July 2008- Volume 4, Issue 7

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Genomics & Proteomics

Killer turned savior

Killer turned savior

Insights into Huntington’s protein lead to major discovery for vaccine adjuvants

U.S. provides personal touch

U.S. provides personal touch

TGen, PPM and ISB team up to help Luxembourg harness genomics and proteomics tech

Three\'s company

Three\'s company

1000 Genomes Project welcomes Illumina, Applied Bio and 454

Here we genome again

Here we genome again

The Human Microbiome Project, dubbed the ‘Second Human Genome Project,’ poses more complexities

Automation & Instrumentation

Invitrogen, Applied Bio to merge

Invitrogen, Applied Bio to merge

Invitrogen ponies up $6.7 billion in cash and stock to create a life sciences juggernaut

A cultural connection

A cultural connection

Thermo Fisher reaches across all divisions to create the Cell Culture Excellence Program

Covering the sample prep bases

Covering the sample prep bases

Leica Microsystems acquires Bal-Tec to provide complete sample prep offering for microscopy

Research & Development

Oh la la! Ipsen goes wild

Oh la la! Ipsen goes wild

French pharma expands global footprint with three U.S. deals totaling $450M

Wanted: CNS disorder drugs

Wanted: CNS disorder drugs

Roche, PsychoGenics team up to identify neuropsyciatric disorder treatments

Locus furthers cancer focus

Locus furthers cancer focus

Locus inks cancer research deals with two academic centers

Upping the antibody ante

Upping the antibody ante

Novartis buys Protez in deal worth up to $400 million

Informatics

One platform for MS research

One platform for MS research

MRF taps CDD’s Web-based software to integrate MS research efforts

Rise of Phenyx

Rise of Phenyx

GeneBio marries Phenyx platform with Nonlinear’s Progenesis MS software

Open biology

Open biology

NextBio expands search engine and launches free public access

Putting teeth into bioinformatics

Putting teeth into bioinformatics

Waters, Rosetta extend proteomic research collaboration

Linguamatics joins Microsoft BioIT Alliance

Linguamatics joins Microsoft BioIT Alliance

Linguamatics Ltd., a provider of enterprise text mining for life science researchers, announced in June that it has joined the Microsoft BioIT Alliance, an association of life science organizations and informatics companies whose focus is to enhance collaboration and accelerate the pace of drug discovery and development.

Attractive acquisition

Attractive acquisition

Parexel makes $182M offer for ClinPhone

Global News

Big pharma goes generic

Big pharma goes generic

Daiichi Sankyo to take control of Ranbaxy in $4.6 billion deal

Bidding for generic stake?

Bidding for generic stake?

Sanofi-aventis, PPF on verge of bidding war for Czech generic drug maker Zentiva

CytRx to acquire Innovive

CytRx to acquire Innovive

$23 million deal creates company focused on molecular chaperone technology platform, near-term oncology opportunities

Producing purified plasmid DNA

Producing purified plasmid DNA

Boehringer Ingelheim and GENEART to offer design and production services for DNA therapeutics, vaccines

Symphogen in infectious disease collaboration with Genentech

Symphogen in infectious disease collaboration with Genentech

Symphogen A/S announced it entered a global strategic collaboration with Genentech Inc. for antibody therapeutics against three undisclosed infectious disease targets.

Commentary

What’s new can be old in life sciences

What’s new can be old in life sciences

When you’ve been around the block a few times, you start to recognize familiar landmarks. When you are young, perspective is harder, but it’s not disabling, either.

Editor's Focus

A generic tale: Go east, young man!

A generic tale: Go east, young man!

With apologies to the 19th century New York Tribune editor, Horace Greeley, the phrase "go west, young man!" can now be turned around for life sciences and pharmaceutical companies looking for opportunity at the beginning of this millennium.
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