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Univercells raises $18.8M to commercialize low-cost biologics manufacturing platform

July 20, 2018

Right after releasing positive results for its novel affordable vaccine manufacturing technology, Belgium’s Univercells closed a €16 million ($18.8 million) series B backed by funds on three continents. Univercells said the money will support the continued development of its cost-efficient biologics manufacturing platform, with the..

Sensient execs on Mazza buy: “We want to take everything out of the botanical”

July 20, 2018

Sensient is eyeing the newly acquired botanical extraction company Mazza Innovation as a strategic pillar for all of its business operations, including colors and flavors. Presented under the new name of “Sensient Natural Extraction” and continuing to operate out of Canada, the new business unit..

Beatson Clark designs Kolibri bottle with sugar stored in the lid

July 20, 2018

Beatson Clark has partnered with British beverage brand Kolibri Drinks to create a glass bottle which allows consumers to control the amount of sugar in their drink. The sugar is stored in the cap of the bottle rather than in the liquid of the drink…

3 Things European Startups Do Better Than U.S. Startups

July 20, 2018

There are buildings in Europe that are older than the United States. That is one reason why it is not surprising that the U.S. currently leads in startups — the entire country is basically a startup compared to Europe. But, while the U.S. startup scene..

‘Virtual Co-Working Spaces’ Are Going to Be Part of the Near-Future’s Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

July 20, 2018

It’s no secret that the entrepreneurship landscape is changing: In the United States alone, 24 percent of workers work from home, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report. And the trend is increasing exponentially. Following — potentially leading — that trend are entrepreneurs, who, more than ever, either work..

Southeast Asia non-dutiable PP falls as supply lengthens

July 20, 2018

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Spot prices of non-dutiable polypropylene (PP) cargoes in southeast Asia have been falling since mid-June as regional supply was boosted by capacity start-ups in Vietnam and Malaysia. Downward price pressures may continue for non-dutiable cargoes in the near term, while sellers of dutiable material from the..

Why employees say these companies have figured out flexible work

July 19, 2018

Flexible schedules rank way up there among working women’s top priorities at their employers. In fact, 62% of women who use my company’s employer-review platform InHerSight call flexibility a “must-have.” But all too often, requests to work remotely to care for a sick child or to..

Facebook Hires Top University Brains To Boost AI Labs

July 19, 2018

Facebook has hired five top university professors in the US and the UK as part of an effort to strengthen its artificial intelligence research division. The social media giant said the hires to its Facebook AI Research [FAIR] group will help it to set up a new FAIR lab..

Ovid, Takeda add 2 rare epilepsies to rare drug pact

July 19, 2018

A year after Takeda tied up with Ovid Therapeutics to advance its epilepsy drug TAK-935, the pair is announcing two phase 2 trials in rare pediatric epilepsies and an extension trial for patients with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs). The companies partnered in 2017 to push the drug forward..

Novartis runs into Kymriah production glitch in new DLBCL indication

July 19, 2018

Novartis, whose personalized CAR-T cancer treatment Kymriah won an approval in May to treat relapsed large B-cell lymphoma, said today it has run into some manufacturing issues around that condition. Liz Barrett, CEO of Novartis Oncology, said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call that a..