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More than 900 Biologics in Development
By Rita Peters
America's biopharmaceutical companies are using biological processes to develop 907 medicines and vaccines targeting more than 100 diseases, according to a new report.
Roche and BioLamina Collaborate on Novel Cell Culture Systems
By Adeline Siew, PhD
Roche and BioLamina have entered into a research and development agreement to jointly develop new cell culture systems for various applications, including stem cell research. The collaboration will assess laminin-based in-vitro cell culture matrices that can offer physiological microenvironments for living cells.
European Patent Filings Up, But Pharma Stays Flat
By Rita Peters
While the number of patent filings at the European Patent Office in 2012 increased by 5.2% over 2011, pharmaceutical-based patents remained flat, and biotechnology patents dropped slightly.
First Biologic Approved in the EU for Gouty Arthritis
By Adeline Siew, PhD
Ilaris (canakinumab), a selective, fully human, monoclonal antibody that inhibits interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), has been approved in the EU for symptomatic pain relief in patients suffering from gouty arthritis whose condition cannot be managed with current treatments.
Daiichi Sankyo Condemns Falsely-represented Product
By Jennifer Markarian
Product sold online in Malaysia and Indonesia infringes on the company’s trademark.
AstraZeneca's Crestor Patents Ruled Invalid in Australia
By Adeline Siew, PhD
AstraZeneca's three patents protecting Crestor (rosuvastatin) have been ruled invalid by the Federal Court of Australia.
Industry Briefs: March 11, 2013
A roundup of additional company and people news from pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies, their suppliers, and contract-service providers.

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