Piramal Pharma Solutions to acquire manufacturing facility of G&W Laboratories in US

livemint | June 20, 2020

Piramal Enterprises Ltd's Pharma Solutions business, a contract development and manufacturing organization, on Saturday announced that it has entered into an agreement with G&W Laboratories Inc. to acquire its solid oral dosage drug product manufacturing facility located in Pennsylvania, USA, for $17.5 million. The all-cash deal is subject to customary pre-closing conditions. According to the terms of the agreement, Piramal Enterprises, through one of its affiliates, would acquire at closing a 100% stake in the entity that operates the facility and owns the related real estate.

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To promote sustainable development, the smart city implies a global vision that merges artificial intelligence, big data, decision making, information and communication technology (ICT), and the internet-of-things (IoT). The aging issue is an aspect that researchers, companies, and the government should devote efforts in developing smart healthcare innovative technology and applications. In this paper, the topic of disease diagnosis in smart healthcare is reviewed. Typical emerging optimization algorithms and machine learning algorithms are summarized. Evolutionary optimization, stochastic optimization, and combinatorial optimization are covered.

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