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Not just for the holidays, mistletoe could fight obesity-related liver disease

Mistletoe hanging in doorways announces that the holidays are just around the corner. For some people, however, the symbolic plant might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: It may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that a compound produced by a particular var ... more

Spinnovation Analytical receives GMP certification for testing drug substances and drug products

Spinnovation has been granted a certification of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance by the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate. This certifies that Spinnovation is qualified to test pharmaceutical drug substances and products for market release. GMP certification is recognition of Spi ... more

Valneva Announces Start of Phase II Clinical Trial of its Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate

Valneva SE announced the initiation of the Phase II clinical trial of its VLA84 prophylactic vaccine candidate against Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea. Data from the Phase I study in healthy elderly and adults showed good safety and immunogenicity ... more

NEOVACS announces top-line phase IIb clinical trial results of TNF-Kinoid in Rheumatoid Arthritis

NEOVACS announced top line data on the Phase IIb clinical trial of TNF-Kinoid in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). This trial confirmed the immunogenicity and good tolerance of TNF-Kinoid with no safety issues, but did not meet its primary efficacy endpoint."We are disappointed that our TNF-Kinoid ... more

Experimental Ebola treatments still at early stage of development

At this point in time there is not enough evidence for any of the experimental therapies for Ebola Virus Disease to draw conclusions on their safety or efficacy when used in Ebola patients. This is the finding of an interim report published by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that is con ... more

CMC Biologics and OncoSynergy Enter into an Agreement for Accelerated Process Development of an Investigational Drug to Combat Ebola

CMC Biologics and OncoSynergy have entered into an agreement for process development and GMP manufacture of OS2966 – a novel potential treatment for Ebola. The investigational drug candidate, designed to inhibit a major cellular adhesion receptor (CD29) that is fundamental for progression o ... more

Meth users face substantially higher risk for getting Parkinson's disease

In addition to incurring serious dental problems, memory loss and other physical and mental issues, methamphetamine users are three times more at risk for getting Parkinson's disease than non-illicit drug users, new research from the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare shows. Th ... more

Do caffeine's effects differ with or without sugar?

Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks can affect the body's metabolism, causing changes in heart and respiratory rate and weight gain. The results of a new study exploring whether individuals respond differently to caffeinated drinks that do or do not contain sugar and to sugar alone are p ... more

Evolva completes Allylix acquisition

Evolva Holding SA announces the completion of the acquisition of Allylix, Inc., after which Allylix will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Evolva. This acquisition was announced on 18 November 2014. Evolva will acquire Allylix in return for an overall consideration of 46 million newly-issued ... more

Put algae in your tank

Because food crops are also used for energy production, millions of people are threatened by starvation. Algae could provide an alternative: They only need sunlight to grow, thrive in salty water on barren fields. But it is a major challenge to exactly reproduce sunlight in the laboratory. ... more

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Gravity: It's the law, even for cells

Everybody knows that cells are microscopic, but why? Why aren't cells bigger? The average animal cell is 10 microns across and the traditional explanation has been cells are the perfect size because if they were any bigger it would be difficult to get enough nutrients and energy to support ... more

Membrane nano-tomography in living cells

Membranes play a pivotal role in numerous cell mechanisms, in particular for internalization, adhesion and motility studies. In terms of optical imaging of the membrane, special configurations are needed to remove the light coming from the inner part of the cell. French scientists now show ... more

New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

An international team, including scientists from DESY, has caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work with an X-ray laser. The study proves that X-ray lasers can capture the fast dynamics of biomolecules in ultra slow-motion, as the scientists led by Prof. Marius Schmidt from the Universi ... more

IDT and Ubiquitome Partner to Develop Mobile Ebola Test

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) and Ubiquitome announced a partnership to develop the Ubiquitome Freedom4 Real-Time RT-PCR Ebola Virus Assay for easy use in the field. This rapid test is designed to be run on Ubiquitome’s hand-held, battery powered real-time PCR device, the Freedom4. Fitt ... more

Measuring Skin Rejuvenescence

Many people in the Western World consider it as a social need to hide the effects of aging. For this purpose, different cutaneous rejuvenation treatments have been developed, including a laser-based technique, known as laser resurfacing. Skin irradiation with high-power pulsed laser light i ... more

Dyax Corp. Recognized as a "Top Place to Work" by The Boston Globe

Dyax Corp. announced that it has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe."Great people build great businesses. At Dyax, our employees are the foundation of our organization and are behind our steady growth and winning culture," said Gustav Christensen, ... more

Eurofins Genomics Achieves GLP Certification

Eurofins Genomics has now achieved Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) certification for DNA sequencing services, the first genomic service provider in Germany to attain such qualification.Good Laboratory Practice is a required standard for laboratories conducting non-clinical safety studies, fo ... more

Failed Alzheimer’s test shows in which direction the research should continue

Disappointing results in clinical Alzheimer’s studies discourage doctors and scientists from continuing their research into ɣ-secretases and a possible treatment against Alzheimer’s disease. In Cell, the Alzheimer’s expert Bart De Strooper (VIB-KU Leuven) argues that these studies are not p ... more

Nabsys Appoints Anthony Shuber as Chief Scientific Officer

Nabsys, Inc. announced today Anthony Shuber has joined the company as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. In this role, Shuber will lead the company’s efforts in product strategy as the company transitions its initial commercial focus toward oncology. Shuber, an industry veteran an ... more

New microscope collects dynamic images of the molecules that animate life

Over the last decade, powerful new microscopes have dramatically sharpened biologists' focus on the molecules that animate and propel life. Now, a new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus offers another lea ... more

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Evolva completes Allylix acquisition

Evolva Holding SA announces the completion of the acquisition of Allylix, Inc., after which Allylix will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Evolva. This acquisition was announced on 18 November 2014. Evolva will acquire Allylix in return for an overall consideration of 46 million newly-issued ... more

Put algae in your tank

Because food crops are also used for energy production, millions of people are threatened by starvation. Algae could provide an alternative: They only need sunlight to grow, thrive in salty water on barren fields. But it is a major challenge to exactly reproduce sunlight in the laboratory. ... more

Valneva and BliNK Therapeutics Launch of New Biotech Company

Valneva SE and BliNK Therapeutics Ltd announced the creation of a private company specialized in the discovery of monoclonal antibodies to be headquartered in Lyon, France and to be named BliNK Biomedical SAS. The new company, which will benefit from the combination of two validated antibod ... more

Breakthrough simplifies design of gels for food, cosmetics and biomedicine

Scientists at the University of Strathclyde and City University of New York have created methods that dramatically simplify the discovery of biological gels for food, cosmetics and biomedicine, as published in the journal Nature Chemistry.Strathclyde’s Dr Tell Tuttle and Professor Rein Ulij ... more

Innovation Driving Positive Outlook for Pharma and Biotech in 2015

Innovation will continue to drive the pharma and biotech sectors in 2015 as forecasts point to another prosperous year according to EP Vantage’s latest report, “Pharma & Biotech 2015 Preview.” EP Vantage is the editorial arm of market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd.Key findings: A dozen pr ... more

Stem Cells Show Promise in Reducing Hardening of the Arteries

The medical world is excited about the potential that stem cells have demonstrated in aiding the recovery of patients who have suffered a heart attack. Now, a new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that stem cells may also benefit those who suffer from hardening ... more

Stem Cell Therapies Gathering Momentum but Significant Challenges Remain, says GlobalData

With 104 programs in late-stage clinical development, the stem cell therapy space could reach the commercialization threshold by 2017, but a number of challenges remain, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.The company’s report "PharmaSphere: Emerging Biotechnologies – Stem ... more

Promethera Biosciences appoints the new chairman of the board

Promethera Biosciences announced that Dr John Tchelingerian has joined the company as chairman of the board. He will support Promethera to catalyze transformative transactions in the future.  Dr John Tchelingerian joins the company at a time when Promethera is gearing up to launch a pivotal ... more

Prosensa Wins Scrip ‘Biotech Company of the Year’ 2014 Award

Prosensa Holding N.V. has won the Scrip ‘Biotech Company of the Year’ Award for 2014. The Scrip Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud the highest achievers across the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, recognizing both corporate and individual accomplishments. The ... more

Horizon Discovery CEO Darrin Disley wins Executive of the Year award at the SCRIP Awards 2014

Dr Darrin Disley, the Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Discovery Group plc has been awarded Executive of the Year at last night’s SCRIP Awards 2014 in London.The Executive of the Year Award acknowledges excellence in the leadership of large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology compa ... more

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Molecular Methods Rapidly Gain Ground in Infectious Disease Diagnostics

Unique disease outbreaks across the globe are escalating the demand for screening and spurring the infectious disease diagnostic market. The market will continue to develop as unmet technological needs lead to the creation of faster, more capable platforms. Molecular diagnostics is growing ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Samsung Electronics to Collaborate on Point-of-Care Diagnostic Solutions

To answer the healthcare industry’s demand for better point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have formed a strategic collaboration. The companies will jointly design, develop and market new POC solutions in key applications, such as ... more

Towards future lab-on-chip applications

Smart and portable medical equipment is essential for fast and easy point-of-care and point-of-use diagnostics. Lab-on-a-chip applications in hand-held devices can help to save time for laboratory medical analysis in emergency scenarios. The combination of sub-micrometer-thick light emittin ... more

Humedics closes 6.3 million € financing round

Humedics GmbH announced the closing of a Series C financing round totaling more than 6.3 million Euro. Humedics’ business model, products and company development has attracted new international investors that will join the current private and public investors.The financing round was led by ... more

Failed Alzheimer’s test shows in which direction the research should continue

Disappointing results in clinical Alzheimer’s studies discourage doctors and scientists from continuing their research into ɣ-secretases and a possible treatment against Alzheimer’s disease. In Cell, the Alzheimer’s expert Bart De Strooper (VIB-KU Leuven) argues that these studies are not p ... more

bioLytical develops 60-second Ebola testing kit

bioLytical Laboratories has successfully developed a pre-clinical prototype diagnostic test for the rapid detection of antibodies to the Ebola Zaire strain responsible for the current outbreak in West Africa. The prototype is based upon the Company's proven, accurate, and highly accepted IN ... more

Ventana announces collaboration to develop companion diagnostics for ImmunoGen's targeted anticancer agents

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement with ImmunoGen, Inc. to collaborate on the development of biomarker assays and a companion diagnostic immunohistochemistry (IHC) test for one or more of ImmunoGen's product candidates. Under this agreement, the compani ... more

QIAGEN announces broad agreement with Astellas Pharma to develop companion diagnostics

QIAGEN N.V.  announced a master collaboration agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc. to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics paired with Astellas drugs for use in cancer and other diseases. The scope of the agreement is not restricted to certain sample types, platforms, indications ... more

Preventing Shock

Clinical shock is one of the most common causes of the high mortality rate among critically-ill patients in Intensive Care Units. During shock, the transport of oxygenated blood is not sufficient to meet the metabolic demands of the tissue. Early detection is important as shock-preventing m ... more

Earlier unknown molecular-level mechanism may contribute to the growth rate of breast cancer

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the University of Turku and the University of Oslo have discovered a previously unknown molecular-level mechanism that may partly explain the increased growth of cancer cells. The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, sho ... more

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Expansion of the WALDNER Group

The WALDNER Group, with its headquarters in Wangen, and Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerke have joined forces on the market for laboratory furniture and furniture for scientific classrooms. Both corporations can look back on a tradition of more than 100 years. Waldner (approx. 1100 employees) is ... more

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

The constant temperature equipment specialist LAUDA is expanding its international reach with the creation of LAUDA Italia. The purpose of the 100% subsidiary of LAUDA Beteiligungs-GmbH is to manage the increased expansion of business in the important European market. "In this company decis ... more

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

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Not just for the holidays, mistletoe could fight obesity-related liver disease

Mistletoe hanging in doorways announces that the holidays are just around the corner. For some people, however, the symbolic plant might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: It may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that a compound produced by a particular var ... more

Valneva Announces Start of Phase II Clinical Trial of its Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate

Valneva SE announced the initiation of the Phase II clinical trial of its VLA84 prophylactic vaccine candidate against Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea. Data from the Phase I study in healthy elderly and adults showed good safety and immunogenicity ... more

NEOVACS announces top-line phase IIb clinical trial results of TNF-Kinoid in Rheumatoid Arthritis

NEOVACS announced top line data on the Phase IIb clinical trial of TNF-Kinoid in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). This trial confirmed the immunogenicity and good tolerance of TNF-Kinoid with no safety issues, but did not meet its primary efficacy endpoint."We are disappointed that our TNF-Kinoid ... more

Experimental Ebola treatments still at early stage of development

At this point in time there is not enough evidence for any of the experimental therapies for Ebola Virus Disease to draw conclusions on their safety or efficacy when used in Ebola patients. This is the finding of an interim report published by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that is con ... more

CMC Biologics and OncoSynergy Enter into an Agreement for Accelerated Process Development of an Investigational Drug to Combat Ebola

CMC Biologics and OncoSynergy have entered into an agreement for process development and GMP manufacture of OS2966 – a novel potential treatment for Ebola. The investigational drug candidate, designed to inhibit a major cellular adhesion receptor (CD29) that is fundamental for progression o ... more

Vetter Development Service Chicago is now ready for realizing clinical syringe projects

Vetter, a leading contract development and manufacturing organization that specializes in aseptic filling, today announced that its U.S. early-stage development site located at the Illinois Science + Technology Park in suburban Chicago, has completed the next step of its expansion with the ... more

Pieris Initiates Phase I Clinical Trial for Anticalin® to Treat Anemia

Pieris AG announced the initiation of a Phase I clinical trial with PRS-080, an anti-hepcidin Anticalin® therapeutic protein designed to treat anemia. The trial is a placebo-controlled, single ascending dose evaluation of the compound’s safety and tolerability in healthy volunteers. Conduct ... more

Abbott Completes Acquisition of Veropharm

Abbott announced that it has acquired control of Veropharm, a Russian pharmaceutical manufacturer.Abbott has had a presence in Russia for nearly 40 years and, in line with its long-term commitment to growing global healthcare markets and capabilities, the company is committed to providing a ... more

Collaboration between Janssen and USAID to Expand Access to Anti-Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Compound

Johnson & Johnson announced that its affiliate Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP (Janssen), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) representing the intention of the Company along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to step up the ... more

Innovation Driving Positive Outlook for Pharma and Biotech in 2015

Innovation will continue to drive the pharma and biotech sectors in 2015 as forecasts point to another prosperous year according to EP Vantage’s latest report, “Pharma & Biotech 2015 Preview.” EP Vantage is the editorial arm of market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd.Key findings: A dozen pr ... more

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Not just for the holidays, mistletoe could fight obesity-related liver disease

Mistletoe hanging in doorways announces that the holidays are just around the corner. For some people, however, the symbolic plant might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: It may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that a compound produced by a particular var ... more

Meth users face substantially higher risk for getting Parkinson's disease

In addition to incurring serious dental problems, memory loss and other physical and mental issues, methamphetamine users are three times more at risk for getting Parkinson's disease than non-illicit drug users, new research from the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare shows. Th ... more

Do caffeine's effects differ with or without sugar?

Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks can affect the body's metabolism, causing changes in heart and respiratory rate and weight gain. The results of a new study exploring whether individuals respond differently to caffeinated drinks that do or do not contain sugar and to sugar alone are p ... more

Genetic defect triggers endless recycling

Benign tumors in the pituitary gland are responsible when adrenal gland cells secrete the stress hormone cortisol unchecked. An international team of scientists has now succeeded in mapping out in detail the molecular processes that lie behind this. Patients suffering from Cushing’s syndro ... more

University of Toronto cell biologists discover on-off switch for key stem cell gene

Consider the relationship between an air traffic controller and a pilot. The pilot gets the passengers to their destination, but the air traffic controller decides when the plane can take off and when it must wait. The same relationship plays out at the cellular level in animals, including ... more

Why tumours exhibit fatty degeneration

In cases of clear cell renal cell carcinoma – the most common type of renal cell carcinoma – the cancer cells become fatty. The reasons for this were long unclear, but ETH researchers have now found the cause: important cell structures in lipometabolism degrade more rapidly. In kidney cance ... more

A control knob for fat?

Like a smart sensor that adjusts the lighting in each room and a home's overall temperature, a protein that governs the making of other proteins in the cell also appears capable of controlling fat levels in the body. The finding, which appeared in Cell Reports on Dec. 11, applies to the Maf ... more

Fat cells reprogrammed to increase fat burning

White adipose tissue stores excess calories as fat that can be released for use in other organs during fasting. Mammals also have small amounts of brown adipose tissue, which primarily acts as an effective fat burner for the production of heat. Now researchers from the University of Souther ... more

Stem Cells Show Promise in Reducing Hardening of the Arteries

The medical world is excited about the potential that stem cells have demonstrated in aiding the recovery of patients who have suffered a heart attack. Now, a new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that stem cells may also benefit those who suffer from hardening ... more

New Notre Dame study examines important Ebola protein

A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, as well as a member of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health, investigates ... more

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