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Vol. 6, No. 25 December 2002
Contents

Company News
•  Progen's Anti-cancer Drug Shows Promising Human Trial Data
•  Acrux Reports Progress for Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction
•  Clinical Reagent Ready for Agenix's Blood Clot Imaging Project
•  Austcancer's Vaccine Human Trials Show Strong Results
•  Shanghai Desano to Sell Domestically Produced AIDS Drug
•  Shanghai Boxing Develops Bio Chip that Identifies GM Plants
•  Ranbaxy In-licenses New Biological Entity for Brain Cancer
•  Wockhardt and Daiichi in Collaboration for Hemorrhage Drug
•  Nicholas Piramal to Merge with Global Drugs
•  Shionogi in Agreement with Pharmagene for Target and Compound Validation Capabilities
•  Eisai's Treatment of H. pylori Infection Approved by US
•  Tanabe Seiyaku and Altana in Roflumilast Cooperation in Japan
•  In2Gen Co. Ltd.
•  InBioNET Corp.
•  Agriquality Buys out Melbourne Gene Lab
•  Singapore Consulting Practice Brings Biomedical Firms to Asia
•  A-Bio Pharma is Singapore's First Commercial Scale Biologics Manufacturer
•  Abbott and MerLion in Drug Discovery Collaboration
•  Lilly Systems Biology Research Center Established in Singapore

Rules & Regulations
•  India Mulling on GM Mustard
•  rDNA Products to be Drafted into India's Drugs Act
•  Korea Approves Import of US Biotech Crops
•  Singapore Rolls out Report on Human Tissue Research

Research News
•  DNA Fingerprinting from a Single Cell
•  Genes Involved in Multiple Sclerosis Identified
•  Virus DNA may Predict Head and Neck Cancer Outcome
•  Chinese Scientists Publish Research Findings on Rice Chromosome Four Sequencing
•  Safer and More Effective Chicken Pox VaccineResearch News
•  India to Launch AIDS Vaccine Trials
•  Ginkgo Leaf Products Found to Contain Allergen
•  Japan-US R&D Agreement on New Pharmaceuticals
•  Drug for Huntingdon's Disease to be Developed
•  New Treatment for Pain in the Neck
•  Cryptomonadales Lowers Blood Fat and Sugar Levels
•  Lacquer Sap to be Studied for Anti-cancer Properties
•  Micro-technology Oral Vaccine for Pig
•  The Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Taiwan

General Information & Statistics
•  Australian Scientists in Real-time Virtual Surgery
•  China Invests US$36 Million to Set up Plant Gene Banks
•  India, Germany to Jointly Promote Biotech Research
•  Firms Urged to Lower Costs of Anti-HIV Drugs
•  Japanese Private Sector May Stop Funds to AIDS Body
•  Malaysian Institute Collaborates with Drug Firm
•  Parkinson's Disease Research Gets NZ$1.2 Million Funding
•  Online Food Composition Database Available
•  NZ Recalls Blood Pressure Medicine
•  Conference on Biotechnology Awareness in the Philippines
•  Singapore Sets up New Cancer Research Body
•  Singapore Attracts Attention of Life Sciences Firms
•  Thailand Ponders Adopting GM Crops

Trends and Prospects
•  Biotech Start-ups Looking for Foreign Funding
•  Alarming Trends in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes
•  Asian Scientists to Develop Water-less "Aerobic" Rice

Patent News
•  Fonterra Seeks Patent in Milk Proteins

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


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