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Sanofi and Regeneron Launch Major New Immuno-Oncology Collaboration

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology.  As part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop a programmed cell death p ... more

TxCell receives Fast Track Designation from FDA for Ovasave

TxCell SA announced  that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation to TxCell’s lead product Ovasave(R) for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. Ovasave already has an active IND (Investigational New Drug) with the FDA. The FDA F ... more

BioOutsource Opens New Facility in Glasgow

BioOutsource Ltd., part of Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group,  announced the opening of a new facility which doubles Biooutsource’s capacity for future growth. “Our opening of this new, state-of-the-art facility demonstrates our commitment to our growing list of global customers,” commented Bi ... more

First malaria vaccine receives positive scientific opinion from EMA

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive scientific opinion for Mosquirix (Plasmodium falciparum and hepatitis B vaccine), for use outside the European Union (EU).  The malaria vaccine Mosquirix, also known as RTS,S/AS01, w ... more

Otic Pharma Appoints Gregory J. Flesher as Chief Executive Officer

Otic Pharma Ltd announced the appointment of Gregory J. Flesher as chief executive officer and member of the company's board of directors.Mr. Flesher brings more than 20 years of drug development and commercialization experience to Otic Pharma. Most recently he was chief business officer at ... more

OptumRx, Catamaran Complete Combination

Optum announced the completion of its combination with Catamaran Corporation. Catamaran and Optum’s pharmacy care services business, OptumRx, are expected to serve the needs of more than 65 million people and fulfill more than one billion prescriptions in 2015. The combination of Catamaran ... more

Kiwi bird genome sequenced

Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have now sequenced the genetic code of this endangered species and have identified several sequence changes that underlie the kiwi’s adaptation to a nocturnal lifestyle: They found several ge ... more

Merck Serono and BioMed X extend collaboration

BioMed X Innovation Center announced that they have extended their collaboration with Merck Serono on new approaches for cancer therapy. Based on the results presented at the biannual meeting, Merck Serono decided to extend the funding of the first two international research groups for a th ... more

Stimulating the development of medicines for children

The European Medicines Agency’s Paediatric Committee (PDCO) has revised the current list of class waivers for medicines that are not required to submit a paediatric investigation plan (PIP).These are the most extensive revisions to date, and aim to better balance the need to support develop ... more

Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response

The brain’s effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group that includes two University of Florida Health researchers has found that it’s a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism. While the exact ... more

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Kiwi bird genome sequenced

Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have now sequenced the genetic code of this endangered species and have identified several sequence changes that underlie the kiwi’s adaptation to a nocturnal lifestyle: They found several ge ... more

Teeth reveal lifetime exposures to metals, toxins

Is it possible that too much iron in infant formula may potentially increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's in adulthood - and are teeth the window into the past that can help us tell? This and related theories were described in a "Perspectives" article authored by res ... more

Assessing quality of flowing waters with DNA analyses

The quality of waters can be assessed using of the organisms occurring therein. This approach often results in errors, because many species look alike. Therefore, new methods focus on DNA analyses instead. Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have optimised the process so that th ... more

Could your smartphone one day tell you you're pregnant?

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including those for detecting pregnancy or monitoring diab ... more

DNA barcoding discloses diversity

LMU researchers have used DNA barcoding to elucidate the diversity of the sponge fauna found in Antarctic waters. The data provide new insights into the evolution of this poorly characterized group. Sponges constitute an important component of marine ecosystems in the waters around Antarcti ... more

Atlas of older brains could help diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

A digital map of the ageing brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders in older people, a study suggests.The atlas created using images from MRI scans of older people could aid diagnosis by comparing the patients' scans with a detailed map of ... more

Eurofins signs an exclusive agreement to acquire the Biomnis Group

Eurofins Scientific announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Financière Bio Alfras SAS to acquire the Biomnis Group for approximately EUR 220m. The contemplated transaction is expected to be completed over the summer, subject to customary closing conditions including regulat ... more

Recipharm wins SwedenBIO Award

The winner of the ninth annual SwedenBIO Award was announced on 4th June. This year Recipharm AB was honoured for its efforts and contribution to Sweden life science during the past year.The citation reads: "Recipharm has purposefully and with great skill built a solid organisation with a c ... more

Pepric appoints Dr. Enrico Bastianelli as independent Director

The General Assembly of Pepric appointed Dr. Enrico Bastianelli as independent non-executive Board member. Dr. Bastianelli is the CEO of Bone Therapeutics since 2006, a cell therapy company for bone fracture repair and prevention. Previously, Dr. Bastianelli gained a tremendous expertise in ... more

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat disease, control transmission of this infectio ... more

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BioOutsource Opens New Facility in Glasgow

BioOutsource Ltd., part of Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group,  announced the opening of a new facility which doubles Biooutsource’s capacity for future growth. “Our opening of this new, state-of-the-art facility demonstrates our commitment to our growing list of global customers,” commented Bi ... more

Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response

The brain’s effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group that includes two University of Florida Health researchers has found that it’s a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism. While the exact ... more

Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene

Scientists have identified a critical function of what they believe to be schizophrenia's "Rosetta Stone" gene that could hold the key to decoding the function of all genes involved in the disease.The breakthrough has revealed a vulnerable period in the early stages of the brain's developme ... more

Global Bioenergies adapts its Bio-Isobutene process to sucrose

Global Bioenergies announces that its Bio-Isobutene process, first developed with glucose as a resource, is now adapted for the use of sucrose, the main component of sugar cane and sugar beet. The adaptation of the process to sucrose was one the first technical milestones set as part of "IB ... more

TxCell raises approx. EUR 8 million through a private placement of 10 percent of its common shares

TxCell SA announced the successful completion of a private placement of a total amount of approximately EUR 8 million.“We are extremely pleased to welcome on board new, mostly international, institutional investors, as shareholders. Whilst TxCell operates in a mainstream technology, cellula ... more

Orthobiologics Are the Future for Bone Healing

Autografts, the gold standard of bone grafts, have several limitations. As a result, new orthobiologics products are being developed for the benefit of patients as well as surgeons. Innovations in biomaterials and graft design have enabled these advanced products that mimic the natural huma ... more

GFBiochemicals Starts Production Of Levulinic Acid

GFBiochemicals has started commercial production at its 10,000 MT/a capacity levulinic acid plant in Caserta, Italy. GFBiochemicals is the first company to produce levulinic acid at commercial scale directly from biomass.  “Caserta is now the world's largest operational production plant for ... more

Oxford Nanopore announces £70 million fundraising

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd has raised £70 million ($109 million) in new funding through a private placement of ordinary shares. Both new and existing investors in the UK, US and mainland Europe subscribed to the fundraising to support the Company’s development and commercialisation of ... more

Phagelux Announces Acquisition of Omnilytics

Phagelux, Inc., a leading anti-bacterial company, announced the purchase of OmniLytics, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, a pioneer in the research and development of bacteriophage solutions for pathogen control in the fields of agriculture, food and water safety, and sanitation.    Om ... more

Molecular match-making: decoding ligand-receptor biochemistry

Drugs like antihistamines or beta-blockers in human bodies bind to G-protein coupled receptors. Tiny little molecules that exist on the surface of our cells relay a signal from the outside to the inside of the cell, which finally evokes a reaction within. Humans have several hundred differe ... more

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Optical 'dog's nose' may hold key to breath analysis

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a laser system for fast, non-invasive, onsite breath analysis for disease, potentially enabling screening for a range of diseases including diabetes, infections and various cancers in the future. The researchers have developed an instrument ... more

GNA Biosolutions completes € 6 million financing round

GNA Biosolutions GmbH (GNA), a manufacturer of ultrafast pathogen diagnostic instruments, will receive fresh capital of € 6 million in a series B financing round. Founded in 2010, GNA welcomes new investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement Gmb ... more

QIAGEN and Biotype Diagnostics form partnership

QIAGEN and Biotype Diagnostics GmbH announced that they have entered into a partnership to establish Biotype Innovation GmbH ("Biotype Innovation"). The new company will develop and commercialize molecular diagnostic workflows initially for personalized healthcare applications based on QIAG ... more

Thousands of Droplets for Diagnostics

A team of scientists including PhD student Friedrich Schuler from the Laboratory of MEMS Applications at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg has developed a method for dividing a DNA sample into thousands of tiny droplets. What sets it apart from ... more

Eurofins acquires Diatherix Laboratories, Inc.

Eurofins Scientific  announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Diatherix Laboratories, Inc. for approximately US$ 50m, plus an earn-out upon achievement of pre-defined revenue and profitability targets. Completion of the transaction is expected in the next 30 days and is subject ... more

Tracking Sperm

Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE), a new imaging technique for in situ localization of spermatozoa, might improve the results of testicular sperm extraction while reducing traumata during surgery.In the middle of Europe nearly every sixth couple in the reproductive age is inv ... more

Biocartis and Fast-track diagnostics sign strategic collaboration in infectious diseases

Biocartis and Fast-track diagnostics announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop a range of multiplex infectious disease tests to run on the Biocartis Idylla™ system. Biocartis and Fast-track diagnostics plan to collaborate on a new approach to infectious dise ... more

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat disease, control transmission of this infectio ... more

Detecting lung cancer at an early stage

A new diagnostic method, namely spectral histopathology, facilitates marker-free detection of individual subtypes of lung cancers. It was developed by researchers at the PURE consortium at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). They have successfully applied it in collaboration with clinicians at t ... more

DNA blood test detects lung cancer mutations

Cancer DNA circulating in the bloodstream of lung cancer patients can provide doctors with vital mutation information that can help optimise treatment when tumour tissue is not available, an international group of researchers has reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Gen ... more

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Huntingdon Life Sciences and Harlan Laboratories announce new equity funding

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and Harlan Laboratories, soon to be called Envigo, announced that a group of institutional investors has committed up to $125 million in a minority equity financing that can be used to fund future growth initiatives. Brian Cass, CEO, commented: “We recently an ... more

David Newble joins TTP Labtech as new managing director

TTP Labtech announced the appointment of David Newble as its new managing director. Dr. Jas Sangera, founder, managing director and key driver for the company for the last 14 years, will continue his role as the company’s chairman.David Newble has a proven track record of growing life scien ... more

BIOTECHNICA and LABVOLUTION: Biologization and digitalization are top themes

Two trade shows, one ticket: For the first time, Deutsche Messe is staging BIOTECHNICA (6 to 8 October 2015) in conjunction with the new LABVOLUTION in order to attract an even wider industry audience to Hannover. While BIOTECHNICA is a showcase for mainstream biotechnology and the life sci ... more

Danaher To Acquire Pall Corporation

Danaher Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Pall Corporation pursuant to which Danaher will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pall for $127.20 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $13.8 billion, including assume ... more

SYGNIS signs non-exclusive distribution agreement with Cambridge Bioscience Ltd. for UK and Ireland

SYGNIS AG announced a distribution agreement with Cambridge Bioscience for the commercialization of SYGNIS’ proprietary product portfolio in the UK and Ireland.Under the terms of the agreement, Cambridge Bioscience will promote, market, sell and support TruePrime™ products for primer-free W ... more

Sartorius Starts Off Fiscal 2015 with a Strong First Quarter

Sartorius started off fiscal 2015 with substantial double-digit gains in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Group order intake rose 13.1%, excluding currency effects; this reported figure surged 22.7%. Sales climbed 17.2% in constant currencies; the reported figure, 27.0%. Operating ... more

Genevac Consolidate Evaporator & Freeze Dryer Operations In Germany

Genevac has announced, as of 1st April 2015, that LMS Consult GmbH (LMS) has been appointed as the exclusive German distributor for its market leading evaporator systems plus the freeze dryer range of its parent company - SP Scientific.For over 30 years - LMS Consulthave successfully sold a ... more

Ximbio Expands Team

Ximbio announced the expansion of its team, with two new appointments. Dr Hugh Spotswood has joined as Senior Business Manager, and Emily Haggerty as a Scientific Portfolio Associate. Hugh’s role as part of Ximbio is to head up the business development function to maximise the revenue creat ... more

INTEGRA Biosciences Opens German Subsidiary

Following on from the successful launch of subsidiaries in France, the UK and the USA - INTEGRA Biosciences has announced the opening in January 2015 of a new organisation based in Konstanz, Germany.Leveraging an existing knowledgeable local sales and service team – INTEGRA Biosciences Deut ... more

TÜV SÜD explains process maturity according to the new ISO 9001

The final version of the revised standard for quality management systems is scheduled for release by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in autumn 2015. Many organisations have already started to address the expected changes, which are aimed at strengthening the benefit ... more

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Sanofi and Regeneron Launch Major New Immuno-Oncology Collaboration

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology.  As part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop a programmed cell death p ... more

TxCell receives Fast Track Designation from FDA for Ovasave

TxCell SA announced  that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation to TxCell’s lead product Ovasave(R) for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. Ovasave already has an active IND (Investigational New Drug) with the FDA. The FDA F ... more

First malaria vaccine receives positive scientific opinion from EMA

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive scientific opinion for Mosquirix (Plasmodium falciparum and hepatitis B vaccine), for use outside the European Union (EU).  The malaria vaccine Mosquirix, also known as RTS,S/AS01, w ... more

Otic Pharma Appoints Gregory J. Flesher as Chief Executive Officer

Otic Pharma Ltd announced the appointment of Gregory J. Flesher as chief executive officer and member of the company's board of directors.Mr. Flesher brings more than 20 years of drug development and commercialization experience to Otic Pharma. Most recently he was chief business officer at ... more

OptumRx, Catamaran Complete Combination

Optum announced the completion of its combination with Catamaran Corporation. Catamaran and Optum’s pharmacy care services business, OptumRx, are expected to serve the needs of more than 65 million people and fulfill more than one billion prescriptions in 2015. The combination of Catamaran ... more

Merck Serono and BioMed X extend collaboration

BioMed X Innovation Center announced that they have extended their collaboration with Merck Serono on new approaches for cancer therapy. Based on the results presented at the biannual meeting, Merck Serono decided to extend the funding of the first two international research groups for a th ... more

Stimulating the development of medicines for children

The European Medicines Agency’s Paediatric Committee (PDCO) has revised the current list of class waivers for medicines that are not required to submit a paediatric investigation plan (PIP).These are the most extensive revisions to date, and aim to better balance the need to support develop ... more

An innovative algorithm is helping scientists decipher how drugs work inside the body

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a computer algorithm that is helping scientists see how drugs produce pharmacological effects inside the body. The study, published in the journal Cell, could help researchers create drugs that are more efficient and le ... more

KalVista Pharmaceuticals Raises $33 Million to Advance Development of Novel Plasma Kallikrein Inhibitors

KalVista Pharmaceuticals announced it has raised $33 million in a Series B financing to support its research and clinical development programs. KalVista will use the funds to advance its proprietary portfolio of plasma kallikrein inhibitors for treating diabetic macular edema (DME) and here ... more

Auspherix Expands Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board

Auspherix Limited (UK) has announced that it has expanded and strengthened its Board and Scientific Advisory Board with the appointments of Dr Jared Silverman as Non-Executive Director and Scientific Advisor, and Professor David Livermore as a Scientific Advisor.Dr Silverman’s career has fo ... more

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Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene

Scientists have identified a critical function of what they believe to be schizophrenia's "Rosetta Stone" gene that could hold the key to decoding the function of all genes involved in the disease.The breakthrough has revealed a vulnerable period in the early stages of the brain's developme ... more

Scientists solve breast and ovarian cancer genetic mystery

Francis Crick Institute scientists, funded by Cancer Research UK, have solved a decades-old mystery and helped to unravel the genetic cause of some breast and ovarian cancers, according to new research published in Cell.Following a five-year study in nematode worms, researchers have uncover ... more

Breakthrough finding brings cure for flesh-eating skin disease 1 step closer

Scientists from the University of Surrey have made an important breakthrough in the fight against the flesh-eating tropical skin disease Buruli ulcer, by their discovery that the bacteria causes a blood clot in patients' skin, similar to those that cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The new ... more

New insight into anti-aging mechanisms

Mitochondrial autophagy has been identified as mediator of lifespan extension upon mitochondrial stress in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans by the research team of Natascia Ventura, MD, PhD, and leader of the liaison group between the IUF - Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental M ... more

Making 'miniature brains' from skin cells to better understand autism

A larger head size -- or macrocephaly -- is seen in many children with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new stem cell study of these children by Yale School of Medicine researchers could help predict ASD and may lead to new drug targets for autism treatment. The findings are publish ... more

NTU scientists discover potential treatment for Parkinson's disease

Scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the United States have found that existing anti-malaria drugs could be a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder ... more

Genetic markers linking risk for type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's identified

Certain patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) may have specific genetic risk factors that put them at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published recently in Molecular Aspects of Medicine. Und ... more

Stem cells move one step closer to cure for genetic diseases

Healthy brain, muscle, eye and heart cells would improve the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world with debilitating mitochondrial diseases. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute have gotten one step closer to making such cures a reality: they've turned cells from patients ... more

Can protein 14-3-3 sigma prevent or kill breast cancer tumors?

Every parent knows the maxim "feed a cold, starve a fever." In cancer, however, exactly how to feed or starve a tumor has not been easy to determine. A study led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has shown that a simple molecule called 14-3-3 sigma could be ... more

Anti-stress hormone may provide indication of breast cancer risk

A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that women with low levels of an anti-stress hormone have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. The study is the first of its kind on humans and confirms previous similar observations from animal experiments. The recent findings on a po ... more

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