Biotech leaders speak out against dismissals of Chinese scientists

Fiercebiotech | August 22, 2019

Chinas theft of intellectual property from the U.S. and other countries isnt new remember the Genentech scientists and the GlaxoSmithKline researchers who funneled trade secrets to associates in China and Taiwan? But a government crackdown to counter theft has highlighted another threat, one that could damage U.S. leadership in the life sciences. Recently, some scientists from China, or American-born of Chinese heritage, have been summarily dismissed from their university positions, creating a climate of fear and uncertainty in our biomedical communities, wrote Jeremy Levin, Ovid Therapeutic CEO and Chairman of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, along with Alnylam CEO John Maraganore, Decibel CEO Steven Holtzman, and Acorda CEO Ron Cohen in a letter that was signed by more than 150 industry leaders. The letter comes one year after the National Institutes of Health started a campaign to enforce rules requiring that scientists receiving its grants report their foreign ties. Since August 2018, the agency has sent about 180 letters to more than 60 institutions in the U.S., flagging individual scientists that it believes have broken those rules, according to a report in Science.

Spotlight

U.S. wheat yields remain stagnant compared to the increases enjoyed by other crops, especially corn. Wheat technology has just not kept up with crops like corn, soybeans and rice so it’s no surprise that wheat acres have been losing ground for decades to these other crops, where farmers see more potential for return on their investment.

Spotlight

U.S. wheat yields remain stagnant compared to the increases enjoyed by other crops, especially corn. Wheat technology has just not kept up with crops like corn, soybeans and rice so it’s no surprise that wheat acres have been losing ground for decades to these other crops, where farmers see more potential for return on their investment.

Related News

MEDTECH

Precision Coating Announces Merger with N2 Biomedical to Expand Medical Coatings Platform

N2 Biomedical | September 20, 2021

Precision Coating, a leading medical coatings service provider to interventional, orthopedic, and advanced surgical markets, is pleased to announce a merger with N2 Biomedical, a Bedford, MA-based company. N2 Biomedical, an Ampersand Capital Partners portfolio company, provides nano-engineered surface treatment and coating services to the medical device industry with its low-temperature Ion Implantation Surface Treatments and Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) technologies. We are very excited to add N2's technologies and people to Precision Coating. N2 extends our coating platform technologies in ways that enhance our value proposition for customers. This is particularly true in orthopedics, where we can now offer engineered coating solutions across both instruments and implants. The two companies have a great deal of complementarity between market focus, customer overlap, product functional properties, and operational execution, not to mention geographic proximity. - Bill Ellerkamp, President of Precision Coating About Precision Coating For over 50 years, Precision Coating has collaborated with medtech partners to realize their product design and manufacturing goals by providing highly engineered coating and specialized finishing services. Among the portfolio of medical coatings and application solutions, GlideLine™ and InfiNiTiCoat™ coatings comprise the broadest offering of applied fluoropolymer (PTFE) coatings for interventional and advanced surgical devices, and the patented MICRALOX® portfolio is the recognized standard for superior aluminum anodizing finishes for barrier properties, corrosion resistance, and extended product life cycles, targeting orthopedic and advanced surgical instruments. Precision Coating partners with early-stage device innovators through major medical equipment manufacturers, deploying comprehensive solutions—from concept to commercialization—and offering flexible prototype work through high-volume coating application, finishing, and printing services. The company operates facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Costa Rica, and serves customers worldwide, offering seamless supply chain support. About N2 Biomedical Established in 2013, N2 provides coating and surface treatment development and application services for implantable and other medical devices utilized in orthopedic, cardiovascular, and other healthcare end-markets. N2 is ISO 13485 certified, FDA GMP compliant, and operates in a 27,000-square-foot facility with laboratory, manufacturing, and cleanroom space to service all customer and regulatory requirements. The company leverages its proprietary processes and equipment to provide customized solutions that enhance the characteristics of various materials in critical applications, including lubricity, infection resistance, biocompatibility and tissue integration, and wear and corrosion resistance. About Ampersand Capital Partners Founded in 1988, Ampersand is a middle-market private equity firm with more than $2 billion of assets under management dedicated to growth-oriented investments in the healthcare sector. With offices in Boston and Amsterdam, Ampersand leverages its unique blend of private equity and operating experience to build value and drive superior long-term performance alongside its portfolio company management teams. Ampersand has helped build numerous market-leading companies across each of the firm's core healthcare sectors.

Read More

CELL AND GENE THERAPY

Moderna and Aldevron Announce Expanded Collaboration for mRNA Vaccine and Therapeutic Pipeline

Moderna, Aldevron | May 25, 2021

Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, and Aldevron, LLC, the leading provider of high-quality plasmid DNA, mRNA, and recombinant proteins used for vaccines, gene and cell therapy, gene editing, and diagnostic applications, have announced an expanded collaboration in support of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and additional programs in mRNA therapeutics and vaccines. Aldevron will specifically provide plasmid DNA to act as the genetic template for the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine and other investigational programs in Moderna's pipeline. “Aldevron has been a long-standing Moderna partner. We value their cooperation and expertise in the biologics space,” said Juan Andres, Moderna's Chief Technical Operations and Quality Officer. “We are looking to continue our work in this extended partnership.” “Aldevron's support for the Moderna pipeline spans nearly a decade, and we're incredibly proud of the trust they've got in us,” said Kevin Ballinger, Aldevron's Chief Executive Officer. “Our extensive experience, combined with improved operational efficiencies and recent capacity expansion, puts us in an excellent position to support Moderna's efforts – especially at this critical stage. We look forward to extending our strategic partnership in the future to serve a pipeline of important new programs.” Aldevron's DNA production continues in its 70,000 square foot GMP facility in Fargo, North Dakota. The design and validation of an additional 189,000 sq ft expansion to Aldevron's 14-acre Breakthrough Campus's GMP facility have been completed, allowing for increased production capability. About Aldevron Aldevron is a world-class manufacturing partner in the area of genetic medicine. Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne founded the company in 1998, and it offers essential nucleic acids and proteins used in gene and cell therapies, DNA and RNA vaccines, and gene editing technologies. Aldevron's 600 employees assist thousands of scientists who are working to develop revolutionary treatments for millions of people. About Moderna Moderna has evolved from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA) to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas such as mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant. Moderna maintains partnerships with a wide range of domestic & global government and commercial collaborators, allowing for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and accelerated manufacturing scaling. Recently, Moderna's capabilities came together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Read More

INDUSTRIAL IMPACT

eTheRNA Announces Research Agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to access mRNA technologies

eTheRNA | February 04, 2022

eTheRNA immunotherapies NV ("eTheRNA") is pleased to announce the start of a strategic partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany with the signing of a Research Agreement. The partnership will investigate the application of eTheRNA's proprietary mRNA design expertise and LNP-delivery platforms to disease areas selected by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The ongoing pandemic has underlined the capability for mRNA vaccines as a new therapeutic modality. eTheRNA and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany both recognise the potential for using targeted mRNA therapeutics in an expanded range of diseases. With this collaboration, eTheRNA and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will assess the feasibility of using eTheRNA's mRNA and LNP technologies to develop therapeutic vaccination approaches in models of disease. If successful, mRNAs encoding antigens nominated by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and directly relevant for human diseases will then be designed and evaluated preclinically. "We are extremely pleased to sign this partnership agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading German science and technology company. As two companies committed to innovation and creating patient focused solutions, we are excited about the many advantages such a partnership can offer to improve patient care and address a significant market need". Steven Powell, eTheRNA CEO About eTheRNA immunotherapies eTheRNA immunotherapies NV is developing immunotherapy and vaccine products for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease from its mRNA chemistry, antigen identification, lipid chemistry and delivery and process engineering platforms. The company is headquartered in Belgium and was established in 2013. Its founding shareholders include Progress Pharma and VUB. eTheRNA is supported by an international group of specialised investors; BNP Fortis Private Equity, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Funds, Everjoy Fortune PTE. LTD, Grand Decade Development Limited, Fund+, LSP, Novalis Lifesciences, Omega Funds, PMV and Ying Zhou Enterprise Management Company Limited who share the Company's ambition to build a world-leading company in the RNA field. To date, the Company has raised €63 million of venture funding.

Read More