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New projects target two killers

21.02.2009

Barcelona – A group of Spanish scientists will lead studies into malaria and dia­betes that will focus on proteomics and bio-

informatics. The project will receive EUR 5m in funding from the European Commission between 2009-2011.
The Barcelona Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) will coordinate both research programmes, which are part of the EU’s Seventh Framework Program. In one project, researchers will seek to elucidate the formation of proteins involved in malaria transmission that could also be used to inhibit the disease. Called “Mephitis”, the project is to be led by Lluis Ribas de Pouplana, head of the Gene Translation Laboratory at IRB. The studies will include two groups in Barcelona, two in India, one in France, one in Italy, one from Portugal, and another from Australia.
The second research area funded under the program will focus on using bioinformatics to gather information about diabetes and other diseases that are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. This consortium will involve six groups aiming to identify the mitochondrial processes at the root of insulin resistance, a factor that increases the risk of diabetes.

SpainSpain

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...

SpainSpain

01.10.2011

Lisbon – A Portuguese-American research team has discovered an association between a variant in the gene DZIP1 and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The collaboration brought André Valente from the Biocant Biotechnology Innovation Center...

SpainSpain

29.09.2011

Granada - Alentia Biotech, a joint venture of Spanish pharmaceuticals companies Laboratorios Farmaceuticos Rovi SA and Ferrer, will invest €92m in the construction of a flu vaccines plant in Granada. The annual production...

SpainSpain

23.09.2011

Madrid - Spain unveiled a grand alliance between all stakeholders in biomedicine to foster innovation in the sector. Minister of Science and Innovation, Cristina Garmendia, met the representatives of institutions, public research...

Italy, SpainSpain

18.08.2011

Vinaros – The Italian company Transactiva failed to start a field trial of a genetically modified rice variant in southeastern Spain. Although the National Commission on Biosafety had approved the field trial, the Committee on...

SpainSpain

09.08.2011

Madrid/Ingelheim – Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has cleared the way for Spanish rival Almirall and ended a long-standing patent squabble, although the reconciliation was not exactly voluntary. Behind the scenes,...

SpainSpain

13.06.2011

Madrid – Spain is working to establish itself as a European hotspot for bio­energy production. The country’s Abengoa Bioenergia Nuevas Tecnologias, a subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy, will lead an international consortium in the...

SpainSpain

11.06.2011

Madrid – Agendas, working committees and associations in Europe’s biotechnology sector are not hard to find. Now the spanking new Spanish Biotech Platform (launched in May) has to show if it is more than just another extension of...

SpainSpain

06.02.2011

Madrid – Noscira, a Madrid-based company looking for Alzheimer treatments in marine life forms, raised a19m in a private placement of 3.8 million shares at EUR5 to existing and new investors. The main stakeholder is Zeltia S.A,...

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