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Vol. 6, No. 21 October 2002
Contents

Company News
•  Progen's Cancer Drug Trial Progresses
•  EpiTan to Expand into Dermatology Products
•  Progen Adds Drug to Development Pipeline
•  Cellestis Produces New TB Test
•  Chinese University to Produce Medical Cyclotrons with GE
•  China National Genome Center and Genetastix Start Joint Venture
•  Dr. Morepen Distributes Products in Bangladesh
•  Ranbaxy Hits OTC Market
•  USV to Produce Biotech Medicine for Foot Ulcers
•  Shionogi Launches Anti-allergic Product
•  Takara Bio Develops Glass Slide for DNA Microarray
•  Takeda and Biosense Collaborate to Distribute ELISA Kits
•  NEC Offers High-throughput Turnkey System for Homology Searches
•  SC BioSciences Establishes Business Partnership with Proteom
•  GenoProt Co.
•  MGenbio
•  Fonterra Puts NZ$60 Million into Biotech Venture
•  Tru-Test Acquires Brainz Instruments from Neuronz
•  Inhibitex in Research Collaboration with Singapore's BMTC
•  TaiGen in Collaboration with Italy's BioXell
•  TurboWorx Revolutionizes Asian Life Science Computing

Rules & Regulations
•  Two Gene GM Cotton Given OK in Australia
•  NZ Approves Foreign Genes in Cows
•  Taiwan Mulls Stem Cells as Public Assets Proposal
•  Biolaw 2002 Takes on Biotech's Legal Aspects

Research News
•  Australian Breakthrough on 3-D Structure of Cancer Cell Protein
•  Guidance Mechanism for Brain Stem Cells Discovered
•  Synthetic Elastin for Tissue Repair in Humans
•  Clue to Cause of Chronic Lung Disease Uncovered
•  New Insights into Cause of Stomach Cancer
•  Chinese Scientists Develop Salt-resistant Plants
•  ED Study Yields Good Results
•  CUHK Joins Drug Delivery Study for Posterior Uveitis
•  Japanese Researchers Achieve Gene Targeting in Rice
•  Device to Detect Tooth Decay in Advance
•  Japan to Study Whether Cloned Cows are Safe to Eat
•  Researchers Look for Clues to Slow Down Aging
•  Malaysian Institute Applies Genetic Engineering to Crops and Fruits
•  NZ Develops GM Potatoes
•  Breakthrough Technique in Eye Surgery
•  Researchers to Develop Biodegradable Heart Stent
•  Taiwan Scientists Discover Gastric Cancer Markers

General Information & Statistics
•  CSIRO Participates in Nipah and Hendra Virus Study
•  Antibiotics Search on Fly Surfaces
•  Shanghai Bioinformatics Tech Center in International Collaboration
•  Beijing Shares Rice Genome Sequence Knowledge
•  India and Australia Develop Enhanced Feed Supplement for Cattle
•  Malaysia Aims to be Biotechnology Hub
•  Malaysia Establishes Cord Blood Bank
•  Massey Opens New Functional Genomics Center
•  Transgenic Rice Variety Shows Good Agronomic Results
•  Dengue Fever on the Rise in Singapore
•  Gene Advisor to Singapore Wins Nobel Prize
•  Pioneering Stem Cell Researcher Receives National Science Award
•  Taiwan Rolls out Java-based Health Cards

Trends and Prospects
•  China's Rice Technology to Help Eradicate Global Famine
•  Protein Discovery Could Lead to New HIV Treatment
•  Life Sciences Investment by Asian Tigers to Boost Bio-IT Growth

Patent News
•  China Denies Producing Patent-violating AIDS Drugs

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


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