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Montana Bioscience Alliance Names New Executive Board Officers

The Montana Bioscience Alliance (http://www.montanabio.org) today announced that Robert Bargatze, Ph.D., of Ligocyte Pharmaceuticals http://www.ligocyte.com/ has been appointed as President for the state’s growing biotech industry alliance.

Biotech boom: As Hamilton businesses expand, interest in field grows. UM creates program to train lab workers for GlaxoSmithKline and Rocky Mountain Labs

Rural states like Montana stand out as quiet havens, where small startups don’t have to outshout giant corporations to be heard by the powers that be.

Company gives form to medical devices. Compass Product Design Inc.

Compass Product Design takes products made by others and crafts a design around them that will make them both marketable and practical to use.

Biotech sees successful formula. San Francisco group creates incubator for industry startups

On Friday, in San Francisco, the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3) introduced its own space where it hopes biotech innovation will spring from what it informally calls the "QB3 Garage." A picture of the Hewlett-Packard garage was hung up at the space to illustrate the inspiration for the name.

Matching up with ‘angels’. Colorado group looking for biotechs in search of money

CTEK, a statewide nonprofit group that supports innovative entrepreneurs, teamed with the Colorado BioScience Association to form the biotech group. It is accepting applications through the CTEK Angels program.

Multi-million dollar animal bioscience complex in the works at Montana State University

“This is probably a once in a 100-year opportunity for the beef cattle industry and MSU to take the beef industry to a new plateau using genomics,” explained Jim Peterson, interim associate dean for outreach and development.

Seven Finalists, including Ligocyte of Bozeman, Montana, Selected for The BioWest 2006 Venture Showcase Competition, Presenting World-Changing Technologies

LigoCyte (Bozeman, Montana) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutic drugs and vaccines for preventing or treating human diseases within specialty markets.

LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals Awarded an Additional $2.3M Department of Defense Contract to Continue the Preclinical Development of Their 3rd Generation, Mucosal Anthrax Vaccine

The new vaccine provided 100% protection from an inhaled anthrax challenge in an animal study at Battelle Memorial Institute. "Our vaccine not only prevented death in all of the immunized animals, but it also reduced the morbidity, preventing the sickness caused by an infection," said Dr. Susan Wimer-Mackin, LigoCyte’s Director of Molecular Biology and the lead scientist on the anthrax vaccine project.

Montana State University scientists, and SpeciGen co-founders featured in cover article of Science

This is an exciting development because we can change viruses from disease-causing agents to disease-prevention and -detection agents.

Montana Bioscience Alliance meets Wednesday

Complete background on the Alliance can be found at the website http://www.montanabio.org. For more information about the Montana Bioscience Alliance or its annual meeting, contact Sharon Peterson at 896-5876 or [email protected]