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Vol. 7, No. 4 January 2003
Contents

Company News
•  Progen Begins Human Liver Cancer Trial with PI-166
•  Melanotan Phase IIb Human Trial Begins
•  Bionomics Develops Model to Accelerate Angiogenesis Drug Discovery
•  Chemeq Develops Non Absorbable Sunscreen and Skin Emollient
•  China Worldbest Group Acquires Subsidiaries
•  China Business In Brief
•  Ranbaxy to Launch Branded Generics in US
•  IPCA Labs Plans to Invest in New Plant in US
•  Eisai to Collaborate with Mitsui Knowledge Industry
•  Takeda and Beth Israel Sign Research Agreement on Endocrinology
•  Bionet Co.
•  APBioNet Received Grant Injection from Pan Pacific Networking Program
•  DenX Sets Up First Asia Pacific Subsidiary in Singapore
•  MerLion Pharmaceuticals and KuDOS Pharmaceuticals Launch Research Collaboration
•  Novartis Institute of Tropical Diseases to be Set Up in Singapore

Rules & Regulations
•  OGTR Receives GM Cotton Application
•  Australian Farmers Appeal Against GM Canola
•  China Tightens Regulation on Tar Contents in Cigarettes
•  India to Tackle Fake Drug
•  Tariff on Biotech Vaccines May Increase in India
•  India to Set Up Pharmacopoeia Commission by April 03
•  Compulsory Chinese Labeling on Imported Medicines

Research News
•  Bat Enzyme Promises Better Stroke Treatment
•  Nine New Diabetes Genes Identified
•  Successful Bone Marrow Stem Cells Conversion to Brain Tissue
•  Discovery of new Mutation Associated with Cardiac Disorder
•  Engineered Tissue Applied in Wound Healing
•  China's Participation in Digitized Visible Human Technology
•  Novartis Halts the Development of Reddy's Diabetes Drug
•  Japanese Study Shows that Coffee Reduces Cancer Risk in Women
•  Unhealthy Early Eating Habits Lead to Obesity
•  Clinical Studies Begin for Parkinson's Disease Treatment
•  Type I Diabetes and Heart Disease Linked to Milk Protein
•  Cloned Cows Produce High Protein Milk for Human Consumption
•  Adult Brain Stem Cells Capable of Self-Repair

General Information & Statistics
•  GM Maize Heads for Newcastle Despite Protest
•  Researchers Search for Worm-Resistant in Sheep
•  China to Launch First Ever Geological Survey for Agriculture
•  Taiwan Invests Heavily in Hainan's Agriculture Business
•  Traditional Chinese Medicine for China's Rural People
•  Hong Kong Opens Cancer Patient Resource Center
•  Hospital Authority Applies Drug Software in Healthcare information System
•  Conference Calls for A National Biotech Policy for India
•  Price Cut in India's Human Insulin Market Expected to Spur Growth
•  Japan Discovers New Case for Mad Cow Disease
•  Patients Addicted to Depression Treatment Drug
•  Flu Vaccines Cause Side Effects and Fatalities
•  Focus Systems and Partners Develop Software Application for Remote Surgery Network
•  Latest Rice Cookers Affect Proper Functioning of Pacemakers
•  Korea Plans to Build Global R&D Park
•  Korean Biotech Venture Company Exports to China
•  Rise in HIV Infections in Korea
•  Traditional Chinese Medicines Withdrawn
•  Cancer Vaccine Laboratory in Auckland
•  New Zealand Government Being Urged to Restrict Pseudophedrine
•  Burgeoning Biomedical Sciences Help Boost Singapore's Economy

Trends & Prospects
•  Listed Biotech Companies Face Bleak Future
•  NZ Scientist Claims CM Can Prevent Banana Extinction
•  Beta-Carotene Prevents Fatty Liver in Laboratory Mice
•  Lead Chelation Helps Kidney Patients

Patent News
•  Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Loses Patent Suit to Cadila
•  Nanoparticles Used as BioMarkers

Feature
•  China's Latest Economic Reform

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


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