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Vol 18, No 05, May 2014 - Synthetic Biology
Contents

EDITORIAL

BioBoard

INDIA
•  South Asia waters harbor drug-resistant bugs

JAPAN
•  Daiichi Sankyo initiates phase 3 ENSURE-AF study, investigating patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing cardioversion

SINGAPORE
•  Scientists discover a number of novel genetic defects which cause esophageal cancer
•  NUS researchers develop world's first fluorescent sensor to detect common illicit date rape drug
•  Genome Institute of Singapore partners Nutricia Research to investigate human gut microbiome
•  Singapore-developed drug coated balloon enrolls its first patients in clinical study

THE PHILIPPINES
•  Biodiversity loss linked to outbreaks of diseases

VIETNAM
•  Mosquito genes could be key to halting dengue spread

EUROPE
•  Curetis obtains key patent for UnyveroTM technology

NEPAL
•  Fly ash waste used as water purifier

UNITED STATES
•  Researchers discover genetic markers that may predict when people with heart disease are likely to have heart attacks
•  Celluar 'counting' of rhythmic signals synchronizes changes in cell fate
•  Potential lung cancer vaccine shows renewed promise
•  Shrink wrap used to enhance detection of infectious disease biomarkers
•  Triple negative breast cancer's progression and relapse pinned to a gene
•  Seaweed forests could help power tropical islands

EYE ON CHINA
•  China Biologic receives GMP certification at its Guizhou Taibang facility
•  Hua Medicine's novel glucokinase activator reports positive Phase 1a data for diabetes and initiates Phase 1b trials
•  QIAGEN launches QuantiFERON-TB gold in-tube in China to aid tuberculosis control
•  AirWare Labs expands manufacturing and sales into China
•  Global Partners SillaJen, Transgene and Lee's Pharmaceutical confirm clinical development plan for Pexa-Vec
•  Gyros and Tekon Biotech sign distribution agreement
•  AstraZeneca and Shenzhen University Health Science Center to collaborate on chronic kidney disease
•  Bayer Healthcare to significantly increase production capacity in China

FEATURES
•  China's Synthetic Biology Research
•  Synthetic Biology in Japan
•  Synthetic Biology in Singapore
•  The UK Synthetic Biology Scene

PEOPLE WATCH
•  Science Needs Women

INSIDE INDUSTRY
•  Boston Scientific receives prestigious Shingo award for operation excellence
•  Yakult Honsha and JAXA collaborate on research of the effect by probiotics on human immune function and gut microbiota
•  Danziger Innovations and Precision BioSciences collaborate on genome modification in ornamental plants
•  Agilent Technologies to host young scientist forums in Asia Pacific to provide platform for rising talents
•  AstraZeneca and MRC enter strategic collaboration to create new center for early drug discovery in Cambridge, UK
•  Otsuka acquires rights to hematological cancer treatment Dacogen® from Eisai
•  ICON to acquire Aptiv Solutions
•  Actavis acquires Silom Medical Company
•  CROMA-PHARMA signs a significant distribution agreement with Asia's leading producer of Botulinum Toxins and anti-aging products
•  Biametrics successfully finalizes feasibility study with MorphoSys in the area of high-throughput antibody screening
•  Proctor & Gamble opens newest research center in Singapore

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news China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road ahead
news SingHealth, Duke NUS and GSK to conduct large-scale big data study on asthma and COPD in Singapore
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