Friday, February 29, 2008

Test post for new Arizona Biotech Site

7th Annual North American Forum: Investing & Partnering in Biotech Business

Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA Investors include MPM Capital,
HealthCare Ventures, Oxford Bioscience Partners, The Wellcome Trust, BB
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BIOTECH STOCKS Drug stocks mixed

Lilly, Dynavax gain in early trading
MarketWatch - USA By Val Brickates Kennedy, MarketWatch BOSTON (MarketWatch)
-- Shares of Eli Lilly & Co. and Dynavax Technologies moved to higher ground
early Friday, ...

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Farmers in 12 developing countries look to biotech, critics ...

High Plains Journal - Dodge City,KS,USA
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)--An industry-backed report says poorer countries have
adopted biotech farming like never before in another record year for
genetically ...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Unapproved Biotech Traces Found In Corn Seed

Unapproved Biotech Traces Found In Corn Seed - USDA CNNMoney.com - USA
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Dow AgroSciences has detected traces of an
unapproved biotech material in three lines of non-biotech corn seeds, the US
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Area to benefit from biotech industry

Greenville Daily Reflector - Greenville,NC,USA "I think it's the largest
engine that can build the longer-term future of biotech, create new
companies," Dibner told a group of economic developers and ...

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Monday, February 25, 2008

State increases bet that biotech can grow jobs

State increases bet that biotech can grow jobs Charlotte Observer -
Charlotte,NC,USA Oliver Smithies, who joined UNC Chapel Hill in 1988, is one
of the NC Biotechnology Center's biggest success stories. The biotech
center, funded largely ...

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Arizona Biotech News

UC Santa Barbara Students Against War

UC Santa Barbara Students Against War Disrupt Army Biotech Conference By San
Francisco Bay Area Anti-war protesters celebrated on February 13th after
having forced the US Army's Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
(ICB) to cancel the second day of its annual conference at UC Santa Barbara.
The day prior, over 500 UCSB ...

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Developing biotech

By Rami Zurayk(Rami Zurayk)
"Farmers in 12 developing countries planted biotech crops in 2007, and for
the first time these countries outnumbered the industrialized countries
where such crops are grown, according to the report from the International
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Worst Biotech Company in RTP

If they don't serve food, you have to join, at least back in 2002 that was
still true, maybe it's changed now.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Feuerstein's Biotech-Stock Mailbag

TheStreet.com - USA
It's been awhile since the last Biotech Mailbag, but this week's will be
devoted to DendreonDNDN! So warm up those keyboards, I await your hate mail.
...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Austin biotech company moving parts out of state

Austin Herald -
Austin,MN,USA "At the present time, the business climate for drug producing
biotech companies, including a large number of experienced former Pfizer
employees who are ...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

India & China among main adopters of biotech crops Economic Times -

Gurgaon,Haryana,India
BANGALORE: India and China, along with US, Argentina, Brazil and Canada,
continue to be principal adopters of biotech crops in calendar 2007,
according to a ...

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Monday, February 18, 2008

India leads new nations in biotech use

Sify - Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
According to a survey of the International Assessment of Agricultural
Science, India is the fastest growing country in biotechnology application
in the ...

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Oceanic maps show human impacts gone global

TEMPE, Ariz. – The ocean has inspired men and women, who looked out over its wide vistas to the horizon and dreamed (or schemed). Its depths have provided food, inspired empires, and belched forth a wealth of resources and opportunities. Writ on waves, wash and spray, is also much of human history, from the cod-fueled voyaging by the Vikings and Portuguese to storm laden disasters where Armadas sailed and faltered, from “sea to shining sea.”

But is the vision of endless oceanic bounty and ecosystem diversity that launched a thousand of ships, like Homer’s Helen of Troy, rapidly becoming part of a legendary past?

Many experts say, “Yes.”

“You go to a forest and immediately notice when it is clear-cut. However, when you go to the beach, the ocean almost always looks the same, regardless of whether there are fish in it or not,” says Caterina D’Agrosa, a postdoctoral fellow in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences. “This, I think, is one of the largest problems with marine conservation – our perception.”

D’Agrosa, a marine ecosystems scientist, is one of 19 researchers whose study, published in the journal Science on Feb. 15, challenges historic views of marine systems and humans impact through fishing, introduction of invasive species and pollution.

As with the research that fueled Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, that set the world to thinking, this study considers for the first time the sum of 17 human-driven impacts on a score of marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, and pelagic waters.

Led by Ben Halpern of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at University of California, Santa Barbara, the authors tell us that “no area of the ocean is unaffected and over 41 percent experiences high levels of human influence.”

The most heavily affected oceans include the North Sea, China Seas, Caribbean, Eastern North American seaboard, Mediterranean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Bering Sea, and portions of the western Pacific. Still, a few regions remain largely untouched, for example, near the poles.

“This project allows us to finally start to see the big picture of how humans are affecting the oceans,” Halpern says, adding that the results also show “that the big picture looks much worse than I imagine most people expected.”

Moreover, this study is considered by its authors to be conservative. According to Halpern and his colleagues, many human influences could not be incorporated in the study, including effects from hypoxic “dead” zones, coastal engineering, aquaculture, disease, tourism or recreational fishing, changes in sedimentation and freshwater input, illegal or unregulated fishing or past events.

Regardless, the researcher’s global map is a tool to guide policy makers, conservation managers and provide “critical information for evaluating where certain activities can continue with little effect on the oceans, and where other activities might need to be stopped or moved to less sensitive areas.”

“I think the biggest thing is that we hope to change with this Science paper is the perception of humans as to the status of the oceans,” adds D’Agrosa. “Hopefully, this change in perception will lead to action.”

D’Agrosa’s work has been largely centered in the Gulf of California in Mexico. As a graduate student with Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Guaymas, México, she looked at the interactions between fishing practices and the endangered vaquita. The smallest marine porpoise in the world, the vaquita is found only in the upper Gulf of California. Since then, her goal has been to develop understanding about human impacts, how to establish more sensitive management practices and ways to balance ecosystem and human needs.

With funding from The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, D’Agrosa and a host of U.S. and Mexican partners’ current project is the biological prioritization of a network of 54 conservation areas throughout the Gulf and developing understanding about their connectivity to one another, be that at the level of plankton or whales, and to human activities in the region.

The areas were selected with the help of Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), a non-governmental organization in Mexico.

“The purpose of this project is to give The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund some guidelines for where to allocate their time, money, people, and resources. To help them prioritize and maximize their efforts,” D’Agrosa explains. “And to help us understand how the Gulf works so that we can best protect its productivity and biodiversity.”

D’Agrosa’s piece of the Gulf project involves examination of the key species and ecosystems, and the species connectivity in those 54 areas. Figuring out “how the Gulf works” also includes D’Agrosa considering potential threats and their impacts to the entire region. For example, one threat that arises from pollution flowing from the mouth of the Yaqui Valley River can have effects across the Gulf, in the form of algal blooms, nearly 850 km to the south in marine protected areas in Loreto Bay Marine Park. Other researchers, such as those with the University of Arizona’s PANGAS project, focus instead on fishers, their habits and needs in the Gulf. Still others, like master’s student Zach Hughes with the ASU School of Sustainability, look at economic aspects.

The desired outcome is to produce a fully integrated study that considers as a whole, all human and ecosystem impacts in the Gulf, and their inter-relationships, in keeping with the perspective laid out in the Science paper’s study.

“The time of considering single impacts of human on oceans is over,” D’Agrosa says. “By considering the sum of all the impacts together we can offer practical and realistic guidelines for policy makers and managers at the local level, in conservation areas, parks and marine protected areas, as well as at a national and international level.”

In 2007, D’Agrosa, ASU professor Leah Gerber, and others compiled a handbook to assist decision-makers entitled “Navigating Uncertain Seas: Adaptive monitoring and management of marine protected areas,” which was funded by ASU and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, with support from private foundations, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment of Mexico (SEMARNAT).

Their handbook offers practical guidance for adaptive monitoring, assessment, and management of marine protected areas that can be applied world-wide, through a “real world” lens. The handbook arose as a result of Gerber and colleagues research in and review of the lessons learned at Loreto Bay Marine Park, a “biologically diverse area subject to intense fishing pressures,” and an ideal laboratory in which to examine marine management and its impact on local communities.

Of their work Gerber notes, “I think one of the important components of trying to balance priorities between human communities and conservation is recognizing that the world is not what it once was and that we need to be strategic in how we preserve remaining biodiversity while allowing sustainable human communities.”

How can communities, like Phoenix that are far from the sea contribute to the preservation of ocean systems? D’Agrosa suggests, “Consider how you vote, give money to good environmental agencies and tread lightly. Even though we live in a desert, we are upstream and affect watersheds, regional economies, and coastal development. Consider where your food comes from and eat sustainably harvested seafood. What we do matters. The choices each of us makes, combined, can make a difference globally.”


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'Biotechnology is recognised the world over as the technology of ...

Express Pharma - Mumbai,India
The conference has a forum for CEOs of biotech industries and heads of other
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Are Biotech Crops Failing?

Daily Green - USA
... in Arizona is a different species known as pink bollworm (Pectinophora
gossypiella) which has remained susceptible to the Bt toxin in biotech
cotton. ...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

EU, US seek arbitration in biotech crops row

Reuters
USA Washington says its main interest is to open up EU markets to biotech crops rather than seeking compensation by suspending benefits enjoyed by the EU in US ...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Italian Trade Commission to Discuss Biotech Investment

Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA The Italian
biotechnology sector has made huge strides in the last few years, growing at
rapid pace and currently generating over $5.6 billion in yearly ...

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Analyst Sees Plenty Of Opportunity In Biotech Market CNNMoney.com

USA The medical doctor and analyst at Needham & Co. says biotech stocks represent
growth opportunities because of huge unmet medical needs in a host of
diseases ...

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Regulator to ensure Dubiotech success

Emirates Business 24/7 - Dubai,Dubai,United Arab Emirates Biotechnology
companies based at the Dubai park are upbeat about the prospect of having a
regulator. "The setting up of an independent regulatory authority ...

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

BIOTECH STOCKS Lilly leads drug stocks higher MarketWatch

USA By Val
Brickates Kennedy, MarketWatch BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- Eli Lilly & Co. led
drug stocks into positive territory early Tuesday, as shares of the ...

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

USTR Schwab chides France on biotech approvals Reuters India

USTR Schwab chides France on biotech approvals Reuters India - Mumbai,India
... Organization to investigate if Europe has done enough to comply with a
WTO ruling that it was dragging its feet on approving new biotech food and
crops. ...

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Thermo Fisher Scientific to Present at the 2008 Merrill Lynch ...

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With an annual revenue rate of more than $9 billion, we employ 30000 people
and serve over 350000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies,
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Monday, February 04, 2008

UPDATE 2-USTR Schwab

UPDATE 2-USTR Schwab urges EU to hasten biotech approvals Reuters - USA "We
have been tremendously frustrated at the lack of progress on the
biotechnology issue," Schwab, who discussed the issue last week with
European officials ...

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Health Care & Biotech

Memphis Daily News - TN, USA
An increasingly complex web of technology, regulations and aging patients
has compelled the health care industry to create a new type of nurse trained
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