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Toothpaste in a waste-free pod

From Canadian Packaging

The toothpaste container has seem a few innovations over the past few years, including a tube that squeezes out every last bit of toothpaste. But once the toothpaste is out, what do you do with the empty tube? Landfill?

One U.S. company has created a waste-free toothpaste with a water-soluable softgel pod that is filled with enough toothpaste for a proper brush — as the pod dissolves in the mouth, releasing the toothpaste.

The Dental Development Systems, LLC has developed Poppits toothpaste made from plant cellulose.

With the pod completely dissolving in one’s mouth, the paperboard packaging holding the Poppits pods will biodegrade—much faster, points out the Poppits developer, than the 500-year decomposition time for standard toothpaste tunes and pumps.

Poppits is still a Kickstarter proposition, with the hope of shipping product to its ‘investors’ as early as October.

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Dry drinks that dissolve in the mouth

From FoodBev.com

ViBErant has introduced “a new dimension to the soft drink” market. It dissolves in the mouth “and delivers an incredible sparkle and flavour experience”.

Over $4 million has been invested in the business behind it, ViBEration.

How does it work? Well, it’s a tablet, with people as “the bottle and the water.” You don’t need to make it up. Nor should you swallow it.

“We spent nearly ten years on intensive research and development,” said ViBEration founder Aaron Serge Bueno.

“Dry-Drinks are a novel format of beverage products, invented for people who appreciate purity. During our US roadshow, we realised one of the major preferences for ViBErant was to consume it directly, without adding any water, just enjoying the pure taste and excitement of it. They wanted to be ‘the bottle and the water’ and have the tablets supplying only the pure sparkling flavour.”

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Pfizer to buy Anacor for around $5.2 billion

From FirstWorldPharma

Pfizer has entered a definitive merger agreement to acquire Anacor Pharmaceuticals for $99.25 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of approximately $5.2 billion, the companies have announced. The deal, which represents a premium of about 55 percent to Anacor’s closing share price on May 13 and has been approved by the board of directors of both drugmakers, gives Pfizer rights to the non-steroidal topical PDE4 inhibitor crisaborole.

Albert Bourla, group president of Pfizer’s Global Innovative Pharma and Global Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare businesses, said “crisaborole is a differentiated asset with compelling clinical data that, if approved, has the potential to be an important first-line treatment option.” A marketing application for crisaborole is currently under review by the FDA for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis, with a target review date of January 7, 2017. In study data unveiled last year, crisaborole was shown to provide significantly greater skin clearance than placebo.

The deal represents Pfizer’s first acquisition since terminating its $160-billion deal to acquire Allergan in April. Pfizer CEO Ian Read recently said that Pfizer was looking to acquire products that are near to reaching the market, with sources suggesting that the company has approached Medivation regarding a possible takeover. Pfizer added that it expects to complete the acquisition in the third quarter.

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This groundbreaking technology will soon let us see exactly what’s in our food

From the Washington Post

Imagine a scanner the size of a grain of rice, built into your phone. You go to the grocery store and point it at something you want to buy. If it’s an apple, the scanner will tell you what variety it is, how much vitamin C it has and how long it has been in cold storage. If it’s a fish, you’ll learn whether it’s really orange roughy or just tilapia being passed off as something more expensive. If it’s a muffin, the device will tell you whether there’s gluten in it.

Although you won’t be able to do it tomorrow, this isn’t some kind of distant Jetsonian vision of the future. I’ve held the rice-size scanner in my hand; it was built for only a few dollars. I’ve seen bigger, more robust versions of the scanner do the things that your smartphone will be able to do, probably during the administration of the president we’re deciding on right now.

Every substance reflects (and absorbs) light in a different way, and the graph of that reflected light is a kind of optical fingerprint. Except it’s better. Although the whorls and lines in our fingertips don’t say anything inherent about their owner (See that swirl? Doesn’t mean you’re smart.), the peaks and valleys of the optical fingerprint do. That peak there is vitamin C. That other one is sugar. This pattern means gluten.

Identifying a food and its characteristics based on the scan is a twofold job: First, you simply match the optical reading to a library of known objects; second, you read the topography of the graph to zero in on specific characteristics. The two together can tell you an awful lot about what you’re scanning.

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Growing Adoption of Process Spectroscopy Across Industries Driving Global Market

From MarketWired

The growing adoption of process spectroscopy is driving growth in the global market for spectroscopy equipment. BCC Research reveals in its new report that spectroscopy, especially process spectroscopy, is increasingly meeting the need for more analytical manufacturing techniques in industries such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining and semiconductors.

Process spectroscopy is defined as any use of spectroscopy to obtain real-time data to monitor and optimize a manufacturing process. The report includes UV and visible process spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, infrared (IR) and NIR process spectroscopy, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging technology and process spectroscopy computer systems.

The global market for process spectroscopy equipment is projected to total $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion in 2015 and 2020, respectively, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5%. The segment ROW (Rest of World), which includes Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and North and South America (excluding the United States), should demonstrate the highest CAGR at 7.6%.

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Pfizer, Allergan reach US$160B deal to create a pharmaceutical giant

From CTV News

Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a US$160-billion stock deal that will create the world’s largest drugmaker. It’s also the largest so-called inversion, where an American corporation combines with a company headquartered in a country with a lower corporate tax rate, saving potentially millions each year in U.S. taxes.

Pfizer, which makes the cholesterol fighter Lipitor, will keep its global operational headquarters in New York. But the drugmaker will combine with Botox-maker Allergan as a company that will be called Pfizer Plc. That company would have its legal domicile and principal executive offices in Ireland.

Aside from a lower tax bill, the Allergan acquisition would give Pfizer brand-name medicines for eye conditions, infections and heart disease. They would join Pfizer’s extensive portfolio of vaccines and drugs for cancer, pain, erectile dysfunction and other conditions. The deal would enable Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue, to surpass Switzerland’s Novartis AG and regain the industry’s top spot.

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Protective Packaging to Combat Food Waste

From Packaging Europe

According to a recent report one third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, costing consumers globally more than £259 billion per year. In addition, around 200,000 tonnes of the 15 million tonnes of food thrown away in the UK every year comes directly from stores. Supermarkets and growers must work much more closely with their suppliers to help tackle the food waste crisis, while ensuring the consumer receives the same quality of packaging.

Innovative packaging

There are a number of ways to effectively reduce food waste through protective packaging improvements. For example, improved design of packaging helps to ensure it is fit for purpose so it adequately protects food products as it moves through the supply chain. This highlights why it is crucial packaging developers understand the distribution process and where and why waste occurs. For example, a one size fits all, multi-purpose packaging solution can help cut the amount of packaging used. By having the ability to hold multiple items, flexible solutions have many benefits including less stockholding for packers.

Damage reduction

Damages lead to increased costs for replacing goods, including manufacturing, shipping, and labour associated with processing the replacement and the claim. When a product has to be replaced and re-distributed, and the original damaged item returned and disposed of, the product’s carbon footprint multiplies. These incidents can also impact a company’s brand reputation.

Therefore, in my opinion, the best form of packaging is easy to transport, move and lift and must be protected against being dropped or crushed. A regular shaped package can be stacked without too much space between each package being wasted and provides stronger support for the product itself. This means more packages can be transported in a container of a lorry. Unusually shaped packages can lead to space being wasted and this can be costly if thousands of the same package are been transported.

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Glass packaging industry – a global scenario explored in new market research report

From WhaTech

Dark colored glass bottles are often used in packaging beer, as glass deflects UV rays, thereby reducing the occurrence of “skunky” beer. Rise in global consumption of beer is expected to be one of the primary factors driving the glass packaging market.

Growth of the healthcare industry and higher usage of glass bottles for storage of medicines due to its sterility and reusability is also anticipated to increase demand for glass packaging over the next few years. However, rising popularity of plastics and its increasing scope of application for packaging are likely to hamper market growth.

Increasing consumer preference for glass for packaging of food, beverages and chemicals is anticipated to offer new opportunities for market growth in the near future. Alcoholic beverages (excluding beer) was the largest application segment of glass packaging, accounting for over 40% share of the global market in terms of volume in 2013. The segment is projected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period, followed by beer, due to rising consumption of these beverages.

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Healthcare will be major driver of plastic packaging

From Packaging World

The global plastic packaging market—defined as bags, pouches, films, containers, and envelopes made from plastic—was valued at $259.65 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $370.25 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the forecast period between 2014 and 2020. In terms of volume, the plastic packaging market was worth 78,400.2 kilo tons in 2013. That’s according to a new study, “Plastic Packaging Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020,” from Transparency Market Research.

According to the study, increasing demand for plastic packaging in the healthcare industry is expected to be one of the key factors driving the growth of this market. In addition, expansion of the food and beverage market, which is the largest application of plastic packaging, is expected to fuel growth. Furthermore, rising consumer preference for lightweight, durable, and highly aesthetic packaging is expected to significantly encourage growth of the market over the next few years.

However, the study adds, volatility in the price of crude oil, which consequently affects the price of downstream chemicals, is expected to hamper the plastic packaging market adversely.

One development in plastic packaging is research and development activities that have opened up opportunities for the usage of nanotechnology in the formation of films and printing.

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Valeant Buys Salix for Total Value of $14.5 Billion

From PharmaManufacturing.com

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. have entered into an agreement under which Valeant will acquire the outstanding common stock of Salix for $158 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of about $14.5 billion, according to a press release.

Salix Pharmaceuticals is known for its gastrointestinal portfolio of 22 products, including prescription brands Xifaxan, Uceris, Relistor and Apriso.

The combination is expected to yield greater than $500 million in annual cost savings from the cost base of the combined company, the release said. Synergies are expected to be achieved within six months of close, primarily from reductions in corporate overhead and R&D rationalization, with the cost to achieve these synergies to be approximately 65%.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

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