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Sanofi's Mediterranean love affair

13.03.2012

Paris/Barcelona – French pharma company Sanofi strengthens its ties with the Spanish research institution CGR (Center for Genomic Regulation) in Barcelona. CGR stated on 12 March that the two partners agreed upon three years of joint research activities. The main topical focus will be on rare and genetic diseases. On the method's side bioinformatics will move over to the centre. The aim is to develop computational tools that aid in translating basic science into profitable products. Beyond that, the broad partnership also includes projects in the fields of medical genetics and epigenetics. The first endeavours will tackle infectious diseases and specifically the question of how to deliver therapeutics using synthetic biology approaches. Over the course of the collaboration, additional projects are also intended for launch. So far nothing is known about the nature of these projects or the financial terms of the agreement. CGR is a regular feature on the news ticker these days. It was only last Wednesday when Sanofi and the CGR announced the drug company's €1m investment in CGR-research about cellular reprogramming and synthetic biology in lung diseases, an agreement lasting for just one and a half years but with both sides expressing their commitment to extend the collaboration afterwards. Moreover, in mid-February, the CGR which is supported by both the regional government of Catalonia and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, was already kicking-off of a €12m European stem cell project called 4DCellFate

FranceFrance

17.12.2011

Romainville – Cellectis SA has completed its acquisition of Cellartis AB, which provides stem cell-based in vitro R&D tools, in a cash and stock deal valued at €29.1m (US$39.9m). Cellartis shareholders received 1.9 million...

FranceFrance

01.11.2011

Paris – One of the biggest European biotech deals of 2011 is now sealed. As announced in September, the shareholders of French genome engineering specialist Cellectis approved the takeover of Swedish Cellartis, the European...

FranceFrance

26.10.2011

Paris - Sanofi and MS patients can breathe a sigh of relief. At an MS congress in Amsterdam, the company presented impressive results of a phase III trial comparing alemtuzumab with subcutaneous Rebif interferon beta-1a in 581...

FranceFrance

20.10.2011

Paris/Boulder – French drugmaker Servier has secured the rights for two miroRNA drug candidates from US-biotech MiRagen. Both companies clinched a partnership agreement under which Servier would fund the research, development and...

FranceFrance

10.10.2011

Paris/Hyderabad – Sanofi Aventis believes in India. The pharmaceutical company announced the opening a state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing facility, believed to be Asia's biggest, in March 2012. In the coming years Sanofi will...

FranceFrance

01.10.2011

Paris – Nanobiotix S.A. is entering the clinical stage with its NanoXray nano­particle therapy, which aims to increase the efficacy of radiotherapy without increasing dosage. In mid-September, the French nano­medicine company...

Sweden, FranceFrance

16.09.2011

Paris – For €16.4m in cash and roughly €12m in shares, French genome engineering specialist Cellectis has taken over Swedish Cellartis. Cellartis is the European leader in stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes. With 62...

Germany, FranceFrance

09.09.2011

Luxembourg - Disorientation reigns in green biotechnology in Europe. Two decisions by the European Court of Justice regarding genetically modified crops point in different directions. On Thursday the judges left the opponents of...

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