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Second attempt

22.08.2011

Liestal – Swiss Santhera Pharmaceuticals and researchers from Newcastle University have published the results from a pivotal clinical trial demonstrating that the firm’s synthetic coenzyme Q10 derivative idebenone significantly improves the vision of patients with the rare mitochondrial disease Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). Published in BRAIN, the results are part of a data package submitted to the EU drug authority in July. Market approval in LHON could be expected at the earliest by the end of 2012. Idebenone will be available through a Named Patient Programme until the EMA has come to a decision. The substance has already received market approval in Canada as a treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia, but was rejected by the EMA for the same indication.

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18.08.2011

Basel – Swiss pharma and diagnostics major Roche AG has agreed to buy privately-held Heidelberg-based mtm laboratories AG, a specialist for kits detecting pre-stages of cervical cancer, for up to EUR190m. Under the terms of the...

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16.08.2011

Reinach – Evolva SA has got its hands on up to €30m of fresh capital. The Swiss specialist for synthetic biology announced that it has entered into a Standby Equity Distribution Agreement (SEDA) with YA Global Master SPV Ltd. (YA...

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15.08.2011

Basel/Waltham - Expecting to be bought by Novartis, U.S. biopharmaceutical firm Proteon Therapeutics Inc. has delivered a new $15.2 million financing. The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis obtained exclusive option to acquire...

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03.08.2011

Zurich - Most of the European men share the DNA of the well known Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, also called the boy King Tut. According to geneticists at Zurich-based genealogy firm iGENEA, up to 70 percent of British men and...

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13.07.2011

A big financier of biotech deals could be back on track soon. Novartis is interested in further acquisitions, CEO Joe Jimenez said in an interview published by the "Aargauer Zeitung", a Switzerland- based newspaper.The drugmaker...

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11.06.2011

Basel – Swiss crop group Syngenta plans to construct a new biotech research facility adjacent to its existing research campus at the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina (US). The US$71m investment is scheduled to begin in...

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10.06.2011

Zurich – Overexpression of two microRNAs trigger development of insulin resistance, a hallmark of type II diabetes which affects about 20% of the elderly (aged 55-74) in the western world. In Nature, a research team headed by...

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