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Vaccine vials

Ipsen to buy Merrimack’s cancer drugs

12 January 2017

$1bn deal covers two liposome-encapsulated formulations of approved therapies

Peter Seeberger

Taming vaccines with chemistry

11 January 2017

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


Takeda to buy cancer specialist Ariad

11 January 2017

Japan’s largest drug company agrees $5.2bn deal to expand oncology portfolio and boost pipeline

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Mosaic to buy Vale Fertilizantes in $2.5bn deal

10 January 2017

Fertiliser deal continues consolidation trend and expands Mosaic’s presence in Brazil

Long reads

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Opening doors to innovation

By Anthony King

Chemical companies are increasingly using specialist investment arms to nurture new ideas

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Chemicals industry roundup 2016


Agrochemical consolidation dominated 2016 in chemicals

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Lab automation

By Anthony King

Automated tools can take the drudgery out of routine lab work, Anthony King reports



Peter Seeberger

Taming vaccines with chemistry

By Anthony King

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

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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

Simon Hirst

All part of the service


Simon Hirst, founder of contract research organisation Sygnature, is the 2016 Chemistry World entrepreneur of the year



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Following the leader


Who is responsible for shaping chemical markets?

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How to make Reach risk assessments more transparent

By Ellen Ingre-Khans

Chemical safety data is still hard to access because of the ECHA’s own rules

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Still boiling after all these years


If you’ve got the facilities, distillation can be a powerful plant technique

In The Pipeline - Catwalk

How much does fashion influence chemists?


Is that new reaction the next Nobel-worthy breakthrough, or just a flash in the pan?


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Linde–Praxair merger further consolidates industrial gases

9 January 2017By

Deal will leave just three firms controlling 85% of the global market

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Teva fined $520m for corruption

6 January 2017By

World’s largest generics manufacturer admits paying bribes in Russia, Ukraine and Mexico


Indian court revokes ban on combination drugs

6 January 2017By K V Venkatasubramanian

Companies claim government failed to follow procedure in restricting risky medicines

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DuPont found liable in third bellwether cancer case

3 January 2017By

US court orders firm to pay $2m in damages to man whose disease has been linked to contaminated water supply

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Mylan may lay off up to 3500 staff

22 December 2016By

The move forms part of the US generic firm’s restructuring efforts