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Leg up for biorefinery research

29.04.2009

Helsinki – The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), and the forest-based industry organised in the Finnish Forest Cluster have announced the five-year-research programme “Future Refinery” (FuBio), a biorefinery project with a total budget of about EUR50m.
At the end of February, Tekes decided to provide a9m for the initial two-year period of the programme. “FuBio aims to generate innovations that can either be implemented as a part of existing industry operations, or ones that can open up entirely new wood-based value chains,” said Christine Hagström-Näsi, the CEO of Forestcluster Ltd. That entity is part of a broader Finnish effort to develop new biorefining competences and technologies under the umbrella of the Tekes BioRefine programme launched in 2007. Forestcluster Ltd. harnesses an extensive network of national research institutes, universities and enterprises. New potential end products such as bioplastics, new composite materials and various bio-chemicals are all in planning within the FuBio framework.

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08.03.2012

The vaccine research centre of the University of Tampere in Finland has out­licenced a candidate combined prophylactic vaccine against norovirus and rota­virus infections. The Japanese vaccine venture UMN Pharma Inc. acquired the...

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07.03.2012

Finnish protein manufacturer Vectron Biosolutions AS has completed a study comparing different expression technologies. According to Vectron, their proprietary E. coli expression technology gave higher yields for seven out of ten...

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02.03.2012

Lappeenranta – Finnish paper industry major UPM plans to invest in an industry-scale biorefinery producing biofuels from crude tall oil, a by-product of the wood pulp manufacturing process. UPM’s total investment will amount to...

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18.12.2011

Helsinki/Göttingen – Finnish laboratory supplier Biohit Oyj has sold its liquid handling business for €68m to German process and labtech provider Sartorius AG. Osmo Suovaniemi, founder and Chairman of the Board at Biohit,...

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17.12.2011

Porvoo/Chalfont St. Giles – GE Healthcare and Neste Jacobs have formed a strategic alliance to drive worldwide self-sufficiency in blood plasma fractionation. Finnish-based Neste Jacobs Oy, a global expert in plant engineering...

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31.10.2011

Bresso/Turku – The wedding's off between Newron and Biotie. The bride has run away. Shares in Italy's Newron Pharmaceuticals plunged after its proposed merger with Biotie Therapies Corp was called off by the Finnish firm....

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28.09.2011

Turku/ Bresso – It is both good and bad news for the Italian biotechnology sector: Finnish Biotie Therapies ASA has signed an agreement to acquire Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A. for €45 million. On the down side, Italy loses one...

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04.04.2011

Hafnarfjodur – Actavis Group CEO Claudio Albrecht announced at the beginning of February that the company may go public within the next 2-3 years, although it isn’t clear whether the generics manufacturer would conduct an IPO,...

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