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Top 10 Science Business Stories for 2011

Tabernaemontana divaricata (crepe jasmine) flowers

In the spirit of David Letterman, Science Business offers its very own top 10 list, in this case the most viewed stories in 2011. During the year, Science Business received some 43,000 visits from 37,000 visitors, for which we are deeply grateful and humbled. Here are the 10 individual . . . → Read More: Top 10 Science Business Stories for 2011

Emergent BioSolutions, Abbott Labs End Collaboration

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (NIH)

As reported yesterday, Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in Rockville, Maryland has started a phase 2 clinical study of its drug candidate TRU-016, a program conducted in partnership with pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories. Emergent BioSolutions now says that Abbott Laboratories has ended the partnership agreement to develop and commercialize the compound.

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Biofuels Start-Up Adds BP as Investor

(Agricultural Research Service/USDA)

Cool Planet BioFuels in Camarillo, California says BP Technology Ventures has made an investment in the company’s C round — the third series of equity investments after start up. The amount of the investment by BP’s venture capital division was not disclosed.

Current investors in Cool Planet Biofuels also include General . . . → Read More: Biofuels Start-Up Adds BP as Investor

Global Semiconductor Investment Drops in November

(Sandia National Lab)

A report from the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) shows investment in semiconductor companies worldwide dropped for the month of November 2011 compared to the same month in 2010, and for the year-to-date. The number of mergers and acquisitions in the industry also decreased for the year so far, but in November . . . → Read More: Global Semiconductor Investment Drops in November

Student Project Develops Bacteria-Based Glucose Sensor

Erica Shannon, left, and Amanda Foster are among the Missouri S&T students that developed a biological system to detect glucose levels.

A team of Missouri University of Science and Technology students in Rolla developed a sensor based on genetically modified E. coli bacteria to detect glucose levels. The students, members of the university’s chapter . . . → Read More: Student Project Develops Bacteria-Based Glucose Sensor

Clinical Trial to Test Leukemia Drug Combination [UPDATED]

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (NIH)

UPDATE, 29 December 2011: Emergent Biosolutions, Abbott Labs End Collaboration

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in Rockville, Maryland has started a phase 2 clinical study of its drug candidate TRU-016 in combination with the chemotherapy drug bendamustine for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The company is developing TRU-016 in . . . → Read More: Clinical Trial to Test Leukemia Drug Combination [UPDATED]

Industry Consortium to Fund Fracturing Pollution R&D

Marcellus shale gas well in West Virginia (dep.wv.gov)

A consortium of businesses, universities, and national labs has made funds available for research on technologies to address environmental and safety concerns of hydraulic fracturing — a.k.a. fracking — methods to extract natural gas from shale rock. The $35 million in funding from the Research Partnership . . . → Read More: Industry Consortium to Fund Fracturing Pollution R&D

NIH Establishes Medical Translational Science Center

The federal 2012 fiscal year spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama before Christmas includes approval for National Institutes of Health (NIH) to form a new research center devoted to turning discoveries in the lab into new drugs, diagnostics, and devices. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), with a budget . . . → Read More: NIH Establishes Medical Translational Science Center

U.S. Patent Granted for Soft Tissue Reconstruction Implant

(USPTO.gov)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded a patent to Novus Scientific in Singapore for a resorbable mesh implant to be used in the reconstruction of soft tissue defects. The patent — number 8,083,755 — covers the mesh implant material that breaks down and is assimilated back into the body.

Novus Scientific . . . → Read More: U.S. Patent Granted for Soft Tissue Reconstruction Implant

Software Speeds Database Sequence Searches

(Wikimedia Commons)

Computational biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany have developed software that makes possible a new search method to identify proteins in databases with similar genomic sequences. The software that the developers say is faster and can discover twice as many evolutionarily related proteins as previous methods, is described online in . . . → Read More: Software Speeds Database Sequence Searches