Meet Alexia Hilbertidou, the 18-year-old founder of GirlBoss and the youngest person to be involved with Nasa’s Sofia missi

Alexia Hilbertidou may be the youngest person ever to go on a project mission with Nasa, but that’s not her only accolade.

The 18-year-old Aucklander is the founder of GirlBoss, a social enterprise which aims to empower women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Hilbertidou started GirlBoss when she was a 16-year-old student at Albany Senior High, the result of being the only girl in her IT and physics classes.

Read more

CSL vows to fight rival’s patent claim

VACCINES and blood products developer CSL says it will vigorously fight a patent infringement claim launched by US-based biotech Bioverativ in relation to CSL’s haemophilia B drug, Idelvion.

Bioverativ, which develops treatments for haemophilia and other rare blood disorders, has filed complaints in the US District Court with the International Trade Commission. It claims that Idelvion infringes three Bioverativ patents.

Read more

Delaying action on car emissions will make Australia more vulnerable

France has set its car manufacturers the goal of halting sales of diesel and petrol cars by 2040. The announcement last week came a day after the Swedish manufacturer Volvo declared it will build only hybrid and electric cars from 2019.

Moving away from highly polluting cars is an urgent global priority. Worldwide, transport accounts for 26% of humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions and, of these emissions, 81% comes from road transport.

Read more

CSL in battle over Haemophilia drug

AUSTRALIAN vaccines and blood products developer CSL will vigorously fight a new patent infringement claim in relation to its haemophilia B drug, Idelvion.

US-based biotechnology group Bioverativ has filed complaints in the US District Court for the District of Delaware and with the International Trade Commission.

Read more

Premier encourages farmers to innovate

Premier Li Keqiang encouraged farmers to learn advanced agricultural technology and start their own business, while visiting an agricultural high-tech industrial zone in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, on July 10.

There are now over 80 farmers being trained in the industrial park, so that they can be more knowledgeable about starting businesses back in their hometowns. On seeing the Premier, they were so excited and competed to introduce their business plan.

Premier Li urged local government to cultivate more talent and make institutional innovations, before popularizing their success to other places.

Read more

ProMIS Neurosciences Provides Second Quarter Update for 2017 and Outlook for Near-Term Value Creation

ProMIS Neurosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of precision treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, today provided a corporate update for the second quarter of 2017, including key accomplishments, a status update on ongoing programs, and the Company’s outlook for near-term value creation.

A narrated corporate overview of second quarter 2017 progress and outlook for the future is available on the ProMIS Neurosciences website at:  http://bit.ly/2tRLGAI .

Key accomplishments in the second quarter of 2017 and near-term value drivers include:

· Expansion of potential best in class amyloid-beta (AB) portfolio for Alzheimer’s disease
· Designated PMN350 as second validated product lead; in vivo data and biologic evidence of neuronal protection against toxic AB oligomers

Read more

Race Joint Venture With TargImmune

Race Oncology Limited (ASX: RAC) announced today that it has executed a Letter
of Intent with TargImmune Therapeutics AG (Basel, Switzerland) to enter into a
joint venture between the two companies. The joint venture, to be called Race
Immunotherapeutics, will focus on developing new and improved cancer therapies
based on combining Bisantrene with TargImmune’s targeted cancer therapy
technology.

The Race Immunotherapeutics (“RITX”) joint venture will be a 50:50 partnership
between Race and TargImmune, and all new intellectual property created by RITX
will be equally co-owned by the parties through their ownership of the joint
venture. RITX will be independently funded and operations of the joint venture
will commence once funding is in place and formal agreements executed. Final
terms of the joint venture agreement are subject to approval of both companies’
boards. All core development work will be conducted by TargImmune scientists
in Basel, under the guidance of a steering committee that includes Race
scientific staff. Race will provide scientific support and Bisantrene drug
product, but no direct funding to the Joint Venture.

Read more

OECD and FAO see slower growth in demand keeping world food prices low.

Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published today by the OECD and FAO.

The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 says that the completed replenishment of cereal stocks by 230 million metric tonnes over the past decade, combined with abundant stocks of most other commodities, should also help limit growth in world prices, which are now almost back to their levels before the 2007-08 food price crisis.

Read more

IndianOil and LanzaTech sign a Statement of Intent to Construct World’s First Refinery Off Gas-to-Bioethanol

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IndianOil), India’s flagship national oil company and, LanzaTech, carbon recycling company, have signed a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India.

LanzaTech has developed a gas fermentation process to make fuels and chemicals. Instead of sugars and yeast, the company uses a biological catalyst to ferment waste gas emissions. The large volume of waste gas produced at industrial facilities such as refineries cannot be stored or transported; rather it must be combusted to make power locally and emitted as carbon dioxide (CO2). Power can be carbon-free, and in India today, the cost of renewable power has fallen below the cost of coal, accelerating the transition to a carbon-free grid. LanzaTech’s technology allows refineries to divert waste gases from the grid, supporting the transition to fully renewable power while recycling this carbon into liquid fuels and petrochemicals.

India is adopting a cleaner and greener economic growth pathway today, with the Government running one of the largest renewable capacity expansion programmes in the world. The implementation of the National Smart Grid Mission, along with new programmes for increasing energy capacities from wind and waste conversion, are key elements of this vision. This vision is inextricably linked to the principle of ‘need-based consumption’ which follows the need to maximise on existing resources and decarbonise everyday activities.

Read more