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Partnering Trends in Latin America

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If phonetics were the only driver, BRIC would be CRIB. But life sciences drug-related deal-making and partnering growth in Brazil and the rest of Latin America provide good reason to put the “B” in front. Traditional partnerships (i.e. excluding M&A and early venture funding) where a Latin American company served as the ‘seller’ or ‘out-licensor’ doubled per year from 2009/2010 to 2012. While there was a pullback in 2013, overall growth from 2009/2010 to 2013 Read More >

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Access to Big Data

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Aquiring information rapidly and reliably reduces costs and advances discovery Sixty years ago, when James Watson and Francis Crick elucidated and published their seminal work on the double helical nature of DNA, they could hardly have imagined the explosion of information about cellular activities and disease pathways happening today. With this explosion, the challenge for scientific database producers is to curate and process the published literature, small molecules, proteins, sequences and numeric data in ways Read More >

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Turning Urban Waste into Bioplastic

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Bacteria possible key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste Each year, the European Union produces three billion tonnes of waste. According to Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), this equates to six tonnes of solid waste for every EU citizen. A major challenge is finding ways to reduce and reuse a large amount of this waste. But now, the EU funded Synpol Project, which aims to propel the sustainable Read More >

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Seeing is Believing

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PET and MRI imaging helps companies to make go/no go decisions earlier Attrition or failure of new drug programs is a major source of concern, with failure rates ranging from 75 percent in anti-infectives to 92 percent in CNS according to DiMasi’s 2010 study (Clin. Pharmacol. Ther. 87, 272-277). Molecular imaging – both Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can help improve these dismal statistics. Given the immense costs involved in the Read More >

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A Better Way to Make Unnatural Amino Acids Discovered by Yu

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Certain amino acids that are not found in nature are highly sought after by pharmaceutical manufacturers. These “unnatural” amino acids have traditionally been very difficult to synthesize, so a new and improved technique for doing so is attracting a lot of attention. Amino acids are among the most basic components of living things. Long chains of them, translated from DNA, fold up to become proteins, some smaller groupings of amino acids form hormones, and a Read More >

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