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Vol. 5, No. 24. November 2001
Contents

Company News
•  MicroMedical Ready to Commercialize Australian-Developed Artificial Heart
•  Australia's BresaGen Cell Therapy Program Enters New Phase
•  Study Shows Novogen's Promensil Relieves Common Breast Condition
•  Bionomics Appoints Eminent Cancer Researcher to Its Scientific Advisory Board
•  Clover Receives Marketing Approval for HiDHA from Thai FDA
•  NZ's Industrial Research Finds Success in Biopharmaceuticals
•  Dr. Reddy's Diabetes Drug in Final Lap of Trials
•  Indian Firm Panacea Biotec Offers Safer Anthrax Vaccine
•  Japan's Santen Pharmaceuticals Starts Glaucoma Medicine Phase Two Trials in US
•  Hayashibara Develops Method to Boost Skin's Collagen Production Ability
•  Otsuka and Bristol-Myers Squibb Seek FDA Approval for Schizophrenia Drug
•  Eisai Completes Phase Three Trials of Anti-dementia Drug for Cerebrovascular Dementia
•  Bayer to Build US$3.1 Billion Plant in China
•  Biosystems to Distribute Rapid HIV Test Kit in China
•  SciClone's Sales of Immune Enhancer Remarkably Increases
•  Cytyc Conducts ThinPrep Pap Test in China
•  Entomed and Shanghai Institute to Collaborate on Insect-based Drug
•  China's Chifeng Pharmaceutical Mass Produces Epherdrine
•  Digene's China Study Confirms Effectiveness of HPV Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening
•  Applied Gene Technologies and AsiaGen to Jointly Fight Tuberculosis
•  GlaxoSmithKline's Hepatitis B Antidote Goes on Sale in China
•  World Diagnostics Opens GLOBALeMED in Hong Kong
•  US-Based Tanox to Invest NT$14 Billion in Taiwan Pharmaceutical Plant
•  Taiwan Salt to Begin Production of Collagen Material
•  Novartis to Set Up Tropical Diseases Research Center in Singapore
•  Hollin-Eden Develops Immune-Regulating Hormone at Singapore Hospital
•  GlaxoSmithKline and Diethelm Sign Distribution Pact in Malaysia
•  Korea's EnBiobank Lab Wins Agricultural "Nobel Prize"
•  Ilyang Pharm.'s Inorganic Materials Exports to Double

Rules & Regulations
•  WTO Relaxes Rule on Drug Patents
•  New Law to Curb Occupational Diseases in China
•  Tighter Food Safety Controls Urged in China
•  China Ups Ante on War against HIV/AIDS
•  Broader Mad Cow Test Urged in Japan

Research News
•  Thai Researcher Finds Safer and Cheaper Clot-Busting Drug

Alternative Medicine
•  China to Build Traditional Herbal Medicine Museum
•  Nobel Laureate Calls for Modernization of Chinese Medicine
•  Singapore Doctor Promotes Integration of TCM and Modern Medicine

General Information & Statistics
•  Korea Approves Sales of "Morning-After" Pill
•  Purple Rice Makes Debut in Thailand
•  Taiwan Sets Up Biotechnology Industry Promotion Association
•  China to Adopt High-Tech to Increase Farm Output
•  Life Bank Opens to Public in Beijing
•  China's Largest Private Hospital Secures Foreign Backing
•  Korea's SK Group and Shanghai Government Jointly Establish BioScience Fund
•  Singapore Product Research Center to be Privatized
•  Rise in Day Surgeries Holds Down Health Costs in Singapore
•  Singapore Hospital Plans Ethics-consultation Service for Patients
•  Average Age of HK Anorexics Drops to 16
•  Satellite to Start Tracking Asian Rice Crop
•  Philippines Agriculture Sector Enjoys Healthy Growth
•  Korea to Transfer Packaging Technology to Philippines
•  Indian Drug Companies Firm on Export Earnings

Trends and Prospects
•  Drug Mergers to Soar in China

Patents
•  Do Patents Threaten Food Security?

Calendar of Events
•  A comprehensive listing of upcoming biotechnology conferences in Asia-Pacific

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