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First Ebola-like virus found in Europe

19.12.2011

Madrid – Researchers from Spain and the US have discovered an Ebola-like filovirus in bats in northern Spain. The first known filovirus native to Europe was reported in a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens (doi:10.1371). The publication resulted from a collaboration between scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Spain, 454 Life Sciences, the Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Complutense University and several other Spanish insitutes. In 2002, populations of the common bent-wing bat Miniopterus schreibersii in the Cueva del Lloviu caves, as well as France and Portugal, sustained massive die-offs that destroyed several colonies in less than 10 days. While sequencing the genomes of bat carcasses from Asturias and Cantabria, researcher Ana Negredo and colleagues discovered a novel filovirus identical to Ebola along 73% of its genome. The virus, which they named Llov­iu virus, was not found in healthy bats, which indicates it is associated with the disease rather than simply asymptomatic carriage. “The study is an opportunity to advance knowledge of the natural cycle of the pathogen,” said Negredo, who was one of the authors of the study.

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08.03.2012

Granada-based Integromics S.L. has teamed up with the Galician Foundation of Genomic Medicine (FPGMX) in Santiago de Compostela to secure a €1m EU grant from the European Regional Development Fund and the Spanish government. With...

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08.03.2012

Oryzon Genomics S.A (Barcelona) is entering preclinical testing with a first-in-class bispecific LSD1/MAO-B inhibitor. In addition to the classic target MAO-B, the drug also blocks histone demethylase LSD1, an epigenetic histone...

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06.03.2012

Granada-based nLife Therapeutics S.L. has raised €5m in total from two venture capitalists. Through Caixa Capital Risc and Caixa Capital Biomed, La Caixa invested €2.5m. The same amount has been placed by Invercaria via its...

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05.03.2012

Ordesa Laboratories has filed a patent for a novel Bifidobacterium strain isolated from infant feces. It has the capacity to combat rotavirus, says a study (Appl. Environ. Microbiol., doi:10.1128/AEM.05548).

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15.12.2011

Barcelona - South western Europe gets a new R&D unit in the field of biomolecules. Kymos Pharma, a contract researcher based in Barcelona, has signed an agreement with the French biotechnology group Ipsen to create a R&D group...

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12.12.2011

Barcelona/Saffron Walden – Almirall S.A. and BioFocus announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement to identify new compounds against key targets in projects aimed at the treatment of respiratory and...

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03.12.2011

Madrid/Abu Dhabi – Spanish biotechs are seeking collaborations with firms in the United Arab Emirates. At the end of November, Grupo Zeltia and 14 other Spanish companies presented their research at the forum “Innovation,...

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01.10.2011

Madrid – The Spanish Minister of Innovation and Science Cristina Garmendia has responded to reports about Roche’s­ delivery stop in Greece and pessimistic expectations for Spain. In Sept­ember, she stressed that the atmosphere...

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01.10.2011

Granada – Alentia Biotech, a joint venture of Grupo Ferrer Internacional S.A. and Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi S.A, has announced plans to construct a national production centre to supply the Spanish population with flu...

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