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Vol. 6, No. 9 April 2002
Contents

Company News
•  Progen Secures Manufacturing Contract with US Biotech Firm
•  Metabolic to Conduct Phase 2A Human Trial of Oral Obesity Drug
•  Cytopia in Prestigious International Collaboration
•  Autogen's eXpress Technology Platform to be Used by Sequenom
•  Novartis Reaches Sales of US$128 Million in China
•  Fujikura Kasei and Nagase to Make and Sell Diagnostics in China
•  Chinese Food Company Plans for Dual Listing in Hong Kong
•  Neich Medical Sign Distribution Agreement with US Firm for Catheters
•  Asia's First PET/CT Fusion Scanners Appear in Hong Kong
•  US-based Cow Vaccine Firm Hopes to List in Hong Kong
•  Ranbaxy Signs In-licensing Agreements with Chinese and Korean Companies
•  Biocon and Shantha Biotech Join Hands to Manufacture Human Insulin
•  Dr. Reddy's Unveils New Asthma Drug
•  Bharat Biotech to Produce Diarrhoea Vaccine
•  Olympus and Terumo Develop Guidewire for Digestive Endoscopy
•  Mitsubishi Chemical to Sell US Cancer Test
•  Nippon Roche and Chugai to Co-promote Anti-emetic
•  New Leadership for Singapore's Drug Discovery Venture S*Bio
•  US to Buy Stem Cells from ES Cell International
•  Maxigen to Commission Taiwan Salt to Produce Collagen Materials
•  Ajinomoto to Set up Regional Headquarter in Thailand

Rules & Regulations
•  Australian Hospitals to Recycle Used Equipment
•  Imitators of Foreign Patent Medicine to Pay US$1 Billion
•  Foreigners Allowed to Sit for Medical Practitioners Exam
•  Japan Mulls Prison Terms for Food Mislabeling
•  Stiffer Law for Sale of Health Products
•  Thailand Examines Low-cost Health Scheme

Research News
•  Australia Achieves World Breakthrough in Eye Surgery
•  Adult Stem Cells Give Hope to Heart Repair
•  Australian Scientist Trying to Make Sense of Synesthesia
•  Chinese Scientists Find DNA in Ancient Plants
•  Chinese Scientist Develops Cancer Monitoring Bio-chip
•  India Develops Three Varieties of Bt Cotton
•  Rat Experiment Boost Hope for Weak Heart
•  Light Therapy Could Reverse Sun Damage
•  New Zealand Scientists Breed Designer Mussels
•  Thai Researcher Blames Fish Sauce for Sleep Deaths

Feature
•  The Seventh Human Genome Meeting in Shanghai
•  Scientists Expect to Complete Human Genome Sequence in 2003
•  China and US Join Hands for SLE Gene Research
•  TCM Gene Database Project Launched in China
•  Sino-French Life Science Research Center Set up

General Information & Statistics
•  New Biotech Center in South Australia
•  China Sees Jump in AIDS Cases
•  World First Liver Operation Succeeds in Hong Kong
•  India Sets Grain Export Target
•  Increasing Rate of Eating Disorders in Japanese Teenagers
•  Japan Urged to Unite Nanotechnology with Biotechnology
•  Spying Controversies Surround Korea's Biotech Hub in the US
•  Korea Latest Biotech Efforts
•  Korea to Set up Bioterror Hotline
•  Technology Showcase for New Zealand and Australia Biotech Sectors
•  Singapore Gives US$33 Million Grant for Biomedical Research
•  Singapore to Build Second Science Hub
•  Students Awarded for Outstanding Scientific Research

Trends and Prospects
•  KM Challenges to Spur Pharmaceutical Firm

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


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