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Europe’s largest biodiesel refinery ramps up

01.10.2011

Rotterdam – Finnish oil refining company Neste Oil corporation has kick-started production in Europe’s largest renewable diesel refinery in Rotterdam. The plant has a capacity of 800,000 tonnes a year, and this will be ramped up on a phased basis. The Rotterdam plant will employ up to 150 people. The refinery can use most kinds of vegetable oils and waste fats as feedstock, including jatropha, camelina and soybean oil. A government-controlled company, Neste Oil said the Rotterdam refinery would raise the firm’s total biodiesel output to about two million tonnes a year. It already has one refinery in Singapore and two in Porvoo in Finland. The four plants are all able to produce renewable aviation fuel. Neste Oil says its “Next Generation biomass-to-liquid (NExBTL)” renewable diesel is a fuel that is compatible with all diesel engines and existing fuel distribution systems, and claims it offers good performance at low temperatures and can be used either blended with fossil diesel or on its own. One airline interested in the jet biofuel is Lufthansa AG. The German carrier is testing the biodiesel in a six-month trial on regular commercial flights.

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06.10.2011

Hamburg/Brussels - Evotec AG and UCB Pharma seem to be satisfied with their relationship. The Belgian pharmaceutical company entered into a second multi-year, multi-target integrated drug discovery collaboration with Evotec in...

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05.10.2011

Luxembourg - For its tiny size, Luxembourg attracts a disproportionally huge amount of venture capital. Creabilis SA has raised €15m in a Series B funding round led by Abbott Biotech Ventures. "In Abbott, we have added another...

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01.10.2011

Munich/Amsterdam – Researchers from the LMU Munich and the Aca­demic Medical Center Amsterdam have found a way to predict disease outcome in patients with life-threatening bacterial meningitis. In a nation­wide genetic...

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01.10.2011

Utrecht – Consuming fish or fish oil capsules may be a bad idea for cancer patients, according to Dutch researchers. In mid-September, a team headed by Emile Voest from the University Medical Centre Utrecht reported such products...

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01.10.2011

Brussels – A European gateway to life science capacities has been launched (www.toolsofscience.eu) that is aimed at providing a novel resource for identifying the best facilities and service companies from among 13 bioregions...

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01.10.2011

Stockholm/Leiden/Barcelona – A complicated ménage a trois has come to an end: Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, Pharming Group N.V. and Esteve S.A. announced at the beginning of September that they were terminating a 2004 deal...

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14.09.2011

Bunnik – AM-Pharma B.V. has raised €29.2m. The Dutch company plans to spend the money on delivering a human recombinant form of Alkaline Phosphatase (AP) as a treatment for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) from preclinical stages to the...

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13.09.2011

Utrecht – Researchers at University Medical Center Utrecht have dealt a blow to the advocates of allegedly healthy fish oil. The substance which is again and again named as a helpful substance for cancer patients, seems instead...

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07.09.2011

Diepenbeek - Amakem has received €18m to take a glaucoma drug candidate through Phase II trials. The Belgium-based developer lead candidate will use the money to advance its lead candidate AMA0076 to the clinical proof of...

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