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From petroleum to wood

Cost-efficient and more sustainable

17-Feb-2020

An interdisciplinary team of bio-engineers and economists from KU Leuven has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry. They not only looked at the technological requirements, but also whether that scenario would be financially viable. A shift from petroleum to wood ...

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Preventing metastasis by stopping cancer cells from making fat

27-Jan-2020

Olivier Feron, a researcher at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research, seeks to understand how metastases form from a tumour. He already demonstrated that the most aggressive cancer cells use significant amounts of lipids as energy sources. Now Prof. ...

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V-Bio Ventures invests in Augustine Therapeutics, a VIB and KU Leuven spin-off to fight neuromuscular diseases

06-Jan-2020

V-Bio Ventures announced its investment in Augustine Therapeutics, a new venture developing innovative therapeutics for patients suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. A spin-off of VIB and KU Leuven, Augustine raises a seed-round of 4.2 million euro with V-Bio Ventures, PMV, Advent France ...

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Stora Enso invests in pilot plant for bio-based plastic packaging material

12-Dec-2019

Stora Enso is investing EUR 9 million to build a pilot facility for enabling the production of bio-based plastics as barrier in transparent packaging. The pilot plant will convert plant-based sugars into the renewable building block required to make PEF, a bio-based plastic, mainly targeting the ...

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Gilead and Galapagos Complete Closing of Their Transformative Research and Development Collaboration

26-Aug-2019

Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Galapagos NV announced the closing of the global research and development collaboration agreement signed on 14 July 2019. This agreement has received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and ...

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Gilead and Galapagos Enter Into Transformative Research and Development Collaboration

15-Jul-2019

Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Galapagos NV announced that they have entered into a 10-year global research and development collaboration. Through this agreement, Gilead will gain access to an innovative portfolio of compounds, including six molecules currently in clinical trials, more than 20 ...

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Two Start-ups announce drug discovery collaboration

Confo Therapeutics and DyNAbind collaborate to Identify Novel GPCR-Modulating Compounds

03-Jul-2019

Confo Therapeutics andDyNAbind GmbH announce a drug discovery collaboration on an undisclosed G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR). The collaboration will combine ConfoBody™-enabled GPCRs with DyNAbind’s Dynamic DNA-encoded Library for the discovery of small molecule GPCR-modulating compounds. Under ...

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New vulnerability found in major human viruses

Structural feature may lead to antivirals for the common cold, polio, and other pathogens

13-Jun-2019

Discovery of a new feature of a large class of pathogenic viruses may allow development of new antiviral medications for the common cold, polio, and other illnesses, according to a new study publishing June 11 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Rana Abdelnabi and Johan Neyts of the ...

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Scientists identify compounds in coffee which may inhibit prostate cancer

19-Mar-2019

For the first time, scientists have identified compounds found in coffee which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. This is a pilot study, carried out on drug-resistant cancer cells in cell culture and in a mouse model; it has not yet been tested in humans. This work is presented at the ...

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ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

15-Jan-2019

A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ...

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