Research & Development

Major company commits to chemical-free products

Owing to public pressure and growing concerns about the safety of chemicals found in common cosmetics, household cleaners and fragranced products, Procter & Gamble (P&G) will achieve total elimination of the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014, according to an announcement by the company's spokesperson.

Ingredients research gets a boost

The University of Reading and Rothamsted Research were awarded £235 000 by HGCA to develop a process for the production of ferulic acid from wheat bran.

New test to monitor thyroid cancer

A new laboratory test for the diagnosis and lifelong monitoring of medullary thyroid cancer patients after thyroid surgery was recently launched worldwide (excluding the US) by leader in research-focused healthcare, Roche.

Biologic drug successful in treating Crohn’s disease

World-renowned biologic drug Humira – used to treat Crohn’s disease – celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013. The drug is a tumour necrosis factor blocker that works to limit the inflammatory effects of the disease on the gut.

EMA plans to tackle antibiotics resistance

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will provide advice on the impact of the use of antibiotics, following a request made by the European Commission as part of its ‘Action Plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)’.

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