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Could your smartphone one day tell you you're pregnant?

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including those for detecting pregnancy or monitoring diab ... more

Glyphosate in breast milk: Continue to breastfeed?

The parliamentary group Alliance 90 / The Greens (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) reported on 25 June 2015 that a laboratory had detected the active pesticide ingredient glyphosate in 16 samples of breast milk. The report called these findings "very concerning". The Federal Institute for Risk Asse ... more

New approach to targeted cancer therapy

Through the molecular characterization of tumor cells, Prof. Christian Reinhardt and his team of scientists at the University of Cologne and CECAD have developed a new approach to treating cancer. “These new findings offer a novel molecular approach to treating genetically-defined cancers m ... more

DNA barcoding discloses diversity

LMU researchers have used DNA barcoding to elucidate the diversity of the sponge fauna found in Antarctic waters. The data provide new insights into the evolution of this poorly characterized group. Sponges constitute an important component of marine ecosystems in the waters around Antarcti ... more

Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccine

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. New research by Rockefeller University scientists and their colleagues suggests it may b ... more

First-ever possible treatments for MERS

As the South Korean epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues unabated, researchers have raced to find treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 400 people since it was first discovered three years ago in Saudi Arabia. Now, scientists at the University ... more

Sartorius Stedim Biotech acquires Cellca

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the pharma and biotech industries, acquired Cellca GmbH based in Laupheim, Germany, last Wednesday. Founded in 2005, the company with around 30 employees generated sales revenue of approximately 6 million euros in 2014. Ce ... more

Researchers invent device that makes chemotherapy more personalized, efficient

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable. The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients’ cancer cells to test various doses and combinations of chemotherapy drugs. The device ... more

GNA Biosolutions completes € 6 million financing round

GNA Biosolutions GmbH (GNA), a manufacturer of ultrafast pathogen diagnostic instruments, will receive fresh capital of € 6 million in a series B financing round. Founded in 2010, GNA welcomes new investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement Gmb ... more

This year’s research prize awarded by Eppendorf goes to Germany

In 2015 Eppendorf AG, the Hamburg life science company is presenting its research prize for the 20th time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Dr. Thomas Wollert (Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germa ... more

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Could your smartphone one day tell you you're pregnant?

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including those for detecting pregnancy or monitoring diab ... more

DNA barcoding discloses diversity

LMU researchers have used DNA barcoding to elucidate the diversity of the sponge fauna found in Antarctic waters. The data provide new insights into the evolution of this poorly characterized group. Sponges constitute an important component of marine ecosystems in the waters around Antarcti ... more

Atlas of older brains could help diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

A digital map of the ageing brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders in older people, a study suggests.The atlas created using images from MRI scans of older people could aid diagnosis by comparing the patients' scans with a detailed map of ... more

Eurofins signs an exclusive agreement to acquire the Biomnis Group

Eurofins Scientific announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Financière Bio Alfras SAS to acquire the Biomnis Group for approximately EUR 220m. The contemplated transaction is expected to be completed over the summer, subject to customary closing conditions including regulat ... more

Recipharm wins SwedenBIO Award

The winner of the ninth annual SwedenBIO Award was announced on 4th June. This year Recipharm AB was honoured for its efforts and contribution to Sweden life science during the past year.The citation reads: "Recipharm has purposefully and with great skill built a solid organisation with a c ... more

Pepric appoints Dr. Enrico Bastianelli as independent Director

The General Assembly of Pepric appointed Dr. Enrico Bastianelli as independent non-executive Board member. Dr. Bastianelli is the CEO of Bone Therapeutics since 2006, a cell therapy company for bone fracture repair and prevention. Previously, Dr. Bastianelli gained a tremendous expertise in ... more

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat disease, control transmission of this infectio ... more

PhoreMost Awarded £1.4M Innovate UK Funding to Develop Lead Oncology Programme

PhoreMost Ltd announced that it has been selected to receive a funding award of £1.4M (approximately $2.14M USD) from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop its lead oncology programme targeting mutant KRAS cancers.Based on PhoreMost’s proprietary Protein Interference technolog ... more

NetScientific appoints Dr François R. Martelet as Chief Executive Officer

NetScientific announces the appointment of Dr François R. Martelet as Chief Executive Officer and Board Director.Dr Martelet will join the Group on 8 June 2015. Sir Richard Sykes, who has been Executive Chairman prior to this appointment, will revert to his position as Non-Executive Chairma ... more

Sights set on innovation: New approaches to vision with microchips holds out prospects for the blind

To date, chip-based retinal implants have only permitted a rudimentary restoration of vision. However, modifying the electrical signals emitted by the implants could change that. This is the conclusion of the initial published findings of a project sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund FWF ... more

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Sartorius Stedim Biotech acquires Cellca

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the pharma and biotech industries, acquired Cellca GmbH based in Laupheim, Germany, last Wednesday. Founded in 2005, the company with around 30 employees generated sales revenue of approximately 6 million euros in 2014. Ce ... more

Amarna Therapeutics Teaming Up with Austrian CBmed in the Development of Immunotherapies

DutchAmarna Therapeutics announced that it has entered into a cooperation with Austrian Center for Biomarker Research in Medicine (CBmed), for the development of immunotherapies against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), obesity, diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) and atherosclerotic cardiovas ... more

SIRION Biotech Plans Opening of a New Office in the Boston Area

SIRION Biotech announced its commitment to open a new office in the vicinity of Boston. The announcement was made during the 2015 BIO International Convention taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SIRION is working with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to locate lab and o ... more

Novasep invests €10M to reinforce its bioconjugation services

Novasep announces it will build a fully integrated Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) facility at its Le Mans site in France. The new facility will enable Novasep to complement its current ADC offering with full bio-conjugation services to meet increasing market demand.  The facility is planned ... more

QIAGEN and Biotype Diagnostics form partnership

QIAGEN and Biotype Diagnostics GmbH announced that they have entered into a partnership to establish Biotype Innovation GmbH ("Biotype Innovation"). The new company will develop and commercialize molecular diagnostic workflows initially for personalized healthcare applications based on QIAG ... more

Molecular features of the circadian clock system in fruit flies

Studies of mutant fruit flies reveal how both photoreceptors and the visual system influence circadian clock neurons in response to changing light-dark cycles. The results are reported in the Journal of Neuroscience give new insights into sleep disorders including jet-lag.Our bodies can res ... more

Breakthrough in tuberculosis research: genetic pathogen code is the key for optimum treatment

Scientists from the Research Center Borstel, the German Center for Infection Research, the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases have developed a new genetic method, with which they can not only predict which antibiotics result ... more

Huntingdon Life Sciences and Harlan Laboratories to become Envigo

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and Harlan Laboratories have announced that the combined companies will be called Envigo. When the new name and brand is launched later this year it will be a significant milestone for the combined organization, marking great progress in integrating the compan ... more

Finely-tuned carrier design for improved gene therapy

There is much interest in messenger RNA (mRNA) as a potential candidate for nucleic acids drug. However, the very labile nature of mRNA has hindered its clinical applications. Polyion complex formed from mRNA and polycations, which is termed ‘Polyplex’, can protect mRNA from enzymatic degra ... more

New biotech company Confo Therapeutics launched by VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The establishment of Confo Therapeutics, a spin-off of VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, was announced today. A consortium led by Capricorn Health-Tech Fund with the participation of Qbic and SOFI contributed € 3 million in the first institutional round of investment. These resources will ... more

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GNA Biosolutions completes € 6 million financing round

GNA Biosolutions GmbH (GNA), a manufacturer of ultrafast pathogen diagnostic instruments, will receive fresh capital of € 6 million in a series B financing round. Founded in 2010, GNA welcomes new investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement Gmb ... more

QIAGEN and Biotype Diagnostics form partnership

QIAGEN and Biotype Diagnostics GmbH announced that they have entered into a partnership to establish Biotype Innovation GmbH ("Biotype Innovation"). The new company will develop and commercialize molecular diagnostic workflows initially for personalized healthcare applications based on QIAG ... more

Thousands of Droplets for Diagnostics

A team of scientists including PhD student Friedrich Schuler from the Laboratory of MEMS Applications at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg has developed a method for dividing a DNA sample into thousands of tiny droplets. What sets it apart from ... more

Eurofins acquires Diatherix Laboratories, Inc.

Eurofins Scientific  announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Diatherix Laboratories, Inc. for approximately US$ 50m, plus an earn-out upon achievement of pre-defined revenue and profitability targets. Completion of the transaction is expected in the next 30 days and is subject ... more

Tracking Sperm

Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE), a new imaging technique for in situ localization of spermatozoa, might improve the results of testicular sperm extraction while reducing traumata during surgery.In the middle of Europe nearly every sixth couple in the reproductive age is inv ... more

Biocartis and Fast-track diagnostics sign strategic collaboration in infectious diseases

Biocartis and Fast-track diagnostics announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop a range of multiplex infectious disease tests to run on the Biocartis Idylla™ system. Biocartis and Fast-track diagnostics plan to collaborate on a new approach to infectious dise ... more

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat disease, control transmission of this infectio ... more

Detecting lung cancer at an early stage

A new diagnostic method, namely spectral histopathology, facilitates marker-free detection of individual subtypes of lung cancers. It was developed by researchers at the PURE consortium at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). They have successfully applied it in collaboration with clinicians at t ... more

DNA blood test detects lung cancer mutations

Cancer DNA circulating in the bloodstream of lung cancer patients can provide doctors with vital mutation information that can help optimise treatment when tumour tissue is not available, an international group of researchers has reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Gen ... more

Aseptika Granted United States Patent for Biomarkers for Respiratory Infection Onset

Aseptika Limited announced that it has been granted a patent in the United States (US) protecting its invention for a test for respiratory infections, designed to be used by patients at home and by clinicians at the bedside of patients in hospitals. This will open up opportunities for the C ... more

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David Newble joins TTP Labtech as new managing director

TTP Labtech announced the appointment of David Newble as its new managing director. Dr. Jas Sangera, founder, managing director and key driver for the company for the last 14 years, will continue his role as the company’s chairman.David Newble has a proven track record of growing life scien ... more

BIOTECHNICA and LABVOLUTION: Biologization and digitalization are top themes

Two trade shows, one ticket: For the first time, Deutsche Messe is staging BIOTECHNICA (6 to 8 October 2015) in conjunction with the new LABVOLUTION in order to attract an even wider industry audience to Hannover. While BIOTECHNICA is a showcase for mainstream biotechnology and the life sci ... more

Danaher To Acquire Pall Corporation

Danaher Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Pall Corporation pursuant to which Danaher will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pall for $127.20 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $13.8 billion, including assume ... more

SYGNIS signs non-exclusive distribution agreement with Cambridge Bioscience Ltd. for UK and Ireland

SYGNIS AG announced a distribution agreement with Cambridge Bioscience for the commercialization of SYGNIS’ proprietary product portfolio in the UK and Ireland.Under the terms of the agreement, Cambridge Bioscience will promote, market, sell and support TruePrime™ products for primer-free W ... more

Sartorius Starts Off Fiscal 2015 with a Strong First Quarter

Sartorius started off fiscal 2015 with substantial double-digit gains in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Group order intake rose 13.1%, excluding currency effects; this reported figure surged 22.7%. Sales climbed 17.2% in constant currencies; the reported figure, 27.0%. Operating ... more

Genevac Consolidate Evaporator & Freeze Dryer Operations In Germany

Genevac has announced, as of 1st April 2015, that LMS Consult GmbH (LMS) has been appointed as the exclusive German distributor for its market leading evaporator systems plus the freeze dryer range of its parent company - SP Scientific.For over 30 years - LMS Consulthave successfully sold a ... more

Ximbio Expands Team

Ximbio announced the expansion of its team, with two new appointments. Dr Hugh Spotswood has joined as Senior Business Manager, and Emily Haggerty as a Scientific Portfolio Associate. Hugh’s role as part of Ximbio is to head up the business development function to maximise the revenue creat ... 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

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

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Spinifex to be acquired by Novartis

Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its Australian subsidiary Spinifex Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, a company focused on the development of new drugs for the treatment of chronic pain, announced agreement to the sale of Spinifex to Novartis International AG, for an upfront cash consideration of ... more

Evotec's partner Roche provides initial update from Phase IIb trial in Alzheimer's disease

Evotec AG was updated today by its partner Roche on the initial results of the Phase IIb trial with Sembragiline (RG1577, EVT302), a MAO-B inhibitor for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease ("AD"). In this study, Sembragiline failed to demonstrate benefit on the primary endpoint (Alzheimer' ... more

Gerresheimer will sell tubing operations to Corning

In line with its strategy to focus on packaging solutions for its pharmaceutical customers, Gerresheimer announced that it will sell its glass tubing business to Corning Incorporated. Glass tubing is an intermediate product which Gerresheimer manufactures mainly for its own plants, where th ... more

Neovacs raises 7.5 million Euro

Neovacs announced that it has received commitments from three U.S. institutional investors for a capital increase totaling 7,500,000 euros.Participation in the capital increase is limited to biotechnology-focused institutional investors. Neovacs will issue a total of 7,500,000 securities at ... more

Actelion creates Vaxxilon together with the Max Planck Society

Actelion Ltd announced the creation of a start-up, together with the Max Planck Society, in the field of synthetic carbohydrate vaccines. The new company, Vaxxilon, aims to discover, develop, and commercialize synthetic carbohydrate vaccines. Vaxxilon has licensed exclusive rights to multip ... more

AbbVie Announces New Phase 3b Results in Genotype 1b Chronic Hepatitis C Patients with Compensated Liver Cirrhosis

AbbVie announced TURQUOISE-III study results demonstrating 100 percent (n=60/60) sustained virologic response at 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12) in genotype 1b (GT1b) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected adult patients with compensated liver cirrhosis. Patients received 12 weeks of VIEK ... more

Vectura Group plc appoints James Ward-Lilley as CEO

Vectura Group plc announced the appointment of James Ward-Lilley as CEO and Executive Director.  James will succeed Dr Chris Blackwell who, as previously announced, leaves Vectura at the end of June 2015. James joins the Group on 1 October 2015 from AstraZeneca where he is currently Vice Pr ... more

AYOXXA and Grünenthal Completed Research Collaboration

AYOXXA Biosystems and Grünenthal have completed a first research collaboration to validate detection limits for a biomarker based on AYOXXA’s innovative proprietary technology platform. The focus of this study was to analyze an inflammation marker at very low concentrations released from hu ... more

Siegfried: Acquisition of three BASF sites on track

As announced at the beginning of May, Siegfried Group (SIX: SFZN) has signed an agreement with BASF of Germany concerning the acquisition of BASF’s custom synthesis and significant parts of the active pharmaceutical ingredients business including related chemical-pharmaceutical production s ... more

ADC Therapeutics Appoints Dr. Chris Martin as Chief Executive Officer

ADC Therapeutics Sarl announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Martin as its Chief Executive Officer.Dr. Martin was co-founder of Spirogen Ltd and its Chief Executive Officer leading up to the sale of Spirogen to MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of Astra Zeneca in ... more

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Glyphosate in breast milk: Continue to breastfeed?

The parliamentary group Alliance 90 / The Greens (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) reported on 25 June 2015 that a laboratory had detected the active pesticide ingredient glyphosate in 16 samples of breast milk. The report called these findings "very concerning". The Federal Institute for Risk Asse ... more

New approach to targeted cancer therapy

Through the molecular characterization of tumor cells, Prof. Christian Reinhardt and his team of scientists at the University of Cologne and CECAD have developed a new approach to treating cancer. “These new findings offer a novel molecular approach to treating genetically-defined cancers m ... more

Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccine

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. New research by Rockefeller University scientists and their colleagues suggests it may b ... more

First-ever possible treatments for MERS

As the South Korean epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues unabated, researchers have raced to find treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 400 people since it was first discovered three years ago in Saudi Arabia. Now, scientists at the University ... more

Researchers invent device that makes chemotherapy more personalized, efficient

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable. The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients’ cancer cells to test various doses and combinations of chemotherapy drugs. The device ... more

Drug discovery for Parkinson’s disease: Researchers Grow Neurons in 3D

The progressive loss of neurons in the brain of Parkinson’s patients is slow yet inexorable. So far, there are no drugs that can halt this insidious process. Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have now managed to grow the type ... more

Evaluation of glyphosate contents in breast milk and urine

According to media reports, a study has been conducted in which 16 samples of breast milk and 16 samples of urine were tested for glyphosate residues. The BfR has seen neither the original study nor sufficient methodological information on the analytical methods and sampling procedures used ... more

New 3D test system for breast cancer radiosensitizing drugs

Radiation therapy is an important part of breast cancer treatment. Sometimes, however, tumor cells become increasingly resistant to radiation damage. Now, scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed a 3D microtissue-based screening system which, for the first time, enables them t ... more

Lean but sated: Molecular Switch for a Healthy Metabolism discovered

The protein complex mTORC1 is a central regulator of cell metabolism. In the active state, it stimulates anabolic processes and increases the production and storage of proteins and lipids. Researchers from the German Leibniz Institute for Age Research in Jena and the Dutch Ageing Institute ... more

Is Marriage Good or Bad for the Figure?

It is generally assumed that marriage has a positive influence on health and life expectancy. But does this “marriage bonus” also apply to the health indicator of body weight? Researchers at the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have investigated this qu ... more

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