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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Domain Therapeutics : EUR 933,000 grant for schizophrenia project

Domain Therapeutics
Strasbourg, France, March 13, 2012 - GPCR specialist will lead EUR 5.1 million ATHOS Project to develop new therapie -

Domain Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focussed on the discovery and early development of small molecules targeting G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), one of the most important classes of drug targets, announced that ATHOS project has been selected for French government funding. ATHOS aims to develop new drug candidates and identify therapeutic targets for schizophrenia.

Total funding will amount to EUR 5.1 million over three years. Some 45 per cent of the ATHOS budget will be provided by central and regional government organizations, including the grant of EUR 933,000 to Domain Therapeutics.

Schizophrenia is a disease of the central nervous system generally starting in adolescence and becoming a chronic condition. It typically exhibits a dissociation of the personality, giving rise to auditory hallucinations, paranoid delirium and attention disorders. These problems affect not only the patient’s mental health but also life expectancy, which is 12 years shorter than that of the general population. Schizophrenia and related conditions affect 2-3 per cent of the world population but existing treatments do not improve the cognitive disturbances resulting from the disease and some patients remain completely resistant to available treatments... 

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...About Domain Therapeutics S.A. 

Domain Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company located in Strasbourg, France, dedicated to the discovery and early development of small molecules targeting G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), one of the most important classes of drug targets. Domain Therapeutics identifies and develops drug candidates using its DTect-All (TM) innovative proprietary technology. The company’s portfolio is composed of new chemical entities ranging from hits to optimized leads for leading indications such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes... [PDF] Domain Therapeutics' Press Release -

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Echosens introduces the new FibroScan® 502 Touch with CAP™ (Controlled Attenuation Parameter) in Asia [APASL 2012]

Echosens
16/02/2012 - At the 2012 Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) taking place this year in Taipei from February 16th to February 19th, Echosens, a pioneer and major player in non-invasive hepatic diagnosis, will present for the first time in Asia its latest product, the new FibroScan® 502 Touch, widening the range of FibroScan® devices now available.

Equipped with a new and more ergonomic tactile interface, and based on patented Vibration-Controlled Transient Elastography (VCTE™), the latest FibroScan®provides a reliable, accurate and reproducible assessment of liver tissue stiffness. This technology, developed by Echosens, is unique in measuring liver stiffness at a pre-determined and controlled 50 Hz frequency...

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...About Echosens and Fibroscan 

FibroScan is designed to quantify hepatic stiffness and ultrasound attenuation (CAP™) in a non-invasive manner in chronic liver diseases assessment.

Founded in 2001, Echosens supplies its products in more than 70 countries through a global network of suppliers. It dedicates a major portion of its activity to research and development in order to invent new medical devices and open up new medical perspectives. The organization works in close cooperation with health professionals and patients’ associations to facilitate management and therapeutic monitoring of patients. To date, there are more than 500 peer-reviewed publications which attest to the efficacy of FibroScan® in clinical practice...[PDF] Echosens' Press Release -