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Aug 15, 2007

Millipore and Novo Nordisk Expand Alliance to Supply Recombinant Human Insulin

  • Millipore and Novo Nordisk have further extended their 15-year partnership to provide the biopharmaceutical market with recombinant human insulin. Millipore inherited this insulin supply deal through the acquisition of Serologicals in July 2006.

    Celliance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serologicals, initially executed a transaction with Novo Nordisk. The company thus gained worldwide, exclusive rights to distribute Novo Nordisk’s recombinant human insulin in the cell culture market under the Incelligent brand, which has now passed on to Millipore. 

    Since the insulin products are manufactured in separate and independent facilities, the companies believe that there is greater supply-chain security for customers. “This expanded relationship will address the business continuity needs of biopharmaceutical manufacturers,” comments Jesper Hoiland, Novo Nordisk’s senior vp of international operations.

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MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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