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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

NEWS CRUNCH  
news $1.7 million awarded to Australian biomedical researchers through philanthropic Ramaciotti Foundations
news Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
news Inhibitor Pariet obtained approval of additional dosage in Japan for maintenance therapy of proton pump inhibitor resistant reflux esophagitis
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Eye – the Window to your Soul
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