Drug Making Breaks Away From Its Old Ways

February 9, 2015 6:45 PM

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Drug Making Breaks Away From Its Old Ways

For decades, drug makers have used cutting-edge science to discover medicines but have manufactured them using techniques dating to the days of the steam engine.

But now, the industry is moving toward a major upgrade. GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Johnson & Johnson and Novartis AG are among the companies building facilities to make drugs differently. Biotechs including BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. are deploying—or are about to deploy—e...

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