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December 14, 2012
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  • Expert: Whole genome sequencing does not violate gene patents
    Some academics, ethicists and researchers worry that whole genome sequencing will violate patents on genes if the Supreme Court upholds Myriad Genetics' patents on two genes associated with breast cancer. However, the patentee has exclusive rights only to specific applications involving the isolated gene and does not own the gene itself as it exists in the genome, writes Harvard health law fellow Nicholson Price. Moreover, any infringement that does take place likely can be compensated through small royalty payments and any gene patents will eventually expire, he notes. Bio-IT World (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Milo wins orphan status for muscular dystrophy drug
    The FDA granted orphan-drug status to Milo Biotechnology's experimental gene therapy AAV1-FS344 as a treatment for Becker and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The designation qualifies Milo for tax credits and seven years of marketing exclusivity. MedCityNews.com (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bayer submits prostate cancer drug for European approval
    Bayer submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency seeking approval to market Alpharadin, developed by Algeta, as a treatment for castration-resistant prostate cancer with bone metastases. Alpharadin is the first in a class of drugs based on radium-223. The filing was devloped from late-stage trial data indicating that Alpharadin significantly improved overall survival and risk of death compared with placebo. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Roche plans $259M expansion at German site
    Roche Holding plans to invest around $259 million to build a new manufacturing plant at its Penzberg biotechnology site near Munich in response to sustained global demand for its diagnostic test and control reagents. The plant, which will be called Diagnostics Operations Complex II, could begin production by the end of 2014. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food & Agriculture 
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Cellulosic ethanol could hit the market in 2013
    After years in the pre-commercial stage, cellulosic ethanol is expected to finally hit the market in 2013, executives said. "It's been an incredible journey and one that we knew would require thinking differently," said Jim Collins, president of DuPont Industrial BioSciences, which is developing a commercial cellulosic plant in Nevada, Iowa. The upcoming cellulosic ethanol plants will be good for rural communities, but their long-term prospects are still uncertain given the boom in domestic natural gas production, said Dave Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University. KBIA-FM (Columbia, Mo.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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