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Merck KGaA Profits Up Quarter Billion Dollars in Q1

April 28, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

The overall increase in profit came as revenues at the company, which also makes the cancer drug Erbitux and multiple sclerosis treatment Rebif, rose nearly 13 percent to nearly €2.1 billion in the January-March period compared with nearly €1.9 billion a year earlier.

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Dirty Bomb Test May Help Cancer Researchers

April 28, 2010 5:52 am | by Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

With a few drops of blood, scientists are creating a way to tell who's absorbed dangerous radiation levels, part of the government's preparations against a terrorist attack - and research that just might point toward new cancer care, too.

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Novo Nordisk 1st Quarter Profits Rise 23%

April 28, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk A/S said its first quarter profit soared 23 percent, helped by increased sales of its core insulin products.

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AstraZeneca Settles Federal Fraud Suit for $520M

April 28, 2010 5:44 am | by Pete Yost | News | Comments

The federal government reached a $520 million settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca, resolving allegations of illegal marketing of the company's antipsychotic drug Seroquel.

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Judge Rejects Guidant Plea Deal

April 28, 2010 5:40 am | by Amy Forliti | News | Comments

A federal judge rejected a plea deal by Boston Scientific Corp.'s Guidant unit to pay $296 million for failing to properly disclose changes made to some implantable heart devices, saying it didn't adequately address the company's criminal conduct.

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FDA Warns Teva Over Manufacturing Issues

April 28, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators say Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s Parenteral Medicines unit failed to correct manufacturing problems at its Irvine, Calif. facility that caused contamination in batches of an anesthetic.

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Supreme Court Says Vioxx Lawsuit Can Proceed

April 28, 2010 5:34 am | by Jesse J. Holland | News | Comments

A unanimous Supreme Court said investors who lost millions betting on the blockbuster drug Vioxx can sue Merck & Co. over whether the pharmaceutical giant provided enough information about the painkiller's risks before it was pulled from the market.

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GSK Profits Up 19% In First Quarter

April 28, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline, the world's second-largest drug maker by revenue, reported a nearly 19 percent rise in first quarter profit, led by strong sales growth in Asia Pacific and emerging markets.

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Evotec Receives Funding From BMBF

April 27, 2010 8:37 am | News | Comments

Evotec AG announced that it will receive funding of up to EUR 1.5 million from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to advance its H3 receptor antagonist programme into the clinic.

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ELISA Kit

April 27, 2010 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bioo Scientific introduced a new MaxDiscovery Apolipoprotein B ELISA Kit, a complete, two-step ELISA that analyzes the quantity of ApoB in tissues, serum, plasma or cultured cells for research purposes.

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Glow Dye

April 27, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Glow Dyes contain an optimized concentration of buffer agents, tracking dyes and ethidium bromide and provide intense DNA/RNA bands with virtually no background or band distortion.

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PPD Opens New Research Center in China

April 27, 2010 7:49 am | News | Comments

PPD, Inc. announced it has opened a vaccine clinical research center in Taizhou, China, further strengthening its clinical research and development services in one of the country's major regions for conducting vaccine studies.

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Bio-Rad Collaborates With LayerLab

April 27, 2010 7:08 am | News | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. is collaborating with Layerlab of Sweden to enable researchers to study the binding kinetics of any transmembrane protein using surface plasmon resonance technology.

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Cellular Mechanical Forces May Initiate Angiogenesis

April 27, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

Pericytes, the contractile cells surrounding capillaries, may use mechanical forces to initiate angiogenesis, the "sprouting" of new blood vessels, according to researchers at Tufts University and MIT.

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Mapping Calcium Channels May Be Key to Chronic Pain

April 27, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

In most cases of chronic pain –– lingering pain that never seems to go away after accidents or prolonged illnesses ? no pill exists to dull the hurt.

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