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Medigene Starts Phase I/II Study with DC Vaccine to Treat Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML)

Medigene AG announced that the company's phase I/II clinical trial with its dendritic cell (DC) vaccine for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) has started. Oslo University Hospital, Norway, the main trial centre, has begun to identify potentially eligible patients for enrollment ... more

Sun Pharma announces closure of merger deal with Ranbaxy

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. begins the integration of Ranbaxy’s business following the successful closure of its merger.  The integration, planned by Sun Pharma over many months, will focus on supporting strong growth. The merger has fortified Sun Pharma’s position as the world’s fif ... more

Rigontec GmbH raises €4.8m in a second closing of its Series A financing

Rigontec GmbH announced it has raised €4.8 million in a second closing of its Series A financing round from Forbion Capital Partners, a Dutch life-sciences venture capital firm, and Sunstone Capital, a Copenhagen based venture capital investor. The new investment brings the total Series A t ... more

Vtesse, Inc. Forms Scientific Advisory Board

Vtesse, Inc., a rare disease company focused on developing drugs for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC) and other severe diseases with great unmet need, announced the formation of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Comprising experts from a range of fields including pediatrics, translation ... more

The bioeconomy – lead theme for BIOTECHNICA 2015

A topic of global significance will be at the top of the agenda at BIOTECHNICA 2015 (6 to 8 October): the bioeconomy. A bio-based economy offers the opportunity to combine economic growth with care for the environment. Bio-based technologies allow us to develop more efficient production met ... more

Merck Wins 2015 German Industry Innovation Award

Merck announced that it received the German Industry Innovation Award last night in the "companies with innovative HR concepts" category. The award under the auspices of Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, was presented at a ceremony in Frankfurt to Belén Garij ... more

On the way to a new tuberculosis vaccine

The only tuberculosis vaccine currently approved, the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, protects children from the most severe forms of the disease in most cases but does not provide protection against the most common form, pulmonary tuberculosis in adults and children. BCG has theref ... more

Saccharin shows promise as cancer inhibitor

For decades, saccharin was wrongly labeled as a possible cancer-causing chemical. Now, nearly 15 years after being declared safe, University of Florida Health researchers have found that the artificial sweetener can inhibit cancer cell growth. Saccharin shows considerable promise for its ab ... more

Researchers discover why drug for severe COPD becomes less effective

Roflumilast, a drug recently approved in the United States to treat severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), increases the production of a protein that causes inflammation, which possibly results in patients developing a tolerance to the drug after repeated use and makes the dru ... more

Engineers develop new yeast strain to enhance biofuel and biochemical production

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more e ... more

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MDxHealth's ConfirmMDx Genes Detect Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer

MDxHealth SA announced that data demonstrating the prognostic value of its ConfirmMDx® for Prostate Cancer genes and technology was presented at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium 2015.  The data support the ability to predict the presence of clinically significant cancer in biopsy-ne ... more

Technology Partnership between Berthold Technologies & Biametrics

Berthold Technologies has recently established a co-operation with its new technology partner Biametrics GmbH. A spin-off of Tübingen University, Biametrics develops novel solutions for label-free analysis of bio-interactions. The 1λ-Reflectometric Interference Detection (1λ-RIDe) is the mi ... more

Huntingdon Life Sciences and Harlan Laboratories to operate under new brand and name

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and Harlan Laboratories have announced that the two companies will be rebranded to reflect the new integrated management structure that has been put in place and the broader product and service offerings of the combined organizations. One of the world’s leadin ... more

Healthcare is up for a Revolution with the Rise of Personal Genomic Tests

As the era of personalized medicine dawns on healthcare, the need to understand an individual’s genetic information through genomic testing has risen. This emerging branch of medicine has given birth to multiple companies that provide genetic tests to help end users understand their genetic ... more

The promiscuity of chemical probes discovered

Researchers at IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) have applied a new computational methodology to anticipate the degree of selectivity of the molecules that are used to study protein functions and reduce the risk of establishing erroneous relations between proteins and disea ... more

Eurofins acquires BioDiagnostics, Inc.

Eurofins Scientific announces the acquisition of BioDiagnostics Inc. (BDI), seed and plant-tissue testing laboratories serving the agricultural industry in the US.Founded in 1996, BDI employs 120 staff at its laboratory in River Falls, WI. BDI offers genetic, seed quality, as well as analyt ... more

Mutation detection in human in vitro fertilized embryos using whole-genome sequencing

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is used in fertility clinics to detect large chromosomal abnormalities or genetic mutations passed on by parents to their in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos. However, it is not possible to comprehensively scan the embryo's genome to detect spontaneous ... more

New screening tool could speed development of ovarian cancer drugs

University of Chicago Medicine researchers have built a model system that uses multiple cell types from patients to rapidly test compounds that could block the early steps in ovarian cancer metastasis. Their three-dimensional cell-culture system, adapted for high-throughput screening, has e ... more

Plasticell wins £1.6 million funding

Plasticell has announced that Innovate UK has made a further investment in a therapeutic programme utilising CombiCult®, the high throughput stem cell technology designed to solve bottlenecks in regenerative medicine development. Innovate UK will provide a grant of approximately £1.3 millio ... more

Five new categories for Bio Business Awards

Five new award categories have been added to this year’s Bio Business Awards, designed to reward exciting and new innovations as well as tenacity in leadership within the industry.  As a tribute to 10 years of World Bio Markets being at the forefront of the industry, 10 categories have been ... more

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Rigontec GmbH raises €4.8m in a second closing of its Series A financing

Rigontec GmbH announced it has raised €4.8 million in a second closing of its Series A financing round from Forbion Capital Partners, a Dutch life-sciences venture capital firm, and Sunstone Capital, a Copenhagen based venture capital investor. The new investment brings the total Series A t ... more

The bioeconomy – lead theme for BIOTECHNICA 2015

A topic of global significance will be at the top of the agenda at BIOTECHNICA 2015 (6 to 8 October): the bioeconomy. A bio-based economy offers the opportunity to combine economic growth with care for the environment. Bio-based technologies allow us to develop more efficient production met ... more

Bone Therapeutics treats first patients in ALLOB® phase IIA spinal fusion trial

Bone Therapeutics announced that the first four patients in the phase IIA proof-of-concept study for spinal fusion procedures have been treated with Bone Therapeutics’ allogeneic osteoblastic (bone-forming) cell therapy product, ALLOB®.                                                        ... more

INTEGRA Biosciences Opens German Subsidiary

Following on from the successful launch of subsidiaries in France, the UK and the USA - INTEGRA Biosciences has announced the opening in January 2015 of a new organisation based in Konstanz, Germany.Leveraging an existing knowledgeable local sales and service team – INTEGRA Biosciences Deut ... more

Stem cells help researchers peg rabies resistance

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus."We were able to create a novel platform such that we could look at how pathogens, such as bacteria or virus or even drugs or radiation, interact with specific h ... more

Genmab Acquires Antibody Assets from iDD Biotech

Genmab A/S  announced that its subsidiary Genmab Holding B.V. entered into an agreement to purchase antibodies and related patents and know-how from iDD Biotech SAS.  The pre-clinical stage antibodies are directed to DR5, also known as Trail Receptor 2 (TRAIL-R2), an emerging cancer target. ... more

Scienion US Inc. receives ISO 13485 certification

Scienion US, Inc. announced that its entire portfolio of microarray services is now manufactured under ISO 13485 certification, an internationally recognized standard for quality management systems (QMS). The certification is accredited by TÜV SÜD America Inc. ISO 13485:2003 specifies requi ... more

Barry Callebaut, VIB and KU Leuven optimize cocoa fermentation process

The Barry Callebaut Group, VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and KU Leuven (University of Leuven), with the support of IWT (Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology-Flanders), managed to improve the process of cocoa fermentation. Building on techniques inspired by Belgian br ... more

Sartorius extends portfolio with innovative sensors for flow rate measurement

Sartorius Stedim Biotech has entered into a global development cooperation agreement with the flow measurement company em-tec. This highly specialized firm provides non-invasive flow engineering solutions for blood vessels and flexible tubing. Such technology designed by em-tec is used in t ... more

Biotech materials made simple – crystal structures altered by a single protein

Nacre is not just something pretty to be used for jewellery and decoration. It possesses an intricate layer structure with high strength and hardness, and the naturally formed crystals it contains have some particular properties. This is why industry is working to produce similar materials ... more

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analytica Vietnam 2015 more international than ever

This year's analytica Vietnam will have approximately 100 exhibitors from 15 countries, making it more international than ever. As part of the extensive program of related events, feature several international experts will pass on scientific background information about research and trends ... more

MDxHealth's ConfirmMDx Genes Detect Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer

MDxHealth SA announced that data demonstrating the prognostic value of its ConfirmMDx® for Prostate Cancer genes and technology was presented at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium 2015.  The data support the ability to predict the presence of clinically significant cancer in biopsy-ne ... more

SkylineDx Appoints Oncologist as Acting as Chief Medical Officer

SkylineDx announced the appointment of Saad Usmani, MD, FACP, as their acting Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Usmani is currently the Director of Clinical Research (Hematologic Malignancies) and Director of Plasma Cell Disorders at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute in Charlo ... more

New screening tool could speed development of ovarian cancer drugs

University of Chicago Medicine researchers have built a model system that uses multiple cell types from patients to rapidly test compounds that could block the early steps in ovarian cancer metastasis. Their three-dimensional cell-culture system, adapted for high-throughput screening, has e ... more

Roche acquires Signature Diagnostics

Roche announced the acquisition of Signature Diagnostics AG, a privately held company based in Potsdam, Germany. Signature is a translational oncology and genomics company that develops large blood plasma and tissue biobanks in multiple cancers, including colorectal and lung, which are cons ... more

New Endoscopic Technique

Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) of tissue autofluorescence has been shown to provide labelfree contrast between different types and states of tissue. Clinical FLIM can combine lifetime contrast with morphological information to provide a direct comparison between different spatial regi ... more

Biocartis to develop Rapid Ebola Virus Triage Test

Biocartis announces that it is in the testing phase of a Rapid Ebola Virus Triage Test that it is developing in association with Janssen Diagnostics and the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (Belgium) for its Idylla™ system. The Rapid Ebola Virus Triage Test is designed to enable h ... more

Eurofins acquires of Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation

Eurofins Scientific announces the successful closing of the transaction to acquire Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. (Boston Heart) following review and approval from relevant regulatory bodies.Eurofins signed an agreement to acquire Boston Heart for an initial cash amount US$140 million, plus ... more

Premaitha Health receives ISO 13485:2003 certification

Premaitha Health plc  announced that it has met two key requirements for obtaining a CE-mark for its IONA® test: ISO 13485:2003 certification and a successful audit of Annex IV of the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Directive (98/79/EC). The ISO 13485:2003 certification confirms that Pre ... more

European Hantavirus Diagnostics Market Tops US Market as a Result of Higher Disease Prevalence

The European Hantavirus diagnostics market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8 percent, outperforming the U.S. market, which registered 3.7 percent. The European market is more robust primarily due to Hantavirus’ high prevalence rates in Russia, Scandinavia, Finland an ... more

All news on diagnostics

INTEGRA Biosciences Opens German Subsidiary

Following on from the successful launch of subsidiaries in France, the UK and the USA - INTEGRA Biosciences has announced the opening in January 2015 of a new organisation based in Konstanz, Germany.Leveraging an existing knowledgeable local sales and service team – INTEGRA Biosciences Deut ... more

TÜV SÜD explains process maturity according to the new ISO 9001

The final version of the revised standard for quality management systems is scheduled for release by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in autumn 2015. Many organisations have already started to address the expected changes, which are aimed at strengthening the benefit ... more

analytica Vietnam 2015 more international than ever

This year's analytica Vietnam will have approximately 100 exhibitors from 15 countries, making it more international than ever. As part of the extensive program of related events, feature several international experts will pass on scientific background information about research and trends ... more

Sartorius Reviews Fiscal 2014 Results

Sartorius closed fiscal 2014 with significant gains in sales revenue and earnings. At the annual press conference in Goettingen, Germany, CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg stated that the Group had even slightly exceeded its financial targets and reached important milestones: "Our largest division, ... 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

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

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Medigene Starts Phase I/II Study with DC Vaccine to Treat Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML)

Medigene AG announced that the company's phase I/II clinical trial with its dendritic cell (DC) vaccine for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) has started. Oslo University Hospital, Norway, the main trial centre, has begun to identify potentially eligible patients for enrollment ... more

Sun Pharma announces closure of merger deal with Ranbaxy

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. begins the integration of Ranbaxy’s business following the successful closure of its merger.  The integration, planned by Sun Pharma over many months, will focus on supporting strong growth. The merger has fortified Sun Pharma’s position as the world’s fif ... more

Rigontec GmbH raises €4.8m in a second closing of its Series A financing

Rigontec GmbH announced it has raised €4.8 million in a second closing of its Series A financing round from Forbion Capital Partners, a Dutch life-sciences venture capital firm, and Sunstone Capital, a Copenhagen based venture capital investor. The new investment brings the total Series A t ... more

Vtesse, Inc. Forms Scientific Advisory Board

Vtesse, Inc., a rare disease company focused on developing drugs for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC) and other severe diseases with great unmet need, announced the formation of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Comprising experts from a range of fields including pediatrics, translation ... more

Merck Wins 2015 German Industry Innovation Award

Merck announced that it received the German Industry Innovation Award last night in the "companies with innovative HR concepts" category. The award under the auspices of Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, was presented at a ceremony in Frankfurt to Belén Garij ... more

On the way to a new tuberculosis vaccine

The only tuberculosis vaccine currently approved, the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, protects children from the most severe forms of the disease in most cases but does not provide protection against the most common form, pulmonary tuberculosis in adults and children. BCG has theref ... more

Researchers discover why drug for severe COPD becomes less effective

Roflumilast, a drug recently approved in the United States to treat severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), increases the production of a protein that causes inflammation, which possibly results in patients developing a tolerance to the drug after repeated use and makes the dru ... more

Vaccine against Placental Malaria is ready to start human tests

ExpreS2ion Biotechnologies announced the release by its partners at University of Copenhagen, of a vaccine candidate against the form of malaria that strikes pregnant women, for testing in humans. The vaccine candidate contains a malaria antigen made with ExpreS2ion’s proprietary protein ex ... more

Neovacs froms U.S. subsidiary

Neovacs announced the establishment of its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Neovacs, Inc. Neovacs, Inc. is headquartered in Boston and has been incorporated in Delaware. The creation of this U.S. subsidiary marks an important strategic step for Neovacs, as the Company extends its clinical init ... more

AbbVie And C2N Enter Into A Worldwide License Agreement For Alzheimer's Disease Therapy

AbbVie  announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with C2N Diagnostics to develop and commercialize a portfolio of anti-tau antibodies for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders.  This partnership builds upon AbbVie's commitme ... more

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Saccharin shows promise as cancer inhibitor

For decades, saccharin was wrongly labeled as a possible cancer-causing chemical. Now, nearly 15 years after being declared safe, University of Florida Health researchers have found that the artificial sweetener can inhibit cancer cell growth. Saccharin shows considerable promise for its ab ... more

Protecting against memory loss with olives

It has long been proven that people who follow a Mediterranean diet and keep physically and mentally active are less likely to suffer from dementia. Olives in particular appear to play a key role in this regard. But just what are the substances contained in these small, oval fruit that are ... more

Bone Therapeutics treats first patients in ALLOB® phase IIA spinal fusion trial

Bone Therapeutics announced that the first four patients in the phase IIA proof-of-concept study for spinal fusion procedures have been treated with Bone Therapeutics’ allogeneic osteoblastic (bone-forming) cell therapy product, ALLOB®.                                                        ... more

Study Shows Liposuction Byproduct Could Lead to ED Cure

A new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine has moved science one step closer to finding a simple treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) after prostate cancer surgery, eschewing the usual pharmaceutical drug route with potential for harmful side effects, in favor of stem cel ... more

Spinal cord neurons that control pain and itch

The spinal cord transmits pain signals to the brain, where they are consciously perceived. But not all the impulses arrive at their destination: Certain neurons act as checkpoints and determine whether a pain signal is relayed or not. Researchers from UZH identified these neurons and their ... more

Breast implants could become safer thanks to cell-friendly surface

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created an enhanced surface for silicone breast implants which could reduce complications and make them less likely to be rejected by the body.Around one in five people who has a breast implant suffers from capsular contracture where scar tiss ... more

Stem cells help researchers peg rabies resistance

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus."We were able to create a novel platform such that we could look at how pathogens, such as bacteria or virus or even drugs or radiation, interact with specific h ... more

New model finds HIV acute phase infectivity may be lower than previously estimated

Previous calculations may have overestimated the importance of HIV transmission from recently infected individuals ("acute phase infectivity") in driving HIV epidemics, according to an article published by Steve Bellan of The University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues in this week's PLOS ... more

Omics methods: Towards a better prediction of the effects of substances at very low doses

A public and scientific discussion is currently taking place focusing on the question whether substances at low concentrations may lead to health impairments in humans. For this reason, an increasing number of experimental studies to test such effects are currently conducted using different ... more

German Malaria Researchers win International "Humanity in Science" Award

Chemist Prof. Peter H. Seeberger and chemical engineer Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern have been selected as the inaugural "Humanity in Science" prize winners. Seeberger – director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and Seid ... more

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