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Bayer partners with KeyGene

24.04.2013 - Bayer Crop Science has entered a multi-year R&D partnership with Keygene to improve traits in crops.

The German and the Dutch company announced that the scope of their first research programme is wheat, potentially to be followed by projects in oilseed rape, rice and cotton. In the collaboration, Bayer will access KeyGene’s KeySeeQ® discovery pipeline. The platform technology will be used to identify genes associated with novel traits such as drought tolerance. The genes will be then improved by KeyGene using its automated high throughput targeted mutagenesis tool KeyPoint®. Bayer will be responsible for global market introduction of the resulting new wheat varieties.

“Bayer has the goal to offer farmers tailor-made wheat varieties with improved yield and other agronomically-important traits including drought tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency,” said David Nicholson, Global R&D Head at Bayer CropScience. However, it's not an easy task to create new varieties in wheat due to its polyploidy and the involvement of many genes in such complex traits such as drought tolerance.   However, improving the tolerance of wheat varieties to cope with drought and other environmental stress factors is important across the world.

Wheat is one of the most important staple crops for humans: the worldwide consumption was 704 million tons in 2011. It is expected that by 2030 farmers will face an increase of 40% in the world-wide demand for wheat. Therefore, new varieties need to provide farmers with important agricultural innovations which help them to sustainably increase yield and profitability.

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FinancingSwitzerlandEU

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.

Industry reportGermany

27.04.2016 More revenue, more jobs, more financing, more R&D expenditure – all signs point towards sustainable growth in the German biotech sector. These are the results of the most recent company survey 2016, published by biotechnologie.de. The report was once again conducted alongside the biotech standards defined by the organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD).

Clinical ResearchFrancePortugal

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.

Immuno-oncologyNetherlandsBelgium

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.

RegulatorySwitzerlandEU

20.04.2016 The US government is forking out up to US$100m to get Basilea Pharmaceutica’s broad-spectrum antibiotic ceftobiprole on the US market. In the EU, ceftobiprole is already available.

Immuno-oncologyUK

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.

FinancingSwitzerlandFranceEUGermanyDenmark

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.

Event ReviewSwitzerlandBelgiumEU

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.

FinancingGermanyNetherlandsEU

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.

Event ReviewGermanyEU

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.

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