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Allergan sidesteps patent review with tribal deal

19 September 2017

Native Americans agree to use sovereign immunity to protect intellectual property from double challenge

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AkzoNobel paint plant is ‘world’s most sustainable’

18 September 2017

Biomass and solar-powered UK factory will recycle water and solvents, and is more flexible to reduce waste

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Alexion axes 20% of its global workforce

18 September 2017

600 jobs lost amid restructure as firm moves to Boston life sciences hub

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Chemours reaches truce in pollution investigation

15 September 2017

Company will provide authorities with data on perfluorinated compound emissions into drinking water

Long reads

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Asia’s age of regulation


Safety legislation and data sharing in Asia is making progress but highlights a global challenge

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Would you rent your lab equipment?


Virtual sharing and equopment loans are making access to vital research tools easier

Entrepreneurial spirit

How to become a science entrepreneur


Five tips from the experts on going it alone



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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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Safety lessons from Hurricane Harvey


The chemical fires triggered by extreme flooding in Houston demonstrate the need to improve risk management

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An opportunity ignored


Dismissing ideas that were ‘not invented here’ is like walking past a $100 bill

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Crime and punishment


Are fines sufficient to prevent indiscretion?

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A sensory tour of a chemical plant


The sights, sounds and smells of chemical creation


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Hurricanes’ chemical consequences

14 September 2017By

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Teva sells off contraceptive device in $1.1bn deal

14 September 2017By

CooperSurgical to acquire Paragard as Teva seeks to offload assets

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HB Fuller targets growth with trio of deals

13 September 2017By

Adhesives manufacturer will buy one Brazilian and two US glue companies

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Takeda tightens focus on core areas with multiple deals

12 September 2017By

Japanese firm is remodelling its R&D efforts through collaboration and licensing deals, and selling off non-core businesses

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FDA warns Pfizer subsidiary over Epipen malfunctions

12 September 2017By

Manufacturer did not fully investigate reports of patients dying after auto-injector failures

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Eli Lilly to cut 3500 jobs

8 September 2017By

Company will close sites in US and China, and provide incentives for early retirement