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Elsevier to acquire nursing education products vendor HESI - 12 Jan 2006

Scientific publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, is set to acquire Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI), US, a firm that specialises in developing high-quality diagnostic tests for nursing and related health markets.

Under the deal, HESI and its team of over 30 employees will continue to be based in Houston. The main objective of HESI products is to provide faculty with tools to predict their students' performance in the NCLEX exam, a licensure exam for nursing students. Its current product portfolio includes the HESI Admission Assessment Exam, Specialty Exams, Custom Exams, Review Courses and the HESI Exit Exam.

HESI's high quality products are projected to allow Elsevier to better meet the information and learning needs of nurses and healthcare professionals.

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Ciba Specialty Chemicals adopts MDL Isentris platform - 12 Jan 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced that Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Switzerland, has adopted its MDL Isentris information management and integration platform for its global R&D operations. MDL Isentris, the next-generation in cheminformatics technology, succeeds MDL ISIS, an industry-standard for pharmaceutical research for over ten years.

Isentris is the first open-standards-based informatics platform specially designed for life sciences researchers. It aims to improve the overall productivity of pharmaceutical and specialty chemical research by playing a key role in integrating scientific data and workflow applications. Also, it provides a solid foundation for the Company's new chemical information system.

The MDL Isentris platform consist of four products, namely the MDLŽ Base desktop interface for scientists, MDLŽ Draw chemical drawing software, MDLŽ Direct chemical data cartridges for storing, searching and retrieving molecules and reactions in OracleŽ databases and MDLŽ Core Interface middle tier for building and integrating Web and desktop applications.

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'Industrial Biotechnology' offers free online access to celebrate inaugural year - 12 Jan 2006

GEN Publishing Inc., US, has announced that it will make the entire first year's volume of its publication, Industrial Biotechnology, freely available online to mark its first anniversary. The offer can be availed of till March 15, 2006 at www.indbiotech.com/issues.

The journal is projected as an authoritative, multidisciplinary news and peer-reviewed research publication on industrial biotechnology. The science of industrial biotechnology applies traditional and innovative biotechnology methods to improve environmental sustainability, reduce costs and increase efficiency of manufacturing processes in every sector. It is projected to have a great impact on global industries as diverse as bioenergy and pulp and paper to textiles and foods.

The journal seeks to bridge emerging biotechnology platforms with later-stage commercialisation for all industrial and environmental applications.

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Blackwell Publishing unveils 100th journal in Asia - 12 Jan 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the publication of its100th journal in Asia. The Company, now has a strong and growing list of journals in the Asian region, and aims to focus on leveraging its dominant position in this zone.

The Asia Blackwell Publishing has been working closely with academic societies in the Asian region, particularly in China, Japan and Korea. Blackwell signed a publishing agreement with the Japanese Dermatological Association to publish its official journal, The Journal of Dermatology, in late 2005. The journal is the latest to join the Blackwell portfolio. It follows recent signings, such as the China & World Economy with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Entomological Research journal with the Entomological Society of Korea.

As a result of its continuing growth in the Asian region, Blackwell has appointed two senior directors, Lise Baltzer and David Fisher, for strengthening its business operations in Asia.

Baltzer has been appointed as Director of Medical Publishing at Blackwell's office in Australia. She will be responsible to direct and expand the medical journal publishing program in Asia. David Fisher will be the new sales and marketing director for Asia. He will implement and direct the growth strategy for Blackwell's books and journals in the Asia Pacific region.

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'Science' to tighten publishing procedure - 12 Jan 2006

US-based journal Science has announced that it will take additional procedural safeguards to prevent publication of any fake data. The move follows a report received by the journal stating, South Korean scientist, Prof. Hwang's earliest claim of deriving human stem cell lines from cloned embryos was based on fraud data.

The journal received a report from the investigating panel of the Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea, asserting that the Korean scientist had faked all his claims of deriving stem cell lines from cloned embryos. The editorial board is now considering withdrawing a paper published in its 2004 issue.

The journal had recently retracted Hwang's May 2005 paper, claiming success in deriving patient-specific stem cells.

In an attempt to tighten its publishing procedure, the journal will require all authors to detail their contributions to the research submitted and to sign statements of concurrence with the conclusions of the work.

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Beam Institute names Bill Romano as Director of Educational Services - 12 Jan 2006

Continuing medical education (CME) services provider Beam Institute, US, has announced the appointment of Bill Romano as Director of Educational Services. In his new position, Romano will be responsible for working with commercial supporters of CME events. He will also work closely with The Oncology Group, part of CMP Media and publishers of Oncology and Oncology News International, as an educational partner to develop and direct other CME activities produced by the Beam Institute.

Prior to this, Romano served as Senior Director of Client Services of Thomson Medical Education.

The Beam Institute works with educational providers, specialty societies and the industry to convert science and cutting-edge clinical content into quality CME programmes for healthcare professionals.

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