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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.

NHLBI in late January put out an RFP for the program, which calls for researchers to develop proteomics technologies and apply them to solve clinical puzzles. It is set to begin early next year, shortly after its current two major proteomics initiatives expire.

The study is the first to look at a clinical biomarker to assess potential ecological risk assessment. Eventually, they hope to develop an assay that hydropower operators can use to evaluate how their facilities may be affecting the survival of fish populations, especially those that may be endangered.

Called Proactive, the consortium will use the funds to build out Olink Bioscience's proximity ligation assays to improve the detection of biomarkers for colorectal cancer in plasma.

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If MedImmune can develop and market a drug based on the discovery, it could be a financial boost to the institute, which hopes to diversify its revenue sources once cash from sole corporate sponsor Kirin Pharma USA dries up in 2010.

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Following its departure from the European Union, the UK is to implement a fast-track visa program aimed at attracting scientific talent to Britain, according to BBC News.

ScienceInsider reports that researchers in Brazil are concerned that a creationist was chosen to run the agency that oversees graduate study programs there.

The Washington Post reports that researchers are quickly analyzing the coronavirus that has been causing illness and sharing their findings.

In PLOS this week: common variant associated with BMI in Arctic populations, analysis of microRNA markers associated with being born small for gestational age, and more.