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Jul 15, 2009

BioWa Grants Merck KGaA Access to Technology that Enhances Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity

  • Merck KGaA licensed access to BioWa's Potelligent® Technology for the research, development, and commercialization of its antibody therapies. Under this nonexclusive agreement, BioWa received up-front fees and may earn development milestone payments and royalties.

    Potelligent is designed to improve potency and efficacy of antibody therapeutics by enhancing antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity. It involves the reduction of the amount of fucose in the carbohydrate structure of an antibody using a proprietary fucosyltransferase-knockout CHO cell line as a production cell.



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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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