Navigation Links
Brazil's biotech firms: From imitators to innovators in health-related products
Date:6/6/2008

  • several monoclonal antibodies for cancer treatment (Recepta Biopharma, of So Paulo);
  • a recombinant protein for treating melanoma as well as anti-hypertensive and an analgesic peptide both isolated from snake venom (COINFAR, of So Paulo); and
  • fetal, neonatal and adult stem cell therapies for cardiac disease, type I diabetes and neonatal hypoxia (Cryopraxis, Rio de Janeiro).

Barriers to development

Major challenges include:

  • A patent regime in desperate need of reform

    The Brazilian patent office can take over seven years to process patent applications for drug candidates. Brazilian law prohibits patenting some important biotechnologies, such as recombinant versions of proteins found in nature. Some companies are also concerned that once a pharmaceutical product has been approved by the patent office, ANVISA (the national regulatory agency that approves health products, among other activities) can withhold approval on grounds such as eventual public access issues.

  • Regulatory issues

    The main regulatory roadblock highlighted by both public and private sector interviewees is the lack of practical experience in product development and manufacturing on the part of ANVISA regulators. Other commonly cited stumbling blocks include long delays in the ethics approval process for clinical trials as well as biosafety and biodiversity regulations.

  • Human resources

    Although Brazil has been successful in raising the overall level of biotech expertise, there is evidence of a disconnect between the output of existing training programs and the actual needs of the health biotech sector. Lack of sufficiently specialized and targeted training programs and the "academic model" of university preparation are limiting the supply of appropriately-trained personnel. An additional challenge for private industry, especially SMEs, is their inability to match or exceed the incen
    '/>"/>


Contact: Terry Collins
terrycollins@rogers.com
416-538-8712
Program on Life Sciences, Ethics and Policy,McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Related biology technology :

1. Spherix Shareholders Support Companys Focus on Naturlose, Biotechnology
2. China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Files 2nd Quarter 2007 10QSB and Announces Unaudited Quarterly Results
3. ISI Increases West Coast Life Science and Biotech Support for Emerging Companies with Expansion in San Francisco and San Diego
4. Amyris Biotechnologies Co-Founder Neil Renninger Named to Technology Reviews Prestigious TR35 List of Top Young Innovators
5. Finkelstein Thompson LLP Announces GPC Biotech AG Investigation
6. Operon Biotechnologies and DNA2.0 Announce Co-Marketing and Technology Development Partnership
7. Clinical Data Acquires Epidauros Biotechnologie AG, Significantly Enhancing Proprietary Genetic Biomarker Portfolio
8. Microchip Biotechnologies, Inc. Secures Exclusive License to Use New University of Alberta Technology for Developing Microfluidic Devices
9. Shareholder Class Action Filed Against GPC Biotech AG by the Law Firm of Schiffrin Barroway Topaz & Kessler, LLP
10. Favrille CEO to Present at NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Investment Conference
11. NeurogesX to Present at BioCenturys NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2014)... Aug. 21, 2014 Mathematic studies at the ... , and funded by the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation ... can be visually identified for elimination. These aggressive cells are ... which shows a topological map of what to look for ... research, for while tumor cells can be extracted from biopsy, ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... Pursuit Solutions ( http://www.pursuit-solutions.com ), ... services for Life Sciences sales and marketing organizations, ... New Commercial Sales Models” by Peter Robinson, co-founder ... article examines some innovative models used to improve ... in the pharmaceutical market. Robinson grades the industry ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... On Wednesday of last week RENU 28, the world's ... became available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand, and ... 28 works is, if you think about the definition of ... cellular renewal within your body. If you think about the ... cellular renewal. What RENU 28 does is it works with ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... succeeded in measuring vibrational motion of a single molecule ... vibration of a single molecule differs from the behaviour ... performed at the University of California, Irvine, where post-doctoral ... as a visiting fellow under professor Vartkess A. Apkarian, ... was lead by Professor Eric O. Potma. The results ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Science Power Jeffrey Epstein and Harvard University Fund Project to Visually Stop Tumor Growth 2Pursuit's Peter Robinson Publishes "Grading Pharma's Use of New Commercial Sales Models" 2RENU 28 Skin Care Now Available in Australia and New Zealand 2Seeing a molecule breathe 2
... about the University of Wisconsin-Madison , justified or ... close to the tree. It has world-class scientists and ... or services, but most of that commercialization takes place ... point, that's true. Just check the figures for per ...
... Wis. - Ruling that two Google products ... a federal judge has granted a motion to dismiss a ... District Judge John Shabaz has ruled that Google's AdSense ... held by the Madison-based HyperPhrase Technologies, LLC and its subsidiary, ...
... leaving a job is becoming more and more a rare ... year ago, I'm still getting feedback about people giving two-weeks' ... believe that two-week notices no longer are part of the ... notice is for! , ,One reader said you should give ...
Cached Biology Technology:Entrepreneurship grant will build strong foundation 2Entrepreneurship grant will build strong foundation 3Entrepreneurship grant will build strong foundation 4Wisconsin judge dismisses patent suit vs. Google 2Two-week notices: People are still concerned 2Two-week notices: People are still concerned 3Two-week notices: People are still concerned 4Two-week notices: People are still concerned 5
(Date:8/21/2014)... , Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- LiveScan ... has agreed to a partnership with Gabriel Health ... fastest growing Certified Nursing Assistant preparatory ... Institute  an exclusive member of Binary,s LiveScan service ... Biometrics will improve its service capabilities by ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... study aimed at improving the food intake, health and ... homes is among three projects at the University of ... the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). , ... Sciences at Waterloo, and a Schlegel research chair in ... to investigate why many Canadians living in long-term care ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... Nine researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC ... World,s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014," a comprehensive ... a web resource for science metrics and research performance ... the most influential "are performing and publishing work that ... their science," according to a Thomson Reuters statement. Researchers ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):LiveScan Provider Binary Biometrics Announces Partnership with Preeminent CNA School, Gabriel Health Institute to Expand Services in Orlando Region 2LiveScan Provider Binary Biometrics Announces Partnership with Preeminent CNA School, Gabriel Health Institute to Expand Services in Orlando Region 3Grants will fund landmark aging research at Waterloo 2BIDMC researchers named among 'the most influential scientific minds' 2BIDMC researchers named among 'the most influential scientific minds' 3
... fluctuations in the populations they target, but its not ... journal Nature by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography ... general underlying mechanism. Research led at Scripps with ... two chief scientific advisors to the United Kingdom) demonstrates ...
... worm, University of Maryland researchers have discovered an important ... absorbed and transported into the body. The finding could ... the worlds number one nutritional disorder., With C. elegans, ... Hamza, assistant professor of animal and avian sciences, and ...
... -- Some primates have evolved big brains because their ... advantage that outweighs the demands of extra years of ... Duke University and the University of Zurich have concluded ... key benchmarks in the development of 28 different primate ...
Cached Biology News:Fishing throws targeted species off balance, Scripps study shows 2Fishing throws targeted species off balance, Scripps study shows 3Bloodless worm sheds light on human blood, iron deficiency 2Bloodless worm sheds light on human blood, iron deficiency 3Slowly-developing primates definitely not dim-witted 2Slowly-developing primates definitely not dim-witted 3
... Blot Strong Antibody Stripping Solution is effective ... that have been developed with chemiluminescence or ... not recommended for stripping colorimetric substrates (TMB, ... possible to effectively remove substrates that precipitate ...
... supplied as a 5x solution. Designed ... membrane-bound proteins without destroying antigenic binding ... radioisotopic signals from blots. Not recommended ... as a 5X solution sufficient to ...
... This marker is specifically designed ... (urea) IEF. The four proteins in ... provide a diagonal pattern across a ... 7.6 to 3.8. ...
High-throughput DNA preparation and end sequencing of BAC libraries. 3730xl DNA sequencers. LIMS tracking utilizing Geospiza's Finch system. Full-length BAC sequencing also available. Our expertise h...
Biology Products: