argenx receives second preclinical milestone payment in collaboration with LEO Pharma

argenx (Euronext & Nasdaq: ARGX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer, today announced the achievement of the second of two preclinical milestones in connection with its collaboration with LEO Pharma.”Our collaboration with LEO Pharma continues to be highly productive with the announcement of this most recent preclinical milestone. This achievement is the second of two success-based preclinical milestones with the first having been received last year.

Brisbane to host major life sciences industry conference in 2018

SAN DIEGO, USA: International bio investors have been invited to Brisbane after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the Queensland capital will play host next year to a gathering of the leading players in one of Australia’s most exciting and promising high-tech industries.

Speaking at the BIO International Convention in San Diego in the United States, Ms Palaszczuk said almost 1000 business leaders, investors and scientists from Australia and overseas would attend the AusBiotech 2018 national conference from 31 October to 2 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre next year.

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We Are One Step Closer To Large-Scale Algae-Based Biofuel

Making biofuel from algae has just got a little bit easier, as a newly engineered strain produces twice as much oil as its wild parent, according to Californian researchers.

Previous attempts to get this type of algae to make more oil crippled its growth, which isn’t an issue with this new strain. Without the growth restrictions, we are now one step closer to producing biodiesel on a large scale, say the researchers.

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Medlab cannabis studies

AUSTRALIAN-LISTED Medical life science company, Medlab Clinical Limited, has announced it has received Human Research Ethics Committee approvals by the Northern Sydney Local District, the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, to begin human trials of two different patent pending cannabis-based medicines.

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Sugar-Coated Nanomaterial Boosts Bone Growth

Until now there is no gold standard for the way in which orthopedic spine surgeons stimulate new bone growth in patients. Recently, Researchers from Northwestern University have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is very good at stimulating bone regeneration and it could become the process surgeons may favor in the future.

The new method for promoting new bone growth has been studied in an animal model of spinal fusion. The team believes that the method could translate readily to humans, where an aging but active population in the U.S. is gradually receiving this surgery to treat pain caused by trauma, disc degeneration and other back problems.

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Is China moving towards capital & technology intensive economy?

A recent research by Changjiang Securities reveals that with China’s high-tech exports significantly improving, the internal structure of the computer and communication technology is relatively maturing forward along the areas of material and life technology products such as tilt, overall level of technology content of export products. High-tech products are the direct embodiment of China’s technology intensive products, accounting for the proportion of China’s exports rose rapidly from 17 per cent in 2001 to 31 per cent in 2009, since then remained relatively stable.

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Palaszczuk Government backs school science project giving growers a taste of future farming

An innovative Sunshine Coast school is using cutting-edge agricultural technologies to give local farmers a taste of the future of Queensland farming, thanks to Palaszczuk Government Advance Queensland funding.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said Beerwah’s Glasshouse Christian College received an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant for its AgriTech project involving students, local fruit and vegetable growers, state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies and drones.

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MPs want STEM at the centre of education

The House of Representatives Committee inquiring into the skills the future workforce will require wants to see STEM, and lots of it, plus it backs demand driven funding.

The inquiry, commissioned by Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham,  recommends; “mathematics be re-established as a pre-requisite for obtaining an ATAR and that universities re-establish mathematics as a pre-requisite for relevant tertiary courses with an option for special circumstance exceptions.”

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Two medicinal cannabis trials to start

Medlab Clinical Limited has received Human Research Ethics Committee approvals to begin human trials of two different cannabis-based medicines.

Developed at the medical life science company’s Sydney laboratory facility, the medicines have two different applications and will be clinically tested at different locations.

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