13.06.2012 - A new partnership will bring GE Healthcare information on racial genetic variations in stem cells.
Chalfont St Giles/Bejing – GE Healthcare has launched a stem cell cooperation in China. Together with the Bejing Genomics Institute (BGI), the UK-based healthcare unit of the US technology major will perform a multi-year research collaboration in stem cell science. The Chinese sequencing specialist will help to explore the underlying genetic variation between ethnically diverse human stem cell lines, which may help to help advance the potential of stem cell-derived assays for use in drug discovery and toxicity testing.
GE and the BGI made the collaboration public at a special signing ceremony attended by Amr Abid, General Manager Cell Technologies at GE Healthcare Life Sciences and the three leading executives from the BGI. Two projects are planned in the frame of the cooperation. As a first project, BGI is performing genome sequencing and epigenetic analysis on cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes supplied by GE Healthcare Life Sciences. The aim is to map the genetic variation across an ethnically diverse range of stem cell lines and to examine the changes that occur during differentiation into specific cell types. As a basis for the second project, GE Healthcare will provide BGI with a IN Cell Analyzer 2000 system for high content cellular imaging analysis. The analyzer will be used by BGI to investigate gene function for a library of previously sequenced cell types by over-expressing or blocking the activity of single genes and observing the effect in selected populations of cells.
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21.04.2016 An expert panel’s final report on the fatal drug trial earlier this year in France states that the death of one of the participants was most likely caused by the drug’s toxicity and not by any violation of the rules.
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19.04.2016 British drug developer Heptares Therapeutics and mAb maker Kymab Ltd have partnered up in yet another immuno-oncology collaboration. The companies plan to discover antibody meds targeting a superfamily of receptors.
15.04.2016 Not every company is put off by the current stock market climate. Swiss biopharma company GeNeuro has gone public at Euronext Paris, raising €33m in the process. Others, meanwhile, have to find different ways to raise money.
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12.04.2016 German-Dutch life science investment specialist Forbion Capital Partners has raised more than €180m for its venture capital fund Forbion Capital Fund III. Once more the money will primarily go to European start-ups.
08.04.2016 Do you win by being innovative?, was the question asked at this year’s DIA Euromeeting in Hamburg. In a relaxed and cooperative atmosphere, regulators, physicians and patients had ample opportunity to interact with the healthcare industry.
07.04.2016 Pfizer and Allergan have called off their merger, cancelling plans to relocate the US pharma giant to Ireland to avoid US taxation. The US government has put a spoke in Pfizer’s wheels - an unfair move, Allergan says.