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Oct 2, 2006

GTC Biotherapeutics and LFB Biotechnologies to Produce Recombinant Plasma Proteins and Mabs

  • GTC Biotherapeutics entered into a strategic collaboration with LFB Biotechnologies to develop selected recombinant plasma proteins and Mabs using GTC’s transgenic production platform. A Joint Steering Committee will agree on product development, as well as commercialization plans.

    The first program in this collaboration is for development of a transgenically produced recombinant form of human factor VIIa (rhFVIIa). GTC will be responsible for development of the production system and will retain exclusive commercial rights to the products in North America. LFB Biotechnologies will be responsible for clinical development and regulatory review of the first program of this collaboration and will have exclusive commercial rights in Europe. GTC and LFB Biotechnologies will hold co-exclusive rights in the rest of the world.

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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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