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Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Cadbury’s twist-to-seal packaging helps with portion control; vodka’s packaging design uses reverse psychology by highlighting dangers of alcohol use; detachable egg packaging saves room in refrigerators

Merck KGaA announces Elevian, an early-stage biotechnology firm in Allston, Massachusetts, as winner of the 2021 Advance Biotech Grant Program; Elevian's innovative recombinant protein has potential to accelerate stroke recovery

Humana to expand its CenterWell Senior Primary Care in 2022 with new locations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Phoenix, Louisville, Nashville, and Charlotte; expansion includes a total of 26 centers, marking first ventures into Arizona, Kentucky, Tennessee

Unilever will not increase its offer for GSK Consumer Healthcare beyond £50B; company says the financial assumptions from the current owners of the segment have not changed Unilever's view on fundamental value

Valneva announces its inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate neutralizes Omicron variant in Phase 1/2 trial; 100% of participants showed antibodies against ancestral virus and Delta variant, 87% had antibodies against Omicron

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January 11, 2022

Industry Roundup

Digital Medicine/Telemedicine

Three start-ups win Colgate-Palmolive's first Colgate Connect Challenge; Dermala creates personalized skin-care products using microbiome, analytics, while SkinDNA's wearable skin patch analyzes skin microbiome, and Gennev offers menopause telehealth
Business Wire (01/10)

Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Researchers in India find solvent-free rice husk can provide efficient approach for synthesis of substituted imidazoles for antifungal and in vitro herbicidal activity: Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University
Current Research in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (01/07)

Women's Health Issues

Among millennial women, top wellness concerns are stress, mental health, sleep, finds survey of women aged 25-35; three in five are confident in understanding which supplements to take, over half admit to impulse buying products when their body changes
Nutra Ingredients (01/10)

Health Care & Wellness

Vegans and vegetarians could risk vitamin B12 deficiency, experts warn as consumers increasingly embrace more plant-based diets; plant-based product sales have risen by 49% in Western Europe since 2018
Nutra Ingredients (01/10)

FDA grants revised emergency use authorization to Amazon Real-Time RT-PCR Test for coronavirus; product is available at Amazon facilities or as an unsupervised self-collected kit
Indian Health Care News (01/10)

Executive Perspective: Pfizer will have a COVID-19 vaccine for the omicron variant ready by March, says CEO Albert Bourla; upcoming vaccine will reportedly also target other variants that are circulating
CE Noticias Financieras (01/10)


Pfizer and Acuitas Therapeutics enter agreement under which Pfizer will have option to license Acuitas' lipid nanoparticle technology for up to 10 targets for vaccine or therapeutic development; technology is a delivery system for mRNA-based therapies
Pfizer Inc. (01/10)

Takeda enters agreement to acquire UK-based Adaptate Biotherapeutics, a developer of antibody-based therapeutics for cancer; transaction is expected to close in Q1 of fiscal 2022
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (01/10)

Bharat Biotech gets India government green light for late-stage trials of its nasal COVID-19 vaccine, which would be used as a booster shot
The Peninsula (01/07)

Health Care & Wellness group

California state regulators allow hospitals to compel asymptomatic workers to return to work, even if they tested positive for COVID-19; labor unions condemn the move, while public health officials note hospitals face staff shortages at a critical time
Sacramento Bee (01/10)

Global health care market will likely see ongoing trend toward home-based care that began during coronavirus pandemic, according to Forrester report; value-based payment approach could become more dominant
FierceHealthcare (01/07)

Moderna to deliver 3.7 million doses of mRNA vaccine to Thailand by the end of January; country has ordered a total of 5.6 million doses
Thai News Service (01/07)

Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences group

Pfizer and BioNTech enter new global collaboration to develop first mRNA-based shingles vaccine; clinical trials are expected to start in H2 2022
Pfizer Inc. (01/07)


Home-Use Medical Devices

Los Angeles County health officials halt home testing program amid backlog of nasal swab kits needing processing; program provided tests that allow individuals to collect a sample at home and ship it to laboratories
Los Angeles Times (01/07)


Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

Hair-thinning brand BosleyMD expands into CVS Pharmacy, entering 7,500 locations across US, growing brand's accessibility, availability nationwide; products to include Women's & Men's Hair Growth Supplements, Hair Regrowth Treatments with Minoxidil
PR Newswire (01/10)



ProAmpac’s fresh food-to-go packaging receives further recognition; HandRap wins 2021 UK Packaging Award, RecycAll Freshpack wins 2021 World Plant-Based Award and nominated for 2022 PAC Global Award, and RapTray recognized by GDUSA for graphic design
Business Wire (01/10)


People who switch from traditional cigarettes to heated tobacco products show lower exposure to harmful chemicals, but saw greater exposure than those who quit all smoking, global review finds
ForeignAffairs.co.nz (01/07)

Caps & Closures

Sustainable chemical firm Indorama Ventures is acquiring Ngoc Nghia, a PET converter in Vietnam for brands in the beverage, non-beverage industries; Ngoc Nghia has production capacity of approximately 5.5 billion units of PET preforms, bottles, closures
Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (01/10)


Israel-based StePac, producer of modified atmosphere packaging, offers solutions for blueberries that are designed to preserve quality, increase shelf life, reduce waste; solutions include Xtend preformed bulk bag, Xflow flowpack solution, Xgo top seal
Fresh Plaza (01/07)


Latest: Jan, 10 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) 135.26 135.56 -0.22% 21.19%
Cardinal Health (CAH) 51.03 54.24 -5.92% -8.73%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 173.09 173.95 -0.49% 8.15%
Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) 82.37 80.30 2.58% -0.79%