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February 28, 2013
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  • Biosimilar drugs' cost-savings still out of reach
    The prospect of reducing health care costs through use of biosimilar drugs has has hit roadblocks in the form of setbacks for development programs and regulatory hurdles. The FDA is still crafting a pathway for approval. "There has been a little bit of volatility" in the push for biosimilars, said Merck vice president Richard Murray as the company formed a new partnership with Samsung. The Wall Street Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
7 keys: Put real-world evidence into action
Life sciences organizations need to know how their therapies work in the real world once clinical trials end. And these seven key components to standardizing real-world data and analytics platforms are how they get started. Read the paper, Institutionalizing Real World Evidence.
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Kan. bill would establish adult stem cell facility moves forward
    The Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would establish the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The facility, intended to become a regional hub for adult stem cell research and treatment, will focus on producing clinical-grade stem cells from adult tissues, cord blood and other such materials. Embryonic stem cells would not be allowed at the facility. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. team grows liver stem cells in culture
    Scientists at Oregon Health and Science University have developed a method of cultivating liver stem cells in culture. The cells thrived following transplantation in a mouse model, according to a report in the journal Nature. "This study raises the hope that the human equivalent of these mouse liver stem cells can be grown in a similar way and efficiently converted into functional liver cells," Dr. Markus Grompe said. Yahoo/Asian News International (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company & Financial News 
  • Wis. biotech Invenra raises $3M
    Biotech startup Invenra said in a regulatory filing that it secured $3 million in financing. The Madison, Wis.-based firm has a novel drug discovery platform for biologics that it says can "screen billions of novel peptides and proteins for intracellular biological activity in less than a week." (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food & Agriculture 
  • More Canadian farmers growing biotech crops
    Canada's total planted area of biotech crops reached almost 29 million acres last year, making it the world's fourth biggest grower of biotech seeds, up from fifth in 2011, a report showed. "Farmers continue to embrace these types of crops because of the benefits they see in terms of improved yields and quality," said Stephen Yarrow of CropLife Canada. The London Free Press (Ontario) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Exec: DuPont has an edge in cellulosic ethanol development
    DuPont has a better shot at bringing cellulosic ethanol to the market than other companies because it has been working on the technology for 10 years now, CEO Ellen Kullman said. Aside from its wealth of experience, DuPont has a feedstock supply chain in place that could serve the plant it is building in Iowa, Kullman said. "We keep building on our learnings from previous projects and it's helping us do it faster and understand what we need from others and I think it's going to create a huge potential for success," Kullman said. GigaOm (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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