GermanyGermany

Sequencing pact

10.07.2010

Heidelberg – Practically overnight, a deal with Life Technologies has made the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg one of Europe’s largest centres for next-generation sequencing. At the end of June, the researchers headed by bio­informatics expert Roland Eils received 10 brand-new SOLID 4hq sequencers, six months before the instruments will be officially launched on the market. The deal is a win-win for both parties. Life Technologies, which ranks third behind competitors Illumina and Roche in the market for next-generation sequencers, has found a European partner with an excellent scientific reputation. The DKFZ will benefit from ongoing upgrades during the three-year term of the agreement. According to Eils, the DKFZ will use the sequencers for comparatative DNA analyses of brain tumours vs. normal cells in 600 children. As part of the International Cancer Consortium and one of four “Research Units for System Biology” (FORSYS) in Germany, the DKFZ is seeking to expand knowledge of brain tumour disease by describing the interrelation of genes, proteins and bio­chemical reactions. “Our aim is to understand the complex dynamic cellular processes that are dysfunctional in diseases,” said Eils. “In particular, we need to find out how small disruptions of those

processes can lead to diseases such as cancer.

Germany, FranceGermany

21.12.2011

Martinsried/Paris - Sanofi has done some Christmas shopping in Munich and has licensed Scil Technology’s programme for the regenerative treatment of osteoarthritis and cartilage disorders. Under the agreement, Scil could reap up...

GermanyGermany

20.12.2011

Monheim - It's nearly Christmas, and Bayer Crop Science gives out some presents. As the company announced, a $750 million settlement with U.S. rice farmers is now binding and can move forward. In summer the German firm had agreed...

GermanyGermany

16.12.2011

Bonn – Germany’s federal government is prolonging one of its most successful measures to date for stimulating the establishment of high-tech companies – the High-Tech-Gründerfonds (HTGF). The HTGF was launched in 2005 with €272m...

GermanyGermany

15.12.2011

Leverkusen – One short statement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) means one giant step for German biotech company Biofrontera. The agency issued a favourable opinion on the firm’s marketing approval application for its...

GermanyGermany

15.12.2011

While the European sovereign debt crisis keeps capital markets in a choke-hold, with potential negative effects on the financing situation in many industries – including biotech – there was encouraging news for drug-developing...

GermanyGermany

08.12.2011

Heidelberg – There is still life in the European life science finance. EMBL Ventures has closed a €40m fund. The early stage investor and the venture capital arm of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory(EMBL) announced the...

GermanyGermany

03.11.2011

Düsseldorf – BIO-Europe 2011 in Düsseldorf has again broken all previous records in terms of participants and company numbers. More than 3,000 representatives from 1,800 companies registered for Europe‘s largest partnering event....

GermanyGermany

02.11.2011

Brussels/San Francisco – As the biggest biotech partnering event on the continent, BioEurope, draws to a close, the venture capital community sent ambivalent messages for life sciences. Dow Jones VentureSource, an analyst,...

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