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The secrets of marine superglue

16.09.2010

Bremen/Vienna/Galway – A novel protein glue that helps colonies of the barnacle Dosima fascicularis to float on the surface of the water and stick to vessels could inspire the next revolution in medicine and material sciences. Researchers from Vienna University, the Fraunhofer-IFAM in Bremen and the National University of Ireland at Galway say it doesn’t appear to be toxic, it adheres to materials such as teflon, and is available in huge amounts for analysis. They have just begun characterising the barnacle’s cement. “The glue is a completely new system that is not yet patented, which makes it a highly attractive research field,” explained Dr. Ingo Grunwald from the Fraunhofer-IFAM. While Grunwald is analysing the protein sequence of the acid (pH 2.5) superglue, which polymerises when secreted, his co-worker Waltraud Klepal in Vienna is analysing its structure and the way it is produced in Dosima. The Irish group under Anne Marie Power is looking at adhesion and cohesion mechanisms. The goal of the project, which is running until 2012, is to develop a glue that mimics the properties of the glue from the sea.

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09.03.2012

Breast cancer patients who receive radiation therapy often suffer from inflammation linked to the treatment. Austrian Apeiron Biologics AG is now developing a topical superoxide dismutase treatment (APN201) to try to help these...

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06.03.2012

The Paracelsus Private Medical University (PMU) in Salzburg is to build a new research center for spinal cord injuries. The €70m construction tab will be picked up by Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner of Red Bull. Other partners in...

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16.12.2011

Vienna – Two big investors have poured €25m into Austrian vaccine specialist Affiris AG. Venture fund Santo VC – the investment vehicle of German biotech investors Thomas and Andreas Strüngmann – donated €20m, while the German...

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08.11.2011

Vienna – In Affiris they trust – as a proof of their faith, two big investors poured €25 million into the Austrian developer of a possible Alzheimer drug. Venture fonds Santo VC, the investment vehicle of the German billionaires...

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17.08.2011

Innsbruck – Austrian specialist for so-called ugimeres, Ugichem GmbH, has landed fresh funding. Along with V+ GmbH and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Swiss private investors invested about EUR2m to develop the first...

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12.08.2011

Innsbruck – An Austrian physician has been fined EUR4,500 in a case involving a controversial stem cell therapy for incontinence. In early August, an Innsbruck Regional Court adjudged Hannes Strasser, who developed the method, at...

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11.06.2011

Vienna – Nabriva Therapeutics AG, an Austrian specialist for the development of novel antibiotics, has achieved proof-of-concept for its first product in a clinical Phase II study. Called BC-3781, the compound is used to treat...

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11.06.2011

Vienna – Nabriva Therapeutics AG, an Austrian specialist for the development of novel antibiotics, has achieved proof-of-concept for its first product in a clinical Phase II study. Called BC-3781, the compound is used to treat...

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28.04.2011

Vienna - f-star, an antibody specialist, today announced the closing of aEUR 15 Million financing. The investment was led by SR One, the corporate venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline. All of f-star’s existing investors, Atlas...

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