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  • A rare consensus

    Posted 22/05/2014 by sevans

    It’s rare for politicians to agree on anything, as this week’s local council and European elections have once again demonstrated. And with a general election looming next year, tensions are likely to ...

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  • Biopolymer bonus

    Posted 14/05/2014 by sevans

    A change in the focus of the biopolymer sector means that producers and marketers are now emphasising the whole value proposition for their products rather than just their renewable aspect, if speaker...

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  • Mega deals return

    Posted 08/05/2014 by sevans

    Confirmation of Pfizer’s £63bn hostile bid for the UK drug firm AstraZeneca came just too late for inclusion in the May issue of C&I – which does have a story about the other UK pharma major GSK’s...

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  • Armoured underwear

    Posted 30/04/2014 by sevans

    First came antibacterial socks, guaranteed to combat foot odour. Now it appears that silver based technology is being incorporated in a new range of men’s underwear. Wireless Armour is due to go on sa...

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  • All change again...

    Posted 24/04/2014 by cgodfrey

    Just when you thought there were no more Big Pharma deals to be done, in the UK newspaper The Sunday Times over the Easter weekend, in an unconfirmed news story, Pfizer was reported to be bidding to a...

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  • A Saharan smog

    Posted 09/04/2014 by sevans

    On my way to a meeting in London’s Kensington last week, I might have imagined I was somewhere in Asia. So shrouded in smog was the area that many of the borough’s residents had resorted to wearing fa...

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  • Shale gas and competitiveness

    Posted 02/04/2014 by sevans

    Shale gas fracking in the US has slashed energy prices and led to a $100bn boom in petrochemicals investment. But what of the prospects for fracking here in the UK? The UK Chemical Industries Associat...

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  • Resource management

    Posted 27/03/2014 by sevans

    Meeting increasing demand means improving our resource productivity – dramatically – according to Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers. Writing in the McKinsey Quarterly (March 2014). Heck, a consulting profes...

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  • Endangered elements

    Posted 19/03/2014 by sevans

    What have Great apes, Orang-utans and the Giant Panda got in common with the elements indium, gallium, germanium and arsenic? The answer, of course, is that they are all endangered species. But while ...

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  • Life-threatening

    Posted 17/03/2014 by sevans

    The pace of scientific discovery cannot move fast enough for many people. And patients with life-threatening illnesses cannot be expected to ignore any potential lifeline that the global pharmaceutica...

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