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Mar 30, 2007

Bavarian Nordic Obtains License to Vivalis’ ESC-derived Cell Lines

  • Vivalis granted Bavarian Nordic rights to evaluate the embryonic stem cell derived EBx® cells as a production platform of MVA-BN®-based (modified vaccinia Ankara-strain) vaccines.

    “We firmly believe that Vivalis’ chicken and duck EBx cell lines could be an attractive alternative to chicken embryonic fibroblasts for the industrial production of MVA-based vaccines,” says Franck Grimaud, CEO of Vivalis.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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