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GE Healthcare to Distribute Dharmacon RNAi Products in Japan

Dharmacon announced last week that GE Healthcare will be the exclusive distributor of its RNAi research products in Japan.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Biolog to Phenotype E. Coli Genome with Japanese Organizations

Biolog will collaborate with Japanese university Nara Institute of Science and Technology and Japanese software firm Axiohelix to begin broad-scale genotyping of the E. coli genome, the Hayward, Calif.-based company said this week.

Under the terms of the agreement, Biolog will phenotype the E. coli collection developed at the Nara Institute using its Phenotype MicroArray technology. The work will commence at Biolog’s headquarters, with the first 100 genes slated to be analyzed by March 2005. The E. coli genome consists of more than 4,000 genes.

The data from the first 100 strains will be reviewed by Biolog scientists and the Nara Institute, while the information will be organized and catalogued Axiohelix. The groups expect the rest of the genome to be phenotyped in 2005, Biolog said.


BD Board Declares Dividend; Authorizes Share Repurchases

Becton Dickinson’s board of directors last week declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per commons share, an increase of $0.03 per share from last quarter. The company anticipates an annual dividend of $0.72 per share at the current rate.

The board also announced that it has authorized BD to repurchase up to 10 million of its common shares, which the company plans to use for general corporate purposes.


Charles River Labs and GenOway to Co-Market Genetically Modified Research Models in Europe

Charles River Laboratories and France-based GenOway will speed availability of genetically modified research models to their customers in Europe, the companies said last week.

Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Charles River Labs will market and promote GenOway’s processes for developing research models, which include gene-expression and gene-inactivation techniques for mouse and rat models, the companies said.

Charles River Labs, which is based in Wilmington, Mass., said that it will market GenOway’s technology to clients of its European Transgenic Services business. GenOway is based in Lyon.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Procognia Raises $23.5M in Funding

UK-based Procognia, which develops and manufactures analytical devices for use by drug manufacturers, has raised $23.5 million in funding led by Apax Partners with an investment of some $10 million and including new investor Star Ventures. Previous investors Evergreen and Koor CVC also participated in the round.

Procognia is commercializing a platform it acquired in 2002 when it purchased British biotechnology company Sense Proteomic, which is developing technology to analyze the biological funcction of proteins using chips. In early November, Procognia announced a deal with Sigma Aldrich to market its protein chip technology.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.