ModusLink, Sogrigam partner up; Sartorius gets clean-room kudo;

> Taiwan-based CMO ScinoPharma says it will manufacture topiramate for Vivus ($VVUS), providing the U.S. drug company one of two active ingredients for its newly approved weight drug Qsymia. Item

> ModusLinkGlobal Solutions will provide warehousing and transportation services for Sofrigam, the maker of cold chain packaging products. Release

Germany-based Sartorius Stedim Biotech had its modular and mobile clean-room system selected for the 2012 Innovations Honoree by American Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine. Release

> Mozambique, with the help of U.S. aid, has opened a new laboratory to test the quality of drugs. Story

> German companies Biogrund and Beneo-Palatinit have developed a new process for coating pills that they claim can cut processing time to less than 70 minutes. Story

> Canada-based Phyton Biotech has gotten Certificate of suitability to European Pharmacopeia (CEP) by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) for its paclitaxel active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). Item

And Finally... Novasep plans to pump €3 million ($3.7 million) into expanding its API facility in Le Mans, France, to meet increased demand for manufacturing cancer drugs such as antibody-drug conjugates that target tumors. Release