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Norway leading the pack in cancer

08.03.2012

With a bold approach, including next-generation DNA sequencing (NGS) and state-of-the-art biobanking systems, Norway is pushing forward personalised cancer treatments in its national health care system. Clinical-quality genome sequencing still isn’t widely used yet, but the country has already begun tracking every patient diagnosed with carcinoma. In mid-February, the Research Council of Norway launched a new programme to couple analysis results with data from health surveys and registers. “The main objective of the programme is to develop research-based knowledge about human health and disease through better use of human biobanks and health data as unique resources,” said Rolf Bergen, who chairs the programme. Norway has a head start in using NGS to look for tumour mutations in the clinic. Projects underway in the UK and elsewhere still use conventional genetic testing, but that might change soon. China’s BGI, the world’s largest genomics centre, has opened its first European Genome Research subsidiary in Copenhagen (Denmark). Kicked off at the beginning of February, the institute is the cornerstone of a collaboration between BGI and top Danish research institutes. “The vision is to create the best facilities in the field for genomics and bioinformatics,” said Thomas Bjønholm from the University of Copenhagen, who wants to begin development on a vaccine against cancer.

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06.03.2012

Bionor Pharma ASA’s development of an HIV vaccine is back on track. In mid-February, the Oslo-based company announced positive results from a Phase IIb study. When combined with antiretroviral treatment, the Vacc-4x vaccine...

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19.01.2012

Oslo – The north lights up with financial flares. Norwegian cancer specialist Clavis Pharma ASA has raised €21m through a placement of new shares. The 2.8 million shares represent approximately 9.4% of the current stock in the...

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11.01.2012

Bergen – BerGenBio A/S announced it has completed an €6.9m Series A financing round. The money will be spent in taking their lead compound BGB324 into clinical trials and to develop a companion diagnostic. The lead investors are...

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13.12.2011

Reykjavik – Iceland’s deCODE Genetics, which Arch Venture Partners and Polaris Venture Partners lifted out of bankruptcy in January 2010, has been making a comeback of late. In mid-October, the genome analyser announced it had...

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01.10.2011

Oslo/Leverkusen – Norwegian radiotherapy specialist Algeta ASA and German drugmaker Bayer have presented new data on their cancer drug alpharadin. The radium-223-chloride pharmaceutical showed an increased overall survival rate...

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30.09.2011

Lysaker/Osaka - Pronova Biopharma SA is set on entering the Japanese market with its TAK-085 (omega-3-acid ethyl esters 90) for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Pronova's partner Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited submitted a...

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14.06.2011

Laskut/Berlin – Researchers from Finland’s Technical Research Center VTT and the Charité Hospital in the German capital have come a step closer to a personalised diagnostic test for cancer. Matej Orešic (VTT) and Carsten Denkert...

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12.06.2011

Oslo – Norwegian cancer drug development company Clavis Pharma ASA will receive a grant from the Norwegian government for the development of a companion diagnostic in acute myeloid leuk­aemia (AML). The Research Council of Norway...

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17.05.2011

Oslo – Clavis Pharma ASA has signed a licensing deal with US firm Translational Therapeutics, Inc., for the development and commercialization of CP-4033, a patented Lipid Vector Technology (LVT) derivative of ribavirin under...

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