The Green Processing conference brought more on pure chemistry, with Kevin Shaughnessy of the University of Alabama talking about recyclable catalyst systems using aqueous phase cross-coupling reactions catalyzed by palladium. However, the next few presentations were very "hands on" and discussed actual implementations of green chemistry.
Geez Louise, could the pharma employment picture get much bleaker? On Friday, Schering-Plough announced it would cut 10% of its 55,000 global employees within the next two years, and that the company's Kenilworth, N.J. headquarters would feel the most pain.
Clinical trials may have uncovered a possible link between inhaled insulin and lung cancer. In testing its blockbuster manque Exubera, Pfizer said six of the 4,740 Exubera-treated patients versus one of the 4,292 patients not treated with Exubera developed lung cancer.