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Eurofins expands its footprint in the Balkan region

Acquisition of Environmental Research & Industrial Co-operation in Slovenia

Eurofins Scientific announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Environmental Research & Industrial Co-operation (“ERICo”), the leading independent laboratory for environment testing services in Slovenia. As the largest private environment testing laboratory in the country, ERICo p ... more

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

New mechanism for genome regulation found

The same mechanisms that quickly separate mixtures of oil and water are at play when controlling the organization in an unusual part of our DNA called heterochromatin, according to a new study by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). ... more

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

Clear view on stem cell development

Image correction software simplifies quantification of stem cells

Today, tracking the development of individual cells and spotting the associated factors under the microscope is nothing unusual. However, impairments like shadows or changes in the background complicate the interpretation of data. Now, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) ... more

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

Otto Hahn Medal for Jaime Agudo-Canalejo

Im Rahmen der 68. Jahreshauptversammlung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), die  am 21. und 22. Juni in Weimar, Jena und Erfurt stattfindet, erhält der Nachwuchswissenschaftler vom Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung die Otto-Hahn-Medaille. Er wird für seine herausrag ... more

Supply chains key to Life Sciences transformation

The change is urgent as the sector needs to catch-up in adopting digitalization

Advanced supply chains could be the vital catalyst for transforming Life Sciences to better meet increasing demand cost-effectively, says a new report by DHL. The report ‘Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare Logistics’ highlights the urgency for the sector to transform in response to evol ... more

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New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

Groundbreaking experimental method will speed up protein analysis substantially

First atomic structure of an intact virus deciphered with an X-ray laser

An international team of scientists has for the first time used an X-ray free-electron laser to unravel the structure of an intact virus particle on the atomic level. The method used dramatically reduces the amount of virus material required, while also allowing the investigations to be car ... more

We are much more unique than assumed

Every human being has a unique DNA "fingerprint". In other words, the genetic material of any two individuals can be clearly distinguished. Computational biologists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now determined that the impact of these variations has been greatly underesti ... more

10-fold speed up for the reconstruction of neuronal networks

Flying through the brain thanks to a novel in-browser tool

Scientists working in „connectomics“, a research field occupied with the reconstruction of neuronal networks in the brain, are aiming at completely mapping of the millions or billions of neurons found in mammalian brains. In spite of impressive advances in electron microscopy, the key bottl ... more

First crystal model of under-diagnosed autoimmune disease

As a molecular biologist, Kaori Noridomi gets an up-close view of the targets of her investigations. But when she began studying the molecular structures of a rarely diagnosed autoimmune disorder, myasthenia gravis, she decided to step out of the lab for a better view. Noridomi said she tho ... more

E. coli bacteria's defense secret revealed

By tagging a cell's proteins with fluorescent beacons, Cornell researchers have found out how E. coli bacteria defend themselves against antibiotics and other poisons. Probably not good news for the bacteria. When undesirable molecules show up, the bacterial cell opens a tunnel though its c ... more

'Overturning established fact' leads to new new target in MLL-rearranged leukemia

The human gene MLL is named for the mixed lineage leukemia it creates. Specifically, the gene may break apart and fuse with parts from one of a number of other genes on other chromosomes to create cancer-causing translocations. These translocations make new proteins that have never been see ... more

Detour diagnosis

Rare genetic disorders: new approach uses RNA in search for genetic triggers

In about half of all patients with rare hereditary disorders, it is still unclear what exact position of the genome is responsible for their condition. One reason for this is the enormous quantity of information encoded in human genes. Scientists from the fields of informatics and medicine ... more

Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial 'machines'

New research from the University of Liverpool, has probed the structure and material properties of protein machines in bacteria, which have the capacity to convert carbon dioxide into sugar through photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria are a phylum of bacteria that produce oxygen and energy during ... more

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New mechanism for genome regulation found

The same mechanisms that quickly separate mixtures of oil and water are at play when controlling the organization in an unusual part of our DNA called heterochromatin, according to a new study by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). ... more

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

Otto Hahn Medal for Jaime Agudo-Canalejo

Im Rahmen der 68. Jahreshauptversammlung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), die  am 21. und 22. Juni in Weimar, Jena und Erfurt stattfindet, erhält der Nachwuchswissenschaftler vom Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung die Otto-Hahn-Medaille. Er wird für seine herausrag ... more

Supply chains key to Life Sciences transformation

The change is urgent as the sector needs to catch-up in adopting digitalization

Advanced supply chains could be the vital catalyst for transforming Life Sciences to better meet increasing demand cost-effectively, says a new report by DHL. The report ‘Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare Logistics’ highlights the urgency for the sector to transform in response to evol ... more

Merck creates immuno-oncology spin out iOnctura

Initial capital provided by Merck Ventures

Merck announced its corporate venture arm Merck Ventures created iOnctura SA, Geneva, Switzerland. This immuno-oncology spin-out company was formed around two assets from the Healthcare R&D portfolio of Merck and three assets from Cancer Research Technology (CRT). CRT is the commercial arm ... more

Sugar-coated nanomaterial excels at promoting bone growth

There hasn't been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is so good at stimulating bone regeneration it could become the method surgeons prefer. While stud ... more

Unusual soybean coloration sheds a light on gene silencing

Today's soybeans are typically golden yellow, with a tiny blackish mark where they attach to the pod. In a field of millions of beans, nearly all of them will have this look. Occasionally, however, a bean will turn up half-black, with a saddle pattern similar to a black-eyed pea. "The yello ... more

Cardiac stem cells from heart disease patients may be harmful

Patients with severe and end-stage heart failure have few treatment options available to them apart from transplants and "miraculous" stem cell therapy. But a new Tel Aviv University study finds that stem cell therapy may, in fact, harm heart disease patients. The research, led by Prof. Jon ... more

Blocking gene expression to combat deadly fungal infection

Each year, invasive fungal infections sicken an estimated 2 million people worldwide and kill nearly 800,000 - but a team of international scientists have discovered a new approach for antifungal drug treatments. Researchers from USC and France identified that a gene-regulating protein, Bdf ... more

Crescendo Biologics appoints new Chief Business Officer

Crescendo Biologics Ltd (Crescendo) announced that Edward J. “Tad” Stewart has joined the company as Chief Business Officer. Dr. Peter Pack, CEO of Crescendo Biologics commented: “Crescendo’s platform is delivering a robust pipeline of intrinsically differentiated, multi-functional therape ... more

All news on biotechnology

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

New three-in-one blood test opens door to precision medicine for prostate cancer

Scientists have developed a three-in-one blood test that could transform treatment of advanced prostate cancer through use of precision drugs designed to target mutations in the BRCA genes. By testing cancer DNA in the bloodstream, researchers found they could pick out which men with advanc ... more

PerkinElmer to acquire EUROIMMUN for approximately $1.3 Billion

PerkinElmer, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquireEUROIMMUN Medical Laboratory Diagnostics AG. The agreement provides that PerkinElmer will acquire up to a 100% stake in EUROIMMUN. The total purchase price of the transaction based on all outstanding share ... more

Research on crucial cutting enzyme maps sites of DNA damage in leukemias and other cancers

Researchers studying a DNA-cutting enzyme with a crucial role in regulating the structure of genes have discovered a broad role for its cutting activity in driving abnormal genetic rearrangements called translocations that cause cancer, including leukemias and solid tumors. The enzyme, type ... more

First crystal model of under-diagnosed autoimmune disease

As a molecular biologist, Kaori Noridomi gets an up-close view of the targets of her investigations. But when she began studying the molecular structures of a rarely diagnosed autoimmune disorder, myasthenia gravis, she decided to step out of the lab for a better view. Noridomi said she tho ... more

CENTOGENE raises Euro 25 million

CENTOGENE AG, announced today its 25 million EUR Series A financing round led by TVM Capital Life Science in collaboration with DPE Deutsche Private Equity, Careventures and CIC Capital. The proceeds of the financing will be used to accelerate the company’s further growth and expansion plan ... more

Epigenetic changes at birth could explain later behavior problems

Epigenetic changes present at birth - in genes related to addiction and aggression - could be linked to conduct problems in children, according to a new study by King's College London and the University of Bristol. Conduct problems (CP) such as fighting, lying and stealing are the most comm ... more

Cause and possible relief of cancer bone pain found

Saint Louis University researcher Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D., reports discovering a key molecular pathway that drives cancer-related bone pain while providing a potential solution with a drug that already is on the market. Salvemini, who is a professor of pharmacology and physiology at SLU, s ... more

All news on diagnostics

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

PerkinElmer to acquire EUROIMMUN for approximately $1.3 Billion

PerkinElmer, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquireEUROIMMUN Medical Laboratory Diagnostics AG. The agreement provides that PerkinElmer will acquire up to a 100% stake in EUROIMMUN. The total purchase price of the transaction based on all outstanding share ... more

New ISPE Good Practice Guide

Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the release of their latest guidance document, ISPE Good Practice Guide: Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities. This guide provides an overview of best practices to be used for the decommissioning ... more

Positive market response to first edition of LABVOLUTION in Hannover

LABVOLUTION got off to a fine start and is on the right track for the future. That sums up the outcome of the European trade fair dedicated entirely to lab equipment and lab workflow optimization. Crowded aisles, brisk traffic at exhibitors’ stands and an upbeat mood among exhibitors and vi ... more

LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA: The world of lab technology

The highlight of the trade show is smartLAB – a special display that presents the laboratory of the future

Visitors to LABVOLUTION with the life sciences event BIOTECHNICA in Hannover from 16-18 May will find that some big changes have taken place. It is not simply the rescheduling of the event – from the autumn to spring. After all, trade visitors have had eighteen months to get used to this ch ... more

ERT Acquires Imaging Solution from Cleveland Clinic

Cloud-based imaging technology delivers compliant results without typical human bias

ERT announced the acquisition of ImageIQ, originally established as Cleveland Clinic’s Biomedical Imaging and Analysis Center. The acquisition enables ERT to offer advanced, end-to-end clinical trial imaging analysis using best-in-class technology that delivers compliant data for use in cli ... more

Agilent Technologies Receives Multiple Awards at Scientific Conference in China

Agilent Technologies announced that it received three awards at the Annual Conference of China Scientific Instruments (ACCSI) 2017 in Nanjing, China. Agilent received the following awards: Green Product of the Year, Most Popular Scientific Instrument, and Most Influential Foreign Manufactu ... more

DKSH extends partnership with LAUDA to Singapore and Taiwan

DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, and LAUDA, a global leader in manufacturing thermal-controlling instruments, have signed a distributor agreement for Singapore and Taiwan for the product line of constant temperature equipment. DKSH Business Unit Tec ... more

All news on lab technology

Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

Myelo Therapeutics conducts successful Pre-IND meeting with FDA

Completes new financing round

Myelo Therapeutics GmbH announced that it successfully conducted a Pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) meeting with the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on May 11th, 2017 for Myelo001, a novel, orally bioavailable small molecule to prevent myelosuppression caused by chemoth ... more

Merck creates immuno-oncology spin out iOnctura

Initial capital provided by Merck Ventures

Merck announced its corporate venture arm Merck Ventures created iOnctura SA, Geneva, Switzerland. This immuno-oncology spin-out company was formed around two assets from the Healthcare R&D portfolio of Merck and three assets from Cancer Research Technology (CRT). CRT is the commercial arm ... more

Highlights of June 2017 EMA Management Board meeting

Focus on Brexit preparations and the development of the EU clinical trial portal and database

Brexit preparations The Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was updated on the Agency’s preparation for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Further to the UK’s invocation of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, EMA needs to prepare and is work ... more

New ISPE Good Practice Guide

Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the release of their latest guidance document, ISPE Good Practice Guide: Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities. This guide provides an overview of best practices to be used for the decommissioning ... more

Investigation tests drug to activate immune system, help fight cancer

On Earth, research into antibody-drug conjugates to treat cancer has been around a while. The research presents a problem, though, because Earth-based laboratories aren't able to mimic the shape of the cancer cell within the body, which can sometimes produce incorrect findings. The Internat ... more

Crescendo Biologics appoints new Chief Business Officer

Crescendo Biologics Ltd (Crescendo) announced that Edward J. “Tad” Stewart has joined the company as Chief Business Officer. Dr. Peter Pack, CEO of Crescendo Biologics commented: “Crescendo’s platform is delivering a robust pipeline of intrinsically differentiated, multi-functional therape ... more

Drug design strategy boosts the odds against resistance development

A new rational drug design technique that uses a powerful computer algorithm to identify molecules that target different receptor sites on key cellular proteins could provide a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistance, potentially tipping the odds against the bugs. The techniq ... more

All news on pharma

State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

Infections in Early Life Associated with Increased Risk for Celiac Disease

Infections during infancy are associated with increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease) later on. Apparently the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life. This conclusion was drawn by scientists of the Institute for ... more

How Insulin in the Brain May Suppress the Subjective Feeling of Hunger

Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in certain cognitive brain regions (default-mode network, DMN) as well as in the hippocampus and hypothalamus. This is the finding of a new study by researchers at the German Center for Diabetes ... more

Sugar-coated nanomaterial excels at promoting bone growth

There hasn't been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is so good at stimulating bone regeneration it could become the method surgeons prefer. While stud ... more

New three-in-one blood test opens door to precision medicine for prostate cancer

Scientists have developed a three-in-one blood test that could transform treatment of advanced prostate cancer through use of precision drugs designed to target mutations in the BRCA genes. By testing cancer DNA in the bloodstream, researchers found they could pick out which men with advanc ... more

MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PF ... more

PerkinElmer to acquire EUROIMMUN for approximately $1.3 Billion

PerkinElmer, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquireEUROIMMUN Medical Laboratory Diagnostics AG. The agreement provides that PerkinElmer will acquire up to a 100% stake in EUROIMMUN. The total purchase price of the transaction based on all outstanding share ... more

Modeling the brain with 'Lego bricks'

Researchers from the University of Luxembourg, in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg, have developed a computational method that could be used to guide surgeons during brain surgery. Surgeons often operate in the dark. They have a limited view of the surface of the organ, and can ... more

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    Myelo Therapeutics conducts successful Pre-IND meeting with FDA

    Completes new financing round

    Myelo Therapeutics GmbH announced that it successfully conducted a Pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) meeting with the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on May 11th, 2017 for Myelo001, a novel, orally bioavailable small molecule to prevent myelosuppression caused by chemoth ... more

    MRC Technology and Biocartis initiate development of liquid biopsy test for breast cancer

    MRC Technology and Biocartis Group NV announced a partnership to develop selected molecular diagnostic tests for use on Biocartis' fully automated Idylla(TM) platform. MRCT aims to move promising medical research forward into patient treatments and diagnostics and has been involved in helpi ... more

    Newron Receives EUR11.3m Milestone Payments

    US Approval of Xadago for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

    Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A. announced the receipt of milestone payments linked to the approval of its lead compound Xadago® (safinamide) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease by the US Food and Drug Administration. The payments were made by Newron’s partner Zambon, who holds the rights ... more

  • Business

    Eurofins expands its footprint in the Balkan region

    Acquisition of Environmental Research & Industrial Co-operation in Slovenia

    Eurofins Scientific announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Environmental Research & Industrial Co-operation (“ERICo”), the leading independent laboratory for environment testing services in Slovenia. As the largest private environment testing laboratory in the country, ERICo p ... more

    Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

    Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

    Supply chains key to Life Sciences transformation

    The change is urgent as the sector needs to catch-up in adopting digitalization

    Advanced supply chains could be the vital catalyst for transforming Life Sciences to better meet increasing demand cost-effectively, says a new report by DHL. The report ‘Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare Logistics’ highlights the urgency for the sector to transform in response to evol ... more

  • Price Development

    Drug costs vary by more than 600% in study of 10 high-income countries

    In a study of 10 high-income countries with universal health care, costs for prescription drugs in 6 of the largest categories of primary care medicines varied by more than 600%. All countries except Canada offered universal coverage of outpatient prescription drugs. The study looked at dat ... more

    Cell Medica granted Orphan Drug designation for novel cellular therapy

    Cell Medica announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation to the company’s cancer immunotherapy treatment, referred to as CMD-003, under development for Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) positive non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Additionally, the company announ ... more

    BASF increases prices for Vitamin E and A feed grade

    BASF increases prices for Vitamin E and A products for animal nutrition globally and with immediate effect. Prices will increase by 15% for all Vitamin E products and by 10% for all Vitamin A products. Existing contractual obligations with customers will be honored. more

  • Research

    State-of-the-art text mining technologies for chemistry

    The Biological Text Mining Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) together with with researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS) have published the first exhau ... more

    New mechanism for genome regulation found

    The same mechanisms that quickly separate mixtures of oil and water are at play when controlling the organization in an unusual part of our DNA called heterochromatin, according to a new study by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). ... more

    New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

    When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

  • People

    Waters Corporation elects Flemming Ornskov to Board of Directors

    Waters Corporation announced Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc, has been elected as a Director of Waters® Corporation effective today. "It is an honor to welcome Flemming Ornskov to our Board of Directors," said Christopher J. O'Connell, Waters Corporation President ... more

    Otto Hahn Medal for Jaime Agudo-Canalejo

    Im Rahmen der 68. Jahreshauptversammlung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), die  am 21. und 22. Juni in Weimar, Jena und Erfurt stattfindet, erhält der Nachwuchswissenschaftler vom Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung die Otto-Hahn-Medaille. Er wird für seine herausrag ... more

    Crescendo Biologics appoints new Chief Business Officer

    Crescendo Biologics Ltd (Crescendo) announced that Edward J. “Tad” Stewart has joined the company as Chief Business Officer. Dr. Peter Pack, CEO of Crescendo Biologics commented: “Crescendo’s platform is delivering a robust pipeline of intrinsically differentiated, multi-functional therape ... more

  • Finances

    Eurofins expands its footprint in the Balkan region

    Acquisition of Environmental Research & Industrial Co-operation in Slovenia

    Eurofins Scientific announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Environmental Research & Industrial Co-operation (“ERICo”), the leading independent laboratory for environment testing services in Slovenia. As the largest private environment testing laboratory in the country, ERICo p ... more

    Shimadzu acquires specialist for isotope labeled standards

    Shimadzu has joined forces with the France-based AlsaChim company, an independent contract research and development organization. AlsaChim specializes in stable isotope-labelled compounds, metabolites and pharmaceutical related substances, and analytical purposes. With immediate effect, Shi ... more

    Merck creates immuno-oncology spin out iOnctura

    Initial capital provided by Merck Ventures

    Merck announced its corporate venture arm Merck Ventures created iOnctura SA, Geneva, Switzerland. This immuno-oncology spin-out company was formed around two assets from the Healthcare R&D portfolio of Merck and three assets from Cancer Research Technology (CRT). CRT is the commercial arm ... more

  • Cooperation

    Rentschler Biotechnologie and Rentschler Fill Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership

    Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH and Rentschler Fill Solutions GmbH announced a strategic partnership to provide new fill and finish facilities and one-stop solutions for biopharmaceutical products to meet the needs of Rentschler Biotechnologie’s clients. Under the terms of the agreement, Ren ... more

    ‘Seaweed drug’ helps fight off infection

    Alginates found in seaweed can combat multi-drug resistant infections

    Researchers at Cardiff University have worked with Norwegian biopharmaceutical company AlgiPharmato improve antibiotics. A team led by the School of Dentistry’s Professor David Thomas showed how alginates, found in seaweed, could disrupt the formation of microbial biofilms. They have also d ... more

    c-LEcta signs Sales and Distribution Agreement with Cosmo Bio for Japan

    Cosmo Bio Co., Ltd. and the German biotechnology specialist c-LEcta GmbH, announce the signing of a sales and distribution agreement for c-LEcta’s DENARASE®, a high-quality nuclease for the removal of all forms of DNA and RNA in biopharmaceutical processes. Based on this agreement, DENARASE ... more

  • Technology

    New mechanism for genome regulation found

    The same mechanisms that quickly separate mixtures of oil and water are at play when controlling the organization in an unusual part of our DNA called heterochromatin, according to a new study by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). ... more

    New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

    When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ... more

    New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

    Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed. The new method allows one to reconstruct phase topography of a studied sample according to deformations that emerge in a laser pulse when it passes through ... more

  • Laws

    New ISPE Good Practice Guide

    Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities

    The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the release of their latest guidance document, ISPE Good Practice Guide: Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities. This guide provides an overview of best practices to be used for the decommissioning ... more

    Merck awarded its first CRISPR patent by Australian Patent Office

    Merck announced that the Australian Patent Office has granted the company patent rights over the use of CRISPR in a genomic integration method for eukaryotic cells. The patent is the first that Merck, a leader in genome editing, has received for CRISPR technology. The patent covers chromoso ... more

    EMA and heads of national competent authorities discuss consequences of Brexit

    Key principles and working methodology established

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) organised an information meeting yesterday with members of its Management Board and heads of the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) of the EU/EEA Member States. The goal was to start discussing how the work related to the evaluation and monitoring of m ... more

  • Market

    c-LEcta signs Sales and Distribution Agreement with Cosmo Bio for Japan

    Cosmo Bio Co., Ltd. and the German biotechnology specialist c-LEcta GmbH, announce the signing of a sales and distribution agreement for c-LEcta’s DENARASE®, a high-quality nuclease for the removal of all forms of DNA and RNA in biopharmaceutical processes. Based on this agreement, DENARASE ... more

    New lung 'organoids' in a dish mimic features of full-size lung

    New lung "organoids"--tiny 3-D structures that mimic features of a full-sized lung--have been created from human pluripotent stem cells by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The team used the organoids to generate models of human lung diseases in a lab dish, which cou ... more

    DKSH extends partnership with LAUDA to Singapore and Taiwan

    DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, and LAUDA, a global leader in manufacturing thermal-controlling instruments, have signed a distributor agreement for Singapore and Taiwan for the product line of constant temperature equipment. DKSH Business Unit Tec ... more

  • Politics

    MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

    The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PF ... more

    Highlights of June 2017 EMA Management Board meeting

    Focus on Brexit preparations and the development of the EU clinical trial portal and database

    Brexit preparations The Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was updated on the Agency’s preparation for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Further to the UK’s invocation of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, EMA needs to prepare and is work ... more

    Drug costs vary by more than 600% in study of 10 high-income countries

    In a study of 10 high-income countries with universal health care, costs for prescription drugs in 6 of the largest categories of primary care medicines varied by more than 600%. All countries except Canada offered universal coverage of outpatient prescription drugs. The study looked at dat ... more

  • Manufacturing

    New ISPE Good Practice Guide

    Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities

    The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the release of their latest guidance document, ISPE Good Practice Guide: Decommissioning of Pharmaceutical Equipment and Facilities. This guide provides an overview of best practices to be used for the decommissioning ... 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

    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

  • Career

    To be or not to be an academic: the question for all postdocs

    Becoming a full time academic at a research university is not an easy road.

    Becoming a full time academic at a research university is a dream for many young scientists, but it's not an easy road. For the past eight years, Dr Liz Elvidge has been helping postdoctoral researchers achieve this goal − but also advising them about a variety of different career paths and ... more

    Being fit Protects Against Health Risks Caused by Stress at Work

    It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists from the University of Basel and colleagues from Sweden, it therefor ... more

    Freie Universität first institution in Germany to integrate medication management into the pharmacy study program

    The Institute of Pharmacy at Freie Universität Berlin is the first of its kind in Germany to integrate the field of medication management into the education of its pharmacy students. The goal is to put theoretical knowledge into practice even before the students have completed their study p ... more

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