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GMO battle moves back to court

04.04.2011

Warsaw – Poland’s policy concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been challenged by the European Commission. In mid-March, the Commission sued Poland at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for establishing a ban on genetically modified feedstuff that is expected to come into force in 2013. The Commission said that Poland is “not entitled to unilaterally adopt a general prohibition to place GM feed on the market outside the procedures provided for in Regulation 1829/2003,” which establishes a single authorisation procedure and risk assessment by the EU’s food watchdog EFSA. The Commission’s move came one day after a meeting with EU environment ministers. At the meeting, seven member states had called for the right to adopt national GMO bans on their own if new environmental risks arise from GMO cultivation.
At the same time, Poland and other anti-GMO member states have sought ECJ guidance after being taken to court in national jurisdictions by GM-foods giant Monsanto for their cultivation bans. By mid-March, the Advocate General of the EJC, Paolo Mengozzi, clarified that member states “could not suspend the planting of genetically modified corn ... without having asked prior permission from the European Commission.“
Finally, the Commission also charged Poland for the incorrect implementation of Directive 2009/41/EC, which concerns genetically modified microorganisms. The Commission said Poland has failed to meet the Directive’s requirements to take all adequate measures to limit possible risk to human health and the environment.

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07.03.2012

Polish antibody development and manufacturing specialist Mabion S.A. more than tripled its revenues in 2011 (€2.5m) compared to 2010 (€0.74m). The increase in turnover mainly resulted from stronger client demand for R&D services...

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01.03.2012

Polish company Bioton S.A (Warsaw) and Swiss-headquartered generics giant Actavis (Zug) have joined forces to shake up the €12bn world market for recombinant insulins and insulin analogues. At the end of January, Bioton Chairman...

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31.01.2012

Zug/Warsaw - The fourth largest generics producer and a polish biotech want to create a stir in the market for diabetes drugs. Swiss Actavis and Bioton from Warsaw announced that they have formed a joint venture company for the...

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10.12.2011

Krakow – Polish Selvita S.A., which offers preclinical drug development services to pharma companies, has been ranked as the No. 1 “Rising Star” of this year’s Fast50 contest. In the programme, analysts from Deloitte Technology...

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09.12.2011

Warsaw – Poland’s Bioton S.A. has announced it is investing €20m in a new production plant in Szczecin. The biotechnology company is planning to manufacture insulin injection devices in the facility. The project involves the...

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01.10.2011

Warsaw – Biotech experts want to make the development of pharmaceutical and medical innovations a priority in Poland. At the start of September, members of the Polish Technology Platform for Innovative Medicine recommended that...

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02.08.2011

Kraków – Selvita SA CEO Pawel Przewiezlikowski announced at the end of July that the Polish drug development and drug discovery service firm is close to achieving profitability. After bagging EUR3.7m through an IPO on Warsaw’s...

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12.06.2011

Warsaw – Researchers from Lodz and Poznan Universities say Poland needs to update its draft GMO law. “The national current legal situation is complicated,” Prof. Tomas Twardowski told EuroBiotechNews, stressing that while trade...

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12.06.2011

Krakow – Polish Selvita S.A. is going public. By May, the drug discovery specialist announced it had entered into definite agreements with investors to sell 2.7 million shares for a total of EUR3.75m, resulting in a market...

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11.06.2011

Szczecin/Greifswald – A team of physical chemists headed by Robert Hoylst from the Polish Academy of Science have improved a method for calculating the migration time of drugs or drug delivery devices introduced into the sol/gel...

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