Archive for June, 2003

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June 30, 2003

Biogen/Idec: still a matter of size
The merger of Biogen and Idec Pharmaceuticals, announced June 23, is likely to help the two relatively isolated companies increase presence in their disease areas. The annual R&D budget for the new pharmaceutical entity, to be called Biogen Idec Inc, will be $500 million, according to company reports.

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June 19, 2003

The State of Biotechnology
Researchers, government officials and industry executives will gather this weekend in Washington for the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual convention. Topics to be addressed at BIO 2003 range from science and regulatory affairs to bioethics and homeland security.

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June 19, 2003

Coffee Plants Can Produce Less Caffeine
Researchers say they have genetically engineered coffee plants that have 70 percent less caffeine than usual in their leaves. The crucial question for brewing coffee whether beans from those plants will have less caffeine won’t be known for three to four years when the plants mature

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June 19, 2003

Pfizer’s Outlook Improves
Having spent $5 billion on research and development in 2002, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) is king of the drug world. And with its $60 billion Pharmacia merger completed in April, the king just got fatter

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June 19, 2003

Schering’s Dr. Feelbetter?
Fred Hassan is out to revive the drugmaker. It’s a big job

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June 19, 2003

FDA approves first nasal mist flu vaccine – Jun. 18, 2003
Most people who avoid flu shots because they fear needles will not have that excuse this season. The Food and Drug administration has approved a flu vaccine that is delivered by a squirt up the nose instead of a shot in the arm.

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FDA approves first nasal mist flu vaccine

June 19, 2003

Most people who avoid flu shots because they fear needles will not have that excuse this season. The Food and Drug administration has approved a flu vaccine that is delivered by a squirt up the nose instead of a shot in the arm.