10.07.2012 - The European Commission has authorised the import of Monsanto’s soya which bears additional genes for a herbicide tolerance and an insecticide.
Just a few days after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had approved the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) soya on European soils, the European Commission agreed on another soya matter. On 27 June, without public communication, the Commission authorised Monsanto Company’s genetically engineered soya Intacta RR2 Pro for import to the European Union. These soya plants harbour a combination of gene constructs that convey both tolerance for herbicides and resistance to insects. More specifically, Intacta is a combination of soys MON87701 and MON89788 which produce an insecticidal Bt protein and is tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate, respectively. It is the first time in the EU that gm-soya with stacked gene constructs has been allowed for usage in food and feed.
On 6 July the Brazilian Association of Seeds and Seedlings (ABRASEM) issued a statement „celebrating the opening of new doors to varieties of high technology seeds.“ Brazil is the main beneficiary of the authorisation as Monsanto’s soya is grown and harvested there. Europe is the second main destination of Brazilian soya exports, with China leading the chart. However, Intacta is not yet approved by China so that the European decision could very well be interpreted as trend-setting.
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29.04.2016 Swiss bank Group UBS has raised US$471m (€412m) for the UBS Oncology Impact Fund, which was set up to invest in early-stage cancer treatments. The money raised by the fund, nearly half of which comes from investors in Asia, is the largest amount ever raised for such a cancer investment fund.
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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.
21.04.2016 For up to US$685m (€606m), Dutch ArgenX has outlicensed its human antibody programme ARGX-115 to AbbVie. The pre-clinical immuno-oncology candidate targets a protein believed to contribute to immunosuppressive effects of T-cells.
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.
13.04.2016 Despite political disturbances, 2015 was a good year for the biotech scene in Switzerland. Net sales increased by 5.1% to CHF5,133m and 400 additional people found jobs in the sector. As usual, the new numbers were presented at the annual Swiss Biotech Day – which set new records as well.