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2008-07-15 12:01:00

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT SHE was described as being unhappy with her quality of life and her level of mobility, yet she also played bridge with friends and talked about going on holiday, according to the evidence submitted to a General Medical Council hearing yesterday. In fact, the 87-year-old patient at the centre of the case against Glasgow GP Dr Iain Kerr was "quite an independent lady for her age". Her private carer, known as Jacqueline White, went shopping with her...

2008-07-15 12:00:53

Prompted by massive floods in the Midwest, soaring corn prices, volatile commodities markets and on ongoing "food versus fuel" debate, the ethanol industry is on the cusp of a major restructuring period that will likely involve several plant shutdowns, mergers and acquisitions, according to one industry analyst at United Bio Energy. But a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture contains signs of hope for ethanol producers. Although ethanol prices are trending upward,...

2008-07-13 21:00:08

Neurogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NRGN) today announced that, as planned, it commenced a Phase 2/3 clinical trial in chronic insomnia patients with the Company's insomnia agent, adipiplon and that, based upon reports from initial dosing of a higher than anticipated rate of unwanted next day effects, the Company has suspended dosing in the study. Neurogen believes that the bilayer tablet formulation of adipiplon being used in the study may not be performing as expected. The Company plans...

2008-07-03 21:00:20

CANTON - The new owners of an unfinished ethanol plant outside Canton have been given a conditional-use permit to produce the corn- based fuel additive. Riverland Biofuels requested the permit at a recent Fulton County Zoning Board of Appeals hearing. The company bought the plant recently after Central Illinois Energy declared bankruptcy in December. About 50 employees lost their jobs. The plant had been started with the help of local farmers, who committed corn and money to the...

2008-06-26 12:03:13

BioFuel Energy has started commercial operations at its two 115 million gallons per year ethanol plants in Wood River, Nebraska and Fairmont, Minnesota. According to the company, both plants have recently begun production of ethanol. Both facilities were constructed adjacent to Cargill grain elevators that have been operating on the sites for several decades, and are also bordered by Union Pacific main rail lines. When operating at nameplate capacity, the combined plants are expected to...

2008-06-24 12:03:03

By The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill. Jun. 21--ROYAL -- The president of Heartland Ethanol said the credit crunch not the economics of ethanol was the main reason his company abandoned efforts to build seven ethanol plants in Illinois, including one in Royal. "The main issue was the ability to finance the project with bank loans," Heartland Ethanol President Walker R. Filbert said. "That came crashing down when the housing industry had its meltdown last August. We've been...

2008-06-24 06:00:00

By H.J. Cummins, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jun. 24--Back in the salad days of ethanol production, Otter Tail Ag Enterprises raised $42.2 million in just 10 days to build a plant near Fergus Falls. It was March of 2006, and nearly 900 Minnesota investors -- 60 percent of them farmers -- wanted a piece of the 55 million-gallon plant that opened this past March, chief executive Kelly Longtin said. Just as optimistically, lenders approved the other $82 million the project needed. It's not...

2008-06-24 02:30:19

By Jamie C. Ruff, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 23--CHASE CITY -- Cruise down Chase City's West Sycamore Street near the tract where an ethanol plant is proposed to be constructed and you see signs of opponents' discontent. Signs declaring "No Ethanol Plant" sprout here and there from yards like stubborn weeds. For opponents of the project, the signs tell everything there is to know -- that there is a groundswell of opposition speaking loud and clear. Opponents say they have more...

2008-06-18 09:01:18

PT. RICHMOND, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Glenn A. Oclassen, President & Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Jefferies 2nd Annual Healthcare Conference in New York City on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 9:30 AM Eastern Time. The presentation will be available as a webcast at http://www.wsw.com/webcast/jeff26/transcept. About Transcept Pharmaceuticals Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company...

2008-06-18 09:01:08

Chemical process major DuPont has received an external independent validation from the Illinois Crop Improvement Association, which shows that its ethanol yield potential near-infrared calibration reliably predicts the ethanol output of whole corn grain. The near-infrared (NIR) calibration, developed by DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred business, allows ethanol plants to rapidly and consistently evaluate incoming grain, helping both plant managers and growers determine which corn hybrids and...


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