No simple generic answer

No simple generic answer Unlike pills and capsules that are brewed from a mixture of chemicals, injectable therapies like hormones and genetically engineered proteins are not covered by the Hatch-Waxman Act, the 1984 law that laid the foundation for the nation’s generic drug industry. That has left brand-name biotech manufacturers with the hope of monopolies […]


Antibacterials: a dying trade

Antibacterials: a dying trade : Despite strong worldwide demand for effective antibacterial products, sustaining growth within this segment will become a challenging task for major pharmaceutical companies. Currently only six marketed drugs have sales of greater than $1 billion and by 2011, 12 out of 29 key products will face patent expiry. A relatively sparse […]


Can Your Genomics Work Contribute to Biodefense

Can Your Genomics Work Contribute to Biodefense Three years ago, Luis Villarreal, a virologist at the University of California, Irvine, came up with the idea of using in vitro gene activation by PCR to study the proteome of a virus in hopes of developing a high-throughput platform for identifying new vaccines. Villarreal and his collaborators […]


Biogen/Idec: still a matter of size

Biogen/Idec: still a matter of size The merger of Biogen and Idec Pharmaceuticals, announced June 23, is likely to help the two relatively isolated companies increase presence in their disease areas. The annual R&D budget for the new pharmaceutical entity, to be called Biogen Idec Inc, will be $500 million, according to company reports.


Coffee Plants Can Produce Less Caffeine

Coffee Plants Can Produce Less Caffeine Researchers say they have genetically engineered coffee plants that have 70 percent less caffeine than usual in their leaves. The crucial question for brewing coffee � whether beans from those plants will have less caffeine � won’t be known for three to four years when the plants mature