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Biomedical nanotechnology gains pace

31-Mar-2003 - Until recently nanotechnologists -- scientists who build devices and materials one atom or molecule at a time -- concentrated almost entirely on electronics, computers, telecommunications,...

Portugal to open 20 life science centres

31-Mar-2003 - The Portuguese Minister for Science and Higher Education, Pedro Lynce, confirmed his government's commitment to investing in science with the announcement today that the ministry...

GlaxoSmithKline signs €41 million deal with Flamel

31-Mar-2003 - GlaxoSmithKline has entered into a new drug formulation agreement with Flamel Technologies of France that could see the latter firm receive up to $45 million...

Biotechnology, European perceptions

31-Mar-2003 - The Eurobarometer 2002 survey on 'Europeans and biotechnology' reveals that despite the impression that Europeans are sceptical about this technology, the majority are optimistic that...

Dow obtains new oligonucleotides contact

31-Mar-2003 - Dow Chemical has agreed for Dowpharma, Dow's pharmaceutical manufacturing services business unit, to supply select, proprietary oligonucleotides to Montreal, Canada-based Topigen Pharmaceuticals for use in...

RNA interference - moving from lab to clinic

28-Mar-2003 - A collaboration between Cenix BioScience of Germany and the USA's Ambion has been formed to co-develop and market the first commercially-available, human genome-wide library of...

Biogen digs into Europe

28-Mar-2003 - 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...

New paradigm for lead optimisation

28-Mar-2003 - Pharmaceutical researchers used to begin their evaluation of drug leads by looking at affinity and potency, but a genomics/informatics-based research culture is now growing which...

Intercare revenues rise strongly in 2002

26-Mar-2003 - UK contract pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor Intercare Group has reported 2002 turnover of £275.1 million (€406m), an increase of 27 per cent year-on-year, and pretax...

Pharma boom for Denmark

26-Mar-2003 - Data published by the Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (LIF) reveals a boom in pharmaceutical exports in 2002. Sales totalled DK30.3 billion (€4.3 billion),...

Proteome Sciences boosts mass spec sensitivity

26-Mar-2003 - Anglo-German company Proteome Sciences has developed a new reagent that it claims can dramatically enhance the sensitivity of mass spectrometers for the identification of proteins....

Bioscience - economic driver for UK ?

26-Mar-2003 - UK Science Minister Lord Sainsbury this week announced a new initiative to develop 'a strategic approach' to the future of the bioscience industry in the...

Biotech appeals to the angels

24-Mar-2003 - 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...

Elan and Ingenium embark on pain alliance

24-Mar-2003 - Ireland's Elan Corp has inked a deal with Ingenium Pharmaceuticals of Germany that will see the companies apply Ingenium's functional genomics technologies to the discovery...

British Biotech to merge with RiboTargets

24-Mar-2003 - British Biotech, once the darling of the UK biotechnology industry but now suffering the after-effects of a string of major drug development failures, is having...

Swallowing loss

21-Mar-2003 - Losses continue for buccal drug delivery company Generex Biotechnology with the company yesterday reporting a net loss of $4.6 million (€4.3m), or $(27) per share...

Akzo carves further into Asia

21-Mar-2003 - Akzo Nobel has opened a new powder coatings factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in partnership with Chang Cheng Securities, marking the 12th powder...

Go with the flow...

21-Mar-2003 - 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,...

A LEAP ahead

21-Mar-2003 - 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

21-Mar-2003 - 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...

Softly, softly...

19-Mar-2003 - 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...

Flaming results

19-Mar-2003 - French drug delivery company Flamel Technologies reported a significant leap in revenues for 2002 jumping from €12.3 million in 2001 to €19.8 million in 2002....

Fund setback for world leader

19-Mar-2003 - 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...

The yolk of the matter

19-Mar-2003 - 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...

Bar codes to reduce errors

17-Mar-2003 - Patient safety, care quality, and efficiency in the supply chain are likely to improve with new proposals from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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