May 2009- Volume 5, Issue 5

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Research & Development

The ‘father of microarrays’ attacks Parkinson’s

The ‘father of microarrays’ attacks Parkinson’s

Arrayit and the Parkinson's Institute announce new research collaboration

Cancer-fighting deal easy as ADC

Cancer-fighting deal easy as ADC

Millennium pays $4 million to Seattle Genetics in antibody-drug conjugate collaboration

Salk Institute signs R&D pact with sanofi-aventis

Salk Institute signs R&D pact with sanofi-aventis

Collaborative agreement supports cutting-edge research, sets stage for rapid advances

MS research takes fast step forward

MS research takes fast step forward

Fast Forward and EMD Serono collaborate on treatments for multiple sclerosis

Stem cell therapy for hearing loss?

Stem cell therapy for hearing loss?

Sheffield University team grows stem cells into auditory cells that might one day restore hearing to the deaf

Red ribbon allies

Red ribbon allies

GSK and Pfizer merge HIV businesses to create global joint venture

Automation & Instrumentation

Working even closer

Working even closer

Waters Corp. and University of Warwick turn decades-long relationship into major deal to advance adoption of novel MS technology

Systems biology meets technology

Systems biology meets technology

Agilent Technologies and the University of Michigan join forces to stymie cell metastasis

Top-down proteomics research

Top-down proteomics research

Bio-Rad and Bruker partner to offer new solutions for biomarker discovery and development

Seahorse decides to make a splash

Seahorse decides to make a splash

Company acquires BioProcessors and SimCell biomanufacturing technology

Biotechs buying in bulk

Biotechs buying in bulk

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council in $250 million deal with Fisher Scientific to support supply needs of the commonwealth's biotechs

Genomics & Proteomics

Putting their brains together

Putting their brains together

Gene Network Sciences and M.D. Anderson sic translational medicine on glioblastoma

Catalog of human variation

Catalog of human variation

Applied Biosystems, TGen team up to hasten advent of personalized medicine

Primordial biomarker

Primordial biomarker

Galectin-3 discovery may lead to new cancer treatments

HGS, Morphotek take aim at genomics-derived targets

HGS, Morphotek take aim at genomics-derived targets

The two companies will collaborate to discover, develop and commercialize antibodies for oncology and immunology

Heart of the matter

Heart of the matter

Absorption Systems and ChanTest team up to enhance ADME suite with tests that assess drugs’ risks for unintended cardiac effects

A new chapter in genomics research

A new chapter in genomics research

Clinical Data's Cogenics division goes to Beckman Coulter in a deal worth $17 million

Informatics

Genologics’ LIMS forms SOLiD link

Genologics’ LIMS forms SOLiD link

GenoLogics teams up with Applied Biosystems to provide an integrated lab and data management solution for the SOLiD System

Biotech companies mix and match

Biotech companies mix and match

Merger of Eureka and Nanobac to provide a creative way to infuse cash into bioinformatics work and more

On the path of personalized medicine

On the path of personalized medicine

TcLand Expression taps Genedata's informatics solutions to strengthen its gene expression data

Bringing on the heat

Bringing on the heat

UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser uses ‘heatmaps’ to visually represent genomic and clinical data side by side

Electronic enterprise-level insight

Electronic enterprise-level insight

Thermo Fisher, Symyx Technologies offer enterprise-level, electronic lab notebook

Global News

Galapagos, Merck sign inflammatory disease agreement

Galapagos, Merck sign inflammatory disease agreement

Partnership on small molecule drug candidates could be worth up to $257 million

Getting closer to the heart

Getting closer to the heart

Lilly forges cardiovascular research collaboration with India's Zydus Cadila worth up to $300 million

An eye for the deal

An eye for the deal

Sanofi-aventis marches south of the border and beyond

Planting the seeds for R&D

Planting the seeds for R&D

MRC and MRC Technology launch new research center in U.K.

ACADIA-Meiji Seika Kaisha deal seeks gain without the pain

ACADIA-Meiji Seika Kaisha deal seeks gain without the pain

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Meiji Seika Kaisha Ltd. announced in April their collaboration to develop and commercialize a novel class of pro-cognitive drugs called PCAPs to treat patients with schizophrenia and related disorders.

Dalhousie researchers hit paydirt with discovery

Dalhousie researchers hit paydirt with discovery

A group of Canadian researchers has pinpointed a common virus that could provide a new and effective approach to eliminating breast cancer stem cells—a key tool in the battle against the deadly disease.

Commentary

Commentary: Biotech industry must adapt to changing political and economic landscape

Commentary: Biotech industry must adapt to changing political and economic landscape

A new presidential administration and a new Congress—not to mention the ever-changing economic situation on Wall Street and in financial centers around the world—are testing the speed at which biotechnology companies can react and adapt to the evolving environment.

There is no place for humor in science

There is no place for humor in science

A decade ago, I was given the above instruction by British colleagues in response to an advertisement of my company’s products that used humor to attract attention.

Editor's Focus

Lessons from AACR: Time is greatest obstacle in cancer treatment

Lessons from AACR: Time is greatest obstacle in cancer treatment

Last month, I headed to Denver with the rest of my DDN colleagues to attend the AACR's 100th Annual Meeting, eager to learn about the latest developments in oncology research. But during my last few hours in Denver, my bubble of optimism was pricked by deflating reality.
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