Abbott, Merck Serono and Roche announce partnership in biotech development
MANNHEIM, Germany Three drug makers announced Monday at the opening of the BIO-Europe 2008 Partnering Conference that they would join forces in the development of the Biotechnology Cluster Rhine-Neckar to establish a leading position in the field of medical biotechnology in Europe.
Two of the companies, Merck Serono and Roche, already operate in the BioRN cluster, which recently received a 40 million euro grant from Germany’s Ministry for Education and Research. The third company, Abbott, has expressed interest in participating in future projects in the BioRN cluster.
“The success of the BioRN cluster, which brings together some 100 partners in business and research, rests partly on the excellent pioneering research being done here in the Rhine-Neckar region and on the presence of several major corporations, many of them global leaders in their field, such as Roche, Merck Serono and Abbott,’ Roche Diagnostics Division chief executive Jurgen Schwiezer said in a statement.
Merck Serono is the biotechnology division of Merck KGaA, which is based in Germany and independent of Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck & Co.
Sepracor may get incentives to keep its business local
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. Drug maker Sepracor might get tax breaks for building in its hometown.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that the company is constructing new buildings in Marlborough, Mass., and will create 250 new jobs. Local officials proposed the tax breaks to give Sepracor incentives for further development, and the company may save $4.1 million.
The city’s finance committee will vote on the proposal Monday.
H-E-B, RediClinic open largest U.S. retail clinic in Houston area
HOUSTON Clinic operator RediClinic has opened its 15th Houston-area convenient care clinic in the new H-E-B store that, according to the Convenient Care Association, is the largest retail-based clinic in the United States.
The 926-square-foot clinic features three exam rooms and a room specifically for blood draws.
“We are delighted to be expanding out footprint in our home market with the opening of our 15th Greater Houston clinic,” said Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. “The larger clinic design in H-E-B’s new Bunker Hill store enables us to treat more patients and gives us more flexibility in adding new services.”
RediClinic operates 21 clinics in H-E-B stores in Houston and Austin; and 15 clinics in Wal-Mart stores in Atlanta, Ga.; Fayetteville and Rogers, Ark.; Richmond, Va.; and Tulsa, Okla.