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May 15, 2007

Dowpharma Licenses Pfenex Expression Technology to Biovel Life Sciences

  • Dowpharma  licensed its Pfenex Expression Technology™ to India-based Biovel Life Sciences. The agreement grants Biovel rights to employ the Pseudomonas fluorescense-based technology for the production of human growth hormone (HGH), a biosimilar product. 

    Dowpharma says it has already developed a high-yield production strain and process for the production of HGH and will prepare and transfer to Biovel a research cell bank and the production process. The agreement provides for an upfront technology access fee, maintenance and milestone fees, as well as royalties on product sales.



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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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