16.04.2012 - The Polish government is to ban Monsanto's MON810 maize making it the seventh in the club of EU countries to stop cultivation of the GM crop.
Warsaw – The move follows protests in Warsaw last month by around 1,500 beekeepers and anti-GM protesters who dumped thousands of dead bees on the steps of the Ministry of Agriculture. Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki has announced that the government would implement a ban on the cultivation of the genetically modified MON 810 maize. The minister claimed the pollen might be responsible for a host of health problems and may even be the cause of the dwindling bee population. The government now wants to pass a law that circumvents the need to obtain EU approval for a ban on any GMO crops. Revised Polish regulations would stipulate that the ban may be implemented and that it will suffice simply to notify the European Commission of the matter. “We are pleasantly surprised that the government is looking for a way of actually implementing the ban,” said Greenpeace spokesman Jacek Winiarski after having a discussion with governmental representatives. If Poland implements the ban, it will follow in the footsteps of Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg which have all banned the cultivation of MON 810 at different stages, saying it threatens biodiversity.
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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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