en ADNOC and Linde Mull Ruwais Nitrogen Expansion Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Linde have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a nitrogen expansion at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. As a first step, Linde will carry out a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for new air separation units, which are intended to satisfy ADNOC’s expansion requirements for nitrogen from its gas processing, refining and petrochemicals businesses. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:38:00 +0000 FDA Approves First Digital Tracking Pill The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing approval for the first “digital” pill with a built-in sensor that can track whether patients have taken their medicine. Abilify MyCite was developed by Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical and originally approved by the US regulator in 2002 to treat schizophrenia. In 2012, the FDA greenlighted the sensor made by Proteus Digital Health, which activates when it reaches stomach fluids and communicates with a wearable patch. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:33:00 +0000 J&J wins Another Talc-related Lawsuit US healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has won another victory in a string of lawsuits claiming its talc-based baby powder causes cancer. The jury in the state of California last week also found in favor of J&J’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc. In the latest trial, a woman claimed she developed mesothelioma – a deadly form of cancer closely associated with exposure to asbestos – from using J&J’s and other companies’ talc-based products. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:27:00 +0000 BASF and Dong-Il in PU Products Pact BASF has entered into a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s Dong-Il CNE to develop lightweight utility poles and oil and gas pipes, as well as other advanced infrastructure products, using the German group’s Elastolit polyurethane (PU). Dong-Il CNE’s president, Young-Ki Choi, said the collaboration will create new applications to address the challenges to Asia’s urban infrastructure that have resulted from the region’s rising population. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:42:00 +0000 Senate Confirms Chemicals Lawyer for EPA US president, Donald Trump, has engaged a new executor for his drive to reverse key environmental legislation implemented under his predecessor, Barack Obama. Just as the world climate conference wound down in Bonn, Germany, the US Senate by a vote of 49 to 47 confirmed the appointment of William Wehrum as the Environmental Protection Association’s assistant administrator for air and radiation. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:36:00 +0000 Inovyn to Invest in German Cellroom Inovyn, the vinyls producer now wholly owned by Ineos, has decided to invest in a new cellroom at Cologne, Germany to produce chlorine and caustic soda. Chlorine output will be sold mainly to sister company Ineos Oxide, while caustic soda output will be sold on the open market. The company, formerly a joint venture between Ineos and Solvay, said initial design and feasibility studies are under way, with completion expected for 2021. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:25:00 +0000 DSM Partners Toyota Motorsport DSM has signed a framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport (TMG), under which it will act as the Japanese company’s preferred material and product provider. Financial details of the non-exclusive deal were not disclosed. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:44:00 +0000 Trade Groups Warn on ‘No-deal’ Brexit As negotiations between the UK and Europe on Brexit have made little progress to date, concerns are growing in the chemical industry that a UK exit from the economic zone without a deal on future trade arrangements will be highly detrimental to businesses. The UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:36:00 +0000 Sanofi, Principia to Develop MS Candidate French drugmaker Sanofi has signed an agreement to develop Principia Biopharma’s experimental oral treatment that is seen to show promise in treating multiple sclerosis (MS) and potentially other central nervous system (CNS) diseases. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:34:00 +0000 US Firms Benefit from Trump China Trade Visit Donald Trump's trade mission to China last week has generated new business opportunities for several US chemical companies, including Air Products, Honeywell UOP and Dow Chemical. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:21:00 +0000 Pfizer Sells Stake in Chinese JV with Hisun US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has divested its 49% stake in Hisun-Pfizer Pharmaceuticals its Chinese joint venture with Zhejiang Hisun Pharma. As part of the plan, Sapphire I Holdings, which is indirectly controlled by private equity firm Hillhouse Capital, will acquire Pfizer’s shareholding. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:13:00 +0000 Lanxess to Buy Solvay's US Phosphorus Additives Business In a move to expand its additives portfolio, Germany’s Lanxess has clinched a deal with Solvay to acquire the Belgian chemical producer’s US phosphorus chemicals business based at Charleston, South Carolina. Anno Borkowsky, general manager of the additives business unit, said the buy will help the company to “further drive our growth in this key region." Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:17:00 +0000 Cuadrilla to Pay Households near Fracking Sites UK shale gas firm Cuadrilla will begin making the country’s first-ever payments to a £100,000 community benefit fund for households near its fracking sites. The company said 29 households within a 1 km radius of the second well it is drilling between Blackpool and Preston in Lancashire will receive £2,070 each. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000 Nufarm Buys FMC’s European Herbicides Australian farm chemicals producer Nufarm has snapped up some more agrochemical assets in Europe, this time from US chemical company, FMC. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:18:00 +0000 Former Lilly President to Head US Health Department US president, Donald Trump, has chosen Alex Azar, a former US president of drugmaker Eli Lilly, as his new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Azar will replace Tom Price, a former Congressman from Georgia, who was forced to resign amid several financial scandals. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:07:00 +0000 Albis Plastic to Distribute Styrolution K-Resin German distributor Albis Plastic is widening its Ineos distribution franchise, now nailing down all rights to the Styrolution K-Resin portfolio in Europe. Going forward, the distributor said it will be able to support its customers as a material supplier and technical service partner in the respective local markets. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:58:00 +0000 Braskem and Topsoe Cooperate on Bio-based MEG Brazilian petrochemical group Braskem is cooperating with Danish catalysts producer Haldor Topsoe to develop a new route to produce MEG from sugar. The project is based on a two-step process that Topsoe has developed.  Focusing on the conversion of sugar at a single industrial unit will reduce initial investment costs and boost the competitiveness of the technology, the companies said. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:53:00 +0000 AkzoNobel India Transfers Specialty Chemicals to Affiliate AkzoNobel India will transfer its specialty chemicals operations to an affiliate of its parent company for 3.2 billion rupees ($49 million), according to a statement filed with the Bombay Stock Exchange. The transaction is expected to complete by Mar. 31, 2018. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:49:00 +0000 Novartis May Sell Dermatology Generics Arm Amid estimates that the business could be worth as much as $1.5 billion, speculation is mounting that Swiss drugmaker Novartis may be planning to sell its dermatology generics arm, based mainly in the US, to concentrate on its cancer portfolio and other growth areas. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:43:00 +0000 Indorama Takes Portugal’s Artlant PTA, PET, Thailand’s Indorama Ventures, the world’s largest PET producer, has agreed to buy the assets of Artlant PTA in Portugal for an undisclosed sum.  The PTA plant in the Sines Industrial Complex is one of Europe’s largest with a capacity of 700,000 t/y. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0000 Boehringer Ingelheim and Dicerna in NASH Pact Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim is partnering US company Dicerna Pharmaceuticals to develop new RNAi therapeutics for liver diseases. The research collaboration and license agreement will initially focus on the discovery and development of novel GalXC RNAi therapeutics for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a chronic liver disease for which there is currently no approved treatment. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:27:00 +0000 EU’s Glyphosate Vote Fails Yet Again For the second time in two weeks and the sixth time altogether, an EU expert panel has failed to agree on whether to extend the license of the herbicide chemical glyphosate at all or for how many years. The current license is due to expire on December 15, but according to reports there is an 18-month grace period. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:21:00 +0000 Italmatch Buys Sudamfos do Brasil Italian performance additives producer Italmatch Chemicals has boosted its presence in Latin America with the purchase of Sudamfos do Brasil. Located in Sao Paulo, Sudamfos do Brasil is a leading Brazilian distribution company specializing in phosphonates, phosphates and other specialty chemicals. The transaction’s financial details were not disclosed. Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:57:00 +0000 Liveris Joins US Trade Mission to China Long time Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, now executive chairman of DowDuPont, has been tapped to take part in a US trade mission to China this week, joining President Donald Trump, Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:48:00 +0000 FDA Approves Lilly Breast Cancer Drug The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug developed by Eli Lilly to treat a common type of breast cancer. Verzenio is recommended both for women and men with HR-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer that has worsened after hormone therapy. According to the regulator, some 72% of patients with breast cancer have this type. Thu, 09 Nov 2017 04:44:00 +0000