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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Plantpraxis – a melding of Axis Biotech Brasil, of Rio de Janeiro, and Canadian biotech Plantform Corp. – is on track to dent the costs of expensive biologic treatments in developing countries, according to Axis CEO Eduardo Cruz.

HONG KONG – To speed up biopharmaceutical research on fighting superbugs, the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator recently awarded grants to a number of biopharma firms, among them a 3-year-old startup aptly named Bugworks Research India Pvt. Ltd., which received $2.6 million.

HONG KONG – With $13.2 million in new financing, Tokyo-based oncology drug developer Anaeropharma Science Inc. now plans to focus on research and development of drug candidates that target hypoxic microenvironments of tumors by using recombinant Bifidobacterium.

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