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Hydrogen conversion by the enzyme ‘Hydrogenase’

X-ray crystallography is still the method of choice to determine the atomic structure of large biological macromolecules. One of the major drawbacks of the method is that hydrogens are difficult to detect. However, hydrogens constitute about 50% of the atoms in proteins and are often involv ... more

Biomay reports positve Phase IIB data with grass pollen allergy vaccine

Biomay announced that a landmark Phase IIb study has been successfully completed with its 3rd generation grass pollen allergy vaccine BM32. The study was designed to show sustained alleviation of allergy symptoms over two consecutive grass pollen seasons.It was observed that the Rhinoconjun ... more

Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O'Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic I ... more

Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells

A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.Earlier studies had shown that epigallocatechin- ... more

Researchers find potential anti-cancer use for anti-epilepsy drug

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that a drug used widely to combat epilepsy has the potential to reduce the growth and spread of breast cancer. Researchers in the Department of Biology at York studied phenytoin, a drug which inhibits epilepsy by targeting sodium channels ... more

Majority of German consumers believe that animal farming is the cause of antimicrobial resistance

In the public discussion, animal farming and its increased use of veterinary drugs are largely seen as the causes of for the increase in antimicrobial resistance. Does this picture painted by the media correspond with the perception of the public? In a representative survey, the Federal Ins ... more

UF study of drug users finds people with ADHD started using at younger age

Adults with a history of ADHD who use drugs started using substances one to two years earlier than those with no ADHD history, according to a new University of Florida. The findings highlight the need for earlier substance-use-prevention interventions in adolescents with ADHD, researchers s ... more

Low influenza vaccination rates among nursing home employees put residents at risk

Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in In ... more

Novozymes, Cargill continue bio-acrylic acid partnership as BASF exits

BASF has decided to exit the current R&D collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill to develop a bio-based process for producing 3-hydroxypropionic (3-HP) and acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. BASF joined the collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill in 2012 and are now leaving the pa ... more

Evergreens and hot topics: ACHEMA preparations shift into high gear

The countdown is on: from 15 to 19 June 2015 the doors will open on ACHEMA 2015. Over 3,100 exhibitors have already registered but, as in 2012, the organisers anticipate around 3,800. Moreover, the congress programme is shortly to be released. Already a clear trend is emerging: besides the ... more

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Sartorius: Successful Business Year 2014

Sartorius successfully closed fiscal 2014 according to its preliminary figures, and even slightly exceeded its sales revenue and earnings targets. In addition, the Group is set to further sharpen its strategic profile based on the sale of its smallest division, Industrial Technologies, whic ... more

Live broadcast from inside the nerve cell

Scientists estimate that our brain consists of about ten to one hundred billions of nerve cells. In order to fulfill their respective tasks as long as possible, these cells have to constantly control their internal proteins with regard to quality and functionality. Otherwise the proteins mi ... more

New Oncology and University Hospital Oslo Announce Genomic Profiling Collaboration

New Oncology and the University Hospital Oslo announced that they have entered into a collaboration to identify alterations in cancer-related tumour genes that predict a patient’s response or resistance to targeted therapies. Under this agreement, New Oncology will apply its proprietary dia ... more

Abcam Acquires Firefly BioWorks

Abcam plc announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Firefly BioWorks Inc on a cash-free/debt-free basis for £18.5m ($28.0m). The consideration, which is payable in cash on completion, will be funded from Abcam's existing resource ... more

Gold nanoparticles show promise for early detection of heart attacks

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks.Kurt H. Becker, a professor in the Department of Applied Physics and th ... more

Damaged DNA amplified

In the majority of cases, the onset of cancer is characterised by a minor change in a person's genetic material. A cell's DNA mutates in a particular area to the extent that the cell no longer divides in a controlled manner, but begins to grow uncontrollably. In many cases, this type of gen ... more

The Number One of Enterobacteria Deciphered

The colon bacillus Escherichia coli is one of the best studied model organisms in the life sciences. However, the reference organism for this species, its so-called type strain, has been overlooked in microbial genomics until now. In the “Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea” (GEBA) ... more

Beckman Coulter Genomics Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Beckman Coulter Genomic announces accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  Furthering a long-standing commitment to delivering state-of-the-art sequencing services and high levels of customer satisfaction, the facility in Danvers completed a comprehensive on-site insp ... more

GENALICE and Knome form strategic partnership to empower rapid NGS data interpretation

GENALICE and Knome, Inc. USA jointly announced a strategic partnership to offer their products together as a turn-key solution for those using next-generation sequencing (NGS) data to interpret patients’ genomes. GENALICE MAP is an ultra-fast and highly accurate preprocessing solution for a ... more

QIAGEN acquires Enzymatics enzyme solutions unit

QIAGEN N.V. announced the acquisition of the Enzyme Solutions Unit of Enzymatics, a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and OEM supply of enzymes essential to driving the adoption of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and other genetic analysis technologies in life sciences resear ... more

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Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O'Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic I ... more

Novozymes, Cargill continue bio-acrylic acid partnership as BASF exits

BASF has decided to exit the current R&D collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill to develop a bio-based process for producing 3-hydroxypropionic (3-HP) and acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. BASF joined the collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill in 2012 and are now leaving the pa ... more

Scientists extend telomeres to slow cell aging

Will extending telomeres lead to longer, healthier lives? Researchers have taken an important step toward answering this question by developing a new treatment used in the laboratory that extends telomeres.One of the key aspects of aging is the shortening of telomeres over time. Telomeres, ... more

Sartorius: Successful Business Year 2014

Sartorius successfully closed fiscal 2014 according to its preliminary figures, and even slightly exceeded its sales revenue and earnings targets. In addition, the Group is set to further sharpen its strategic profile based on the sale of its smallest division, Industrial Technologies, whic ... more

enGene raises CAD 13.5 million to develop intestinal gene delivery platform

enGene Inc. announced the closing of a $13.5 million Series B investment round led by Forbion Capital Partners, with participation of new investors Québec’s Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Pharmstandard International S.A.. Existing investor Lumira Capital via its Merck Lumira Biosciences Fund, ... more

Promethera Biosciences reshapes its leadership team

Promethera Biosciences announces the resignation of Eric Halioua from his post as CEO of Promethera and all other functions within the company. He has decided to leave in order to concentrate on other projects. As CEO of the company since it was founded in 2009, Eric Halioua was the driving ... more

Heptares scientists to receive Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize

Heptares Therapeutics announced that the Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize for 2015 has been awarded to Miles Congreve (Vice President of Chemistry), Fiona Marshall (Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder) and Malcolm Weir (Chief Executive Officer and co-founder) for the seminal contribution ... more

ThromboGenics Appoints Emmanuèle Attout as Independent Non-Executive Director

ThromboGenics NV  announced that its Board of Directors has nominated Emmanuèle Attout to be its new Independent non-executive director.  Mrs. Attout will join the Audit Committee of the Company.  Mrs. Attout has been an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 1994. She has been in ch ... more

European Patent Office issues key patent to TiGenix for expanded adipose-derived stem cell compositions

TiGenix NV announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued European Patent EP2292736 relating to an adipose-derived stem cell composition. The patent is entitled "Identification and isolation of multipotent cells from non-osteochondral mesenchymal tissue". The claims of the grant ... more

NovaBiotics Raises £5.0 million in a Private Placement from Woodford Investment Management

NovaBiotics Ltd announces that Woodford Investment Management LLP has invested £5.0 million (gross) in a private placement. The funds will provide working capital to enable NovaBiotics to achieve key value enhancing milestones in the short to mid-term. The priority for the business is drivi ... more

All news on biotechnology

Gold nanoparticles show promise for early detection of heart attacks

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks.Kurt H. Becker, a professor in the Department of Applied Physics and th ... more

DPZ-Researchers develop suitcase laboratory for rapid detection of the Ebola virus

No electricity, no reliable cold chain, no diagnostic equipment available – scientists in field laboratories who diagnose and deal with Ebola infections often work under challenging conditions. Researchers at the DPZ have developed Diagnostics-in-a-Suitcase, which contains all reagents and ... more

New Molecular Diagnostic Methods Could Reduce Risk of Miscarriage in Prenatal Testing for Genetic Diseases

Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to improving patient prognosis for 22q11 deletion syndrome and Wilson’s disease, two potentially life-threatening genetic conditions. Breaking research in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, shows for the first time that a more precise technolo ... more

Molecular Methods Rapidly Gain Ground in Infectious Disease Diagnostics

Unique disease outbreaks across the globe are escalating the demand for screening and spurring the infectious disease diagnostic market. The market will continue to develop as unmet technological needs lead to the creation of faster, more capable platforms. Molecular diagnostics is growing ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Samsung Electronics to Collaborate on Point-of-Care Diagnostic Solutions

To answer the healthcare industry’s demand for better point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have formed a strategic collaboration. The companies will jointly design, develop and market new POC solutions in key applications, such as ... more

Towards future lab-on-chip applications

Smart and portable medical equipment is essential for fast and easy point-of-care and point-of-use diagnostics. Lab-on-a-chip applications in hand-held devices can help to save time for laboratory medical analysis in emergency scenarios. The combination of sub-micrometer-thick light emittin ... more

Humedics closes 6.3 million € financing round

Humedics GmbH announced the closing of a Series C financing round totaling more than 6.3 million Euro. Humedics’ business model, products and company development has attracted new international investors that will join the current private and public investors.The financing round was led by ... more

Failed Alzheimer’s test shows in which direction the research should continue

Disappointing results in clinical Alzheimer’s studies discourage doctors and scientists from continuing their research into ɣ-secretases and a possible treatment against Alzheimer’s disease. In Cell, the Alzheimer’s expert Bart De Strooper (VIB-KU Leuven) argues that these studies are not p ... more

bioLytical develops 60-second Ebola testing kit

bioLytical Laboratories has successfully developed a pre-clinical prototype diagnostic test for the rapid detection of antibodies to the Ebola Zaire strain responsible for the current outbreak in West Africa. The prototype is based upon the Company's proven, accurate, and highly accepted IN ... more

Ventana announces collaboration to develop companion diagnostics for ImmunoGen's targeted anticancer agents

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement with ImmunoGen, Inc. to collaborate on the development of biomarker assays and a companion diagnostic immunohistochemistry (IHC) test for one or more of ImmunoGen's product candidates. Under this agreement, the compani ... more

All news on diagnostics

Sartorius: Successful Business Year 2014

Sartorius successfully closed fiscal 2014 according to its preliminary figures, and even slightly exceeded its sales revenue and earnings targets. In addition, the Group is set to further sharpen its strategic profile based on the sale of its smallest division, Industrial Technologies, whic ... more

Seward appoints Dan Crothers as Managing Director

Seward Ltd. announced the appointment of Dan Crothers as Managing Director to direct strategy and implement a series of new developments within the Company. Dan, who has worked with Seward since 2008, assumes the new role after success in previous positions, including managing Seward’s Sing ... more

Merck Obtains US Antitrust Clearance for Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich

Merck announced that it has obtained antitrust clearance from the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its planned acquisition of US-based life science company Sigma-Aldrich. The waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) in connection with i ... more

Sartorius to Sell Its Industrial Technologies Division to Minebea Co., Ltd.

Sartorius is selling its Industrial Technologies Division (Intec) to the Japanese Minebea Co., Ltd. (Minebea) and their partner, the Development Bank of Japan Inc. The respective contract was signed today. The sales price will be determined as a multiple of the Intec division’s 2014 operati ... more

Expansion of the WALDNER Group

The WALDNER Group, with its headquarters in Wangen, and Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerke have joined forces on the market for laboratory furniture and furniture for scientific classrooms. Both corporations can look back on a tradition of more than 100 years. Waldner (approx. 1100 employees) is ... more

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

The constant temperature equipment specialist LAUDA is expanding its international reach with the creation of LAUDA Italia. The purpose of the 100% subsidiary of LAUDA Beteiligungs-GmbH is to manage the increased expansion of business in the important European market. "In this company decis ... more

analytica China 2014: Closed with overall success

On September 26 analytica China 2014 closed with record-breaking visitor numbers: 18,775 business professionals (2012: 16,940) from 62 countries attended the seventh edition of Chinas Leading Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the Shanghai New I ... more

Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

Bochem Increasingly Using New Media

Bochem Instrumente GmbH presents sections of its overall product spectrum in various new videos. The recently finished productions provide a compact overview of the product groups of lab jacks, electrical lifts, containers as well as stands and clamps. They can be found on the company’s web ... more

Merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG Completed

The merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG became effective upon entry into the commercial register of Analytik Jena AG (commercial register of the Registry Court of Jena, HRB 200027). As a result, CyBio AG is dissolved as an independent company. In the future, the Life Science business u ... more

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Biomay reports positve Phase IIB data with grass pollen allergy vaccine

Biomay announced that a landmark Phase IIb study has been successfully completed with its 3rd generation grass pollen allergy vaccine BM32. The study was designed to show sustained alleviation of allergy symptoms over two consecutive grass pollen seasons.It was observed that the Rhinoconjun ... more

Researchers find potential anti-cancer use for anti-epilepsy drug

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that a drug used widely to combat epilepsy has the potential to reduce the growth and spread of breast cancer. Researchers in the Department of Biology at York studied phenytoin, a drug which inhibits epilepsy by targeting sodium channels ... more

UF study of drug users finds people with ADHD started using at younger age

Adults with a history of ADHD who use drugs started using substances one to two years earlier than those with no ADHD history, according to a new University of Florida. The findings highlight the need for earlier substance-use-prevention interventions in adolescents with ADHD, researchers s ... more

GVK Biosciences: European Medicines Agency recommends suspending medicines over flawed studies

A number of medicines for which authorisation in the European Union (EU) was primarily based on clinical studies conducted at GVK Biosciences in Hyderabad, India should be suspended, says the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The recommendation is based on findings from an inspection that ra ... more

Asia-Pacific continues to drive global healthcare investment, innovation and growth ASEAN

The dynamic healthcare landscape across the Asia-Pacific is expected to continue its strong growth momentum in areas of new entities, investments and products, with the accelerated evolution driven by innovation and opportunities afforded by ASEAN. Healthcare delivery across both primary ca ... more

Lonza Continues to Make Measurable Progress in Its Transformation

In 2014 Lonza delivered expected CORE EBIT growth of 11% in constant exchange rates (CER) (+9% in reported currency), compared with 2013. Lonza’s overall results confirm the updated guidance communicated during the third-quarter update. Both of Lonza’s segments – Specialty Ingredients and P ... more

Dry eye syndrome: Neuroptis successfully completes the pre-clinical phase for ML7

Neuroptis announced positive results from a second animal trial of its preservative-free ML7 eye drops. ML7 is intended for use in the treatment of eye surface diseases, particularly dry eye syndrome. Both animal trials demonstrated excellent local tolerance and very low systemic absorption ... more

MDxHealth Named Euronext Best BEL Small Company Performer for 2014

MDxHealth SA announced that Euronext granted the 2014 Best BEL Small Company Award, for the highest return among its peers, to MDxHealth. The award was presented to Dr. Jan Groen, CEO of MDxHealth, by M. Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, at a ceremony at the Palais de la ... more

AMRI Receives NIH Contract Award for the Formulation Development and Manufacture of Pre-Clinical and Clinical Drug Product

AMRI announced it received a 10-year federal contract award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for drug development and manufacturing services. This NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) award will support NIH's Drug Manufacturing and Formulation Prog ... more

European Commission Grants Marketing Authorizations for AbbVie's VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA

AbbVie announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorizations for its all-oral, short-course, interferon-free treatment of VIEKIRAX® (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablets) + EXVIERA® (dasabuvir tablets). The treatment has been approved with or without ribavirin (RB ... more

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Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells

A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.Earlier studies had shown that epigallocatechin- ... more

Majority of German consumers believe that animal farming is the cause of antimicrobial resistance

In the public discussion, animal farming and its increased use of veterinary drugs are largely seen as the causes of for the increase in antimicrobial resistance. Does this picture painted by the media correspond with the perception of the public? In a representative survey, the Federal Ins ... more

UF study of drug users finds people with ADHD started using at younger age

Adults with a history of ADHD who use drugs started using substances one to two years earlier than those with no ADHD history, according to a new University of Florida. The findings highlight the need for earlier substance-use-prevention interventions in adolescents with ADHD, researchers s ... more

Low influenza vaccination rates among nursing home employees put residents at risk

Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in In ... more

ZEISS Strengthens its Presence in the Arab World

At the opening of the 40th Arab Health the Medical Technology business group of ZEISS opened a new office in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).On the occasion of the opening, ZEISS and the branch of the Moorfields Eye Hospital located in Dubai entered into a close partnership in the area of opth ... more

Angel or devil? For cancer, not all neutrophils are created equal

New research from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows that the most common form of white blood cells, called neutrophils, contain many different subtypes, of which some fight the development of cancer and others promote its progression. The research could help pave the way to new thera ... more

Research suggests anti-inflammatory protein may trigger plaque in Alzheimer’s disease

Inflammation has long been studied in Alzheimer’s, but in a counterintuitive finding reported in a new paper, University of Florida researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which anti-inflammatory processes may trigger the disease.This anti-inflammatory process might actually trigger the ... more

Alcoholic drinks contain chemicals that could help suppress alcohol-induced stress.

By identifying the roles and regulatory protein for genes upregulated by polyphenols in wines and spirits, recent research suggests a potential approach for preventing alcohol-induced stress.“Chronic alcohol intake inflicts progressive damage on energy metabolism, while it causes significan ... more

The challenge of antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance increasingly poses a challenge to public health worldwide. When antibiotics are used, for example in a hospital or a production animal facility, this can assist the spread of resistant bacteria. It is becoming more and more difficult to treat infectious diseases wit ... more

UF researchers discover new virus in ticks

University of Florida researchers have discovered that a tick common to the southeastern United States may harbor an unusual virus that belongs to the family Arenaviridae. Some arenaviruses are associated with severe hemorrhagic disease and significant mortality in people in South America a ... more

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