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Supreme court protest

The US abortion drugs regulation challenge has stalled, but it will return

Having failed in the US Supreme Court, anti-abortion activists are trying other ways to prevent access to mifepristone

Lightning bolt on top of oil refinery

Sparking industry’s interest in electrosynthesis

Using electrons instead of reagents offers many potential benefits, but there are still barriers to overcome, as Rachel Brazil reports

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Job cuts sweeping across pharmaceuticals

Several big firms cutting deep to reduce costs

Laboratory scientist working on Moderna RSV vaccine

Moderna’s mRNA vaccine approved for RSV

US approval adds complementary option to protein-based vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus

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Lightning bolt on top of oil refinery

Sparking industry’s interest in electrosynthesis

Using electrons instead of reagents offers many potential benefits, but there are still barriers to overcome, as Rachel Brazil reports

Flixborough disaster

‘Fire and devastation’: 50 years on from the Flixborough disaster what’s changed?

Lessons from deadliest chemical accident in UK history are still relevant today

Antibody-drug conjugate

Pan-cancer approval shows huge potential for antibody–drug conjugates

Enhertu gains approval based on gene expression rather than tumour location 

DDT collage

How DDT went from triumph to tragedy

Few compounds have a story as controversial as this insecticide. Mike Sutton traces the tale from its beginning 150 years ago

A chemical plant with grass in the foreground

Biomass, plastic waste and carbon dioxide feedstocks key to cutting chemical industry’s emissions

Royal Society report warns that without intervention defossilisation of the chemicals sector will take many decades

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Supreme court protest

The US abortion drugs regulation challenge has stalled, but it will return

Having failed in the US Supreme Court, anti-abortion activists are trying other ways to prevent access to mifepristone

Lightning bolt on top of oil refinery

Sparking industry’s interest in electrosynthesis

Using electrons instead of reagents offers many potential benefits, but there are still barriers to overcome, as Rachel Brazil reports

British Myers Squibb

Job cuts sweeping across pharmaceuticals

Several big firms cutting deep to reduce costs

Laboratory scientist working on Moderna RSV vaccine

Moderna’s mRNA vaccine approved for RSV

US approval adds complementary option to protein-based vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus

Tampons and sanitary pads

First US state bans PFAS, other chemicals from period products

Vermont prohibits PFAS, phthalates, formaldehyde and more with other states pursuing similar restrictions

Moderna’s mRNA vaccine approved for RSV

US approval adds complementary option to protein-based vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus

Next government must consider a dedicated UK chemicals agency, Royal Society of Chemistry says

Problems with fragmented chemical oversight need urgent action, report finds

Two explosions in India leave at least 11 dead and dozens injured

Blasts occurred at a peroxides plant near Mumbai and an explosives factory in Chhattisgarh

Ban on most uses of dichloromethane finalised in US

New rule phases out consumer use of the chemical within a year, and prohibits most industrial and commercial uses within two years

Oil and gas industry emissions are not on track to hit climate goals

Several big firms have rolled back their targets, saying governments need to set pace with policy

Electric Arc Furnace at the Materials Processing Institute

Recycled construction waste could cut cement and steel’s carbon footprint

Cement can be regenerated during steel recycling in an electric arc furnace

Scheme

Simplified hydroformylation replaces rhodium with base metal

Bench-friendly asymmetric hydroformylation swaps toxic gas and expensive catalyst for cheap reagents and mild conditions

Ritonavir

Could mechanochemistry have saved Abbott Laboratories $250 million?

Ball milling solves problem of disappearing ritonavir polymorph

Photochemistry converts dry-cleaning solvent waste into useful chemicals

One-pot reaction offers way to upcycle industrial solvent waste

Lasers and lithium team up for ammonia production at ambient conditions

A pioneering method uses lasers and lithium salts to fix nitrogen with record-breaking yields

Electrochemical conversion of acids to alkenes achieved on kilogram scale

Efficient production of valuable alkenes achieved under mild conditions by reversing hydrocarboxylation reaction

Chemical industry hasn’t yet developed an appetite for biocatalysis, survey finds

Misconceptions along with a lack of time and resources driving industry’s reluctant attitude to biocatalysis and chemoenzymatic catalysis

Mechanochemical process makes fluorochemicals without HF

New approach brings safety and sustainability benefits

Lightning bolt on top of oil refinery

Sparking industry’s interest in electrosynthesis

Using electrons instead of reagents offers many potential benefits, but there are still barriers to overcome, as Rachel Brazil reports

Two explosions in India leave at least 11 dead and dozens injured

Blasts occurred at a peroxides plant near Mumbai and an explosives factory in Chhattisgarh

3M finalises PFAS settlement with US water suppliers

Court-approved scheme will see up to $12.5 billion to fund cleanup of public drinking water systems

Chemours sacks top executives following accounting probe

Review found officers manipulated cashflow to hit targets and affect bonus payments

Chemours suspends chief and senior executives over accounting issues

Auditors to investigate issues around whistleblowing and financial management

Making chemicals safe and sustainable

The green transition is an opportunity to also make industry simpler and safer

British Myers Squibb

Job cuts sweeping across pharmaceuticals

Several big firms cutting deep to reduce costs

Antibody-drug conjugate

Pan-cancer approval shows huge potential for antibody–drug conjugates

Enhertu gains approval based on gene expression rather than tumour location 

Radioactive sign

Big deals confirm renewed interest in radiopharmaceuticals

Acquisitions of RayzeBio and Point Biopharma highlight the potential of targeting radioactivity directly to tumour cells

Drug manufacturing

Novo Holdings to buy contract manufacturer Catalent for $16.5 billion

Parent firm will then sell on three manufacturing sites to Novo Nordisk to boost capacity for diabetes and weight loss drugs

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