According to a survey by Chemical & Engineering News, the 16 chemical firms that gave answers about capital spending will increase capital spending by an average of 7.6% this year. Increases of 28.1% and 16.5% were recorded in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Among the firms, the largest increase in capital investments, 36.4%, will be recorded […]

Major restructurings of R&D operations were announced earlier this year by two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Roche. Such announcements are becoming more common for so-called “big pharma” (see IBO 4/15/05, 4/15/06), as many of the world’s 10 largest drug firms struggle to maintain historical levels of profitability during a period of […]

According to the FDA, 10% of drugs in the world are counterfeit. The World Health Organization (WHO) takes a more nuanced view: according to the organization, less than 1% of drugs in developed nations are counterfeit, but 10% of drugs in developing economies are counterfeit. However, in parts of Latin America, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan […]

Sunnyvale, CA 2/15/07—Cepheid, a provider of nucleic acid amplification equipment and reagents, has acquired Sangtec Molecular Diagnostics AB from ALTANA Pharma AG for $27 million in cash. Based in Broma, Sweden, Sangtec is a manufactuer of PCR-based molecular diagnostics products and had 2006 revenues of $8 million. Cepheid intends to integrate Sangtec’s affigene kits for […]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced regulations last week that will lower airborne pollutants over the next 25 years. Most significantly for oil refineries, the rules require that benzene levels be cut. On average, benzene made up roughly 1% of US gas in 2004. This proportion will be brought down to an average of 0.62% […]

Santa Clara, CA 2/1/07—Intevac has acquired the assets and certain liabilities of Raman spectroscopy company DeltaNu for an undisclosed amount. Intevac is a developer of low light imaging sensors, cameras and systems and a supplier of magnetic media supporting equipment. Based in Laramie, Wyoming, DeltaNu’s products include handheld and benchtop Raman spectroscopy instruments and Raman […]

The mass spectrometry (MS) market is continuing to develop at a rapid pace as vendors try to improve the performance and capabilities of MS systems. In their zeal to find the newest and best performing design, as well as to negotiate the increasingly dense field of technological patents, these vendors are exploring many possible tandem […]

Between 2000 and 2005, the Chinese biopharmaceutical sector grew 30%, while the global average for the sector grew 19%. Nonetheless, some observers are concerned that production will slow over the next five years. The fastest-growing Chinese biopharmaceutical manufacturers have concentrated on using genetically modified microorganisms to express proteins and very few are developing the capacity […]

Grand Rapids, MI 2/8/07; Amersham, UK 2/8/07—Halma has acquired X-Rite’s Labsphere business for $13.9 million in cash and a deferred cash consideration of $1.5 million. Labsphere is a designer and manufacturer of light testing and measurement products, as well as specialized optical coatings. The company posted 2006 revenues of $12.5 million and an operating profit […]

R&D activities in India have been booming: while the country only spent $2.9 billion on R&D in 2001, by 2004, this figure reached $24 billion. R&D spending is expected to reach $27.5 billion by 2010, and swell to $119 billion—2.7% of India’s estimated GDP—by 2020. There are currently 130 domestic firms and 220 multinational companies […]