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Norway leading the pack in cancer

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 sequencing still isn’t widely used yet, but the country has already begun tracking every patient diagnosed with carcinoma. In mid-February, the Research Council of Norway launched a new programme to couple analysis results with data from health surveys and registers. “The main objective of the programme is to develop research-based knowledge about human health and disease through better use of human biobanks and health data as unique resources,” said Rolf Bergen, who chairs the programme. Norway has a head start in using NGS to look for tumour mutations in the clinic. Projects underway in the UK and elsewhere still use conventional genetic testing, but that might change soon. China’s BGI, the world’s largest genomics centre, has opened its first European Genome Research subsidiary in Copenhagen (Denmark). Kicked off at the beginning of February, the institute is the cornerstone of a collaboration between BGI and top Danish research institutes. “The vision is to create the best facilities in the field for genomics and bioinformatics,” said Thomas Bjønholm from the University of Copenhagen, who wants to begin development on a vaccine against cancer.

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05.04.2011

Oslo – Norwegian Algeta ASA has entered a research collaboration with Genzyme to evaluate the potential of its Thorium platform Under the terms of the agreement, Genzyme will provide access to a novel tumour-targeting antibody,...

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05.04.2011

Trondheim – Norway-based APIM Therapeutics AS has received a follow-up investment from Sarsia Seed, one of its previous investors. APIM focusses on novel drug candidates that potentiate the action of current chemo­therapeutics to...

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04.11.2010

Oslo – Norwegian diagnostic specialist DiaGenic ASA has raised NOK70m (EUR 8.5m) through the sale of 140 million shares at NOK0.50 per share in a private placement to new and existing investors. DnB NOR Markets acted as manager...

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03.11.2010

Oslo – The Oslo Cancer Cluster and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM), have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of new cancer therapies. Overall, the collaboration...

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18.09.2010

Oslo/Berlin – Algeta is cashing in on its lead product Alpharadin, a targeted alpha-radiopharmaceutical in clinical trials for treating bone metastases in cancer patients. Bayer Schering Pharma has agreed to pay the Norwegian...

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11.07.2010

Lysaker – Norwegian biopharmaceutical company PCI Biotech Holding ASA has strengthened the company’s equity by a11m (NOK90m) through a share issue of 2.25 million shares with preemptive subscription rights for existing...

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12.05.2010

Oslo – In Norway, a discussion has begun on how to continue to support biotechnology after the current National Programme for Research in Functional Genomics in Norway (FUGE) comes to a close in 2011. Efforts to draw up a...

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