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Production of synthetic polymers from algae oil

Algae are rich in valuable substances and can be grown easily, which makes them promising candidates for the sustainable production of raw materials. The work done by Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecking at the University of Konstanz in cooperation with plant physiologist Prof. Dr. Peter Kroth, confirms this. The two scientists have developed a method to transform algae oil into high-quality chemical raw materials which can, amongst other things, be used for the production of polymers. This opens up new possibilities for the use of algae as a substitute for crude oil.
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Baden-Württemberg Healthcare Industry Forum 2014

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The Baden-Württemberg Healthcare Industry Forum will be held in the hotel Maritim in Ulm on 24th September 2014. The forum will bring together entrepreneurs and scientists from the fields of medical technology, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry. The forum will feature keynote speeches from all three branches, informative workshops as well as inspiring discussions. It will also provide ample opportunities for intensive networking and the exchange of experiences and information with other participants. Registration deadline is September 5th, 2014.
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VAXIMM: Vaccines that impede cancer growth

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VAXIMM GmbH, a young biotechnology company from Mannheim, Germany, specialises in the development of vaccines for cancer treatment. The company’s first product candidate, VXM01, is a live oral vaccine that targets the VEGFR-2 receptor and hence the blood supply of tumours. VXM01 is currently undergoing clinical testing in pancreatic cancer patients.
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17. Hermann Staudinger Lecture with Nobel laureate Erwin Neher

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On September 5, 2014, FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies) invites to the 17th Hermann Staudinger Lecture in the lecture hall of the Otto-Krayer-Haus in Freiburg. The Nobel laureate Prof. Dr. Erwin Neher will give a lecture on the topic "Modulation of Short-Term Plasticity at the Calyx of Held synapse". Participation is free of charge and no registration required.
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