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Vol. 6, No. 7 April 2002
Contents

Company News
•  Stem Cell Sciences to Commercialize Therapeutic Cloning for Human Medicine
•  Metabolic Licenses New Drug for Iron Overload Diseases
•  Epitan Completes Phase I/II of Melanotan Clinical Trial
•  Bionomics and Genmab to Jointly Develop Human Antibodies for Angiogenesis Targets
•  MSD Launches New Painkiller in China
•  Dupont China to Focus on Food and Nutrition Business in 2002
•  China Exports HIFU Knife to the UK
•  Shanghai AJ Nano-Science to Make Scanning Tunneling Microscopes
•  German-Based GeneScan Sets up Asian Office in Hong Kong
•  Ranbaxy to Exclusively Market Penwest's Cardiovascular Drug
•  Wockhardt and Ranbaxy Form Strategic Business Alliance in US
•  India's Cipla in WHO List of AIDS Drug Suppliers
•  NTT Data to Provide Free Software for Compressing Genome Data
•  Otsuka and Snow Brand to Establish Clinical Nutrition Joint Venture
•  Shimadzu to Develop Next-Generation DNA Sequencer
•  Dong Wha Recognized for Liver Cancer Treatment
•  Seoul Dairy Children's Milk Strengthens Immune System
•  Digital Sleep Smart Sensor to Bring Relief to Chronic Snorers
•  Plade Develops Computerized Management Tool for Farmers
•  Compaq to Build Asia-Pacific's Largest Bio-Supercomputer in Singapore
•  Cray and Singapore Varsity to Develop Advanced Bioinformatics Software
•  Thai-Made AIDS Cocktail Drug on Sale Soon
•  Chokchai Dairy Farm Looking into Livestock Ventures with Malaysia

Rules & Regulations
•  Rules on Transgenic Farm Products Take Effect in China
•  China Biotech Rules Scrutinized at WTO
•  China to Further Open Agricultural Market
•  Cosmetics from Mad Cow Disease Countries Banned in China
•  Japan Proposes New Agency for Food Safety
•  WHO Body Agrees on GM Food Safety Checks
•  NZ Websites Violate Medicine Act
•  Taiwan Health Department Releases Stem Cell Research Guidelines

Research News
•  Chinese Scientists Make Breakthrough in Hypertension Genes
•  Chinese and Australian Scientists Join Hands in Deaf Therapy
•  Scientists in China Successful in Calve Cloning
•  India's New Technologies to Benefit Rice Farmers and Consumers
•  Indian, Pakistani and US Researchers Discover Gene for Hereditary Deafness
•  Japanese Dolphin Products Have High Mercury Levels
•  Japanese Scientists Create Traceable Stem Cells
•  Leaf-Shaping Genes May Help to Fight Cancer
•  Malaysian Scientist Identifies Fruit Bats as Culprit for Spreading Nipah Virus
•  NZ Issues Warning over New Contraceptive Pill

Alternative Medicine
•  First International TCM Exhibition to be Held in Chengdu
•  Baptist University Launches Hong Kong's First Purpose-Built TCM Facility
•  Indian Breathing Exercise Helps Treat Depression
•  Korean Firm World First to Extract Saponin from Red Ginseng

General Information & Statistics
•  Australia Announces Funding for Cutting Edge Biotechnology
•  Australian Plant Research Facility Enables World Class Research
•  China-UN Joint Project to Improve Agriculture Product Processing
•  World Bank Lends China US$104 Million for Anti-TB Program
•  Taking Singapore Ahead in the Realm of Neuroscience
•  Stem Cell Expert Moves to Singapore
•  Singapore to Set up New Bioengineering Institute
•  Thailand Bids for More Rice Export Quota to China

Personality Profile
•  Simon Shorvon

Trends and Prospects
•  China's Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Sectors to Rise up to WTO Challenge
•  Packaging as an Essential Part of Drug Delivery
•  South Asia AIDS Rates on the Surge

Patent News
•  Peplin's Proprietary Molecules for Skin Cancers Secure US Patent

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


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