Roche bulks up in gene therapy and hemophilia with $4.3bn Spark buyout

Late-to-the-game Roche has finally made a move in gene therapy, one of the biopharma industry’s most sought-after and expensive classes of medications. And it’s a move that will vault the Swiss drugmaker ahead of the pack. Roche is shelling out $4.3 billion to take in Spark Therapeutics, securing a leading spot in the hot gene […]

AfCFTA: LCCI pushes protection of industrial base

By Nduka Uzuakpundu For the policy-makers at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the informed beginning of wisdom – with effect from the second decade, of the 21st Century is, clearly, a measured form of a protectionist tendency for Nigeria’s industrial base. This is with special reference to the African Continental Free Trade […]

Nigeria’s standards agency mops up substandard lubricants

Nigeria’s standards watchdog, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), in its quest to stamp out adulterated products in the country has begun a nationwide mop up of substandard lubricants form the market. Osita Aboloma, director general, SON, at an enforcement exercise across different markets and warehouses in Lagos, Nigeria in search of adulterated and uncertified […]

Nigeria’s standards agency steps up surveillance with 16-man unit to strengthen data gathering

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has inaugurated a 16-man Surveillance, Investigation and Monitoring (SIM) unit targeted at strengthening its data gathering capacity and bridging information gaps in its operations. The team in concert with the federal operations unit, the Nigerians Customs Service (NCS) and other security agencies on intelligence gathering and sharing will undertake […]