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 VACCINES 
North Carolina lures plant specialist: Quebec-based Medicago found the right mix in RTP to produce its plant-based vaccines.

 RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT   
As a government appeal pends, we examine the possible economic development impact of last week's judicial injunction against federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, in Stops and Starts.

 incubators   
After a successful first phase of development, a Pennsylvania research center is set to launch a new incubator, in Sweet Suites in Hershey.

 BRIEFLY BIO 

Minnesota is one of the leading states for the medical device industry, fueled by research and start-ups coming from its universities. The University of Minnesota and a St. Paul incubator are now partnering for a new project that will further the sector's development in the state. The university and University Enterprise Laboratories are collaborating on a medical device launch pad, according to this report from the MedCity News.


Navigating the fast-growing medical device market in China can be mind-boggling for U.S. companies. A Chinese firm that provides services to medical device companies has now opened an office in Quincy, Mass., in hopes of helping U.S. manufacturers serve the Chinese market.


CSL, one of Australia's major biotech companies, plans a major expansion at the country's largest biotech facility in Melbourne. The company anticipates hiring more than 300 high-skilled employees by 2018. A vaccine specialist, CSL expects to broaden its scope with the expansion. (Read our recent profile of subsidiary CSL Behring here).


The Kansas City Business Journal reports on what is perceived to be a drought in the region for the medical device sector. A recent panel discussion at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Innovation Conference dealt with the issue.


New Jersey's robust biotech sector continues to grow, according to a new report conducted by BioNJ, the trade association for the biotechnology industry in New Jersey, and Ernst &Young. Employment rose by 50 percent over the past three years. The number of companies has grown to more than 300.


A Purdue University research team, based at Discovery Park's Bindley Bioscience Center, has received a $1.3-million seed grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases to test a technology that has the potential to more quickly identify food-borne pathogens, aiding U.S. homeland security officials in responding to a bioterrorist attack or other emergencies.

California-based SG Biofuels announced plans to establish the world's most advanced jatropha research and development center in San Diego. Jatropha is a non-edible shrub native to Central America. The center will include a greenhouse featuring the largest and most diverse collection of jatropha genetic material, world-class laboratory facilities and an expanded team of molecular biologists focused on developing jatropha as a low-cost, sustainable source of oil.

 

Vol.1 , Issue 06

 
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