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“Independency Needed”

10.07.2004

Madrid - The Spanish government is preparing to challenge the recent lifting of the six year long EU moratorium on new GMO products. The EU's ban effectively ended in May this year (see EuroBiotechNews 1-2/04) when the EU Commission approved the genetically modified sweetcorn variety Bt-11. This happened after new EU rules on labelling and traceability had come into force.
Since 1998 Spain cultivated around half a million tons of GM maize, thereby becoming “Europe's GMO grain house” as Spain's socialist Environment Minister Cristina Narbona put in on June 22. She added that the government would now seek the advice of independent researchers. She questioned whether it was wise to continue the country's extensive cultivation of GMO crops, and went on to accuse the previous conservative government of authorising a massive extension of GMO crops without waiting for “independent” scientists to reach a definitive opinion: “We want to reinforce independent research in this area, and I underline the word independent, because in this country, where there is little scientific investigation, many researchers are privately financed by companies that want the research to have a specific conclusion,” Narbona said.
The new ministerial way to deal with GMO does not seem to be the official line of the recently elected new Spanish government. A day after Narbona's statements Miguel Sebastián, Director of the Economic Office from the President said during the presentation of the 4th ASEBIO Spanish Biotechnology Report (see page 37) that the government would support every R&D effort “to gain more productivity and competitiveness” in Europe.
Until the time of going to press the Environment Ministery was unavailable for EuroBiotechNews to get more specific information on the next steps Narbona is intending to take.

SpainSpain

08.03.2012

Granada-based Integromics S.L. has teamed up with the Galician Foundation of Genomic Medicine (FPGMX) in Santiago de Compostela to secure a €1m EU grant from the European Regional Development Fund and the Spanish government. With...

SpainSpain

08.03.2012

Oryzon Genomics S.A (Barcelona) is entering preclinical testing with a first-in-class bispecific LSD1/MAO-B inhibitor. In addition to the classic target MAO-B, the drug also blocks histone demethylase LSD1, an epigenetic histone...

SpainSpain

06.03.2012

Granada-based nLife Therapeutics S.L. has raised €5m in total from two venture capitalists. Through Caixa Capital Risc and Caixa Capital Biomed, La Caixa invested €2.5m. The same amount has been placed by Invercaria via its...

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05.03.2012

Ordesa Laboratories has filed a patent for a novel Bifidobacterium strain isolated from infant feces. It has the capacity to combat rotavirus, says a study (Appl. Environ. Microbiol., doi:10.1128/AEM.05548).

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19.12.2011

Madrid – Researchers from Spain and the US have discovered an Ebola-like filovirus in bats in northern Spain. The first known filovirus native to Europe was reported in a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens...

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15.12.2011

Barcelona - South western Europe gets a new R&D unit in the field of biomolecules. Kymos Pharma, a contract researcher based in Barcelona, has signed an agreement with the French biotechnology group Ipsen to create a R&D group...

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12.12.2011

Barcelona/Saffron Walden – Almirall S.A. and BioFocus announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement to identify new compounds against key targets in projects aimed at the treatment of respiratory and...

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03.12.2011

Madrid/Abu Dhabi – Spanish biotechs are seeking collaborations with firms in the United Arab Emirates. At the end of November, Grupo Zeltia and 14 other Spanish companies presented their research at the forum “Innovation,...

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01.10.2011

Madrid – The Spanish Minister of Innovation and Science Cristina Garmendia has responded to reports about Roche’s­ delivery stop in Greece and pessimistic expectations for Spain. In Sept­ember, she stressed that the atmosphere...

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