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Study Backs Safety of Caldolor

October 8, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced the publication of data affirming the safety and efficacy of Caldolor (ibuprofen) Injection in treating fever in critically ill and non-critically ill adults.


J & J Asks for Dismissal in Kickback Case

October 8, 2010 7:11 am | by Denise Lavoie | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson asked a federal judge to dismiss a complaint accusing the health care giant of paying millions in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its popular schizophrenia medication and other drugs.


Genzyme Board Rejects Sanofi Offer

October 8, 2010 7:06 am | by Linda A. Johnson | News | Comments

Biotech firm Genzyme Corp. said its board of directors has rejected Sanofi-Aventis SA's $69 per share offer and has recommended that Genzyme shareholders do not sell their shares to the French drugmaker.


NIH Funding Bioterror Vaccines

October 8, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced three new contracts to fund research on vaccines to protect against emerging infectious diseases and biological threats that could be used in a terror attack.


Fetal Heart Cells Could Be Key to Renewing Cardiac Cells

October 8, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Heart muscle cells do not normally replicate in adult tissue, but multiply with abandoned during development. This is why the loss of heart muscle after a heart attack is so dire—you can't grow enough new heart muscle to make up for the loss.


Genomic and Metabolic Data Harnessed to Fight TB

October 8, 2010 6:49 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois have developed a way to harness the prodigious quantities of both genomic and metabolic data being generated with high-throughput genomics and other techniques.


An X-ray for Your Genes

October 8, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

Not every patient reacts to a medicine in the same way. The personal genetic characteristics of individuals and populations can explain why a specific prescription successfully treats one patient and not another.


The Business of Recombinant Protein Production

October 7, 2010 11:05 am | by Joel White, Business Manager, Biotechnology; Ajinomoto AminoScience, Raleigh, North Carolina | Articles | Comments

The path to a functionally active recombinant pharmaceutical can be plagued with technical pitfalls and failures. Strategies can optimize use of time and resources.


DNA Sequencing Kits

October 7, 2010 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bioo Scientific has expanded its line of kits for next generation sequencing sample preparation with the introduction of the AIR Genomic and AIR Paired-End DNA Sequencing Kits, designed for use with the llumina GAII and HiSeq 2000 sequencers.


Mass Spectrometer

October 7, 2010 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the Thermo Scientific Prima PRO, a next-generation process massspectrometer for online gas analysis in biotechnology applications.


Ricera Adds to Drug Safety Division

October 7, 2010 8:14 am | News | Comments

Ricerca Biosciences, a preclinical contract research organization (CRO) providing services to the biopharmaceutical industry, has announced the addition of Eric J. Lubert, Ph.D., as a scientist in its drug safety division.


GSK Announces Singapore Collaborations

October 7, 2010 8:11 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline R&D announced the start of four new academic collaborations with Singapore-based scientists and GSK’s global drug discovery network as the first step in a longer term plan to seek alliances with scientific experts in the country.


Insoluble Nanodrugs Can Still Be Absorbed

October 7, 2010 8:08 am | News | Comments

Researchers in India have demonstrated that producing nanoscopic crystals of a pharmaceutical product can allow the medication to be absorbed by the gut even if the drug is not soluble in water.


Zebrafish Tumors Similar to Humans

October 7, 2010 8:00 am | News | Comments

While human cells have 23 pairs of chromosomes, tumor cells usually have extra copies of some chromosomes. This trait, known as aneuploidy, appears to give tumor cells a survival edge.


FDA Admits Need to Modernize

October 7, 2010 7:55 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration must update its scientific tools for reviewing prescription drugs, medical devices and tracking food safety, according to a research plan laid out by agency leadership.



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