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Nov 7, 2006

Xoma Completes $15-M NIAID Contract

  • Xoma received final acceptance from the NIAID of all deliverables under its contract. This $15-million contract with NIAID was awarded to Xoma in March, 2005, to develop manufacturing processes for three antibotulinum neurotoxin Mabs.

    With the completion of this first contract, Xoma has created production cell lines using its antibody expression systems, built and qualified master and manufacturer’s working cell banks, and developed production processes for and produced initial cGMP quantities of the three antibodies.



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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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