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World's biggest aids congress in Vienna

19.07.2010

An estimated 20,000 participants from over 185 countries are taking part in the 18th International AIDS Conference that began in Vienna on Sunday. The head of the International AIDS Society, and conference chairman, Julio Montaner rebuked politicians for failing to deliver on their promise, saying that only a third of the 15 million people who need potentially life-saving AIDS drugs currently get them. "We have treatments that work, we have shown that this can be done (...) what we need now is the political will to go the extra mile to deliver on universal access," he said. "We have a serious problem with the political leadership globally and we have to fix it."
On July 8th, scientists from the US National Health Institutes reported the latest success in fighting the disease. In the blood of an HIV infected person, the researchers discovered two powerful antibodies that neutralize 91% of HIV strains. "The discoveries we have made may overcome the limitations that have long stymied antibody-based HIV vaccine design," Peter D. Kwong, chief of structural biology at the NIH Vaccine Research Centre, said in a news release.
In Vienna, a brief video message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off the six-day forum. Ban Ki-Moon urged countries to stick to their commitments on AIDS. A report published at the conference by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) found that overall support for the global AIDS effort from donor nations flattened out last year in the midst of the global economic crisis. In 2009, the Group of Eight leading wealthy nations, the European Commission and other donor governments provided $7.6 billion for AIDS relief in developing nations, compared with $7.7 billion in 2008, the report said.

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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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