News

Rapid MDx on infections
Enlarge image

BusinessUKFinlandFranceIreland

Rapid MDx on infections

03.09.2012 - EU-funded researchers will use a €6m grant to develop cost-effective molecular diagnostics (MDx) tools for the rapid diagnosis of infections.

The aim is to come up with a test that would reduce the diagnosis time of respiratory tract infections from days to hours, so that the appropriate treatments can be administered as early as possible, giving patients the best possible chance of a swift recovery. These diagnostic products will be based on a novel "sample-in, result-out" technology platform.
The project, titled RID-RTI ('Rapid Identification of Respiratory Tract Infections'), brings together researchers from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), universities and hospitals. The Molecular Diagnostics Research Group at the National University of Ireland, Galway; French diagnostics firm Genewave;  Finnish biotech company Mobidiag; Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris; and University College London are part of the consortium. They receive a €6m boost of funding from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia, are amongst the top four major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. „Speed and accuracy are key to appropriate therapy and survival of the patient. The ultimate objective is to develop new cost effective, user-friendly products that will be routinely used in hospitals“, stated Thomas Barry from the Molecular Diagnostics Research Group at NUI Galway in Ireland. „This could replace time-consuming and labour-intensive methods so that a diagnosis can be achieved within a couple of hours, rather than days or weeks.“

http://www.european-biotechnology-news.com/news/news/2012-03/rapid-mdx-on-infections.html

CommercialisationEU

10.02.2016 In future, meds will come in packages sporting a unique barcode and an anti-tampering device. These measures are part of the EU’s new regulation to safeguard against falsified medicines.

Clinical ResearchFrancePortugalEU

05.02.2016 It is not yet clear why a man died during a first-in-man clinical trial in January. A preliminary report found several “major shortcomings” by responsible CRO Biotrial. However, all regulations were complied with.

M&ASwitzerland

04.02.2016 After having dodged multiple takeover attempts by Monsanto last year, agrobusiness giant Syngenta has now agreed to be acquired by chemical corporation ChemChina. The Swiss company also announced plans to go public within a few years.

FinancingEUUKBelgium

01.02.2016 Newly formed Medicxi Ventures, a life sciences-dedicated VC firm based in London, Geneva and Jersey, has closed a €210m investment fund to reinvest in European early-stage assets.

ResearchUKEU

01.02.2016 Altering human DNA with the efficient gene editing method CRISPR/Cas9, especially germline modifications, was long considered a taboo. Now, however, UK scientists have received official approval to tinker with embryo DNA.

M&ASwedenIceland

28.01.2016 Swedish infectious disease specialist Enzymatica has bagged Icelandic company Zymetech, who produces the patent-protected enzyme used in Enzymatica’s own common cold blocker ColdZyme.

R&DUK

27.01.2016 Three UK universities have teamed up with three pharma companies to create the Apollo Therapeutics Fund. With the tech transfer fund, the consortium aims to develop scientific research into medicines.

Clinical TrialsGermany

25.01.2016 Affimed means to put a promising drug combination to the test. With support from MSD, the German biopharma will carry out clinical trials for an immunotherapy combining treatments of both companies.

AMREU

21.01.2016 Stop squandering antibiotics and make research profitable again: at the World Economic Forum in Swiss Davos, 83 pharmaceutical companies have called for a unified approach towards the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

M&AFinland

19.01.2016 Biotie Therapies has long been expanding its business in the US. Now, the Finnish company is set to be taken over by US company Acorda Therapeutics, which is paying €321m for the shares.

Events

All Events

Current issue

All issues

Product of the week

Products

Stock list

All quotes

TOP

  • THERAMETRICS (CH)0.05 CHF25.00%
  • ZEALAND PHARMA (DK)105.50 DKK14.05%
  • SARTORIUS (D)244.45 EUR12.88%

FLOP

  • PAION (D)1.25 EUR-36.55%
  • SWEDISH ORPHAN BIOVITRUM (S)12.45 USD-23.38%
  • BIOTIE THERAPEUTICS (FI)0.14 EUR-22.22%

TOP

  • VERONA PHARMA (UK)3.30 GBP26.9%
  • IXICO (UK)35.75 GBP21.2%
  • SAREUM HOLDINGS (UK)0.30 GBP20.0%

FLOP

  • BIONOR PHARMA (N)0.81 NOK-50.6%
  • PAION (D)1.25 EUR-49.4%
  • PROTHENA PLC (IE)31.97 USD-38.0%

TOP

  • CHRONTECH PHARMA (S)0.34 SEK3300.0%
  • KARO BIO (S)24.50 SEK3123.7%
  • NICOX (F)6.80 EUR241.7%

FLOP

  • NEUROVIVE PHARMACEUTICAL AB (S)8.65 SEK-86.2%
  • BIOTEST (D)13.40 EUR-85.7%
  • EVOCUTIS (UK)0.08 GBP-69.2%

No liability assumed, Date: 11.02.2016