June 2010- Volume 6, Issue 6

June 2010

In this Issue

Instruments & Informatics

Meeting mass spec challenges head-on

Meeting mass spec challenges head-on

Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute advances protein research with help from new AB SCIEX technology

Arrayed from end to end

Arrayed from end to end

BioDiscovery and Exiqon sign OEM agreement to provide complete miRNA analysis solution

Temperature- controlled Sample Storage

Temperature- controlled Sample Storage

BioStorage will use Biomatrica’s RT storage technology to provide conversion services

Back in the workflow

Back in the workflow

Freeslate announces software partnership with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development

Omics & Systems Biology

Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Thermo Fisher Scientific acquires Proxeon, a proteomics workflow solution provider

Two are better than one

Two are better than one

Duke, LabCorp combine forces to create The Biomarker Factory

HTG signs collaboration agreement with John Wayne Cancer Institute

HTG signs collaboration agreement with John Wayne Cancer Institute

Aim is to generate a novel mRNA signature that can measure the gene expression differences in melanoma and benign nevi using classical surgical pathology samples

Going boldly into the transcriptome

Going boldly into the transcriptome

Ocimum partners with Jivan to provide sequencing-based transcriptome profiling services

Research & Development

Combining immunomodulators with cancer vaccines

Combining immunomodulators with cancer vaccines

IRX Therapeutics announces cancer vaccine collaboration with Japan’s National Cancer Research Center

The better to see you with

The better to see you with

EyeGate, GSK collaborate on ocular delivery of drugs

TNT for tumors

TNT for tumors

Peregrine grants Stason rights to develop TNT products in APEC countries

Biotech expertise to raise profile of neglected disease

Biotech expertise to raise profile of neglected disease

Medicines for Malaria Venture and Anacor Pharmaceuticals collaborate on applying boron chemistry technology to treat malaria

No gain without pain

No gain without pain

sanofi-aventis, Glenmark sign global agreement aimed at treating chronic pain

Commentary

Preanalytical sample handling protocols can advance personalized medicine and science

Preanalytical sample handling protocols can advance personalized medicine and science

Basic research and industry adoption of standard protocols and tools for preanalytical sample handling are necessary to advance personalized medicine and science

What is ‘personalized medicine?’

What is ‘personalized medicine?’

Medicine remains an art to be practiced. Given that no two doctors and no two patients are the same in all respects, it has always been personalized

Editor's Focus

We are all witnesses … to failure and success

We are all witnesses … to failure and success

We must make better use of our time, energy and priorities, focusing not on negative outcomes, but asking the questions that will lead us to results we seek.

Contract Services

From molecule to market

From molecule to market

Charles River Laboratories acquires WuXi PharmaTech for $1.6 billion, creating a CRO with services from early-stage drug development to clinical trials

Doxorubicin’s new clothes

Doxorubicin’s new clothes

SIOGEN and Veeda announce partnership to develop new nanoparticle formulation of Doxorubicin for cancer treatment

Expressing themselves

Expressing themselves

Aragen and CEVEC sign agreement covering novel human expression system

Fordham builds partnership for global healthcare innovation

Fordham builds partnership for global healthcare innovation

ACRO funds Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center At Fordham University Schools of Business

A New York state of MSA

A New York state of MSA

Agreement enables CLINiLABS to add ECG core lab services

DSM Biologics launches Australian biopharma manufacturing facility

DSM Biologics launches Australian biopharma manufacturing facility

DSM Biologics, a business unit of DSM Pharmaceutical Products, a global business providing cGMP custom manufacturing services across all facets of the pharmaceutical industry, has signed preliminary agreements with the Australian government to design, build and operate the first major Australia-based mammalian biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility, which will be located in Brisbane.

Global News

Striking from two sides … or more

Striking from two sides … or more

TB Alliance and AstraZeneca form research collaboration to fight tuberculosis

Sticking together against Huntington’s

Sticking together against Huntington’s

BioFocus and CHDI enter new five-year collaboration for Huntington’s disease therapeutics

A breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air

Novartis acquires Oriel Therapeutics, gains portfolio of respiratory products targeting asthma and COPD

Scientists working for scientists

Scientists working for scientists

Stemgent and Miltenyi Biotec agree to co-develop stem cell research products

Taking a BiTE out of multiple myeloma

Taking a BiTE out of multiple myeloma

Boehringer Ingelheim, Micromet announce global collaboration for multiple myeloma BiTE antibody

Eppendorf and Akonni to co-market extraction kits

Eppendorf and Akonni to co-market extraction kits

Eppendorf North America and Akonni Biosystems have entered into a joint marketing agreement to promote Akonni TruTip nucleic acid extraction kits configured for use with Eppendorf epMotion automated pipetting systems.

Special Reports

CROs take advantage of M&A madness

CROs take advantage of M&A madness

The landscape has been changing drastically over the last year or so, with a string of mergers and acquisitions resulting in the formation of new collaborations, new companies and allegiances that have reshaped the market

Where are the jobs?

Where are the jobs?

With companies cutting staff and outsourcing services, your job may be moving overseas; but then again, it may just be moving down the street

Diagnostics

Clavis and Clovis take a companion

Clavis and Clovis take a companion

Clovis Oncology to develop and commercialize hENT1 companion diagnostic with Ventana Medical Systems

Licensed to test

Licensed to test

Warnex Medical Laboratories obtains rights to establish Epigemomics’ laboratory-developed test for Septin9

On the right path for MDx growth

On the right path for MDx growth

ExonHit acquires RedPath Integrated Pathology to create ‘molecular diagnostic powerhouse’

Promising diagnosis for success

Promising diagnosis for success

As part of a strategic agreement, bioMérieux purchases $5 million equity stake in Knome
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