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....5bn, and ranked sixth on the Sunday Times general list. Their fortune stems from the sale of the family biotech firm, Serono, and the soaring value of their stake in another pharma business, Santhera. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Sir Philip Green and wife took £433m hit last year, says rich list image
....5bn, and ranked sixth on the Sunday Times general list. Their fortune stems from the sale of the family biotech firm, Serono, and the soaring value of their stake in another pharma business, Santhera. ...
The Guardian view on apprenticeships: an invitation for employers to cheat | Editorial image
....Most apprenticeships on offer now add little by way of an employment premium for the apprentice, while employers are reluctant to teach transferable skills for fear of losing their investment. That might account for the wide range of apprenticeships on offer, from animal care and health and beauty to earth sciences and biotechnology. ...
Tesla to hike UK prices by 5% in the new year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 11:43:07 AM
....Last month its chief executive Elon Musk announced plans to expand its European operations by building a second “gigafactory” battery production plant and an automated manufacturing research centre. The expansion follows the purchase of German firm Grohmann Engineering which specialises in automated assembly systems serving the automotive, telecommunications, consumer electronics and biotechnology industries. ...
Testing for Ebola image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of September 2016 11:04:33 PM
....Since then, Dr Senguku says the diagnostic technology has been "very critical" in reducing false Ebola scares and restoring confidence among the people of Monrovia. Dr David Persing, who created the rapid diagnostic test, is executive vice president of Cepheid, a Silicon Valley-based biotechnology company. ...

Rapid relief: the drugs firm with a new fast-track route to market
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 11:01:00 PM
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of July 2016 02:40:01 PM
....The couple, from Yorkshire, were devastated when boxer Dylan died of a heart attack in June, aged eight, after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. But after learning that South Korean biotech firm Sooam had begun cloning dead dogs for £67,000 they decided to genetically engineer a copy. ...

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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 09:01:38 PM
....”. However, the biologist cautioned that the safety of these biotechnologies would have to be continuously tested as they go onto be used in the future. ...

Angela Merkel says the UK is right to pause before triggering formal Brexit talks in a boost for Theresa May
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....Owen Smith said he has never tried Viagra, one of the products developed by his former employer Pfizer, saying he had never needed the stimulant. The Labour leadership candidate worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry for five years before he was elected as MP for Pontypridd. ...
'Scottish optimist' at Monsanto helm battles Bayer takeover bid and protests image
....Related: Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta: rush for mega-mergers puts food security at risk. “Germans view Monsanto as the main example of American corporate evil,” Heike Moldenhauer, a biotechnology expert at German environmental group BUND, told Bloomberg. ...
AstraZeneca climbs after positive asthma treatment results image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of May 2016 10:07:34 AM
....Positive news from AstraZeneca. The pharmaceuticals group has announced that an experimental biotech drug to treat asthma had performed well in two late-stage clinical trials. ...
Pfizer to buy Anacor in $5.2bn deal for access to eczema gel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of May 2016 06:49:07 PM
....Related: Pfizer death penalty drug decision welcomed by activists but states fight on. The recent pullback in valuations of biotech firms could stimulate Pfizer’s appetite for deals, analysts said. ...
Pay ratio between bosses and employees will be '2016's hot topic' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 11:01:30 PM
....Despite the overall target for the FTSE 100 having been met, LGIM pointed out that 42 companies have less than 25% women on their boards. In its report of how it voted in 2015, LGIM provided the example of FTSE 250 company biotech Genus which had an all male board, prompting it to vote against the chairman. ...
VIDEO: Football star's biotechnology venture image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 02:57:15 PM
. Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini discusses with Tanya Beckett his passion outside football, a biotechnology company. ...
EasyJet slips after update but Shire climbs as deal concerns fade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of April 2016 09:26:29 AM
.... But we do not see the possible loss of this level of tax as likely to derail management’s strong desire to complete the transaction. We believe that Shire trades at an unwarranted discount to peers reflecting uncertainty around the scale of the Baxalta transaction, and general biotech derating, despite expected double digit 5 year earnings per share growth. ...
Poetry or property punts: what's driving China's love affair with Cambridge? image
....But the Chinese are not just interested in Cambridge as a holiday location; they also view it as a key region for property investment. Cambridge’s house prices are soaring, with new figures revealing they have increased by 50% since 2010, driven in large part by the ongoing biotech boom in science parks around the city. ...
Cambridge house prices rise nearly 50% since 2010 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 06:14:58 PM
.... Its momentum has been building steadily for more than two decades – ever since the University-backed science parks around the city were branded ‘Silicon Fen’,” he said. “The world class biotech and technology firms they attracted have sent investment – and highly paid, highly qualified employees – rippling out across the city. ...
Full employment is a worthy goal, but it shouldn't come at any cost | Greg Jericho image
....Currently there is much more spare capacity in the labour market, and thus very low pressure on wages. But much of Shorten’s speech talked of increasing capacity – through training and “investments in infrastructure, renewables, defence manufacturing, biotechnology, tourism, food and fibre”. ...
How antibiotic resistance could wreak havoc on health, food and travel image
. In January, a coalition of 85 biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, came together at the World Economic Forum in Davos to form a landmark agreement to help combat antibiotic resistance. ...
Start-up stars must shine brighter for longer with more equity finance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 09:00:24 AM
.... That is both normal and to be expected. But others, say the biotech company working on new research from Cambridge University; the manufacturer in Manchester finding new uses for the wonder material, graphene; or the young Shoreditch fintech start-up revolutionising the world of banking, will expand and thrive. ...
The start-up revolution is brewing - and we must unleash equity finance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 07:55:17 PM
.... That is both normal and to be expected. But others, say the biotech company working on new research from Cambridge University; the manufacturer in Manchester finding new uses for the wonder material, graphene; or the young Shoreditch fintech start-up revolutionising the world of banking, will expand and thrive. ...
My biotech fund has fallen 20pc since I bought it - should I cut my losses? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 18th of February 2016 07:59:31 AM
.... I am a self-selected funds investor. I recently bought a couple of biotech funds: Axa Framlington Biotech and the Biotech Growth trust. ...
Time running out for Isa savers: Top fund picks for your cash  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 04:22:00 PM
.... "Demographically, the world is continually changing, and emerging economies now need to tackle many of the diseases and illnesses that the Western world has faced for a number of years. " He added: "Both the biotech and healthcare sectors have seen a strong sell off but we are still of the opinion that the overall investment theme has strength and longevity despite the recent underperformance. ...
City news: Thomas Cook, Shire, Tate & Lyle and Johnston Press image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 12th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....It has also been expanding with acquisitions including a £22billion deal for US pharma group Baxalta, which makes drugs for rare blood conditions. Chief Flemming Ornskov said: “We advanced our strategy to become a leading global biotechnology company focused on rare diseases and other speciality conditions. ...
Neil Woodford sells his Royal Mail shares image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 04:36:25 PM
.... . Mr Woodford said he had been buying shares in Next, G4S, Legal & General, Provident Financial, NewRiver Retail and US biotech companies over the past couple of weeks. ...
University of Bath biotech spin-out wins EU approval for ground-breaking chlamydia test image
. A small biotech that started life at the University of Bath has won approval from European regulators to sell a device that tests for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia in just 30 minutes. ...
Presidential power: the race for the top US job can bruise candidates as well as world markets image
.... It was the 110-character missive that wiped $40bn (£27. 4bn) off biotech stocks in one day. ...
'We don't need oil and mining to pay a growing income': Top-rated managers on the shares they're buying now image
.... FM: We are generalist investors but the screen tends to rule out resources and pharmaceutical stocks. There is no biotech either, but we have a big universe to choose from and continue to be able to find stocks. ...
Google's Alphabet overtakes Apple as world's most valuable company image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 06:10:52 PM
.... Google renamed itself Alphabet last August to better reflect the array of businesses it controls. Most famous for its core search engine, YouTube and Android mobile operating system, Alphabet also invests in a series of “moon shot” enterprises, betting on new technologies including robot cars, biotechnology, health and high-speed internet fibre networks. ...
Sanofi spearheads hunt for Zika vaccine as disease fears grow image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 01:24:45 PM
.... . So far, the only groups with firm plans to develop a Zika vaccine are small biotech companies and academic institutions, although GlaxoSmithKline has said it is concluding feasibility studies to evaluate if its vaccine technology is suitable. ...
The other 'patient' fund outperforming Neil Woodford offers another chance to invest image
.... The trust has invested nearly all the money raised last year in 64 companies [full portfolio] and wants to raise more cash in order to back another 20 to 30 opportunities. Eight of the ten stocks in the top ten are biotech and healthcare-related, sectors which have been heavily sold off in the past six months, in part due to comments about drug price controls made by Hilary Clinton. ...
Why companies don't change - and don't want to talk about it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 10:50:39 AM
.... Indeed, in the programme for this year’s Davos meeting, the phrase “corporate governance” appeared just once (for the panel with Novick that I was on). The same was true for “board” and “boardroom,” while a search for “ethics” turned up sessions on medicine and biotech. ...
Google's Alphabet set to overtake Apple as world's most valuable company image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 09:58:49 PM
.... “There are a lot of legal and regulatory issues that may come to a head this year,” he said. It is the first time that Alphabet has provided specific numbers for its core business (Google’s search engine, YouTube, Android, Google Play and other units that form the heart of its business) and for the rest of the companies businesses (Google X, its research arm, Calico, its biotech company, Google Fiber, high speed internet, Nest, smart home devices and other bets on future technologies). ...
Smith & Nephew boss reveals cancer diagnosis image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 08:18:09 AM
.... . The US-based biotech makes robot-controlled surgical tools for knee replacement operations, which Mr Bohuon said at the time would give the company a foothold in the fast-growing orthopaedic robotic surgery sector. ...
Stem cell research drives Thorn to seek LSE backing image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of January 2016 06:00:01 PM
. Thorn Medical, a healthcare company that will shortly begin trialling stem cell research on humans, plans to list with a valuation of £340m amid surging investor interest in the biotech sector. ...
Big pharma pushes for global alliance to fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of January 2016 04:15:48 PM
.... . The Declaration on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance, announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, was signed by 85 companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotech and generic sectors, along with nine industry associations. ...
Five charged over GSK secrets scheme image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:44:02 AM
....The documents filed say the intention was to use that to reproduce Glaxo products and drugs in development. One of the five, Yu Xue, was a senior-level manager and biotechnology expert at a Glaxo research facility in Pennsylvania with access to a wide array of secret information. ...
Office workers, construction workers and journalists facing 'redundancy' in next few years image
.... . The authors say the world is in the middle of a new industrial revolution, with artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology set to "cause widespread disruption". ...
Can technology help tackle the world's waste crisis? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of January 2016 12:01:44 AM
....Nature could even come to the rescue. "A few bacteria, not many, have naturally developed the ability to precipitate out metals, in the form of nanoparticles," says Dr Louise Horsfall, a biotechnology lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. ...
Shire's £22bn long-awaited Baxalta takeover given green light image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 07:46:00 PM
.... . Shire chief executive Flemming Ornskov said: “The proposed combination allows us to realise our vision of building the leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases. ...
Shire clinches $32bn takeover of Baxalta image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 01:45:22 PM
....Shire’s chief executive, Flemming Ørnskov, pursued Baxalta after his initial overtures were rebuffed by meeting Baxalta’s major shareholders over a period of months to put pressure on his target’s board. He said: “This proposed combination allows us to realise our vision of building the leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases. ...
Shire to combine with Baxalta in £22bn deal image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 12:53:03 PM
.... . Mr Ornskov said: "This proposed combination allows us to realise our vision of building the leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases. ...
ReNeuron bags £2.1m grant from Innovate UK for stem cell treatment image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 11:47:54 AM
. A UK-based biotech has been awarded £2. ...
AquaBounty: label the salmon, for everyone’s sake image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of December 2015 12:00:29 PM
....Much to the annoyance of opponents of genetically engineered foods, the FDA did not require AquaBounty, the Massachusetts-based company that developed the fish, to label the salmon as a lab creation. In a draft guideline on labeling genetically engineered salmon, the FDA reasoned that there is no material difference between the genetically engineered salmon and its run-of-the-mill cousins, but it dropped rather heavy hints regarding voluntary labeling, even suggesting specific wording that avoids the demonized letters “GMO” in favor of terms like “bioengineering” or “modern biotechnology”. ...
Isis Pharmaceuticals changes name to avoid confusion with Islamic State image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of December 2015 07:15:51 PM
....After deliberating for most of the year, Isis Pharmaceuticals has announced it will change its name to avoid being confused with the militant group Islamic State, also known as Isis. The biotechnology company said it will be called Ionis Pharmaceuticals starting 22 December and also changed its stock exchange ticker symbol to “IONS” from “ISIS”. ...
Pharmaceutical (and Wu-Tang) villain Martin Shkreli has courted controversy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of December 2015 08:36:51 PM
....Shkreli studied at the utilitarian Baruch College in New York and, while a 17-year-old student in 2000, he began working as a clerk at a hedge fund, Cramer, Berkowitz & Co. One of his earliest known moves was to recommend shorting the stock of a biotech company (bet against the shares by selling them, anticipating and perhaps precipitating a fall in the price, then buying them back after the dive). ...
Businessman Martin Shkreli who increased Aids-related drug price arrested on fraud charges image
.... Prosecutors in Brooklyn have charged him with illegally taking stock from Retrophin Inc. , a biotechnology firm he started in 2011, and using it to pay off debts from unrelated business dealings. ...
FTSE jumps 1% after Fed rate rise while AstraZeneca buoyed by biotech deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of December 2015 09:56:17 AM
....Among the risers, AstraZeneca has added 41p to 4457. 5p after it splashed out $4bn for 55% of privately owned biotech group Acerta Pharma. ...
AstraZeneca in talks with Dutch cancer drugs firm Acerta Pharma image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 14th of December 2015 01:19:04 PM
.... Acerta has offices in the Netherlands and the US. The biotechnology company develops treatments for several types of cancer and autoimmune diseases which would complement Astra's own oncology portfolio. ...
Double win for BTG as lung disease trial yields positive results and tumour-shrinking device gets US approval image
.... . The trial is an important milestone for BTG, as it justifies the company's purchase of the technology when it snapped up Californian biotech PneumRx for $230m (£151. ...
AstraZeneca chases Acerta to secure next cancer drug winner image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of December 2015 09:45:37 AM
. AstraZeneca has said it is in talks that might lead to the acquisition of privately held biotech firm Acerta Pharma, a potential $5bn-plus deal designed to build up its cancer drug portfolio. ...
Can Monsanto's CEO move the debate about GMOs beyond good versus evil? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of December 2015 02:00:14 PM
....Adaptation, meanwhile, is underway in both the US and the developing world. For example, since 2012, Monsanto has been selling a drought-tolerant biotech corn seed to farmers – mostly in the western US – who are struggling with drier weather that has been attributed to climate change. ...
Why a productivity slump can be a harbinger of better times image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of December 2015 06:24:57 PM
....This conclusion will strike many people – especially those of us who live on the fringes of Silicon Valley – as implausible. We see radical technological advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and materials design going on all around us. ...
Feetz to bring bespoke, 3D-printed shoes to market in 2016 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of December 2015 06:00:42 PM
.... . The start-up is run by Leicester-born Dr Nigel Beard, who studied microfluidics (a subset of nanotechnology) and biotechnology at Imperial College, London, and wife Lucy, who first had the idea for the business after she struggled to find shoes to fit her size 7. ...
Europe has the edge in fashion and luxury - and cars do OK, too image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of December 2015 07:00:13 AM
.... Italian firm Fiat may have merged with US rival Chrysler, but it remains very much an Italian company and the home of Ferrari. The US dominates the pharmaceuticals industry: Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are the world’s two largest drug and biotech firms. ...
Dear politicos: quit oversimplifying money matters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of November 2015 01:00:06 PM
.... Perhaps she devotes two hours to day-trading stocks, in between her official duties. Maybe she loads up her portfolio with risky initial public offerings of biotechnology companies, and is simply expressing her views in the wake of a lot of losses in recent years. ...
Who needs London? Where to work if you're priced out of the capital image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of November 2015 07:22:57 PM
.... Despite talk of a “northern powerhouse”, no single conurbation is going to rival London soon, although some places are beginning to get a foothold in key areas. To some extent you can already see this happening in Cambridge and Brighton, where biotech and the creative industries are thriving. ...
Cat allergy group Circassia wins approval for asthma drug image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of November 2015 04:22:26 PM
.... . Circassia, which burst onto the stage last year in the UK's biggest ever biotech float, has been given the green light from the UK drug regulator to sell a generic equivalent to GlaxoSmithKline’s Flixotide-branded inhaler, paving the way for Europe-wide approval. ...
Bullying tactics: brands can't squeeze suppliers if they're serious about sustainability image
.... That requires a shift from a model based on adversarial brinkmanship to one of mutual interest and transparency. The more open and honest a corporate customer is about its sustainability challenges, the higher the chance of generating innovative solutions, says Claus Pedersen, head of sustainability at Novozymes, a Danish biotech firm that counts Unilever, P&G and M&S among its clients: “This environment facilitates a lot of good, fast results as opposed to a more sceptical, closed attitude between buyers and their suppliers”. ...
How to free your investment portfolio from fossil fuels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of November 2015 12:00:01 PM
....Give invests in a mix of stocks and bonds of companies with “a proactive and meaningful sustainability mandate”. Its top equity holdings include Novozymes, a Danish biotech company; Tomra Systems, a Norwegian sensor company; FiServe, which provides technology to the financial services industry; Apple; and CVS Health. ...
Asda attempts to slay Black Friday monster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of November 2015 07:19:21 PM
....In the circumstances, you can’t blame the company for deciding that the next stage of its development is best funded out of the US. This week’s shareholder meeting gave formal approval for a joint listing on Nasdaq, the world’s biggest and most liquid market for biotech investment. ...
FTSE 100 giant AstraZeneca set to buy ZS Pharma image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 6th of November 2015 07:12:00 PM
....AstraZeneca’s latest move comes days after fellow FTSE 100 drugs group Shire agreed to pay up to £4. 2billion for US biotech firm Dyax. ...
This 'smart' investment has made a 52pc profit in three years: Is it enough? image
.... This column delights in finding mispriced investments – good-value funds or shares that have been overlooked by others. These are often niche or unusual, funds that focus on biotech or water stocks, or offer unusually high exposure to explosive growth areas such as Africa (the archive is below). ...
Fundsmith at five: 'I naively supposed the financial crisis had taught investors a lesson' image
.... Mr Smith's remarks came as his Fundsmith Equity fund announced details of its performance over the five years since its launch. The fund was beaten by only two of the 202 rival funds in the Investment Association's global equity sector, although both were specialists in biotech, which has enjoyed a spectacular run. ...
City news: HSBC, Ryanair, Shire and pensions image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of November 2015 07:30:00 AM
....Shire’s £4 billion Dyax deal. DRUGS giant Shire is boosting its rare diseases medicine cabinet with the acquisition of US biotech firm Dyax for up to $6. ...
Shire to acquire US rare drugs maker Dyax for $6bn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 2nd of November 2015 02:05:39 PM
.... . Dyax is a loss-making biotech that focuses on developing treatments for hereditary angioedema (HAE), a debilitating and sometimes life-threatening rare genetic disease that causes swelling in parts of the body, such as the face, feet, hands and airway. ...
Smith & Nephew snaps up surgical robotics company Blue Belt Technologies image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 29th of October 2015 09:58:53 AM
. Orthopaedics giant Smith & Nephew is expanding into robotics-assisted surgery with the $275m (£180m) acquisition of US-based biotech Blue Belt Technologies. ...
Madhumita Murgia: Silicon Valley hype can really hurt health startups image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of October 2015 05:37:16 PM
. In a rare case of Silicon Valley scandal, among the relentlessly positive stories of teenage billionaires and disease-curing apps, 31-year-old Elizabeth Holmes, chief executive of biotech startup Theranos, fell from her pedestal. ...
GSK launches global fund to prevent and treat dementia image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of October 2015 11:01:04 PM
.... “There is enormous enthusiasm from academia,” she said. She stressed that the fund would be able to move quickly, within weeks if necessary, to invest in promising treatments and help fund research at universities, biotech or pharmaceutical firms. ...

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