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Chemotherapy? Avoid the fish!

01.10.2011

Utrecht – Consuming fish or fish oil capsules may be a bad idea for cancer patients, according to Dutch researchers. In mid-September, a team headed by Emile Voest from the University Medical Centre Utrecht reported such products could prevent chemotherapeutics from working (Cancer Cell (20)3, 370-383). While investigating the causes for resistance to the platinum-based chemotherapeutic cisplatin, the researchers found that platinum induced so-called endo­genous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to secrete two types of fatty acids that protected the tumours. According to Voest, the platinum-induced poly­unsaturated fatty acids (PIFAs), 12-oxo-5,8,10-heptadecatrienoic acid and hexadeca-4,7,10,13-tetraenoic acid (16:4(n-3)) show some structural similarity to the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in two fish oil-based products. “We currently recommend that these products should not be used whilst people are undergoing chemotherapy,” he recommended. However, the findings also pave the way for new treatment approaches. When the scientists blocked central enzymes involved in the production of PIFAs like cyclooxygenase-1 or thromboxane synthase, they prevented MSC-induced chemotherapy resistance.

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29.03.2012

Brussels – Promethera Biosciences has completed a Series B financing round, generating proceeds of €23.6m. The Belgian cell therapy company secured a capital increase of €17m from its new investors, among them the venture arms...

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19.03.2012

Leuven – Biopharmaceutical company ThromboGenics has entered into an agreement with Alcon Inc., a division of Novartis for the commercialisation of its product ocriplasmin in all markets outside the U.S. ThromboGenics said it...

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07.03.2012

Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics has announced a financial manoeuvre aimed at getting the biotech out of a hopeless situation. The assets and – more importantly – the liabilities of the drug developer will be acquired by a newly...

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20.02.2012

Amsterdam - Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics has announced a financial manoeuvre which is aimed to get the biotech out of a dead end. The assets and – more importantly – the liabilities of the drug developer will be acquired by...

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10.02.2012

Glasgow/Leuven - With a little help from the EU, two biotech companies are banding together to develop the first stem cell therapy against rheumatoid arthritis. UK-based Sistemic will work with TiGenix to develop the Belgian's...

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25.01.2012

Amsterdam – Two elephants in the biofuels business join forces. Dutch food and chemicals group Royal DSM and POET, LLC, a US-based ethanol producer, announced a plan to build a commercial cellulosic ethanol plant. POET–DSM...

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13.01.2012

Heerlen - Royal DSM N.V will be the industrial partner to the Panoptes consortium, which aims to develop novel drug delivery technology for the posterior eye segment. The four year project is supported by EUR4m in funding from...

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04.01.2012

Leiden - Dutch Pharming Group NV has taken a further step to secure sound financing even beyond the recent milestone payments. The drug developer announced that it has entered into a financing of approximately €8.4 million by...

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16.12.2011

Ghent – Just days after US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer pulled out of a rheumatoid arthritis pact with Ablynx NV, the Belgian biopharmaceutical company expanded its relationship with Merck Serono. Ablynx has now entered into a...

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