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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has hired Steven Spielberg, director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and Therapeutic Innovation at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, for the newly created position of deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco.

The deal marks the first pharma alliance for Evotec since it acquired Kinaxo in mid-April in a deal worth up to $23 million.

IP Update: Jun 24, 2011

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Recent Patents in Bioinformatics, May — June 2011

Three UK-funded projects, led by Life Technologies, Source BioScience, and Oxford Gene Technologies, aim to develop tests based on several platforms, including the Ion Torrent PGM and Illumina HiSeq.

Movers & Shakers: Apr 8, 2011

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Stanford's study describing a method for gauging rejection in organ transplant recipients was the most read story during the past week.

In recent interviews, J&J officials spoke about ongoing work to further develop its technology for circulating tumor cells to include characterization capabilities, and its new center of excellence for companion diagnostics to leverage partnerships with other diagnostic firms.

Under the deal, which follows on a previous collaboration between the companies entered in 2008, Kinaxo will apply its quantitative phosphoproteomics platform PhosphoScout to assist in drug development.

The company said it will use the money, which is an extension of a $26.5 million Series B round completed in May 2010, to advance and expand research, development, and validation of protein biomarker-based laboratory tests.

Janssen becomes the third assay content provider for Biocartis' integrated "sample-to-answer" nucleic acid testing platform as the company drives toward a full commercial launch in the second half of 2012.

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A New Zealand minister says the country's genetic modification laws need to be re-examined to help combat climate change, the New Zealand Herald reports.

A new analysis finds some cancers receive more nonprofit dollars than others.

An Australian mother's conviction in the deaths of her children may be re-examined after finding that two of the children carried a cardiac arrhythmia-linked gene variant.

In Science this week: comparative analysis of sex differences in mammal gene expression, and more.