Boehringer opens biopharma site
German pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim announced onMay 16 that its China biopharmaceuticals site has officially become operational. As the first and only biopharma site set up in line with global standards by a multinational pharma company in China, it has become a major milestone in Boehringer Ingelheim’s strategic blueprint for its global biopharma business. The first phase of its investment has exceeded 70 million euros ($76.9 million; £59.3 million). As Boehringer Ingelheim has been selected as one of the first companies to launch the country’s biopharma contract manufacturing organization pilot projects, the Shanghai-based site will provide wide-ranging services, including process development and clinical and commercial supply to its customers in China and globally. TencentHoldings Ltd, China’s biggest gaming and social media firm, has reached a deal with US music firm UniversalMusic Group to distribute licensed content in China. Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the Chinese firm’s music subsidiary, will also own exclusive rights to sub-license UMG’s content to other content providers in China, the two firms said in a statement onMay 16. “The digital opportunity in China’s music market is truly extraordinary, with over half a billion people enabled with smartphones. Our expansive newpartnership with Tencent will enableUMGto fully address this opportunity,” says Michael Nash, UMGexecutive vicepresident of digital strategy. Volvo Cars announced it was partnering with Google to develop the next generation of in-car infotainment and connectivity solutions based on Android, said a news release from Volvo Cars onMay 15. It said the partnership promised to revolutionize how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars. The large catalog of popular Android apps— developed by Google, Volvo, or third party app developers— will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car. “We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective,” saysHenrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo Car Group.