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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Estrogen-producing neurons influence aggression in both sexes

A miniscule cluster of estrogen-producing nerve cells in the mouse brain exerts highly specific effects on aggressive behavior in both males and females, according to new research by UC San Francisco scientists.The cells in question, known as aromatase-expressing (aromatase+) cells, represe ... more

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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

23andMe and Genentech to analyze genomic data for Parkinson's disease

23andMe, Inc. announced an agreement with Genentech to generate whole genome sequencing data for approximately 3,000 people in 23andMe's Parkinson's disease community. The goal of the collaboration is to identify new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson's disease.This multi-year colla ... more

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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

Gecko Biomedical receives 1.3 million euros from Bpifrance to advance its Bio-inspired Surgical Adhesive Solutions

Gecko Biomedica announced it has received 1.3 million euros from Bpifrance to advance its Bio-inspired Surgical Solutions. The funds are part of Bpifrance’s support for innovation through its Aide au Développement de l’Innovation (ADI) program, providing repayable advances to encourage the ... more

How to use wastewater differently?

Emschergenossenschaft and BRAIN are researching potential uses of carbon streams in wastewater through biotechnological processes. This should increase the energy yield and allow special oils for use as high-performance additives in the lubricant industry to be obtained. The joint research ... more

Is it possible to reset our biological clocks?

Imagine being able to easily get over all of the discomfort and problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Science is not quite there, but recent work by Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University has opened new ... more

Positive results for Bone Therapeutics’ novel allogeneic product for delayed-union fractures

Bone Therapeutics announced positive efficacy results for the first cohort of four patients enrolled in the Phase I/IIA delayed-union trial with its allogeneic bone-forming cell product ALLOB®. Results from the initial four patients showed that all four ALLOB®-treated patients met the prima ... more

Danaher controls more than 98% of Nobel Biocare and started squeeze out procedure

Nobel Biocare Holding AG has been informed that Danaher Corporation filed a petition with the Commercial Court of the Canton of Zurich for the annulation (Kraftloserklärung) of the remaining publicly held registered shares of Nobel Biocare against payment of the offer price that had been of ... more

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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

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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

LABVOLUTION – the new lab technology show in Hannover

Deutsche Messe is launching LABVOLUTION, a new trade fair to be staged every two years as amajor platform for the world of lab technology and equipment. LABVOLUTIONmakes its debut from 6 to 8 October 2015 at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, where it will take place every ... more

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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

One punch to knock out flu

The fact that this year's flu shot is not a good match against this year's influenza strain is well known, and has happened before. But now researchers at McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai say that a universal flu vaccine may be on the horizon, thanks to th ... more

Roche acquires Trophos

Roche announced that it has agreed to acquire Trophos, a privately held biotechnology company based in Marseille, France. Trophos’s proprietary screening platform generated olesoxime (TRO19622), which is being developed for SMA – a rare and debilitating genetic neuromuscular disease that is ... more

Project ORCHID identifies new compounds for fight against TB

Project ORCHID has kick-started the fight against the rampant spread of multi-drug-resistant TB – responsible for more than one million deaths per year – through the development of a set of methods and tools that has helped to drastically reduce the time it takes to identify potential new m ... more

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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

Mounting evidence demonstrates improved cognitive function from cocoa flavanol consumption

It is normal for cognitive function to slightly deteriorate with age. Memory capacity begins to worsen, along with processing speed and the ability to form long-term memories. Finding a way to defer the onset of these issues becomes increasingly important as life expectancy gets longer and ... more

Cytos exclusively licenses its VLP platform for the treatment of hepatitis B infections to OnCore Biopharma

Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. announced that it executed an exclusive license agreement granting OnCore Biopharma, Inc. access to Cytos’ clinically validated virus like particle (VLP) platform for the use in the treatment and prevention of hepatitis B viral infections. Cytos also granted an opti ... more

Researchers uncover key cancer-promoting gene

One of the mysteries in cancer biology is how one protein, TGF-beta, can both stop cancer from forming and encourage its aggressive growth. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have uncovered a key gene that may explain this paradox and provide a potent ... more

Targeting fatty acids may be treatment strategy for arthritis, leukemia

Enzymes linked to diabetes and obesity appear to play key roles in arthritis and leukemia, potentially opening up new avenues for treating these diverse diseases, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.Working with genetically engineered mice, the ... more

A human enzyme (CD 39) targets the Achilles heel of sepsis

There may never be a way to completely prevent infection, but sepsis may have an Achilles heel that would allow for more effective treatment of the condition. In a new report published in FASEB Journal, scientists use mice to show that a human membrane-bound enzyme called CD39, which can cl ... more

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