Business briefs

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 04:56 PM

Quintiles completes acquisition

DURHAM –Quintiles, the Durham-based publicly traded contract pharmaceutical services company, has completed its acquisition of Novella Clinical.

Morrisville-based Novella, which is also a clinical resource organization focused on contract research for cancer treatment development companies, will operate as a unit of Quintiles.

“We are extremely pleased to have completed the acquisition of Novella and look forward to working together to increase our collective opportunities with emerging oncology and medical device companies,” Paula Brown Staff, president of clinical development at Quintiles, said in a prepared statement.

RTP start-up wins green challenge

NETHERLANDS – A Research Triangle Park-based start-up that’s looking to build a business around bricks made in a more environmentally friendly way has won a green business competition.

BioMason, founded by Ginger Dosier, was announced Monday as the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013. The company was selected from five startups by a jury chaired by Richard Branson, and was awarded 500,000 euros, or more than $667,000.

BioMason wants to manufacture bricks by “growing” bacteria and using materials such as sand. They’re meant to be an alternative to clay-fired bricks, whose production creates greenhouse gas emissions.

Ronda Closer, entrepreneur-in-residence at the First Flight Venture, said BioMason is still in the research and development phase. The company is operating out of the center in the Research Triangle Park.

“With the prize money we will be able to achieve significant results faster and launch our sustainable bricks on a large scale,” Dosier said in a news release.

GSK gets priority review for melanoma candidate

 LONDON -- British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has won a priority review designation for a melanoma treatment from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company announced Monday.

The company is seeking approval for the combined use of Tafinlar and Mekinist for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic melanoma skin cancer who have certain genetic mutations.

Demand for IT jobs down for second month

RALEIGH – Demand for information technology jobs in North Carolina was down in August, the second consecutive month of decline.

In August, there were 4.8 percent fewer job openings in North Carolina compared with last year, according to N.C. Technology Association’s IT Jobs Trends Report. The report is prepared for the association by SkillPROOF.