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Representative study shows growing acceptance of agribiotech

24.01.2007

Adligenswil – A study conducted between 2000 and 2006 by Demoscope, a polling institute based in Adligenswil, confirmed that resistance to the application of gene technology in agriculture is slowly – but steadily – declining in Switzerland. With a representative selection of 2,008 interviewees from German- and French-speaking regions, the 2006 poll showed that 45% were against the use of gene technology in agriculture, 31% advocated it, while 24% were still undecided. The number of respondents expressing a negative attitude towards gene technology has decreased from 58% in 2000.
The most important differences in the single population groups concerned the French-speaking region in which opposing (31%) and advocating groups (33%) were almost equally strong. Generally greater acceptance of gene technology in agriculture was notable among interviewees under the age of 30. The authors conclude that the statistical reduction of resistance towards agribiotechnical applications may be due to better information: through increasing global experience with green gene technology, individuals originally identifying themselves as opponents have become more broadly informed. However, the increase in undecided individuals might point to the need for further public information.

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30.03.2012

Basel/Hinxton (UK) – Two European teams have created huge repositories of cancer genomics data that help predict drug response. Swiss Novartis and the Boston-based Broad Institute have combined data obtained from large-scale...

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London/Lausanne – The global private equity firm Celtic Therapeutic L.L.L.P. believes in the power of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). It is investing $50m in a new Switzerland-based company called ADC Therapeutics Sarl which...

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Basel/Vienna - Following promising results from a Phase III study, Roche has submitted a regulatory application to EMA for subcutaneous Herceptin (trastuzumab) to treat HER2-positive breast cancer. Roche said subcutaneous...

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After the US Food & Drug Administration forced Swiss generics giant Sandoz AG to update its production facilities in Quebec, there are now fears that supplies of some medicines could grow tight in Canada. The regulatory authority...

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The hepatitis C space has seen a string of large deals in the last weeks that include a US$11bn buyout of Pharmasset by Gilead. Now Novartis is also trying to get in the game with the purchase of a global exclusive licence from...

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06.03.2012

Allschwil – Swiss Actelion Ltd. has strengthened its commercial offerings by securing rights in certain countries to Auxilium’s biotech drug Xiaflex for treating tissue buildup under the skin. The US pharma is to receive US$10m...

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Zug – Life Sciences specialist HBM partners has raised €90m in the first close of its HBM BioCapital II fund, which will invest in revenue-generating companies in the pharmaceuticals, medical device and diagnostics sectors....

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Stans – Mondobiotech, a drug discovery company in troubled waters, could soon be under Italian ownership: The Swiss biotech announced it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Milan-based provider of pharmaceutical and...

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