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1st Biotech Report

10.07.2004

Milan - The Politecnico of Milan - School of Management and Assobiotec (National Association for the Development of Biotechnology) recently organized a conference in Milan to present the first report on the biotech cluster in Lombardia: In the area of Milan (Lombardia) an early-stage biotech cluster started in the mid '90s that currently includes 12 biotech companies with more than 500 employees. The majority of these companies have as their core business the development of therapeutics. The cluster shows some interesting features that make it quite a unique case in Europe: Despite the relative youth of the cluster, the average size of companies is similar to international level (41 employees per company, the same as for Cambridge, UK). However, this is the result of the specific process of foundation: the large majority was founded as industrial spin-offs from large companies. Despite a significant presence of scientists in universities and research centres (nearly 800 researchers) there are no academic spin-offs. The growth of the cluster was “financially” supported by foreign venture capital and governmental funds even if in a lack of a common strategic framework at local level. The report discusses possible actions (e.g. technology transfer offices, price-competitive supporting infrastructures) in order to leverage existing favourable conditions and to strengthen the process of development of the cluster.

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07.03.2012

Toscana Biomarkers S.r.l has entered the market for biomarkers with its first diagnostic kit. In late January, the company from Siena signed a licence agreement with DIESSE Ricerche S.r.l, based in Genoa. DIESSE will produce and...

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07.03.2012

Italian researchers have reprogrammed neonatal cardiomyocytes into iPSCs that can re-differentiate toward CMs more efficiently than either cardiac fibroblast-derived iPS cells or even ES cells. (Cell Death Differ.,...

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09.01.2012

Rome – A cold virus isolated from chimpanzees might work as an vector for human vaccines. Adenoviruses are principally suitable as vectors for vaccines for their ability to induce strong immune responses. But as most humans have...

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16.12.2011

Milan/Turku – Italian drug developer Newron SpA has had a roller-coaster ride in the last few months. First Merck Serono decided to drop its stake in the company’s Parkinson’s Disease candidate salfinamide, and returned the...

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15.12.2011

Genoa/Irvine – Researchers from the universities at Genoa and Irvine (US) have patented a new compound that blocks removal of the endo­cannabinoid painkiller anandamide from the synaptic space by a selective transport system....

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01.10.2011

Parma/Baranzate – Chiesi Farmaceutici Spa has said it will lengthen its long-term collaboration with NiKem Research, which is focused on developing treatments within the respiratory therapeutic area. The two drug developers have...

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01.10.2011

Milan/Turku – Biotie Therapies ASA’s announcement that it had signed an agreement to acquire Newron Pharma­ceuticals S.p.A. for €45m is both good and bad news for the Italian biotechnology sector. While Italy is losing one of its...

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19.08.2011

Como – Shares in Gentium SpA lost about a third of their value on Thursday after The Italian biopharmaceutical company withdrew a marketing application for its drug Defibrotide being used against complications related to stem...

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01.08.2011

Milan/London – Italy’s MolMed SpA has signed a deal with UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to develop a production process for a gene therapy against the rare ‘bubble boy disease’. Over the next two years, GSK will...

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