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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

Evotec receives milestone as part of its multi-target alliance with Bayer HealthCare

Evotec AG announced that its multi-target collaboration with Bayer HealthCare has reached an important milestone for the transition of a molecule into pre-clinical development for the treatment of endometriosis. This milestone was achieved under the agreement between Evotec and Bayer signed ... more

Roche purchases shares in tender offer for InterMune, Inc.

Roche and InterMune, Inc. announced that Roche’s wholly owned subsidiary Klee Acquisition Corporation has accepted for payment all shares validly tendered pursuant to its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of InterMune, Inc. at USD 74.00 per share in cash. The tender of ... more

Yale University and Leica Microsystems Partner to Establish Microscopy Center of Excellence

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Yale University West Campus will open the doors to a new microscopy Center of Excellence made possible through a partnership with Leica Microsystems. Housed in a newly created core facility, the Leica Center of Excellence at Yale West Campus will provide scienti ... more

Daiichi Sankyo to Acquire Ambit Biosciences

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd. and Ambit Biosciences announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Daiichi Sankyo will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Ambit Biosciences for $15 per share in cash through a tender offer followed by a merger with ... more

Chemists recruit anthrax to deliver cancer drugs

Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers has now hijacked that delivery system for a different purpose: administering cancer drugs. "Anthrax toxi ... more

Green light for clever algae

Phytoplankton not only constitutes the foundation of the food chain in the oceans, it also fixes carbon through photosynthesis and generates oxygen with the help of solar energy. A considerable part of phytoplankton is made up of cryptophytes, complex single-cell algae. In the course of evo ... more

Fertilizer and Fuel

Plants need nitrogen and carbon to grow. Photosynthesis allows them to take in the latter directly from the air, but they have to procure nitrogen through their roots in the form of organic molecules like ammonia or urea. Even though nitrogen gas makes up approximately 80 percent of Earth’s ... more

Ebola outbreak: EMA to review experimental medicines to support treatment decisions

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started to review available information on Ebola treatments currently under development. The goal is to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge about the various experimental medicines to support decision-making by health authorities. At ... more

Merck Serono Awards €1 Million to the Winners of the first Grant for Oncology Innovation

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, announced the winners of the first Grant for Oncology Innovation (GOI), who will receive grants totaling €1 million. The 2014 winners were formally announced at an awards ceremony coinciding with the annual meeting of the European Socie ... more

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Bibby Scientific Ltd acquires PCRmax Ltd

Bibby Scientific has purchased 100% of the share capital of PCRmax, a UK based sales and distribution Company set up specifically to capture a significant market share of the standard (PCR) and quantitative PCR (QPCR) markets. They are also the registered owners of the intellectual property ... more

Genetic Makeup of Europeans

The beginning of agriculture and animal domestication, which began in the Near East before 11,000 years ago, had a tremendous impact on human lifestyle. Hunter-gatherers were replaced in many places by sedentary farmers, and there were large increases in population size that laid the founda ... more

Gibbon genome sequenced

An international team of researchers that includes Christian Roos, Markus Brameier and Lutz Walter from the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen, have decoded the genome of gibbons from Southeast Asia. With this, the entire genetic information of five different species of this primate f ... more

Highly automated live cell imaging speeds up the search for new drugs

Fraunhofer FIT will present the latest version of its Zeta Fluorescence Image Analysis software at MipTec. Zeta, now extended to a software platform, supports the complete work process of finding new pharmaceutical agents. At MipTec, Fraunhofer FIT will demo advanced Zeta applications in ca ... more

Is the Ebola Virus a Real Threat for Europe and the US?

“The Zaire Ebola virus causes a highly contagious and lethal hemorrhagic fever leading to the death of the infected individuals. The recent outbreak of the virus in West Africa has alarmed the world, especially Europe and the US, owing to the geographical speed of the infection spread and h ... more

Malvern Instruments completes acquisitions

Malvern Instruments Ltd has announced that it has completed the acquisition of MicroCal from GE Healthcare Life Sciences and has also purchased the Archimedes particle characterization system from Affinity Biosensors LLC (Santa Barbara, CA). Both of these developments extend Malvern’s portf ... more

QIAGEN adds promising genomic biomarkers to pipeline

QIAGEN N.V. announced it has acquired an exclusive global license to the biomarker SF3B1 from the University of Tokyo. SF3B1 is believed to play a critical role in the prognosis of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of hematological cancers in which bone marrow does not ... more

Zenith Epigenetics Appoints Julie Cherrington as President and CEO

Zenith Epigenetics Corp. announced that it has appointed Julie Cherrington PhD to act as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Epigenetics Corp. Julie has an extensive background leading companies focused on the discovery and development of novel cancer therapeutics and is wel ... more

GENALICE and deCODE Genetics enter into a partnership for population wide genomic analysis

GENALICE announced it is partnering with deCODE Genetics to facilitate the large-scale testing of its unique DNA data processing software solution, GENALICE MAP. After a first successful round of evaluating GENALICE MAP on speed and quality, both parties agreed to extend the evaluation to i ... more

Ötzi’s “non-human” DNA

Ötzi’s human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists from EURAC in Bolzano/Bozen together with colleagues from the University of Vienna successf ... more

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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

Fertilizer and Fuel

Plants need nitrogen and carbon to grow. Photosynthesis allows them to take in the latter directly from the air, but they have to procure nitrogen through their roots in the form of organic molecules like ammonia or urea. Even though nitrogen gas makes up approximately 80 percent of Earth’s ... more

Algae deliver hydrogen

Hydrogen as a regenerative fuel produced in gigantic water tanks full of algae, which need nothing more than sunlight to produce the promising green energy carrier: a great idea in theory, but one that fails due to the vast amount of space required for the production process. Scientists fro ... more

BRAIN and FUCHS Europe in partnership to produce lubricants from renewable raw materials

BRAIN AG and FUCHS Europe Schmierstoffe GmbH announce a partnership involving the biotechnological production of lubricant additives from renewable resources. Throughout the previous year, this successful partnership was a part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) strate ... more

Merck to Acquire Sigma-Aldrich to Enhance Position in Attractive Life Science Industry

Merck and Sigma-Aldrich announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17.0 billion (€13.1 billion), establishing one of the leading players in the $130 billion global life science industry. Merck will acquire all of the outsta ... more

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes achieved another milestone in bio-based acrylic acid

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. The team has demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), to glacial acrylic acid and supe ... more

Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

University of British Columbia, in collaboration with BetaLogics Venture, a division of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Ty ... more

Central biobank for drug research

For the development of new drugs it is crucial to work with stem cells, as these allow scientists to study the effects of new active pharmaceutical ingredients. But it has always been difficult to derive enough stem cells of the right quality and in the right timeframe. A central biobank is ... more

IMGM Laboratories GmbH announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Bonin as Managing Director

The genomic service provider IMGM Laboratories GmbH is pleased to announce Dr. Michael Bonin (40) as additional Managing Director effective August 1st 2014. Michael Bonin will head the scientific and technical development of the IMGM Laboratories GmbH activities and will direct the business ... more

Cenix BioScience and Metanomics Health sign research agreement

Cenix BioScience GmbH announced that it has signed a research framework agreement with Metanomics Health GmbH, a BASF Group company, focused on comprehensive metabolite profiling services and the development of metabolomic biomarkers.  As the agreement’s first work assignment, Metanomics He ... more

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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

Innovative image sensing technology for early diagnosis of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

Professor Kazuaki Sawada and Dr. Takigawa of the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology and colleagues at Toyohashi University of Technology have established an easy to use, low-cost, rapid, and high sensitivity semiconductor-imaging based medical diagnostic biosensing system for an ... more

Mechanism of Parkinson's spread demonstrated

An international, interdisciplinary group of researchers led by Gabor G. Kovacs from the Clinical Institute of Neurology at the MedUni Vienna has demonstrated, through the use of a new antibody, how Parkinson's disease spreads from cell to cell in the human brain.Until now, this mechanism h ... more

New diagnostic method identifies genetic diseases

People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of having a genetic disease actually receive a satisfactory diagnosis. Scientists from the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Planck I ... more

The shadow of a disease

In future, some diseases might be diagnosed earlier and treated more effectively. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have developed an optical method that makes individual proteins, such as the proteins characteristic of some cancers, visible. Other ... more

Mice and men share a diabetes gene

A joint work by EPFL, ETH Zürich and the CHUV has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes. This work was conducted in Johan Auwerx's (EPFL) and Ruedi Aebe ... more

Electronic nose can detect sub-groups of asthma in children

An electronic nose can be used to successfully detect different sub-groups of asthmatic children, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich (7 September 2014), is part of the U-BIOPRED (Unbiased biomarker ... more

Food analysis and diagnostics are hot topics at analytica China 2014

analytica China, International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics, opens its gates at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) for the seventh time from September 24–26, 2014. This year's focus topics are food analysis and diagnostics. Am ... more

Faster, cheaper tests for sickle cell

Within minutes after birth, every child in the U.S. undergoes a battery of tests designed to diagnose a host of conditions, including sickle cell disease. Thousands of children born in the developing world, however, aren't so lucky, meaning many suffer and die from the disease each year. A. ... more

Predemtec GmbH receives seed financing for developing a blood test to diagnose Alzheimer`s Disease

Predemtec GmbH develops a blood test for a reliable diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. In July 2014 the start-up received a seed financing from High-Tech Gruenderfonds (HTGF). The seed investment will be used to finalize the first test into a marketable product and to expand the scope of the ... more

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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

Automating Laboratory-On-A-Chip To Cut Healthcare Costs

A research team at the University of California, Riverside has created a computer programming language that will automate “laboratory-on-a-chip” technologies used in DNA sequencing, drug discovery, virus detection and other biomedical applications.“If you think of the beginning of computers ... more

Reorganization of the Executive Board of Eppendorf AG

The Executive Board of Eppendorf AG is reshaping in order to be optimally equipped to meet the future demands of the market. Dr. Dirk Ehlers, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Eppendorf Group, will leave the company by mutual agreement. Detmar Ammermann (Chief Financial Officer) will r ... more

New microscope sees what others can't

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) simply can't see materials that don't conduct electricity very well, and their high energies can actually damage some types of samples. In an effort to ext ... more

A lab in your pocket

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card. These labs-on-a-chip would not only be quick— ... more

Sartorius with Gains

Sartorius got off to a good start in fiscal 2014, with gains in order intake and sales revenue. In constant currencies, Group sales revenue rose 6.3% and order intake increased 4.9%. Despite negative currency impacts, operating Profit for the Group also grew 2.0%; its respective margin afte ... more

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Evotec receives milestone as part of its multi-target alliance with Bayer HealthCare

Evotec AG announced that its multi-target collaboration with Bayer HealthCare has reached an important milestone for the transition of a molecule into pre-clinical development for the treatment of endometriosis. This milestone was achieved under the agreement between Evotec and Bayer signed ... more

Roche purchases shares in tender offer for InterMune, Inc.

Roche and InterMune, Inc. announced that Roche’s wholly owned subsidiary Klee Acquisition Corporation has accepted for payment all shares validly tendered pursuant to its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of InterMune, Inc. at USD 74.00 per share in cash. The tender of ... more

Daiichi Sankyo to Acquire Ambit Biosciences

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd. and Ambit Biosciences announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Daiichi Sankyo will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Ambit Biosciences for $15 per share in cash through a tender offer followed by a merger with ... more

Ebola outbreak: EMA to review experimental medicines to support treatment decisions

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started to review available information on Ebola treatments currently under development. The goal is to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge about the various experimental medicines to support decision-making by health authorities. At ... more

Evotec and its partners awarded public grants to develop new drug candidates to treat multiple sclerosis

Evotec AG announced that it has entered into three novel research projects for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis ("MS") supported by research funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ("BMBF"). The respective scientific approaches stem from the Deutsches Rheuma-Fors ... more

Medigene AG: New research collaborations and additional grant for immunotherapy TABs

Medigene AG announces that its subsidiary Trianta Immunotherapies GmbH entered two new research collaborations for further development of its immunotherapy platform TABs (T-cell-specific AntiBodies) for the treatment of various types of cancer and autoimmune diseases. In the future, scienti ... more

Merck on Track with Pharma Strategy

Merck announced that its biopharmaceutical division Merck Serono is well on track with the implementation of the Group’s “Fit for 2018” transformation and growth program. This is reflected by efficiency gains and the successful execution of growth initiatives as well as progress in the pipe ... more

Boehringer Ingelheim and CureVac announce collaboration to develop next generation lung cancer immunotherapy

Boehringer Ingelheim and CureVac, leader in mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid)-based drug development, today jointly announce an exclusive global license and development collaboration. The new collaboration focuses on CureVac’s CV9202, a novel investigational therapeutic mRNA vaccine in earl ... more

Merck Strengthens Executive Board

Merck announced that the Board of Partners has promoted Stefan Oschmann (57) to the position of Deputy CEO and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. Concurrently, Belén Garijo (54) was appointed to the Executive Board to take over leadership for the Pharma business. The management changes w ... more

Evotec takes legal steps against Andromeda Biotech, Ltd.

Evotec AG announced after careful evaluation that it will take legal steps against Israel-based Andromeda Biotech, Ltd. to recover all Evotec claims and potential damages that result from recent incidents in relation to DiaPep277®. On 08 September 2014, US-based Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. ... more

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Chemists recruit anthrax to deliver cancer drugs

Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers has now hijacked that delivery system for a different purpose: administering cancer drugs. "Anthrax toxi ... more

Merck Serono Awards €1 Million to the Winners of the first Grant for Oncology Innovation

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, announced the winners of the first Grant for Oncology Innovation (GOI), who will receive grants totaling €1 million. The 2014 winners were formally announced at an awards ceremony coinciding with the annual meeting of the European Socie ... more

Mutations cause chaos in the brain

In the largest collaborative study so far, an international team of researchers, including scientists from VIB and Antwerp University identified novel causes for severe childhood epilepsies. The researchers analyzed the genetic information of 356 patients and their parents. In their analysi ... more

How the ends of chromosomes are maintained for cancer cell immortality

Maintaining the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, is a requisite feature of cells that are able to continuously divide and also a hallmark of human cancer. "Telomeres are much like the plastic cap on the ends of shoelaces -- they keep the ends of DNA from fraying," says Roger Greenberg ... more

Risk of esophageal cancer decreases with height

Taller individuals are less likely to develop esophageal cancer and it's precursor, Barrett's esophagus, according to a new study1 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. "Individuals in the lowest ... more

Spot on against autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammations

Multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and lupus have one thing in common: They are all autoimmune diseases in which the immune cells can no longer differentiate between friend or foe and thus attack the body’s own tissue. Here, the immunoproteasome, which supplies the immune system with infor ... more

Scientists create new 'designer proteins' in fight against Alzheimer's and cancer

Chemists at the University of Leicester have reported a breakthrough in techniques to develop new drugs in the fight against diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. The team has developed an innovative process allowing them to generate a particular type of synthetic amino acid – and a part ... more

First mouse model for ALS dementia

The first animal model for ALS dementia, a form of ALS that also damages the brain, has been developed by Northwestern Medicine® scientists. The advance will allow researchers to directly see the brains of living mice, under anesthesia, at the microscopic level. This will allow direct monit ... more

Enzyme discovery paves way to tackling deadly parasite diseases

An enzyme found in all living things could hold the key to combatting deadly diseases such as sleeping sickness, a study suggests. Research into the enzyme, which helps cells convert nutrients into energy, has shown that it is activated in different ways in various species. Researchers say ... more

Immune system is key ally in cyberwar against cancer

Research by Rice University scientists who are fighting a cyberwar against cancer finds that the immune system may be a clinician's most powerful ally. "Recent research has found that cancer is already adept at using cyberwarfare against the immune system, and we studied the interplay betwe ... more

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