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Boehringer Ingelheim acquires Global Stem Cell Technology
Jan Spaas, CEO of GST.
Acquisition follows two years of successful partnership. 

Boehringer Ingelheim has acquired Global Stem Cell Technology (GST), a Belgian biotech firm that develops stem cell products for dogs and horses.

The acquisition follows Boehringer Ingelheim's partnership with GST in 2018. In 2019, the companies launched Arti-Cell® Forte in Europe, the first-ever stem cell product in the veterinary sphere granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission.

In a press release, Boehringer Ingelheim states that the acquisition and integration of GST will accelerate the development pipeline of Boehringer Ingelheim while maintaining its focus on setting new standards of care for animals.

Jean-Luc Michel, Head of Global Strategic Marketing, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, commented: "Collaboration with external partners plays an essential role in helping us expand our portfolio. After two years of a very successful partnership, we have decided to acquire GST. We are convinced that its expertise in the field of state-of-the-art stem cell products will help us bring even more innovative solutions to our customers."

Jan Spaas, CEO of GST added: “Boehringer Ingelheim wants to lead a new wave of innovation in the veterinary field. This ambition is a natural fit with GST’s management, staff and vision. From the very beginning, we aimed to change the veterinary field, a role we will continue to play as a new R&D division within Boehringer Ingelheim,”

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. 

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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."