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Blood brothers take vow to help

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 design and construction, will combine its expertise with GE Healthcare to offer governments and pharmaceutical companies aid in the construction of plasma fractionation plants. Together, the companies want to provide an integrated, cost-competitive “turnkey” approach for the construction of such facilities to help meet rising worldwide demand for these potentially life-saving products. “Combining the unique competencies and know-how of our respective companies will help secure the delivery of turn-key solutions to the plasma products industry, including construction of complete green field facilities,” says Jarmo Suominen, Managing Director of Neste Jacobs. The global demand for blood plasma products is predicted to grow from US$13bn in 2009 to an estimated US$26.5bn by 2015. Meanwhile, health care providers in many countries – especially emerging nations – are already unable to meet demand. The World Federation of Hemophilia, a global network of healthcare providers, national hemophilia associations, people with hemophilia and their families, estimates that 400,000 people live with the disease worldwide, and that only around 25% of them receive adequate treatment. Olivier Loeillot, General Manager of Enterprise Solutions at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, calls the alliance “a big step forward in bringing simple yet vital healthcare to people who, up to now, have been denied these treatments.”

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03.11.2010

Turku/Freiburg – EU researchers led by scientists at the University of Turku have begun designing a bacterium able to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from sunlight. “We have all the parts to put the ability for production...

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19.09.2010

Rajamäki/Darmstadt – A cooperation project between AB Enzymes Oy and Royal Oy has resulted in the discovery of an enzyme that enables washing temperature to be dropped to as low as 10° C. The project is being funded by the SymBio...

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08.07.2010

Turku – Finland’s Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has announced a cooperation with German biotech company Priaxon AG to create new scaffold structures to modify the AOC3-protein function and its ligand interaction with orally...

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09.06.2010

Tampere – Short people are at greater risk of developing heart disease than tall people, according to a meta-analysis of 52 populations-based studies including 3 million people by Finnish researchers (Eur. Heart J.,...

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12.05.2010

Reykjavik – Researchers from the Icelandic bio­tech company deCODE – together with colleagues from 23 institutions in a dozen countries – have determined that genetic factors influence both nico­tine dependence and the incidence...

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11.05.2010

Turku – Finnish Biotie Therapies Corp. confirmed that its oral phospho­diesterase 4 inhibitor ELB353 has proven safe and pharmacologically active in a Phase I study. Pharmacokinetic data point to the suitability of ELB353 for a...

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07.03.2010

Helsinki/Hinxton – Finland has pledged EUR1.85m to help create world-class bio­informatics, biobanking and translational research infrastructures, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at the European Molecular Laboratory...

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04.02.2010

Helsinki –Finland is investing EUR1.9m in creating world class bioinformatics, biobanking and translational research infrastructures. The investment comes as part of the linkage of three large EU projects ELIXIR, BBMRI, and...

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01.02.2010

Helsinki – The Academy of Finland is restructuring its funding instruments. The purpose of the reform, which will be finalised in fall 2010, is to give greater clarity and flexibility to Finnish researchers, and to improve the...

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