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New era for Roche

New era for Roche

Shareholders at Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche welcomed the
start of a new era as the company summarised recent events,
including the divestment of the vitamins business, at its annual
general meeting yesterday.

EU R&D keeps active

EU R&D keeps active

There has been 'unprecedented development' in terms of the
Community's research policy in the last year claims the European
Commission's 2002 annual report on technological research and
development (RTD) in 2001.

Biogen digs into Europe

Biogen digs into Europe

Biotechnology company Biogen this week celebrated its 25th
anniversary by breaking the ground on a large-scale manufacturing
facility in Hillerød, Denmark, marking the company's first
development phase for the region and a greater...

RNAi tools

RNAi tools

Dharmacon, a US supplier of RNA and RNA-interference research
products, announced today it has launched Cell Cycle siARRAY, a
collection of ready-to-use siRNA duplexes designed to knock down
112 genes involved in cell cycle regulation.

Biotech appeals to the angels

Biotech appeals to the angels

Venture capital investments in biotechnology and medical device
companies combined to total $4.7 billion (€4.4bn) in 2002, or 22
per cent of all investing, representing the highest proportion in
seven years, according to the MoneyTree...

Go with the flow...

Go with the flow...

A series of new flow cytometry products will soon hit the market
with the announcement yesterday from US companies BD Biosciences
and Molecular Probes that, following a recent license agreement, BD
Biosciences Pharmingen has launched...

A LEAP ahead

A LEAP ahead

Specialists in cellular analysis Cyntellect this week announced the
issuance of a new patent covering the company's Laser Enabled
Analysis and Processing (LEAP) technology platform.

Xenogen in Japan

Xenogen in Japan

SC Biosciences is to be the exclusive distributor of sensitive
tools for drug discovery with the announcement this week that it
will distribute in vivo imaging technology in Japan for US company
Xenogen corporation.

Softly, softly...

Softly, softly...

German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has signed a
long-term agreement with software company MDL Information Systems
to use its software technology for managing and deploying chemical
information systems.

Fund setback for world leader

Fund setback for world leader

Applied Biosystems group, the world's number one maker of
gene-analysing equipment, warned on Tuesday that it would report
lower-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue and earnings due
to deteriorating business conditions.

The yolk of the matter

The yolk of the matter

The prospect of using chicken eggs as commercial 'biofactories' for
the production of protein-based drugs has moved a step closer with
the announcement of a study showing that transgenic cockerels can
pass on an introduced...

Asia-Pacfic focus

Asia-Pacfic focus

Singapore is the location for the first 'Drug Discovery Technology'
event organised by IBC Life Sciences in the Asia-Pacific region.

EU: Investment in R&D slipping

EU: Investment in R&D slipping

European scientists continue to be strong in areas such as medical
research and chemistry and Europe may produce the highest number of
science graduates but it is lagging behind in biotechnology, still
employs fewer researchers, accounts...

New tool for proteomics

New tool for proteomics

Developer of life science tools Bruker Daltonics has introduced a
new research instrument for proteomics research at the laboratory
science exhibition Pittcon, taking place in the US this week.

Plants ooze vitamin C

Plants ooze vitamin C

Scientists in the US report this week that they have developed a
new technology that increases the amount of vitamin C in plants,
including grains, by increasing the amount of the enzyme that is
responsible for recycling vitamin C.

UK diagnosis for Nestlé

UK diagnosis for Nestlé

UK microbial testing company Celsis International announced this
week that food giant Nestle has selected Celsis' recently launched
milk and cream diagnostic system for its global Research &
Development site in Konolfingen.

Green light for Pfizer

Green light for Pfizer

The European Commission has given Pfizer the all clear to acquire
Pharmacia corporation - paving the way for the creation of the
largest pharmaceutical company in the world.

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