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Two rulings send different signs for green biotech

09.09.2011

Luxembourg - Disorientation reigns in green biotechnology in Europe. Two decisions by the European Court of Justice regarding genetically modified crops point in different directions. On Thursday the judges left the opponents of GM crops consternated: They declared the French ban on the cultivation of GM maize by Monsanto illegal. Though the French authorities did have the right to impose a moratorium on the growing of Monsanto's insect-resistant MON810 maize, they based the decision on the wrong EU legislation, the judges said. France will, if necessary, issue a new ban on the genetically modified maize of US biochemicals company Monsanto, Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said, after the European Court of Justice ruled France's current ban on the maize was defective. 'If the French clause is cancelled for procedural reasons, we will take out a new safeguard clause (...) because the environmental questions (around MON 810) are still unanswered,' Kosciusko-Morizet said. The matter now lies with the Council of State, France's highest court on matters of public administration. Petitioned by Monsanto, the Council asked the European Court of Justice for an opinion on whether the country could justify its unilateral ban under the EU directive.
In another decision two days earlier, the Court sent the GM proponents in Germany and Europe reeling. It ruled that honey which contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be undergo full safety authorisation before it can be sold as food. In what green groups are calling a "groundbreaking" ruling, the decision could force the EU to strengthen its already near-zero tolerance policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Bavarian beekeepers claimed their honey had been "contaminated" by pollen from a nearby test field for Monsanto maize. In response to the rulings, the European Commission will in two weeks discuss the issue of GMOs with EU member states.

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28.03.2012

Minneapolis/Banzancourt – Bioamber Inc. is one step closer to the environmental summit. The company's goal is to establish sustainable, "green" chemistry on an industrial scale. The French/US enterprise has now scaled up its...

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14.03.2012

Sophia Antipolis/ Madison – French NicOx S.A. and the global eye health specialist Bausch & Lomb have announced positive top-line results from their phase 2b dose finding study with BOL-303259-X, a nitric oxide-donating version...

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13.03.2012

Paris/Barcelona – French pharma company Sanofi strengthens its ties with the Spanish research institution CGR (Center for Genomic Regulation) in Barcelona. CGR stated on 12 March that the two partners agreed upon three years of...

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06.03.2012

Lyon – The sale of 1.6 million shares brought in €25.3m for French Adocia SAS during its IPO on the Euronext Paris. The price of €15.88 values the diabetes specialist at €96.1m at the upper end of the bookbuilding range. Late...

FranceFrance

05.03.2012

Pointing to a new study on Syngenta’s GM maize Bt11, France’s Environment Ministry has asked the European Commission to suspend authorisation for the use of the MON810 maize sold by US agri­biotech giant Monsanto as well. The...

FranceFrance

27.02.2012

Cambridge - Genzyme will shut the doors at its Cambridge R&D site by the end of the year, with up to 60 employees expected to lose their jobs. The move is part of an ongoing global restructuring of R&D by Sanofi, who purchased...

FranceFrance

07.02.2012

Lille – Shares of the French diabetes specialist Genfit S.A. almost doubled when the company published results of its Phase II study with the PPAR alpha and delta modulator GFT505. The compound has met the co-primary and...

FranceFrance

06.02.2012

Shares of the French diabetes specialist almost doubled when the companypublished results of its Phase II study with the PPAR alpha and deltamodulator GFT505. The compound has met the co-primary and secondaryendpoints while...

FranceFrance

02.02.2012

Bagneux - DBV Technologies is planning an IPO on Euronext Paris. The French pharmaceutical group specialising in the treatment of allergies was founded in 2002. DBV's proprietary technology Viaskin is used to administer an...

FranceFrance

12.01.2012

Berlin/Paris – Sanofi Pasteur has licensed a yeast strain from German Organobalance to produce vaccines. With the deal, the vaccines division of the French drugmaker will gain exclusive access to a modified strain of...

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