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Several of the company's microarray-based tests have been certified in China and Europe.

Regeneron Inks mAb Pact with UT-Southwestern; Mount Sinai taps DiscoveryBioMed for bioassay services; Repligen licenses bipolar disorder Rx from Harvard's McLean, and more …

As part of the deal, Merck will pay Xencor a $3 million upfront license fee, make an additional payment if it selects an Xtend variant, and pay clinical development milestones and royalties on product sales.

Genomics vs. Cancer

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Recent advances in the battle against cancer have come from sequencing, microRNAs, barcode arrays, disease stratification, pathway analysis, and more.

NKT licensed the IP from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. As a result, each of the Harvard Med-affiliated institutes has been awarded an undisclosed equity stake in the company.

The decision, part of the state's 2010 budget, will allow life-sci shops in FY2011 to determine the percentage of corporate income taxes they owe the state based solely on sales, rather than combining sales with payroll and owned property.

Industry Briefs : Mar 12, 2009

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Gentel, Eprogen, Novozymes, Proteome Sciences, Pepsca, Advanced Proteome Therapeutics, AnaSpec

In opening its new translational research lab, Mass General claims to be "the first and only cancer center" to attempt to molecularly profile all cancer patients that present to the facility.

StemCells plans to invest in Stem Cell Sciences' operational facilities in Cambridge, UK, in order to provide cell-based assay services to the drug discovery industry there, according to SCS' CEO.

Under terms of the deal, Novartis will give Epistem a $4 million upfront payment and provide funding to study the stem cell shop's drug targets. Epistem could also get up to $45 million in milestone payments for each product developed from targets licensed under the agreement.

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NPR reports that many USDA researchers working at the two agencies that are relocating to the Kansas City area are declining to go.

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

A new report says genetically modified food might be necessary to be able to feed a planet of nearly 10 billion people, Bloomberg says.

In Nature this week: new RNA editing approach called LEAPER, draft assembly of Musa balbisiana banana genome, and more.