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A plastic-eating caterpillar

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 24 may be on track to find a solution to plastic waste. The key is ... more

Takeover offer for Epigenomics AG

Executive and Supervisory Board of Epigenomics fully support the transaction

Epigenomics AG, Cathay Fortune International Company Limited (CFIC) and Blitz F16-83 GmbH (in the future Summit Hero Holding GmbH, Bidder), a subsidiary of CFIC, have entered into a business combination agreement (BCA) regarding the takeover of Epigenomics by the Bidder. Other than by CFIC, ... more

Pharmacoscpy: Next-Generation Microscopy

New possibilities for drug discovery

A novel microscopy method allows unprecedented insights into the spatial organization and direct interactions of immune cells within blood and other liquid multi-lineage tissues. The assay, called “Pharmacoscopy”, developed and patented by scientists from CeMM Research Center for Molecular ... more

Lonza Starts 2017 with Outstanding First Quarter

Outlook 2017 upgraded

During the first quarter of 2017, Lonza achieved another record quarter in terms of sales and earnings. The healthy overall company performance resulted from particularly strong performance in the Pharma&Biotech segment and continued robust growth in the Specialty Ingredients segment. “Foll ... more

Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg and High-Tech Gründerfonds are investing together in KSK Diagnostics GmbH

Development of molecular point-of-care diagnostic tests

KSK Diagnostics GmbH uses its isothermal amplification technology, KDx rITA®, for the development of molecular point-of-care tests to identify pathogens and antimicrobial resistance within 30 minutes. This significantly reduces the time before therapy is started. A financing round has now b ... more

WACKER Expands Its Integrated Ketene Production in Burghausen

WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, the life sciences and biotechnology division of the WACKER Group, is strengthening its integrated ketene production at its Burghausen site in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is building a further reactor for the manufacture of isopropenyl acetate (IPA) with a ... more

Chili peppers and marijuana calm the gut

The active ingredients in both hot peppers and cannabis calm the gut's immune system

You wouldn't think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a paper by UConn researchers published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research could lead to new therap ... more

Merck Divests Biosimilars Business to Fresenius

Merck announced the divestment of its Biosimilars business to Fresenius. The decision to divest Biosimilars is aligned with Merck’s strategy for its Healthcare business sector to focus on its pipeline of innovative medicines. According to the terms agreed for the transaction, Merck will rec ... more

Drug created from malaria parasite shows promise as bladder cancer treatment

A drug created from a malaria protein stopped tumour growth of chemotherapy-resistant bladder cancer, offering hope for cancer patients not responding to standard treatments. "This is the first study where we put the concept of using malaria proteins for cancer therapy into a direct clinica ... more

Stem cell transplants: activating signal paths may protect from graft-versus-host disease

Stem cell transplants can save lives, for example in patients with leukemia. However, these treatments are not free of risks. One complication that may occur is graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), basically donor-derived immune cells attacking the recipient’s body. A team at the Technical Uni ... more

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Pharmacoscpy: Next-Generation Microscopy

New possibilities for drug discovery

A novel microscopy method allows unprecedented insights into the spatial organization and direct interactions of immune cells within blood and other liquid multi-lineage tissues. The assay, called “Pharmacoscopy”, developed and patented by scientists from CeMM Research Center for Molecular ... more

Sartorius starts off 2017 with double-digit growth

Sartorius increased its sales revenue and earnings in the first quarter of 2017 by double digits. "Both divisions successfully started off the current year. Lab Products & Services achieved considerable organic growth, and with the acquisition of Essen BioScience, it added another innovativ ... more

SYGNIS AG successfully completes integration of recently acquired C.B.S. Scientific

Local SYGNIS and C.B.S. sites in San Diego consolidated

SYGNIS AG announced the successful completion of the integration of C.B.S. Scientific Company Inc. (C.B.S.), a life sciences tools company located in San Diego, CA, USA. SYGNIS had announced the acquisition of C.B.S. in December 2016 and completed it in early January 2017. C.B.S. will be co ... more

One step closer to crack the mystery of bacterial adaptation to antibiotics

An international team including researchers from MIPT's Laboratory for Advanced Studies of Membrane Proteins have proposed an explanation of the way bacteria process external signals. By identifying the detailed structure of the protein complex used by bacteria, the scientists gained insigh ... more

Adding to theory about Huntington's mechanism

Rice University researchers are starting to understand how protein fragments influence the fiber aggregation suspected as a cause of Huntington's disease. In their computer simulations, Rice bioscientist Peter Wolynes and graduate student Mingchen Chen show that the N-terminal sequence in h ... more

Structure of tuberculosis drug target determined

Rutgers University scientists have determined the three-dimensional structure of the target of the first-line anti-tuberculosis drug rifampin. They have also discovered a new class of potential anti-tuberculosis drugs that kill rifampin-resistant and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis bacter ... more

analytica Vietnam on a growth course

Trade fair closes with significant exhibitor growth

The fifth edition of analytica Vietnam, which was held from March 29 to 31, 2017, in the International Center for Exhibition (I.C.E) in Hanoi, produced an excellent overall result. 121 exhibitors from 17 countries, more nations than ever before, presented their products and solutions for th ... more

Unexpected protein structure findings could lead to new therapies

Scientists have determined unexpected characteristics of a key protein linked to blood pressure control and to nerve growth, pain control and heart tissue regeneration. The findings opens doors to potential new therapies to control cardiovascular disease and pain. The protein, called AT2, i ... more

Draft sequence of the rye genome

Breakthrough for comparative genomics in cereals and genome-based breeding for crop improvement

A team of German plant researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and from the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben reports on a whole-genome draft sequence of rye. This rye whole-genome sequence closes a gap in Triticeae genome research ... more

Sartorius acquires software company Umetrics and

Closes the Acquisition of Essen BioScience

Sartorius acquired through its subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech the company MKS Instruments AB (Umetrics) based in Malmö, Sweden. Umetrics is a leading specialist in data analytics software for modeling and optimizing biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing processes. Umetrics has ... more

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A plastic-eating caterpillar

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 24 may be on track to find a solution to plastic waste. The key is ... more

WACKER Expands Its Integrated Ketene Production in Burghausen

WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, the life sciences and biotechnology division of the WACKER Group, is strengthening its integrated ketene production at its Burghausen site in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is building a further reactor for the manufacture of isopropenyl acetate (IPA) with a ... more

Targeting blood vessels to improve cancer immunotherapy

EPFL scientists have improved the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy by blocking two proteins that regulate the growth of tumor blood vessels. Cancer immunotherapy aims to enhance or restore the ability of the patient's immune system - namely T cells - to recognize and attack cancer. But tumo ... more

Gene silencing shows promise for treating 2 fatal neurological disorders

In two studies of mice, researchers showed that a drug, engineered to combat the gene that causes spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), might also be used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). "Our results provide hope that we may one day be able to treat these devastating disorders ... more

Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters

Microalgae have received much attention in biomass production due to many strains having a high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce high levels of oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. They can survive in unfavorable, nutrient ... more

From moo to goo

Cooperating microbes convert methane to alternative fuel source

Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less-polluting. Now scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have d ... more

Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines

The need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and unexploded ordnance is a humanitarian issue of immense global proportions. About half a million people around the world are suffering from mine-inflicted injuries, and each year an additional 15 to 20 thousand m ... more

New method could deliver DNA-based vaccines in pill form

A microscopic corn-and-shrimp cocktail could eventually make DNA-based vaccinations and cancer-treating gene therapies an easier pill to swallow, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In a recent study, the researchers demonstrated that nesting a specialized nan ... more

Enzymicals AG is a new 4chiral member

Enzymicals has been a member of the network 4chiral since 28.03.2017. With the slogan "Our core competence in organic synthesis", the network is conducting research and development projects in the field of organic synthesis. Enzymicals is now expanding the possibilities of the network by it ... more

Graphene and electricity to change stem cells for nerve regrowth

Schwann cells are an example. They form sheaths around axons, the tail-like parts of nerve cells that carry electrical impulses. They promote regeneration of those axons. And they secrete substances that promote the health of nerve cells. In other words, they're very useful to researchers h ... more

All news on biotechnology

Takeover offer for Epigenomics AG

Executive and Supervisory Board of Epigenomics fully support the transaction

Epigenomics AG, Cathay Fortune International Company Limited (CFIC) and Blitz F16-83 GmbH (in the future Summit Hero Holding GmbH, Bidder), a subsidiary of CFIC, have entered into a business combination agreement (BCA) regarding the takeover of Epigenomics by the Bidder. Other than by CFIC, ... more

Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg and High-Tech Gründerfonds are investing together in KSK Diagnostics GmbH

Development of molecular point-of-care diagnostic tests

KSK Diagnostics GmbH uses its isothermal amplification technology, KDx rITA®, for the development of molecular point-of-care tests to identify pathogens and antimicrobial resistance within 30 minutes. This significantly reduces the time before therapy is started. A financing round has now b ... more

Cancer diagnosis with a breath test

A new test for the early detection of lung cancer measures tiny changes in the composition of the breath

“Inhale deeply ... and exhale.” This is what a test for lung cancer could be like in future. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim have developed a method that can detect the disease at an early stage. To this effect, they investigated the presenc ... more

Merck Furthers Commitment Towards Elimination of Schistosomiasis

Public-private partnership in Australia and the US

Merck announced it has formed a public-private partnership for the next three years with the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (James Cook University, Queensland) and Baylor College of Medicine (Texas, USA) to strengthen the current work on diagnostic development in schis ... more

Autonomous sensor could aid in early detection of urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infections could one day be diagnosed faster than ever before with an autonomous sensor technology being developed at Purdue University. “Current testing relies on time-consuming and costly urine culture tests performed at medical facilities and on at-home testing using store- ... more

Adding to theory about Huntington's mechanism

Rice University researchers are starting to understand how protein fragments influence the fiber aggregation suspected as a cause of Huntington's disease. In their computer simulations, Rice bioscientist Peter Wolynes and graduate student Mingchen Chen show that the N-terminal sequence in h ... more

analytica Vietnam on a growth course

Trade fair closes with significant exhibitor growth

The fifth edition of analytica Vietnam, which was held from March 29 to 31, 2017, in the International Center for Exhibition (I.C.E) in Hanoi, produced an excellent overall result. 121 exhibitors from 17 countries, more nations than ever before, presented their products and solutions for th ... more

Be more patient? Imagine that

How often do you act impulsively without considering the consequences? What if you could learn how to be more patient? By using functional MRI (fMRI) to look inside the brain, neuroscientists Adrianna Jenkins, a UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher, and Ming Hsu, an associate professor of ma ... more

Method identifies epileptic patients who can benefit from surgery

Researchers affiliated with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, have shown that genetic information can be used to improve early prediction of the response to drugs in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE), one of the most severe forms of epilepsy. ... more

'Sniffing' urine to detect prostate cancer could prevent unnecessary biopsies

On the list of dreaded medical tests, a prostate biopsy probably ranks fairly high. The common procedure requires sticking a needle into the prostate gland to remove tissue for assessment. Thousands of men who undergo the uncomfortable procedure, prompted by a positive PSA (prostate-specifi ... more

All news on diagnostics

Sartorius starts off 2017 with double-digit growth

Sartorius increased its sales revenue and earnings in the first quarter of 2017 by double digits. "Both divisions successfully started off the current year. Lab Products & Services achieved considerable organic growth, and with the acquisition of Essen BioScience, it added another innovativ ... more

Sartorius acquires software company Umetrics and

Closes the Acquisition of Essen BioScience

Sartorius acquired through its subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech the company MKS Instruments AB (Umetrics) based in Malmö, Sweden. Umetrics is a leading specialist in data analytics software for modeling and optimizing biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing processes. Umetrics has ... more

smartLAB 2017: Program featuring live use cases and panel discussion

One of the highlights of LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA is smartLAB, the intelligent laboratory of the future. From 16 to 18 May the fully functional model laboratory will form the heart of Europe's flagship fair for innovative lab equipment and laboratory workflow optimization. An exciting n ... more

Signaling Continued Investment in China, Bruker Open Beijing Center of Excellence

Bruker celebrated the opening of the Beijing Center of Excellence, an expansive and modern demo facility that will support China’s scientific research community. The opening of the Center represents a new milestone in Bruker’s long history in China, which began in 1975 with the sale of two ... more

University of Illinois announces new partnership with ZEISS labs@location program

A new agreement between the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and ZEISS has named the Core Facilities at IGB as an official ZEISS labs@location Partner. The model facility will allow researchers from around the U.S. to test-d ... more

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG wins patent infringement action on trifocal intraocular lens

The patent protects a special aphakic intraocular lens (IOL), with which light can be focused on three focal points (near, intermediate and distance vision). The patented trifocal lens reduces the impact of pupil shrinkage and lens eccentricity. VSY Biotechnology BV and its exclusive suppli ... more

DURAN Group, WHEATON, and Kimble Unite to Form New Brand

Global Provider of Laboratory Glassware for the Life Sciences Industry

DURAN GROUP announced that following acquisition of WHEATON Industries and subsequent merger with a Kimble Chase, have now successfully achieved the integration of these three industry-leading brands into a single, unified international brand, DURAN WHEATON KIMBLE. The creation of this stro ... more

Agilent Technologies Board of Directors elects Koh Boon Hwee as new chairman

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that Koh Boon Hwee has been elected chairman of the board, effective at the end of today’s shareholders’ meeting. Koh, who has been a member of Agilent’s board since 2003, replaces James G. Cullen, who served as chairman since 2005 and will continue as a ... more

Analytik Jena enters Ultra-High Throughput Market

Access provided by Co-Marketing agreement with Illumina

Analytik Jena has entered a partnership with Illumina, Inc. headquartered in San Diego. In so doing Analytik Jena gains access to the growing genotyping market currently being served by Illumina’s technologies by offering a production scale solution to provide ultra-high throughput sample p ... more

Drugs could be developed cheaper and faster

Chemists at the University of Waterloo, SCIEX and Pfizer have discovered a new way to help the pharmaceutical industry identify and test new drugs, which could revolutionize drug development, and substantially reduce the cost and time drugs need to reach their market. The study, published i ... more

All news on lab technology

Lonza Starts 2017 with Outstanding First Quarter

Outlook 2017 upgraded

During the first quarter of 2017, Lonza achieved another record quarter in terms of sales and earnings. The healthy overall company performance resulted from particularly strong performance in the Pharma&Biotech segment and continued robust growth in the Specialty Ingredients segment. “Foll ... more

Merck Divests Biosimilars Business to Fresenius

Merck announced the divestment of its Biosimilars business to Fresenius. The decision to divest Biosimilars is aligned with Merck’s strategy for its Healthcare business sector to focus on its pipeline of innovative medicines. According to the terms agreed for the transaction, Merck will rec ... more

Due to an equipment failure the availability of albumin is currently limited

Biotest has started to inform its customers about an expected albumin supply shortage within the coming months. This is due to an equipment failure in the production of an albumin intermediate. The equipment failure has already been fixed. In accordance with the relevant authorities, Biotes ... more

Melatonin may protect the small intestine from oral radiation treatment in rats

Oral melatonin can protect the small intestine in rats subjected to radiotherapy of the tongue, according to a study by Germaine Escames from Universidad de Granada, Spain, and colleagues. Gut toxicity -- a debilitating condition involving deep ulcerations -- can limit the doses of radioth ... more

Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters

Microalgae have received much attention in biomass production due to many strains having a high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce high levels of oil as well as carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. They can survive in unfavorable, nutrient ... more

LDC and SOTIO Enter License and Collaboration Agreement for First-in-class Cancer Metabolism Program

The Lead Discovery Center GmbH (LDC), Max Planck Innovation GmbH (MI) and SOTIO a.s. have signed a collaboration and license agreement providing SOTIO with exclusive rights to an oncology program addressing a novel target in tumor metabolism. It was discovered at the Max Planck Institute fo ... more

New method could deliver DNA-based vaccines in pill form

A microscopic corn-and-shrimp cocktail could eventually make DNA-based vaccinations and cancer-treating gene therapies an easier pill to swallow, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In a recent study, the researchers demonstrated that nesting a specialized nan ... more

One step closer to crack the mystery of bacterial adaptation to antibiotics

An international team including researchers from MIPT's Laboratory for Advanced Studies of Membrane Proteins have proposed an explanation of the way bacteria process external signals. By identifying the detailed structure of the protein complex used by bacteria, the scientists gained insigh ... more

Recipharm appoints Henrik Stenqvist as new Chief Financial Officer

Recipharm AB today announced the appointment of Henrik Stenqvist as Recipharm’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective on April 24, 2017. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and reports to Thomas Eldered, Chief Executive Officer o ... more

Protein that increases effectiveness of vaccines detected

Researchers have discovered a protein they believe would help make vaccinations more effective and provide protection from other diseases such as cancer. The findings allows for greater understanding of how vaccine enhancers work and can best be used. Researchers from Boston University Scho ... more

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Chili peppers and marijuana calm the gut

The active ingredients in both hot peppers and cannabis calm the gut's immune system

You wouldn't think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a paper by UConn researchers published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research could lead to new therap ... more

Drug created from malaria parasite shows promise as bladder cancer treatment

A drug created from a malaria protein stopped tumour growth of chemotherapy-resistant bladder cancer, offering hope for cancer patients not responding to standard treatments. "This is the first study where we put the concept of using malaria proteins for cancer therapy into a direct clinica ... more

Stem cell transplants: activating signal paths may protect from graft-versus-host disease

Stem cell transplants can save lives, for example in patients with leukemia. However, these treatments are not free of risks. One complication that may occur is graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), basically donor-derived immune cells attacking the recipient’s body. A team at the Technical Uni ... more

Engineered heart muscle for the treatment of heart failure

License agreement between Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Repairon GmbH

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts, Universitätsmedizin (UMG) and the biotech company Repairon GmbH about commercial production and use of engineered human myocardium for heart failure re ... more

Fish oil component helps damaged brain and retina cells survive

A team of researchers led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown for the first time that NDP1, a signaling molecule made from DHA, can trigger the production of a protective prot ... more

The protein “CHIP” unfurls anti-aging activity

Researchers uncover the link between protein aggregation and aging

Not only does our way of life determine how long we live but so too does our genetic material. Of particular importance here is a genetic program that is controlled by the insulin receptor. A team of researchers from the Universities of Cologne and Bonn has now discovered how protein aggreg ... more

Scientists uncover mechanism allowing bacteria to survive the human immune system

Researchers have uncovered molecular details of how pathogenic bacteria fight back against the human immune response to infection. Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Institut de Biologie Structurale (CEA-CNRS-UGA, France) have identified the structure of NsrR, a bacterial ... more

Cycling to work may cut your risk of premature death by 40%

Using your bike to get to work could cut your risk of developing cancer and heart disease by almost half. New research by the University of Glasgow has found that cycling to work is associated with a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of heart disease, compared to a n ... more

Gut bacteria affect ageing

It loses its pigments, its motor skills and mental faculties decline, it gets cancer – the turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) struggles with the same signs of old age that affect many other living creatures. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne ... more

Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from nature’s own resources. The findings – which could prove very useful in the battle against an ... more

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