Improved Pharma Continues to Expand Their Offerings to Meet Customer Needs

Improved Pharma | September 15, 2020

Improved Pharma has expanded their offerings by acquiring S. I. Photonics’ top-of-the-line spectrophotometer, model 440. This model has a high sensitivity, low noise CCD detector that enables the collection of a full spectrum within a second. The power of this instrument is enhanced by the number of accessories and dip probes that permit easy sampling of a variety of materials. The dip probes can be used to monitor reactions in real-time and are especially useful for obtaining quick data during dissolution experiments by placing the probe directly into the dissolution vessel. Dip probes of various path lengths (1 cm, 0.5 cm, and 0.2 cm) allow for the successful analysis of a wide range of solvents and concentrations. A standard cuvette holder can also be used. In addition to UV-Vis detection, HPLC is also available.

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In 1992, with the support of the biopharmaceutical industry, Congress created the 340B Drug Discount Program to help uninsured and vulnerable patients gain access to affordable prescription drugs. As part of the law, drug manufacturers provide discounts on outpatient medicines and treatments to select health care entities  often referred to as safety-net providers. The program was necessitated by changes to the Medicaid program that precluded drug makers from continuing to offer steep discounts to safetynet providers voluntarily, as they previously had done. Over the years, however, there have been growing concerns that this program has expanded well past the intent of Congress and that patients may not be seeing the benefits they deserve.

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In 1992, with the support of the biopharmaceutical industry, Congress created the 340B Drug Discount Program to help uninsured and vulnerable patients gain access to affordable prescription drugs. As part of the law, drug manufacturers provide discounts on outpatient medicines and treatments to select health care entities  often referred to as safety-net providers. The program was necessitated by changes to the Medicaid program that precluded drug makers from continuing to offer steep discounts to safetynet providers voluntarily, as they previously had done. Over the years, however, there have been growing concerns that this program has expanded well past the intent of Congress and that patients may not be seeing the benefits they deserve.

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Catalent to Acquire Metrics Contract Services for $475 Million to Expand High-Potent Capabilities and Oral Development and Manufacturing Capacity

Catalent, Inc. | August 10, 2022

Catalent, Inc. the global leader in enabling biopharma, cell, gene, and consumer health partners to optimize development, launch, and supply of better patient treatments across multiple modalities, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Metrics Contract Services a full-service specialty Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization with a facility in Greenville, North Carolina, for $475 million from Mayne Pharma Group Limited. Upon completion, the acquisition will strengthen Catalent’s capabilities in integrated oral solid formulation development, manufacturing, and packaging to help customers simplify and accelerate their programs, while also expanding Catalent's capacity to handle highly potent compounds. The 333,000 square-foot Greenville facility features comprehensive capabilities to accelerate and de-risk customer programs from early development through commercial launch through a streamlined one-site solution. Over the past five years, the facility has seen more than $100 million in capital improvements and now includes 16 manufacturing suites, with 11 designed to handle highly potent compounds, as well as two packaging lines that can support a large variety of development and commercial supply programs. The facility’s estimated annual production capacity exceeds one billion oral solid dose units. “This acquisition will further expand Catalent’s ability to meet our customers’ expectations in fast-growing areas of the business and patient need. The experienced team and consistently improved, state-of-the-art facility in Greenville will provide Catalent’s customers with immediate, fit-for-scale capacity for in-demand highly potent drugs and other oral solid small-to-mid-size batch needs. This capacity is particularly important for customers with R&D pipelines featuring accelerated, orphan, and rare disease programs for oncology and other important therapeutic areas,” said Dr. Aris Gennadios, Group President of Catalent’s Pharma & Consumer Health segment. “Over the past several years, Metrics has undergone a period of transformational change to expand its footprint and service offering, becoming a global end-to-end novel oral solid CDMO. Catalent, a global leader in advanced drug development and manufacturing, is well-positioned to continue to invest in and accelerate the growth of Metrics and we believe this transaction will be extremely positive for our Greenville team and customers,” Scott Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Mayne Pharma The new facility will seamlessly integrate into Catalent’s industry-leading oral development and manufacturing network, which includes flagship sites for large-scale and controlled release oral solids manufacturing in Winchester, Kentucky; softgel development and manufacturing in St. Petersburg, Florida; and additional facilities with bioavailability enhancement technologies and complex oral solids manufacturing platforms. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of this calendar year, subject to customary closing conditions, and the entire team of over 400 employees will join Catalent. Mayne Pharma and Catalent have also agreed on the terms of a long-term supply agreement whereby the Greenville facility will continue to manufacture multiple Mayne Pharma products. Catalent will pay the purchase price for this all-cash acquisition using a combination of cash on hand, existing credit facilities, and, depending on market conditions, potentially new debt financing. The closing of the acquisition is not contingent on any financing activity. ABOUT CATALENT Catalent, Inc. an S&P 500® company, is the global leader in enabling pharma, biotech, and consumer health partners to optimize product development, launch, and full life-cycle supply for patients around the world. With broad and deep scale and expertise in development sciences, delivery technologies, and multi-modality manufacturing, Catalent is the industry’s preferred partner for personalized medicines, consumer health brand extensions, and blockbuster drugs. Catalent helps accelerate over 1,000 partner programs and launch over 150 new products every year. Its flexible manufacturing platforms at over 50 global sites supply over 70 billion doses of nearly 7,000 products to over 1,000 customers annually. Catalent’s expert workforce of approximately 19,000 includes more than 2,500 scientists and technicians. Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, the company generated $4 billion in revenue in its 2021 fiscal year. ABOUT METRICS CONTRACT SERVICES Metrics Contract Services, a division of Mayne Pharma Group Limited, is a full-service pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organization serving clients worldwide delivering proven scientific and operational excellence for novel oral dosage forms. Metrics provides formulation development, analytical testing and commercial manufacturing from its single-campus facility in Greenville, North Carolina

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Ginkgo Bioworks and Novo Nordisk to Collaborate on Expression Systems for Pharmaceutical Products

Ginkgo Bioworks and Novo Nordisk, | June 08, 2022

Ginkgo Bioworks the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, announced a collaboration with Novo Nordisk, a leading global healthcare company, to create novel expression hosts for pharmaceutical products. hundreds of millions of people are living with diabetes, obesity, and other serious chronic diseases, putting a strain on individuals, families, and healthcare systems. More effective medicines could improve treatment options for these people. Using synthetic biology, Ginkgo and Novo Nordisk will collaborate to unlock the potential of expression systems, which may accelerate and enhance the discovery and development of Novo Nordisk's biological medicines. "Novo Nordisk is constantly pushing the boundaries for innovative tools to bring new treatments to people living with diabetes and other serious chronic diseases. Using synthetic biology and the reprogramming of expression system genomes, we have the potential to engineer biological systems that will expand the chemical space of biological medicines." Brian Vandahl, Senior Vice President, Global Research Technologies, Novo Nordisk "It's an honor to work with partners like Novo Nordisk that not only have an incredible range of critically important products, but that also provide us with the opportunity to do meaningful work that could help so many patients," said Jason Kelly, CEO and cofounder of Ginkgo Bioworks. "At Ginkgo, we are always on the lookout for projects that will have an outsized impact on people's lives and well-being. We're excited to be working with Novo Nordisk in our efforts to use biology to create better medicines for patients with chronic diseases." Under the terms of the partnership, Ginkgo and Novo Nordisk will launch a multi-year collaboration. Ginkgo will receive an upfront R&D fee and is eligible to receive milestone payments as the parties advance in the collaboration. About Ginkgo Bioworks Ginkgo is building a platform to enable customers to program cells as easily as we can program computers. The company's platform is enabling biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo has also actively supported a number of COVID-19 response efforts, including K-12 pooled testing, vaccine manufacturing optimization and therapeutics discovery.

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EditForce and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Enter into License Agreement

EditForce, Inc. | July 06, 2022

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