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The new roadmap for biotech

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 national strategy for the sector will soon be launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Research. To date, 8 of the 21 Norwegian Centres of Excellence conduct research related to biotechnology, making the field one of Norway’s strongest research areas. Over the past few months, the Research Council has been consulting with universities and the business sector to pinpoint future research priorities. “The primary focus of the FUGE programme has been on the technological aspects of research,” said Steinar Bergseth, Special Advisor at the Research Council of Norway. “In the next phase, we will focus more strongly on how technology can address the challenges society is facing.” He cited climate and environmental issues, health, food and nutrition, and an ageing population as examples of relevant areas.
Øystein Rønning, Special Advisor in the Research Council’s Department for Bioproduction, International Cooperation and Commercialisation, said that the research must reflect current international focus and concerns, especially with regard to the OECD’s view of biotechnology as a key force behind the transition to a knowledge-based bioeconomy.

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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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