Contractors end Dr. Reddy's strike; Watch for quality glitches in HCl, says Rx-360;

> Dr. Reddy's said yesterday that a contractor union has called off a three-month strike at an Indian manufacturing plant and operations have been restored. News

> Supply chain security industry group Rx-360 advises drugmakers to watch for spec failures in technical-grade hydrochloric acid. Item

> California biotech Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical has named Tom Kassberg chief business officer, responsible for business development, corporate strategic planning, human resources and legal affairs. Story

> Coldstream Labs has named Vickie Hall, formerly of Boehringer Ingelheim unit Ben Venue, VP of Manufacturing. Announcement

> Bayer is selling a portion of its Mishawaka, IN, operation to Siemens, imperiling 270 jobs. Report

> Specialty packager IntraPac Group is building an 80,000-square-foot facility on 7 acres in Lawrenceburg, IN. Article

> ZRG Partners finds an overall 17% decrease in hiring across life sciences sectors in the third quarter, with manufacturing taking the biggest hit: a global 34% decrease. Release

> Ferring Pharmaceuticals has purchased a 25-acre site in Parsippany, NJ, for an expansion of its U.S. operations center. Release

> Merck's EMD Millipore has taken the wraps off the Mobius CellReady 200-liter single-use stirred tank bioreactor. Release

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