Friday, July 29, 2005

Swedish stem cell researchers create new brain cells

Sign me up!!!

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish researchers have created new functioning brain cells from stem cells drawn from the brains of living adults, sparking hope that effective treatments for devastating illnesses like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's could be at hand, media reported.

link from yahoo

Frist Breaks With Bush on Stem-Cell Bill

The political football begins to bounce funny...

That's what happens when the ball, uh, I mean the issue, has a funny shape...

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Friday threw his support behind House-passed legislation to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research, breaking with President Bush and religious conservatives in a move that could impact his prospects for seeking the White House in 2008.

link from yahoo

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Life science jobs on way

and another one!!!...

Bay Area office to move to Triangle

Arysta LifeScience, which has its global headquarters in Tokyo, will pick a new site by late August, spokeswoman Donna Uchida said Wednesday.

link from newsobserver

Biotech park opens at Searle campus

Labs likely to lure jobs, developer says

link from the Chicago Tribune

always good to see a story like this one...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Chiron vaccine facility will miss Begrivac production targets

problems continue for Chiron and the flu market...

25/07/2005 - Chiron says it will be unable to supply any Begrivac influenza vaccine to markets outside the US during the 2005/6 flu season, just days after admitting it has sterility problems at a manufacturing plant.

link from in-pharma-tech

Friday, July 22, 2005

New Sanofi plant increases vaccine production

21/07/2005 - Sanofi Pasteur is to increase US influenza vaccine capacity as plans to construct a new plant get underway. The new facility is expected to be up and running in time for the 2009 influenza season creating more than 100 new production jobs.

link from in-pharma-tech

we'll watch to see if they use the modular approach...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Senate Approves Crawford to Head FDA

July 19, 2005 -- The Senate confirmed President Bush's pick to head the FDA Monday evening, ending a series of drawn-out controversies that had left the post vacant for nearly a year and a half.

Senators voted 78-16 to confirm Lester B. Crawford as the agency's next commissioner, elevating the veterinarian and experienced Washington bureaucrat from his post as acting director.

link from WebMD

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Monday, July 18, 2005

New Leadership for Safer Drugs

FDA News

The Office of Drug Safety announced a nationwide search for a new director of drug safety with the Food and Drug Administration. "The person selected for this job will be in the center of critical issues facing the Nation on the safe and appropriate use of medications, and will have a profound impact on the future of both public health and the regulatory environment in assessing and managing the risks of marketed drug products." said Dr. Paul Seligman, M.D., Director of the Office of Pharmacoepidemiology and Statistical Science.

link to FDA News

Second Chiron plant has sterility problems

Get ready for flu season...or not...

US drugmaker Chiron is facing a significant shortfall in the volume of influenza vaccine it will be able to ship to markets outside the US as a result of sterility problems uncovered at another of its manufacturing plants, reports Phil Taylor.

Link from

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Ill. Plans $10M for Stem Cell Research

This issue continues to be a political football...

No state wants to get left behind, but some of the legislatures are not ready to move forward...

CHICAGO - Illinois became the fourth state to support stem cell research after Gov. Rod Blagojevich circumvented the Legislature and ordered $10 million in tax dollars be used for the controversial research.

link from Yahoo news

FDA Says Drug Maker Altered Data on Pills

FDA Says Maker of Generic Drugs Altered Data So Drugs Would Appear to Meet Standards

Compliance is free, it's the non-conformances that cost money...

stock price goes from $26 to $1.50...

link from

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Biopure Study Is Held on Safety Concerns

FDA Holds Back Biopure Trial for Emergency Blood-Loss Therapy on Safety Risks

link from Yahoo/ AP News

another setback for Bpur...

More Interphex stuff

still finding posts regarding this past interphex

link from Mr. Cerro's blog

his main blog site is here

link for interphex 2006

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Meeting New Neighbors!!!

Virtual neighbors, that is...

link to Science Center website

The Science Center is an incubator/ commercialization effort...
lots of good infromation on the site..

more to come...

BIO 2005

[UPDATE] 03Jul05

link to bioblog2005

for additional notes, infromation, reviews etc...

you would think we would be all over this...

been too busy...

here are the appropriate links...

BIO 2005



Friday, July 01, 2005

Genentech unveils production capacity hikes

US biotechnology major Genentech has provided further detail on its plans to dramatically increase production capacity in the wake of its $408m acquisition of Biogen-Idec’s Oceanside facility.

link from in pahrma tech