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Vol. 6, No. 5, March 2002
Contents

Company News
•  AustCancer Starts Anti-Cancer Vaccine Trial
•  Australian Companies Cytopia and Xenome in Drug Development Partnership
•  Aggressive Growth Consolidates Dendrite Leadership in China
•  Raymedica Expands Distribution of PDN Device to China, Malaysia and Singapore
•  Shanghai Sine Pharmaceutical's Sales Reach New Height
•  Italian Flamma Forms Joint Venture in China to Produce Amino Acid
•  MDS Pharma Plans to Expand in Asia-Pacific in 2002
•  IDL Biotech Collaborates in Research with HK University
•  Dr. Reddy's Sees Prozac Prices Hurting Exports
•  Ranbaxy Receives Approvals for Anti-Infective and Anti-Asthma Tablets
•  Indian Anthrax Vaccine Ready for Human Trials
•  Taisho Pharmaceutical Releases Anti-Cholesterol Beverage
•  Yamanouchi Closes UK Research Center as Part of R&D Reorganization
•  Chugai Transfers Marketing Right of Injectable Cephem Antibiotic to Fujisawa
•  Scandal-Hit Snow Brand Food to Close
•  Sanguine signs license agreement with Ascendiant
•  BLIS Technologies Appoints New Zealand Distributor for New Lozenges
•  CordLife Sets up State-of-the-Art R&D and Process Development Laboratory
•  Facilities Contact Lenses That Can Be Worn All Day and Night
•  Taiwan President Life Sciences to invest in US-Based Z-Kat

Rules & Regulations
•  Australia Cabinet Bans Embryonic Stem Cell Research
•  China Eases Restrictions of Viagra
•  Beijing Adopts Bidding System for Opening of New Drug Stores
•  India to Impose Dumping Duty on Paracetamol from China and Taiwan
•  Japan Proposes 1.3 Percent Discount for Doctor Visits
•  Korean Varsities to Adopt New Dental, Medical School System
•  Korea Promoting Law on Animal Experiments
•  Regulations Seen as Holding NZ Biotech Sector Back

Research News
•  New Hope in War against Cystic Fibrosis
•  Chinese Man with Transplanted Hands Cuts His Birthday Cake
•  China Reveals Rice Genome Sequence
•  Shanghai Cancer Survey Seeks Effective Treatments
•  Tokyo Scientists Find Cloned Mice Have Shorter Lives
•  Gene Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer's disease
•  Korean Researchers to Use DNA Chips for Cancer Study
•  Pig Cell Procedure Pioneered by NZ Firm Spurs Diabetes Study
•  Singapore World First to Use Cord Blood for Cancer Treatment
•  US Scientists Develops Device for Checking Blood Pressure in Heart
•  Men Carrying Pollutant PCBs Have More Boys

Alternative Medicine
•  West Interested in Using Chinese Ant to Boost Immune System

General Information & Statistics
•  Chinese Pharmaceutical Companies to Invest in Pakistan
•  China Mulls Fighting Iron Deficiency with Fortified Flour
•  Contaminated Imported Meat Destroyed in China
•  Northern Ireland to Collaborate with Hong Kong in Biotech
•  Hong Kong Cleans Up Poultry Markets to Halt Bird Flu Panic
•  Japan Issues Flu Warnings for 46 Prefectures
•  Japanese Consumers to Get Information on Beef
•  Some Agricultural Statistics in Korea
•  Malaysia and Thailand to Boost Scientific Collaboration
•  Singapore Expects More Biomedical Investments in 2002
•  Simple Test Kit for Cancer to Hit Singapore Shelves Soon
•  Singapore Offers Online Medical Services
•  Second Heart Center Set Up in Singapore
•  Taiwan Industrial Parks Offer 40 Percent Rental Discount
•  Thai Government Urged to Strengthen Economic Ties with China

Trends and Prospects
•  HIV-AIDS Spreads along Asia's Drug Routes
•  Research Key to Making Singapore a Medical Hub
•  Replacing Lab with Computer in Drug Research

Patents
•  Peptech TNF Patent Granted in the US
•  Methods and Compositions for Diagnosing and Treating Chromosome-18p Related Disorders
•  Method for Detecting an HBV-derived Nucleic Acid Target Sequence

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

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