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NOVA Chemicals Corunna Site tank farm

Nova Chemicals expands in Canada

13 December 2017

Company to spend over C$2 billion growing its steam cracker by 50% and building a new polyethylene facility

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DuPont and Sumitomo link up for seed treatments

8 December 2017

Firms will collaborate to develop and commercialise seed-applied technologies

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Bayer and J&J lose first blood thinner lawsuit

7 December 2017

US jury fines Xarelto makers $27.8 million for downplaying drug risks

Crop spraying

EU extends glyphosate licence by 5 years

4 December 2017

Extending herbicide’s approval until December 2022 has pleased neither industry nor environmental campaigners

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Chemical industry roundup 2017


Economic and political pressure is encouraging industry to become more specialised as certain sectors consolidate

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Pharmaceuticals roundup 2017


Political influence has strongly shaped industry activity in the past year

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India's science start-ups

By Rajesh Parishwad

A growing community of entrepreneurs are overcoming cultural and infrastructure barriers to commercialise their research



Research and development at Sugru

The glue entrepreneurs

By Rachel Brazil

The business novices who launched global sticky success Sugru

Andrew Hopkins of Exscientia

Amplifying intelligent drug design


This year’s Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the year is Andrew Hopkins of start-up Exscientia and the University of Dundee, UK

MedImmune laboratory

Expanding precision medicine beyond cancer


Exclusive interview with Koustubh Ranade, vice president of R&D at MedImmune

Peter Seeberger

Taming vaccines with chemistry


Vaxxilon aims to simplify vaccine development by replacing biological components with well-defined synthetic molecules



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For the sake of argument


It’s important to recognise which disputes can actually be resolved by science

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Something to declare on Brexit


As it stands, there is no credible model of a Brexit agreement which does not weaken the competitiveness of the UK chemical industry

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Beyond buckets and batches


Embracing flow chemistry means leaving behind some faithful friends

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Innovation vs marketing


The better a product is, the less effort it requires to promote


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Merck & Co and Qiagen to build UK research hubs

1 December 2017By

Almost 2000 jobs to be created at research centres in Manchester and London

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Something fishy about eating insects

1 December 2017By Eric Johnson

While insects as human food remain a novelty in the West, fly larvae grown on human food waste could soon become an important protein source for fish farms

e headquarter of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Canary Wharf, London. After the Brexit,EMA will move to another European city, that will be soon announced.

European drug regulator heads to Amsterdam

30 November 2017By

Brexit drives EMA to relocate, taking hundreds of jobs and significant expertise away from UK

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Russia backs new research cluster

29 November 2017By

Government touts high-tech science area as Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley

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Bayer forms cancer-drug partnership with Loxo

17 November 2017By

Alliance could see Loxo net up to $1.55bn in upfront and milestone payments

China pollution factory shutdowns

China clamps down on polluting factories

15 November 2017By Hepeng Jia

Thousands of factories face closure or sanctions as authorities exercise new powers to curb air and water pollution