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March 5, 2013
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  • FDA OKs expanded use of CSL Behring's Corifact
    The FDA has approved the use of CSL Behring's Corifact to address surgical bleeding in children and adults with inherited factor XIII deficiency, which leads to bleeding risk due to unstable clots. About 150 people in the U.S. have the condition. The drug has been approved since 2011 for use in routine preventive treatment for patients with the congenital deficiency. The intravenous infusion treatment is administered roughly each month. American City Business Journals/Philadelphia (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care & Policy 
  • EU approves Roche's Perjeta for metastatic breast cancer
    The European Medicines Agency OK'd Roche Holding's Perjeta, or pertuzumab, in combination with trastuzumab and docetaxel, to treat women with previously untreated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. The approval followed the release of data from a late-stage trial, which showed that patients who took a combination of Perjeta, trastuzumab and chemotherapy survived 6.1 months longer without their disease progressing than those who received trastuzumab and chemotherapy. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Europe supports push to cure rare conditions
    The European Commission will spend about $187 million on 26 research projects on rare diseases, involving research teams from 29 countries. The goal is to discover effective treatments for a metabolic, immune and cardiovascular disorders, among others. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food & Agriculture 
  • Limits on biotechnology impede Australia's productivity
    Australia's broadacre productivity growth dropped from 1.8% to 0.2% over 15 years partly due to the country's slow adoption of agriculture biotechnology, said Paul Morris, executive director of the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences. "The state moratoriums in Australia have slowed the adoption by farmers and possibly the development of new varities," Morris said. The Weekly Times (Australia) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Exec predicts cellulosic biofuel production to boom in 2015
    The CEO of the company that operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, Italy, believes 2013 will be a turning point for the industry, with about 30 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel being produced in the U.S. and Europe. By the end of 2014, global output could reach 100 million gallons, said Guido Ghisolfi, CEO of Beta Renewables. "The boom year will be 2015 with 15 to 20 plants producing hundreds of millions of gallons," Ghisolfi said. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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