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Novartis exit from antibiotics a setback for race against resistance

30 July 2018

Experts say business models must change to halt big pharma exodus

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Trump coaxes big promises from big pharma

24 July 2018

Several drug industry giants are now pledging to freeze price increases in the US, but some suggest the movement is a publicity stunt or worse

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Drugmaker blocks Nevada execution

23 July 2018

Alvogen obtains a restraining order to delay US prisoner’s execution, saying Nevada state obtained its sedative midazolam via ‘subterfuge’

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American chemical industry fights against US tariffs

20 July 2018

The Trump administration has imposed an additional 10% tax on 6000 Chinese products, and more than 1500 are related to chemistry

Long reads

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Gene therapy gathers pace


Sarah Houlton charts the evolution, challenges and opportunities of cell and gene therapy

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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



Clementine Chambon

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

0318CW Careers Profile - Lucy Padget at Alembia Intellectual Property

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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Steam cracker II, the largest individual plant at BASF's Ludwigshafen site

$10bn cracker for China

19 July 2018By

Project would be BASF’s largest ever investment

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J&J hit with bill for $4.7 billion in damages over talcum powder cancer link

18 July 2018By

Pharmaceutical and consumer goods giant loses another talc court case to 22 ovarian cancer patients

Talcum powder

J&J and the question of shadow research

2 July 2018By

Former academic researcher who found that talc is not carcinogenic admits that J&J funded his work, but says that fact is immaterial

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Ube’s management pays for lax quality checks

18 June 2018By

Japanese chemical maker announces that ‘quality-related improprieties’ were detected in 24 of its products, including low-density polyethylene

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Bayer–Monsanto merger momentum

31 May 2018By

US antitrust regulators approve Bayer’s $66bn takeover of Monsanto, conditional on the company offloading $9bn in assets

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US chemical safety agency wants Arkema disaster to spark real change

25 May 2018By

Industry guidance is needed to help hazardous chemical facilities better prepare for extreme weather events like flooding, the CSB warns