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Norway: Biobank assets to be privatised?

06.03.2010

Oslo/Levanger – A report released by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) proposes setting up a national biobank company in Norway. After analysing ethical, judicial and political arguments, the study ordered by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Health and Care Services suggests a single company should commercialise biomaterials assets from the country’s resources. Since 1943, Norwegian hospitals, research institutions, and governmental health authorities have collected and systemised large amounts of biological material and patient data. This has given rise over the years to almost 2,000 research-based biobanks and close to 200 clinical biobanks. The report recommends using Hunt Biosciences as a model for a national company.
Hunt Biosciences was established in 2007 to provide pharma companies with bio­marker discovery and validation services using biosamples collected over a quarter of a century from more than 250,000 people in the Nord-Trøndelag region. The company, which is owned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and North Trøndelag county, holds an exclusive commercial license to the NTNU-biobank material. The proposed biobank company could obtain a similar license for all Norwegian material.

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08.03.2012

With a bold approach, including next-generation DNA sequencing (NGS) and state-of-the-art biobanking systems, Norway is pushing forward personalised cancer treatments in its national health care system. Clinical-quality genome...

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06.03.2012

Bionor Pharma ASA’s development of an HIV vaccine is back on track. In mid-February, the Oslo-based company announced positive results from a Phase IIb study. When combined with antiretroviral treatment, the Vacc-4x vaccine...

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19.01.2012

Oslo – The north lights up with financial flares. Norwegian cancer specialist Clavis Pharma ASA has raised €21m through a placement of new shares. The 2.8 million shares represent approximately 9.4% of the current stock in the...

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11.01.2012

Bergen – BerGenBio A/S announced it has completed an €6.9m Series A financing round. The money will be spent in taking their lead compound BGB324 into clinical trials and to develop a companion diagnostic. The lead investors are...

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13.12.2011

Reykjavik – Iceland’s deCODE Genetics, which Arch Venture Partners and Polaris Venture Partners lifted out of bankruptcy in January 2010, has been making a comeback of late. In mid-October, the genome analyser announced it had...

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01.10.2011

Oslo/Leverkusen – Norwegian radiotherapy specialist Algeta ASA and German drugmaker Bayer have presented new data on their cancer drug alpharadin. The radium-223-chloride pharmaceutical showed an increased overall survival rate...

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30.09.2011

Lysaker/Osaka - Pronova Biopharma SA is set on entering the Japanese market with its TAK-085 (omega-3-acid ethyl esters 90) for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Pronova's partner Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited submitted a...

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14.06.2011

Laskut/Berlin – Researchers from Finland’s Technical Research Center VTT and the Charité Hospital in the German capital have come a step closer to a personalised diagnostic test for cancer. Matej Orešic (VTT) and Carsten Denkert...

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12.06.2011

Oslo – Norwegian cancer drug development company Clavis Pharma ASA will receive a grant from the Norwegian government for the development of a companion diagnostic in acute myeloid leuk­aemia (AML). The Research Council of Norway...

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17.05.2011

Oslo – Clavis Pharma ASA has signed a licensing deal with US firm Translational Therapeutics, Inc., for the development and commercialization of CP-4033, a patented Lipid Vector Technology (LVT) derivative of ribavirin under...

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