March 2009- Volume 5, Issue 3

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Research & Development

Cholesterol clog-buster

Cholesterol clog-buster

UT Southwestern scientists uncover compound that frees trapped cholesterol

Lifetree expands its branches

Lifetree expands its branches

In an effort to expand its services to the broader arena of central nervous system-related disorders, Lifetree Clinical Research is primed to debut its Lifetree Center for Neuroscience Research.

Bypassing HIV’s ‘decoy zone’

Bypassing HIV’s ‘decoy zone’

IAVI and Algonomics to collaborate on HIV protein design project

Sanofi-aventis outlines R&D changes, eyes acquisitions

Sanofi-aventis outlines R&D changes, eyes acquisitions

Reporting a nearly 14 percent profit in the fourth quarter of 2008, Sanofi-aventis outlines several new initiatives aimed at growing its R&D division

Trimming the fat

Trimming the fat

Zafgen, Argenta sign anti-obesity drug development deal

Spurred into action

Spurred into action

Philanthropist funds new AIDS institute aimed at finding HIV vaccine within a decade

Merck acquires Insmed for $130 million

Merck acquires Insmed for $130 million

Deal will allow Merck to pursue follow-on biologics

Automation & Instrumentation

Back Jack, do it again

Back Jack, do it again

Three-year collaboration between TTP Labtech and AZ yields custom screening solution—and an order for a second unit

Supercritical success

Supercritical success

Building on a years-long relationship and a recent equity investment, Waters acquires SFC specialist Thar Instruments

Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Millipore acquires Guava Technologies to further strengthen its position in the flow cytometry market

An affinity for membrane proteins

An affinity for membrane proteins

Bio-Rad’s ProteOn and Integral Molecular’s Lipoparticles enhance kinetic analysis of membrane protein interactions

Genomics & Proteomics

Back to school

Back to school

Mirna Therapeutics announces back-to-back oncology collaboration deals with M.D. Anderson and UCSF

Shooting from the HIP

Shooting from the HIP

Cure DM edging closer to a therapy for reversing diabetes, using a novel peptide

Buying across the pond

Buying across the pond

California-based Gen-Probe plans to acquire Tepnel in the UK for $132 million and possibly tap into pharmacogenomics market

A vision for the future

A vision for the future

Deal with Fovea helps Dyax expand reach of lead therapeutic protein candidate DX-88 into ophthalmology

The unusual suspect

The unusual suspect

Duke and Johns Hopkins researchers discover genetic link to malignant glioma that could lead to better treatment for central nervous system cancers

Global News

Roche-Genentech deal goes hostile

Roche-Genentech deal goes hostile

Roche takes $42B offer to Genentech\'s shareholders

The Danish are coming!

The Danish are coming!

Lundbeck establishes U.S. footprint with $900 million purchase of Ovation Pharmaceuticals

GSK expands global footprint

GSK expands global footprint

GlaxoSmithKline agrees to pay E515 million to UCB for expansion into emerging markets

Behind the iron curtain

Behind the iron curtain

PPD acquires AbCRO, strengthens foothold in Eastern Europe

Putting a little English on it

Putting a little English on it

Oxford Expression Technologies signs co-marketing agreement with fellow UK company Eden Biodesign

Will third time be the charm for Astellas?

Will third time be the charm for Astellas?

Twice rejected by CV Therapeutics, Astellas takes $1.1 billion bid to shareholders

Informatics

Improved informatics infrastructure

Improved informatics infrastructure

USC wins $22.2 million grant for national informatics clearinghouse

Electronic lab notebook for vaccine trials

Electronic lab notebook for vaccine trials

Immunovirology Division of French Atomic Energy Agency selects IDBS’ BioBook to manage its research data

Physicochemical software connection

Physicochemical software connection

ACD/Labs and Pharma Algorithms join forces to strengthen in silico screening and prediction

On-demand storage system

On-demand storage system

New LIMS from Sciformatix uses Software as a Service paradigm to simplify system, cut costs

More bang for their buck

More bang for their buck

Cornell researchers partner with Ocarina Networks for cost-efficient data compression and storage
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