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France feels out the future of biotech

10 Aug 04

After a period of exceptional performance due to a steady flow of investment in the sector, the biotechnology industry in France was hard hit by the global economic depression of 2002. The government must support the French Biotechnology sector to allow it to assert its position at an international level and to enable consolidation of new start-up companies.
Yohan Vezinhet

Tuberculosis – the return of a killer

06 Aug 04

Although around 2 million people died as a result of tuberculosis (TB) in 2002 international efforts to tackle its spread are being hampered by complacency and underinvestment.
Dr Faiz Kermani

Big bucks battling super bugs?

03 Aug 04

Bacterial skin diseases like gangrene can now expect an onslaught of new specialist medications. However, skin infections make up a relatively small proportion of the $20.4 billion annual global antibacterial market, which, says Datamonitor's Amber Gibson, raises questions about why such conditions are the current focus of so much antibacterial product development...

Generics companies step into the unknown…

29 Jul 04

Although generics have an important role to play in healthcare there remains a high demand for innovative medicines. Consequently, a number of generics companies have become interested in extending their R&D programmes to make their products appear more than simple copies of their branded competitors.
Dr Faiz Kermani

Pharmaceutical companies set to make a significant profit from anti-obesity drugs

26 Jul 04

By 2012, the anti-obesity drugs market will be worth an estimated $2.5 billion globally, compared to $526 million today. However, new drugs will not be the answer to the growing obesity problem. Datamonitor's Jasjeet Mohain argues that increasing education and awareness of the importance of good diet and exercise will remain crucial to combating obesity...

Roche's Fuzeon offers the 20% of patients that receive it

19 Jul 04

New clinical research presented at the 15th International AIDS Conference (IAC) shows that Fuzeon is proving to be remarkably effective in the first long-term trial of its benefits.

Difficulty Getting Interviews? – Write an Interview Winning CV!

14 Jul 04

What exactly is a Curriculum Vitae? Is it a List of your Skills and Experience? Is it a Mini Biography? Is it a chance to get someone to fully appreciate your Skills and Achievements? Truth be known, It’s none of these.
Lydia Holder

Advances in the development of corticotropin-releasing-hormone (CRH) receptor agonists as candidate analgesics

13 Jul 04

Acute pain resulting from conditions such as headache, muscle spasms, dental problems or following surgery, affects 90 million Americans every year. A recent study has demonstrated the analgesic activity of corticotropin-releasing-hormone (CRH) and has shown that this activity is probably due to activity within the central nervous system.

The emerging role of the IL-4/IL-3 cytokine receptor IL-4Ralpha in asthma

09 Jul 04

Analysts have recently predicted that the market for airway inflammatory diseases will increase by 35% to over $18 billion by 2011. A recent target evaluation report produced for the drug development sector concluded that the TH2-derived cytokines IL-4, and more so IL-13 represent promising targets. Both cytokines activate IL-4Ralpha to produce multiple functional changes observed in asthma patients. A recent report published in the Journal of Immunology elucidates the divergent mechanisms th

Strong potential for cross risk-factor single pill therapies

09 Jul 04

Recently published data from the GENOA study has demonstrated that dyslipidemia is highly prevalent in hypertensive adults and that this condition is insufficiently treated in more than half of the cases. As Datamonitor's Laurent Chanroux explains, the results lend further support to cross risk-factor, single pill combination therapies such as Pfizer's Caduet...

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