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December 7, 2015 Issue

Volume 93, Issue 48
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December 7, 2015 Issue, Vol. 93 | Iss. 48
Drug pricing, appetite for acquisitions, and new technology make headlines in 2015
By Business Department
(p.14)
Features
Science & Technology
Scientists debate whether a zircon specimen from the Australian Outback contains evidence for life on Earth as early as 4.1 billion years ago (pp. 40-41)
Science & Technology
Green chemist looks to a day when many products we use are made from natural materials without synthetic modifications (pp. 42-43)
Back Issues
 
Another Big Merger For Pfizer
Mergers & Acquisitions: Megadeal pends as the sector steered toward specialty pharmaceuticals in 2015
(p.15)
2015 Saw Bets Placed On CRISPR/Cas9
Investments rose as technology adoption gained speed
(p.16)
2015 Was Mostly Stable For Drug Firms
Finance: Drug pricing, product introductions, and portfolio shuffles boil down to a mirror of 2014
(p.17)
2015 Was A Bountiful Year For New Drugs
Approvals: FDA approvals could top last year’s record-high number
(p.18)
Leading Drugs Under Fire In 2015
Biologics: Biosimilar competition emerged for the first time in U.S. market
(p.19)
Debate Over The Cost Of Drugs
Drug Pricing: How Martin Shkreli became the symbol of the widening controversy in 2015
(p.20)
Cancer Drugs Were Most Sought After In 2015
Immuno-Oncology: Driven by data, deal-making was hot last year
(p.21)
Biotech Blossomed On The Charles In 2015
Research Hubs: At the same time, a new model grew on the Hudson
(p.22)
2015 Marked Record Year For Biotech Investment
Start-Ups: Early-stage companies launched with strong financial backing
(p.23)
Biotechs See Boom And Bust In 2015
Stocks: Hot market for public offerings cooled in second half of the year
(p.24)
 

News of the Week

Gates Leads Clean Energy Investment Pact

Climate Change: Billionaires pledge large investments to leverage government research spending
(p.9)

Chemours Restructuring To End U.S. Production Of Sodium Metal

Reorganization: Action continues cost-cutting moves by the DuPont spin-off
(p.10)

Computers “Learn,” Then Predict Materials Properties

Computation: Machine learning algorithm mines data to predict materials characteristics with high speed and improved capabilities
(p.10)

Chemists Mutate Protein To Achieve Wider-Than-Ever Redox Range

Molecular Design: Protein variants have expanded electron-transfer ability
(p.11)

Why The Ethanol And Petroleum Industries Are Unhappy With The New Renewable Fuel Standard

New Renewable Fuel Standard 
EPA sets biofuel level lower than congressional target
(p.11)

ACS Joins Science Organizations Rebuking Congressional Climate Inquiry

House Science Committee Chairman demands documents, e-mails related to climate change paper
(p.12)

Small Molecule Improves Learning In Healthy People

Neuroscience: The compound D-cycloserine enhances cellular changes in the brain that lead to learning
(p.12)

Pharma Majors Take On Japanese Generics Market

Joint Venture: Teva and Takeda see big opportunity in off-patent drugs
(p.13)

Setback For Dow’s Duo Herbicide

Litigation: EPA seeks to withdraw approval, claiming mixture could harm endangered plants
(p.13)
 

Departments

Business

A rosy outlook for the carboxylic acid makes it an attractive business
(p.30)
Immuno-Oncology: Driven by data, deal-making was hot last year
(p.21)
Mergers & Acquisitions: Megadeal pends as the sector steered toward specialty pharmaceuticals in 2015
(p.15)
Stocks: Hot market for public offerings cooled in second half of the year
(p.24)
Finance: Drug pricing, product introductions, and portfolio shuffles boil down to a mirror of 2014
(p.17)
Approvals: FDA approvals could top last year’s record-high number
(p.18)
Biologics: Biosimilar competition emerged for the first time in U.S. market
(p.19)
Investments rose as technology adoption gained speed
(p.16)
Textile technology combines with flexible electronic sensors at IDTechEx conference
(pp. 28-29)
Drug Pricing: How Martin Shkreli became the symbol of the widening controversy in 2015
(p.20)
Start-Ups: Early-stage companies launched with strong financial backing
(p.23)
Research Hubs: At the same time, a new model grew on the Hudson
(p.22)
Drug pricing, appetite for acquisitions, and new technology make headlines in 2015
(p.14)

ACS News

This year’s National Chemistry Week festivities showcased how colorful chemistry can be
(pp. 46-49)
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Science & Technology

Green chemist looks to a day when many products we use are made from natural materials without synthetic modifications
(pp. 42-43)
Scientists debate whether a zircon specimen from the Australian Outback contains evidence for life on Earth as early as 4.1 billion years ago
(pp. 40-41)
Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning samples the toxic and healthful molecules behind the decorative fruits
(p.44)
Diseño molecular: variantes de una proteína han expandido su capacidad de transferir electrones
(p.11)

Career & Employment