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Carbios inks €7m collaboration

15.04.2013 - French green plastics company Carbios has secured exclusive patent rights from a collaboration with the National Institute for Agricultural Research.

The five-year collaboration of Carbios (Clermon-Ferrant) and INRA (Paris) at the Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) research centre is part of the €22m THANAPLAST™ private-public consortium on plastics, comprising the CNRS, INRA, the Université de Poitiers, Deinove, the Barbier Group, and the Limagrain Group.

 The Carbios-INRA project will focus on the development of bioprocesses for recovering plastic waste and producing economically competitive bio-based polymers. The interdisciplinary collaboration will include R&D staff from TWB, the 3BCar Carnot Institute and two INRA groups. The INRA groups will focus on enzyme screening, enzymatic catalysis and cell engineering.

 Carbios is developing solutions for transforming the global supply of over 100 million tons of plastic waste into a novel, high-quality, renewable raw material for the plastics industry. The company offers a viable economic alternative to the depletion of agricultural resources and the rarefaction of fossil fuels.

Carbios CEO Jean-Claude Lumaret commented that "although Europe generates almost 25 million metric tons of plastic waste each year, only 20% of that is recycled. The recovery of such an important renewable resource is a key business issue. We are delighted to have signed this partnership agreement with LISBP and Micalis - two INRA R&D groups that are internationally renowned for their know-how and expertise in enzymatic bioprocesses. By combining our skills and resources, the resulting synergy will be an impressive driver for innovation and the development of breakthrough industrial bioprocesses".

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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.

M&AIrelandEU

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.

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