues rose by nearly 8 per

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United Drug announces €40m investment at headquarters

Pharmaceutical wholesaler United Drug has announced a €40 million investment in technology and innovation at its headquarters at Citywest in Dublin. United Drug works with more than 1,800 pharmacies, hospitals,

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Inoviem Scientific raises €750k of funds

Inoviem Scientific, a contract research biotech (CRB), has secured funding of €750k from existing financial partners to support the company’s growth. The funding includes €650k from Cap Innov’Est, the French

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Fujifilm Increases Production Capacity in the US and UK

On April 18, 2017 Fujifilm announced the completion of a $93-million cGMP production facility in Texas. The facility expansion is part of the company’s goal to increase the production capacity

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University of Dundee secures grant to discover new antibacterial drugs

University of Dundee in the UK has been awarded almost £1m to boost efforts to identify new new antibiotics to tackle bacterial infections. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest

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Novartis puts the Development of two Anti-Aging Drugs in American Hands

PureTech will take on the development of two mTORC1 inhibitors from Novartis aimed at stopping the decline of the immune system associated with age. Novartis is building up the portfolio

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Sanofi and Voluntis announce digital insulin agreement

Global healthcare company Sanofi and therapeutic companion software company Voluntis have agreed to a collaboration to help improve decision-making and self-management for type 2 diabetics treated with basal insulin. The

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Verona Pharma pens trial deal with QuintilesIMS for RPL554

Last year, Cardiff, U.K.-based Verona secured £44.7 million ($65.6 million) from big-name investors on both sides of the Atlantic for work on its PDE3/PDE4 inhibitor RPL554, and has now teamed

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Operating expenses rise at Mainstay Medical as new trial begins

Medical device firm Mainstay Medical said operating expenses rose by $3.9 million for 2016 to $16.8 million as Mainstay kicked off its ReActiv-8 B clinical trial and began commercialising the

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A New Parkinson’s Drug from Italy just got FDA Approval!

Newron, an Italian biotech focused on CNS diseases, is on a roll. The latest win? FDA approval of its Parkinson’s drug, Xadago. Just in time for World Parkinson’s Day on

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Shire’s HAE drug Cinryze secures label extension in Europe

Shire has secured label expansion approval from the European Commission for its hereditary angioedema therapy Cinryze. The European Commission (EC) has approved the label extension application, granting three new indications

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French Biotech fails Second Phase II Trial for Cardiovascular Disease

Cerenis therapeutic’s lead candidate CER-001 has failed Phase II for the treatment of patients with post-acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The French-based Biotech Cerenis is developing therapies for the treatment ofcardiovascular and

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MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur form alliance to develop and commercialise potential next-generation respiratory syncytial virus antibody MEDI8897

MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, have announced an agreement to develop and commercialise MEDI8897 jointly. MEDI8897 is

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Collaboration tackles respiratory irritancy hazard

SenzaGen and AstraZeneca will develop a new genomic signature to distinguish allergens from irritants in the respiratory tract Swedish in vitro testing company, SenzaGen, has signed a collaboration agreement with

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EU Grants Orphan Drug Designation for Epidermolysis Bullosa Treatment

Abeona Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing gene therapies for life-threatening rare diseases, announced today that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has

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The potential consequences for cancer care and cancer research of Brexit

In an editorial published in the journal ecancermedicalscience, leading academics from across the UK explore the risks facing cancer care,

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New research to help detect oesophageal cancer earlier

A new method to help diagnose oesophageal cancer is being researched by engineers and physicians at the Institute of Biological

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Owlstone Medical to provide breath biomarker services for 4D Pharma

Diagnostics company, Owlstone Medical, who is developing a breathalyser for disease has announced it has signed a master service agreement

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Scottish universities link to develop stem cell therapies

Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh in Scotland are looking to work with the pharmaceutical industry to improve

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Pharma company Allergan to invest €42m in Irish operations

Dublin-headquartered pharma company Allergan is to invest €42 million in its Irish operations this year. The company, which employs approximately

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Report highlights economic benefits of UK life sciences

The report, commissioned by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and supported by the Association of the British

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Sanofi and AstraZeneca to Collaborate on Antibody for Prevention of Respiratory Illnesses

Sanofi and its vaccines global business unit Sanofi Pasteur announced today an agreement with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of

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MEPs criticise lack of transparency on R&D costs

Price rises in the EU stir Members of European Parliament to discuss ways to make medicines more affordable, including increasing

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Sheffield Hospitals to lead new virtual surgical centre

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation trust will lead a new virtual specialist surgical centre, designed to tackle complex rare urogenital

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Sales surge for hospital software group Oneview

Oneview Healthcare, the Irish hospital software group, has reported strong revenue growth in its first year as a listed company.

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European Reference Networks: 900 medical teams to connect across Europe for the benefit of patients

On 1 March the newly established European Reference Networks (ERNs) has started their work. ERNs are unique and innovative cross-border

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Russia’s pharma market to almost double by 2021

The company’s latest report states that key drivers of the Russian healthcare market include improving regulatory guidelines and government initiatives

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Sanofi and Lonza announce partnership to develop biologics facility

The joint venture will combine Sanofi’s biologics development pipeline with Lonza’s expertise to design, construct, start-up and operate a state-of-the-art

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Big Pharma Firms Were Among Big Investors in Belgium Last Year

Big Pharma companies Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson were among the big investors last year in the Flanders region of

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UK-based drug R&D firm Arcinova to expand capabilities

Alnwick-based research and development company, Arc Trinova Ltd, trading as Arcinova, recently received approval for funding from the UK’s Rural

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British investment firm Arix Bioscience hits £100M IPO target

Arix Biosciences has made good on its promise to raise £100 million ($127 million) in its public offering on the

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Cardiac therapies catalysed by next-gen technology

Strong product pipeline will drive double-digit growth rates in the Western Europe and US markets, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Transformational

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Swedish Fundraising brings Sickle Cell Disease Drug Closer to the Market

Modus Therapeutics has raised €3.4M to support the completion of a Phase II trial for sickle cell disease, a painful condition

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SGS expand elemental analysis and testing capabilities

Biopharmaceutical, analytical and bioanalytical contract solutions provider, SGS has announced that it is expanding its elemental analysis and testing capabilities

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BioMedPartners raise CHF75m fund

Basel-based BioMedPartners announes the first round of BioMedInvest III, its third equity venture capital fund at CHF75m. Up to 16

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Catalent acquires softegel manufacturer Accucaps

Global supply partner for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, Catalent, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of

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Dublin-headquartered Allergan to buy Zeltiq Aesthetics for $2.48bn

Botox maker Allergan said it would buy body-contouring product maker Zeltiq Aesthetics for about $2.48 billion (€2.34 billion), adding muscle

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Irish State risks missing out on huge savings from generic drugs

The Irish Government risks losing out on hundreds of millions of euro in savings on its drug bill because of

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Pharma Companies Join Drug Safety Research Project

Multiple pharmaceutical companies have signed on to participate in a £14-million (approximately $17.47-million) research project focused on drug safety, according

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Nemaura secures funding for drug delivery system

Biotech company Nemaura Pharma has secured up to £5 million funding from private investors for the development of a hormone

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More than 1,000 patients benefit from high-tech robot

A high-tech robot that helps surgeons perform highly precise and minimally-invasive surgery has been used over 1,000 times at Sheffield

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EU approval for Sanofi’s type 2 diabetes treatment

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorisation in Europe for Sanofi‘s Suliqua, a titratable fixed-ratio combination of basal insulin

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Almac Expands in Ireland

The company announced an investment in a new facility in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland.   In November 2016, the company

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Irish research at Trinity College supported through 2.3 million Euro investment by Nokia & SFI

The materials science institute AMBER, headquartered at Trinity College in Dublin, will continue its cooperation with Nokia Bell Labs and

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Galway-based research centre gets €68 million backing

    Galway-based research centre gets €68 million backing

Ireland’s presence in the medtech research industry has just received a massive boost as Cúram, the Centre for Research in

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