Latest Instituto Butantan Stories

2011-10-20 07:00:00

The Butantan Institute will use OpenClinica Enterprise Edition software for all its clinical trials. The Institute is affiliated to the Secretary of Health of the State of São Paulo and accounts for roughly 93% of serums and vaccines produced in Brazil. Waltham, MA (PRWEB) October 20, 2011 OpenClinica, the worldâs fastest growing clinical trial software for web-based electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical data management (CDM), is pleased to announce its contract...

2010-05-17 06:07:51

The world's largest scientific collection of dead snakes has been destroyed by fire that broke out at a science institute in Brazil, according to scientists Sunday. Members of the Instituto Butantan said the nearly 100-year-old collection contained some 80,000 snakes and several thousand spiders and scorpions. The specimens were used to study evolution and provided invaluable information on how to prevent extinctions, said Otavio Mercadante, institute director. "The entire collection was...

2009-08-29 11:10:00

Though usually considered a parasitic nuisance and a vector for numerous diseases, the tick may actually hold the key for curing skin, liver, and pancreatic cancers, according to new findings from Brazilian researchers. Proteins were found in the saliva of the common South American tick Amblyomma cajennense, which seems to have the ability to reduce and even completely expunge cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. "This is a radical innovation," said Ana Marisa...

2009-01-22 08:00:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) announced it has granted the Instituto Butantan, a Brazilian biomedical research institution, an exclusive license in Latin America and a non-exclusive license in the rest of the world to use two of IDRI's lead vaccine antigen candidates for the prevention and treatment of leishmaniasis in humans and dogs. IDRI will provide technical assistance to the Instituto Butantan for the development and evaluation of the...

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