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Spanish researchers identify biomarker predicting response to Tarceva therapy

25.02.2011

Lugano/Barcelona – Spanish researchers have presented a novel biomarker able to identify responders to Roche’s EGFR blocker erlotinib (Tarceva), at European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology (EMCTO, 24-26 February, Lugano). Analysing gene expression levels in 43 NSCLC patients (non-small cell lung cancer) with a defective gene for the EGFR receptor, who received erlotinib therapy, the team under Professor Rafael Rosell from Spanish Lung Cancer Group (SLCG) and cancer biomarker specialist Pangaea Biotech in Barcelona found that the expression level of the AEG-1 was predictive for progression-free survival. Progression-free survival was 27 months for those with low AEG-1 (astrocye elevated gene 1, metadherin) expression, compared to 12 months for those with high expression. For those patients in the high-risk group, the result can alert the clinical oncologist to be ready for early progression and look for alternative management strategy, Dr Rosell said.

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...

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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,...

SpainSpain

06.02.2011

Madrid – Nowhere in the world, is the concentration of GM-sceptics higher than it is in Europe, but their reign is not supreme. On the south-western tip of the continent, Spain stands out for its “science-based agricultural...

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