Pharma Capsules

July 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 31, Issue 7

Bioanalytical Systems (West Lafayette, IN) extended the employment contract of its president and CEO, Richard M. Shepperd, through December 31, 2009. Shepperd has served as interim president and CEO since October 2006.

People

BASi Extends President's Contract and Names Two Directors

Bioanalytical Systems (West Lafayette, IN) extended the employment contract of its president and CEO, Richard M. Shepperd, through December 31, 2009. Shepperd has served as interim president and CEO since October 2006.

In addition, BASi's board of directors filled two vacancies by electing Shepperd and Larry S. Boulet to serve as directors. Boulet is president of Boulet Consulting and serves on the Indiana State University Foundation's board of directors.

Cyanta Hires Key Staff Members

Cyanta Drug Development Services (St. Louis, MO) hired John H. Gilbert as its vice-president and general manager. Gilbert will supervise the company's drug and medical-device development services. He will oversee contract projects such as methods development and validation, extractables and leachables, characterization, and stability studies.

Cyanta also named Melissa Porazzo its corporate quality-assurance officer. Porazzo will implement quality systems to ensure all data and reports operate within good manufacturing practices and good laboratory practices.

PAREXEL Appoints Vice-President of Data Sciences

PAREXEL International (Waltham, MA), a leading global pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical services organization, appointed Dr. Barbara Tardiff to the newly created position of vice-president of data sciences. Tardiff will lead the expansion of the company's electronic data capture services. Tardiff joins PAREXEL after six years at Merck & Co., where she was the executive director of research information services. Tardiff previously served as the vice-president of informatics, data management, and biostatistics at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

IPS Forms Technical Advisory Board

Integrated Project Services (IPS, Lafayette Hill, PA) established a Technical Advisory Board composed of individuals who possess specialized knowledge and technical expertise. The Technical Advisory Board will augment IPS's senior management team and subject-matter experts to provide technical guidance and strategic direction to the company and its clients. Board members include James Agalloco and Metin çelik, who also are members of Pharmaceutical Technology's Editorial Advisory Board.

IPS is an engineering, design and build, validation, and compliance company that helps pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies improve their operations.

Expansions

Azopharma Broadens Services Network

Azopharma (Miramar, FL) established relationships with iQ Synthesis (St. Louis, MO) and Cyanta Drug Development (Maryland Heights, MO). The latter companies joined Azopharma's services network. IQ Synthesis will provide synthetic-chemistry services from the discovery to clinical phases. Cyanta Drug Development will offer its analytical-chemistry services from development to quality-control testing.

Azopharma's network has capabilities ranging from preclinical to manufacturing services and offers custom solutions to the pharmaceutical industries of North America, Europe, and Asia.

AcuTemp Holds Open House at New Headquarters

AcuTemp Thermal Systems (Dayton, OH), a manufacturer of insulation and temperature-sensitive transport solutions, held an open house at its newly remodeled corporate offices and manufacturing facilities. The renovation upgraded the 90,000-ft2 complex and more than doubled the space of the company's previous location. The manufacturing facility houses work areas that produce "ThermoCor" high-performance insulation and a suite of thermal containers to transport temperature-sensitive vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

Reorganizations

Baxter Updates Website

Baxter BioPharma Solutions(Round Lake, IL) organized its website to help users quickly find solutions for scientific and formulation challenges, increase molecules' market presence, and optimize manufacturing efficiency and supply. The site's content now includes manufacturing videos and animation featuring the "PROMAXX" microsphere technology.

Noveon Changes Name

Noveon (Cleveland, OH), a subsidiary of the Lubrizol Corporation (Wickliffe, OH), changed its name to Lubrizol Advanced Materials on June 4, 2007 in North America. Subsidiaries of Lubrizol in Europe and Asia were scheduled to change their names in early July. The name change is part of the Lubrizol Corporation's plan to create a common identity for itself and its subsidiaries. The corporation is a specialty-chemicals company with a technology portfolio.

Agreement

ABB Boosts GE's Separation-Media Production

ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) agreed to supply GE Healthcare (Chalfont St. Giles, UK) with a "System 800xA" extended automation solution to boost GE's production of protein separation media for biopharmaceuticals by 50% at its Uppsala, Sweden facility.