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Chuck Norris versus gadolinium

10 November 2017

US action star is suing 11 drug firms for $10m, claiming his wife was poisoned by gadolinium from her MRIs

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Valeant relinquishes female libido drug

8 November 2017

Struggling firm is returning Sprout Pharmaceuticals subsidiary to original shareholders to resolve dispute over marketing

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Generics firms Amneal and Impax to merge

7 November 2017

Deal continues consolidation trend, based on portfolio expansion and simplifying supply chains


Lilly and CureVac to collaborate on mRNA cancer vaccines

6 November 2017

Deal could see CureVac net up to $1.8 billion in upfront and milestone payments

Long reads

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India's science start-ups

By Rajesh Parishwad

A growing community of entrepreneurs are overcoming cultural and infrastructure barriers to commercialise their research

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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



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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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Are trade sanctions fair?


How much should markets be protected from cheaper imports? When does healthy competition become ‘dumping’?

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Rise of the biologics


Antibodies, RNA and gene therapy don’t necessarily compete with small molecule drugs – and they all rely on chemistry

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Should individual companies be blamed for climate change?


Argument ignores consumers’ responsibility driven by our energy demands

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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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ExxonMobil agrees to install pollution controls

6 November 2017By

Settlement with US government compels firm to improve emissions control and monitoring at eight chemical plants

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Novartis to buy AAA for radioligand cancer drugs

6 November 2017By

$3.9bn deal follows European approval of Advanced Accelerator Applications’ first-in-class radionuclide drug Lutathera

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Investor kills planned Huntsman–Clariant merger

3 November 2017By

Merger of equals abandoned after major Clariant investor said the deal would destroy stakeholder value

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GSK’s shingles vaccine gets thumbs up in North America

2 November 2017By

Inoculation slated to be a blockbuster

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Judges overturn J&J talc cancer claims

26 October 2017By

Two new rulings follow trend of reversing large jury-awarded damages as firm works through thousands of cases

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Drug formula change infuriates French thyroid patients

24 October 2017By Christina Reed

Poor communication of changes to Merck KGaA’s levothyroxine has led to complaints of side effects