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Vol. 6, No. 26 December 2002
Contents

Company News
•  QBT Develops Unique Method to Extract Protein
•  Virax HIV Drug Passes First Major Safety Review
•  Ventracor Requests to Begin Human Trials for "Artificial Heart"
•  Norwood Abbey Laser Devices Approved
•  Roche Aims to Expand Market Share in China
•  GlaxoSmithKline to Localize AIDS Drug Production in China
•  Ranbaxy to Launch Generic Version of Augmentin
•  More In-licensing Tie-ups for Nicholas Piramal
•  Yokogawa Releases New Oscilloscpe
•  Olympus Sets its Sights on Tissue Engineering
•  Joint Research on Drug Discovery between Takeda and Albany
•  KBP Co. Ltd.
•  LeadGenex Inc.
•  Blis to Launch Bio Restore Soon
•  Fonterra Opens Health and Nutrition Unit
•  Wyeth Markets Novel Immunosuppressant for Kidney Transplantation
•  GSK Completes Phase II Trial of Rotavirus Gastroenteritis Vaccine
•  Schering-Plough to Manufacture Zetia in Singapore

Rules & Regulations
•  Japan Not Ready for Freezing of Human Eggs
•  Updated TB Guidelines on Website
•  Philippines Approves Insect-protected Corn
•  Taiwan Approves Plans to Reduce Drug Costs

Research News
•  GM Sheep Produce More Milk and Wool
•  Tender Beef Gene Test Developed
•  Cytokine as Antibiotics Alternative for Poultry
•  Human Obesity Linked to Beacon Genes
•  Muscles Play Role in Cholesterol Regulation
•  Chinese Scientists Develop Biochip for HCV Detection
•  GM Tomato as HBV Vaccine on Trial in China
•  Study Shows Good Management Reduces Diabetic Risks
•  Oral Vaccine for Cholera
•  Researchers Perform Brain Transplant on Rat
•  Japan Develops Encapsulated Endoscope
•  Supercritical Water Oxidation Unit for High Salt Concentrations Developed
•  Research Shows Promise for New HIV/AIDS Drug
•  Needle-free Blood Test Discovered
•  Singapore Hospital Conducts Cervical Cancer Vaccine Trial
•  High-intensity Ultrasound to Kill Tumors

General Information & Statistics
•  Innovative Food Center Launched
•  China Sets up National Stem Cell Base in Tianjin
•  Sino-US Collaboration on Drug Screening
•  Study Shows Insufficient Breast Cancer Awareness
•  Call for India to Modernize Farming Sector
•  Indian Biotech Sector Lacks Funding
•  Biotech Solutions Available Online
•  Local Governments Subsidize Fertility Treatment
•  Low Blood Selenium Levels in New Zealanders
•  NZ Biotech Should Focus on Environment
•  Singapore Sets up National Tissue Repository
•  Singapore Research Agency Appoints New Leaders
•  Institute to Use Nanoscience to Treat Diseases
•  Taiwan Establishes Botanical Drug Products Plant
•  Fatality Rate in Childbirth at High Level

Education
•  Singapore Students Share Views on GM Organisms

Patent News
•  Gradipore Membrane Separation Technology Receives US Nod
•  Starpharma Granted Third US Nanotech Patent
•  Chinese Companies Hoping to Copy Viagra

Personality Profile
•  Jackie Y. Ying

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


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