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Vol. 6, No. 17, August 2002

Company News
•  Compumedics Links Up with Drager Medical
•  Cerylid's CBL316 Reaches Advanced Testing Stage in US
•  Body Online Develops 3D Computer-imaging System
•  Shenzhen Neptunus to Build Biomedical Industrial Center
•  Japanese Firms Eyeing China Pharmaceutical Market
•  Clinical Development of Dr. Reddy's Insulin Sensitizer Suspended
•  Ranbaxy Acquires Liquid Manufacturing Facility from US Firm
•  NEC and Nippon Kayaku to Create in silico Drug Discovery System
•  Ono Gets Approval for Japan's First Short-acting Selective Beta-1 Blocker
•  Kyowa Hakko Publishes Amino Acid Bible
•  Eugentech Inc.
•  Singapore's Latest Drug Discovery Firm MerLion Pharmaceuticals
•  pSiOncology to Use BioSilicon in Cancer Brachytherapy
•  DigiGenomics to Resell Informatics Solutions in Taiwan

Rules & Regulations
•  Australian Doctors Call for Review of Medical Privacy Laws
•  Six OTC Medicines Banned
•  Japan Mulls Banning Health Food Products
•  Ex-Minister Speaks Up against Foreign Drug Firms
•  NZ Stipulates Extended GE Testing for Imported Seeds
•  WHO Gives Backing to Thai Healthcare Policy

Research News
•  Sheep Genome Project Begins
•  Genetic Discovery Sheds Light on Anorexia
•  Chinese Scientists Diagnose Cancer through Urine Tests
•  China Succeeds in Artificial Memory Alloy Trachea Transplant
•  China Aims Growing Human Organs by Cloning
•  Silicon Chip to Genotype Chinese Medicinal Plants
•  HK Study Shows Zadaxin Beneficial for Hepatitis B Patients
•  Singapore Varsity Grows hES Cell without Animal Input
•  India's Stem Cell Research Making Big Strideof Events
•  Japan to Establish Human Stem-cell Bank
•  3M Korea's New Antibiotic Dishtowel
•  Faulty Brain Gene Makes Abused Boys Prone to Violence
•  New Surgery for Degenerative Eye Disease
•  Pigs Used in Drug Studies
•  Researchers Identify Suicide Risk Factors in Bipolar Illness
•  Thai Study Finds Mercury in Shark Fins

General Information & Statistics
•  Warning Label on Baby Low-fat Milk
•  ChinaBio Conference to Kick off in Beijing
•  Yangling to Become China's Agricultural Silicon Valley
•  Survey Shows Secondhand Smoke Affects 62 Percent of Pregnancies
•  Japan Recalls Chinese Diet Products
•  Japanese Suicide Rate Up for 4th Year
•  Cervical Cancer Vaccine to be Tested in NZ
•  NZ Grant for Research on Fetal Growth and its Consequences
•  Singapore Conducts Large-scale Cancer-soya Study
•  Funding to Commercialize Life Sciences Research
•  Varsity Launches Bioengineering Corridor
•  BioMedical and BioTechnica Asia Conference in Singapore

Trends and Prospects
•  Taiwan Well-placed to be Biotechnology Leader

Patent News
•  Autogen Obtains Australian Patent for Obesity Gene
•  Prima Biomed Adds to its Anti-inflammatory IP Portfolio
•  Nicholas Piramal's First NCE Patent Filed

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

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