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University of Fribourg receives largest ever private donation

19.02.2008

Fribourg – Swiss businessman Adolphe Merkle has donated EUR62.5 million to Fribourg University to encourage research and education. The largest-ever private donation to a Swiss university is earmarked for research in the natural sciences, and will be partly used to set up an institute of nanomaterials. The 83-year-old Merkle, who graduated from the university in the 1940s, said he wanted to “give something back to Fribourg”.
The Adolphe Merkle Institute will be attached to the faculty of sciences at the university, and will invest its annual budget of more than EUR3 million in interdisciplinary research into nanomaterials. The institute will allow Fribourg to build on its expertise in nanomaterials, a field which has been researched there since the 1980s. The institute will consist of four research groups led by professors hired for the purpose, and will open early next year. One of the other initiatives to be supported by the foundation is a new chair of innovation management, which will teach students how to bring an idea to commercial fruition.

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21.02.2012

Basel/Berkeley – Europe enters into the age of personalised medicine. The European Commission has approved the melanoma drug Zelboraf. While the compound was developed by US-based Plexxikon Inc., owned by Daiichi Sankyo Group,...

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26.01.2012

Basel – The rumours started just before Christmas. Roche wants Illumina. Just how dearly, has just become clear. The Swiss drugmaker made a $5.7b hostile bid for Illumina, the current market leader in Next-Generation sequencing....

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23.01.2012

Basel – Good and bad news for Swiss drugmaker Novartis. First a look on the bright side: Signifor, for the treatment of Cushing's disease, is on its final stretch to approval. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use...

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19.12.2011

Basel - It is a further push for Roche's ambitions in medicine concerning the treatment of skin cancer: The European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended that the drug Zelboraf and its companion...

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17.12.2011

Allschwil – Europe’s largest stand-alone biotech company Actelion Ltd. is receiving an injection of fresh capital. Under the guidance of the two biggest Swiss banks – UBS and Credit Suisse – the Swiss company will be issued a...

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14.12.2011

Stans – Due to the current financial market conditions and the lack of significant progress with currently available options, Swiss drug developer Mondobiotech says it will be implementing restructuring measures. Together with...

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14.12.2011

Geneva – There's is life in Swiss biotechnology beyond big pharma. Genentech has launched a First-in-Human study with anti-IL-17, an antibody made by the Swiss biotechnology company NovImmune. The fully human monoclonal antibody,...

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22.11.2011

Basel – The FDA has withdrawn the accelerated approval for Roche's Avastin (bevacizumab) to treat metastasising breast cancer. The US regulatory authority had originally granted accelerated approval for Avastin's use in treating...

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16.11.2011

Basel/Hervel – It may be the end of Novartis' lucky streak in osteoporosis. While the once a year osteoporosis injection Aclasta (a bisphosphonate) sells well, the Swiss pharma company had to break disastrous news from a...

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