Industry Briefs: Mar. 19, 2012

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A roundup of additional company and people news from pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies, their suppliers, and contract-service providers.

Company News

Bend Reasearch has launched a biotherapeutics-development initiative. Read More

OctoPlus has formed an agreement with a top-five generic-drugs company for the development of a formulation for an injectable drug. Read More

QRxPharma has signed a license and option agreement with Actavis. Read More

Recipharm has been contracted by ViroPharma to complete a full commercial scale-up manufacture of DuoCort’s Plenadren (hydrocortisone modified-release tablet). Read More

Shire plans to acquire FerroKin BioSciences for an upfront payment of $100 million. Read More


ThromboGenics has formed a commercialization agreement for Ocriplasmin with Alcon. Read More

People News

Stuart E. Needleman has been named president and chief operating officer of Aptuit, effective immediately. Read More

Avanir Pharmaceuticals has appointed Rohan Palekar as chief commercial officer. Read More

Unigene has appointed David Moskowitz as chief financial officer. Read More