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BioMS Medical Corp. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada. BioMS Medical Corp., a development stage biotechnology company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and commercialization of therapeutic technologies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Canada. Its lead product under development includes Dirucotide for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, which is being evaluated in two pivotal Phase III clinical trials for secondary progressive MS patients; and MAESTRO-01, a pivotal phase II/III trial in Canada and western Europe. The company also develops Maestro-02, an open-label follow-on study to the Maestro-01 pivotal phase II/III clinical trial of Dirucotide, which targets secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), as well as MAESTRO-03 trial, a pivotal Phase III product to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Dirucotide in patients with SPMS in the United States. BioMS Medical Corp. has a licensing and development agreement with Eli Lilly and Company. The company was formerly known as EPS Capital Corp. and changed its name to BioMS Medical Corp. in July 2001.
Millennium Pharmaceuticals wants to be "the" drug company for the new millennium. Its cancer drug Velcade is approved as a treatment for multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) and Mantle Cell Lymphoma (or MCL, an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). The company has more than a dozen other candidates in the pipeline, most of them cancer-related. Millennium's oncology-focused sales force, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ortho Biotech, sells the drug in the US; Ortho Biotech is responsible for sales in Europe and in other countries where Velcade is approved (except Japan, which is covered by Janssen). Takeda Pharmaceutical acquired Millennium Pharmaceuticals for $8.8 billion in 2008.
Thallion Pharmaceuticals develops products for the treatment of cancer and infections. Thallion has three leading products in various developmental stages. The Shigamabs drug candidate is targeted to treat Shigatoxin producing E. coli infections. The company's TLN-232 is being evaluated as a treatment of a number of cancer conditions. Its TLN-4601 is another oncology focused treatment. Thallion was considering the possible sale of the company until it received a nearly $9 million capital infusion through an arrangement with Premium Brands. Though Thallion's operations didn't change, and it's still owned by the same shareholders, the move did take the company public.
Dynavax Technologies Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops a pipeline of Toll-like Receptor (TLR) product candidates. The Company's product candidates include HEPLISAV, a hepatitis B vaccine; SD-101, a Phase Ib hepatitis C therapy; DV-601, a Phase Ib hepatitis B therapy; Universal Flu vaccine, a preclinical vaccine under a supply and option agreement with Novartis; AZD1419, a preclinical asthma therapy partnered with AstraZeneca AB, and DV1079, a preclinical autoimmune and inflammatory disease therapy partnered with GlaxoSmithKline. In January 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Symphony Dynamo, Inc. (SDI) from Symphony Dynamo Holdings LLC. Pursuant to the acquisition SDI became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.
BioGenex Laboratories, Inc. company was founded in 1981 and is based in San Ramon, California. BioGenex Laboratories Inc provides automated systems that streamline operations in molecular and cellular pathology laboratories. It offers Xmatrx Dx, an automated staining system that includes detection kits, primary antibodies, probes, reagents, and consumables for immunohistochemistry (IHC), in situ hybridization (ISH) and special stains (SS); i6000 that is an automated staining system designed for clinical diagnostics and research laboratories; EZ-Retriever System v.2, a microwave-based time and temperature controlled system designed to unmask the antigens on the formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue sections; i500 Integrated Labeling System, a portable barcode solution, which creates barcode and text labeling for histology and cytology slides; and Xmatrx Rx, a biomarker assay development and analysis system that offers possibilities for translational and clinical research. The company also provides antibodies, antigen retrieval, ancillary reagents, detection systems, special stains, and tissue controls. In addition, it provides DNA/RNA synthesis labeling reagents, phosphoramidite, and branching phosphoramidites. The company serves reference laboratories, hospital laboratories, cancer treatment centers, university medical centers, group practices, and drug discovery laboratories in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, as well as oligonucleotide houses and academic institutions. BioGenex Laboratories Inc markets its products through distributors in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.
BG Medicine wants to fill big gaps in diagnostic medicine. The biosciences researcher primarily provides drug research and development services to such top global pharmaceutical makers as Pfizer and AstraZeneca, US government agencies, and to the health care product divisions of companies like Mitsubishi. BG Medicine specializes in developing biomarkers, substances used to detect disease at a molecular level, that enable research into the causes of disease and the effectiveness of drugs used to treat them. Products in the planning and discovery stages include molecular diagnostic tests for heart disease, neurological disorders, and cancer.
Virbac Corporation makes animal health and pet-care products and sells them to veterinarians and retailers. For dogs and cats it makes C.E.T dental products, Allederm dermatological products, and digestive and hairball remedies. The company's Iverhart medication prevents heartworms in dogs. Virbac also makes antibiotics, dewormer, and euthanasia products. Its other brands include Biomox, Clintabs, and Vetasyl. In addition to producing its own animal health products, the company provides contract manufacturing through subsidiary PM Resources. The company is owned by Virbac SA.
Biosite Incorporated company's diagnostic products include its Triage Drugs of Abuse Panel and Triage TOX Drug Screen which are used in hospital settings to test for commonly abused drugs. Its other diagnostic products include tests to detect intestinal parasites, diagnose congestive heart failure, and measure the biomarkers associated with stroke. The Biosite Discovery program is a collaborative research effort to identify protein markers for a variety of ailments. Medical diagnostics firm Inverness Medical Innovations acquired Biosite in 2007.
Diversa Limited company has developed biosensor technology, drawing on work from the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and electronics. Its primary technology is the Ion Channel Switch, a biosensing device. The Ion Channel Switch, or ICS, technology was developed using a membrane that acts as a switch, triggering an electrical current in the presence of particular molecules. Diversa plans to use the technology in point-of-care diagnostic products. The ICS was developed from research done by the Australian Membrane and Biotechnology Research Institute (AMBRI), the University of Sydney, and others.
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