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Buddha statue at dusk in Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad, India.

Pollution from Indian drugmakers drives drug resistance

17 May 2017

Areas around manufacturing sites still heavily contaminated with antimicrobials and breeding multidrug-resistant pathogens

Research laboratory scientist

Patheon buyout brings Thermo into contract manufacturing

16 May 2017

$7.2bn deal expands Thermo Fisher’s laboratory products and services segment

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Avantor to buy VWR for $6.4bn

15 May 2017

Deal continues trend of consolidation in laboratory supplies sector

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Merck KGaA to buy Chematica

12 May 2017

Retrosynthesis tool will gain computational muscle and integrate with Sigma–Aldrich catalogue

Long reads

ICI's Brunner Mond works in Winnington, UK, taken in 2009

How do chemical firms last hundreds of years?


What distinguishes companies that thrive from others that failed?

Complex pipework with raised hands

The flow revolution


Continuous approaches are starting to find use in fine chemicals, as Angeli Mehta discovers

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MOFs find a use


Nina Notman takes stock of the first products containing metal–organic frameworks to hit the shelves



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

Aqdot video index

Chemical activity on demand


Aqdot controls the release of encapsulated cargoes using supramolecular chemistry

David Lathbury at Astute Chemical Development Consultancy, UK

Joined-up thinking


The rift between contract medicinal chemistry and chemical development needs to be bridged



Drug warning labels

How safe should drugs be?


What does spotting new risks in approved medicines say about how effective regulators are?

Epsom salt crystals

Crystal clear


The dark craft of crystallisation is an essential skill when working on kilogram scale


Time to stop using patents to measure innovation in universities


The number of filed patents is a misleading metric for assessing academic research

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Building business across borders


Internationality is here to stay. Companies need to capitalise on it


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J&J fights talc cancer claims

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Dirty water flowing into sea from outflow pipe

US Steel plant spills chromium into waterway

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Pipe failure releases 135kg of hexavalent chromium into Lake Michigan tributary

A military parade passes St Basil's cathedral, Red Square, Moscow

Russia invests in speciality chemicals industry

11 May 2017By

Government will pump cash into sector to develop domestic industry, counteract effects of sanctions, and meet demand from military


BP to sell Chinese joint venture stake to Sinopec

11 May 2017By

Oil giant retains significant investment in China, but is shifting focus

Vaccine vials

India probes Roche over biosimilars

8 May 2017By K V Venkatasubramanian

Mylan and Biocon claim Roche abused its market dominance to quash generic breast cancer antibodies

Tractor spraying crops

Farmers sue to block Syngenta–ChemChina merger

5 May 2017By

Planned takeover will decrease competition, leading to higher costs and fewer options for farmers