BI purchases Amgen facility
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim will purchase a manufacturing plant from U.S. biotech company Amgen, the two said.
The plant, located in Fremont, Calif., is 100,000 sq. ft. and employs around 360 people. BI has been a contract manufacturer for Amgen for more than 10 years. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though BI said it would purchase “substantially all” of the assets at the plant.
“The technological expertise at Fremont and the state-of-the-art facility will enable us to further strengthen our global contract manufacturing business, including new biological entity process development and manufacturing efforts,” BI board member Wolfram Carius said. “We greatly value our relationship with Amgen and are enthusiastic about joining the San Francisco Bay Area biotechnology community and for the opportunity to better serve our current and future contract manufacturing customers.”
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy names senior associate dean
BALTIMORE — William Cooper has been promoted to senior associate dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, the school announced Tuesday.
Cooper, who has worked at the school since 1999, will continue his duties of general administration and overseeing its $50 million budget, human resources, information technology, multimedia and facilities, and also will oversee entrepreneurial activities while helping bring new resources into the school.
The school said it has constructed two new buildings and expanded enrollment by more than 50% during Cooper’s tenure.
PPOk members join NCPA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has expanded its membership.
The group said the Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma has signed up all of its members. PPOk members, NCPA said, now will have access to:
Financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health;
Exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions and updates on healthcare-reform implementation;
Programs, such as Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and
Discounts on the best pharmacy meetings in the industry.
“PPOk’s leadership and many of its pharmacies have long been supporters and members of the NCPA, and we’re excited to now have all of its members on board,” said Robert Greenwood, NCPA president. “With so many changes and challenges before us, independent pharmacy must demonstrate strength in numbers and work together for our profession and our patients. We’re glad to have PPOk join us in our efforts to make our voices heard.”