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Takeda set to swallow Shire

14 May 2018

Shire’s US revenue and rare diseases portfolio grab Japanese firm’s attention

Trump Announces Plan to Lower Drug Prices

Trump lays out plan to slash drug costs

14 May 2018

White House strategy to reduce pharmaceutical prices faces backlash from the industry, which cautions against the ‘far-reaching’ proposals

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Chemicals caught in the middle as tariffs loom

19 April 2018

America’s chemicals and plastics industry stands to lose $5bn if US–China dispute escalates


Deal protects world’s biggest selling drug from biosimilar erosion

18 April 2018

AbbVie and Samsung Bioepis resolve patent litigation over arthritis drug Humira

Long reads

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Understanding Alzheimer’s


After hundreds of failed drug candidates, James Mitchell Crow asks if this is the last roll of the dice for the amyloid theory of Alzheimer’s disease

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Big business computing


Chemical and oil firms are using supercomputers to improve every part of their operations. Angeli Mehta reports

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Fit for repurpose


Drugs that can be used for new indications offer a potentially cheaper pathway – but only if the investors can recoup their costs



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Rural power champion


Clementine Chambon is the 2018 Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year for her work using bioenergy to solve environmental, social and gender challenges in rural India

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From chemist to patent attorney

By Rachel Brazil

How to make the career switch

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



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Finding the missing mass


When the numbers don’t add up, chemists must restore the balance

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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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India creates national drugs database to address supply and quality issues

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Regulatory body takes steps to reform how it manages and monitors pharmaceuticals

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Novartis’ $8.7bn AveXis deal shows gene therapy appeal

12 April 2018By

Acquisition indicates the value of potentially permanent cures for inherited diseases

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AkzoNobel sells off specialty chemicals arm in €10bn deal

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Private equity firm Carlyle sees off several other bidders

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US steel and aluminium tariffs threaten chemical and plastics sectors

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Trump administration to levy 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminium

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Outline for Europe’s first waste to methanol plant

2 March 2018By

Enerkem teams up with AkzoNobel and Air Liquide to turn rubbish into raw materials

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Indian court seizes former Ranbaxy owners’ assets

1 March 2018By

Daiichi Sankyo inches closer to recovering money from Singh brothers