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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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23.04.2010

Oslo – Norwegian cancer specialist Clavis Pharma ASA announced yesterday that its US-based development partner Clovis Oncology for CP-4126 has signed an agreement with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. to develop a companion...

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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...

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01.02.2010

Cancer drug developer Clavis Pharma ASA (Oslo) has appointed Olav Hellebø as its new CEO. Hellebø, who joined Clavis Pharma from UCB at the beginning of February, is an experienced pharmaceutical executive who has held senior...

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04.01.2010

Oslo – Norwegian drug delivery specialist Clavis Pharma ASA has received an unsecured loan of NOK20m (EUR2.4m) from the governmental body Innovation Norway to kick-off a Phase III registration trial with elacytarabine in 350...

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22.12.2009

Oslo – Norwegian drug delivery specialist Clavis Pharma ASA has received an unsecured loan of NOK20m ($3.2m) from Innovation Norway to kick-off a phase III registration trial with elacytarabine in patients with late-stage acute...

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25.11.2009

Oslo/Boulder – Norwegian drugmaker Clavis Pharma has inked a cancer drug development deal worth around US$380m with US-based Clovis Oncology, a newly formed oncology company led by former Pharmion Corporation executives. The deal...

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19.09.2009

Oslo – Norway’s Algeta ASA surprised analysts with a EUR560m licensing pact for the company’s lead drug – an experimental radiotherapy that targets cancerous bone cells. Licensing partner Bayer Schering Pharma will pay US$61m in...

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13.07.2009

Oslo – Prof. Harald Stenmark, head of the Centre for Cancer Biomedicine at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, has received one of the Advanced Grants distributed by the European Research Council. The oncologist will now receive...

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13.07.2009

Oslo – Clavis Pharma ASA, a Norwegian drug developer focused on cancer therapies, has reported that it has received EUR14m (NOK 129m) in additional funding through a private placement of 10.7 million shares led by Carnegie ASA...

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