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Watching a tumour grow in real-time

The ability to visualize and characterize the composition of a tumour in detail during its development can provide valuable insights in order to target appropriate therapeutics. Researchers from the University of Freiburg have visualized and quantified the growth and composition of breast t ... more

Reverse negative impact of ultraviolet radiation on skin

Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily. The result: premature wrinkles, ... more

Newly identified molecular mechanism plays role in type 2 diabetes development

New research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health describes a molecular mechanism that helps explain how obesity-related inflammation can lead to type 2 diabetes. The findings describe a surprising connection between two molecular processes that are known to be involved in the dev ... more

Researchers design first artificial ribosome

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell. The engineered ribosome may enable th ... more

Crystal clear images uncover secrets of hormone receptors

Many hormones and neurotransmitters work by binding to receptors on a cell's exterior surface. NIH scientists used atomic level images to show how the neuropeptide hormone neurotensin might activate its receptors. Their description is the first of its kind for a neuropeptide-binding G prote ... more

Brazilian company doubles shelf life of pasteurized fresh milk

Agrindus, an agribusiness company, has increased the shelf life of grade A pasteurized fresh whole milk from seven to 15 days.This feat was achieved by incorporating silver-based microparticles with bactericidal, antimicrobial and self-sterilizing properties into the rigid plastic bottles u ... more

Ascendis Pharma Announces Positive Top-line Results from a Phase 2 Pediatric Study for the Treatment of Growth Hormone Deficiency

Ascendis Pharma A/S announced positive top-line results from a six-month Phase 2 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of once-weekly TransCon Growth Hormone in 53 treatment-naïve, pre-pubertal children with growth hormone deficiency, or GHD."We are extremely pleased with the top-line r ... more

Ferrer successfully completes second phase III clinical trial in adult and paediatric patients with impetigo for antibacterial Ozenoxacin

Ferrer announces that it has successfully completed a second phase III clinical trial in adult and paediatric patients aged two months and older with impetigo, utilizing Ozenoxacin 1% cream as a topical treatment for dermatological infectious conditions.The study demonstrated the superiorit ... more

Blocking the PHD2 oxygen sensor inhibits breast cancer dissemination

​Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have shown that reducing the expression of the PHD2 oxygen sensor impairs the ability of breast cancers to metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, primarily due to metastasis. These ... more

Thomas Bachmann is new Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group

Thomas Bachmann became Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group on August 1, 2015. Following the departure of Eppendorf's previous CEO, the company's Chief Financial Officer, Detmar Ammermann, had exercised the function of Spokesman of the Management Board on an interim basis in addit ... more

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Watching a tumour grow in real-time

The ability to visualize and characterize the composition of a tumour in detail during its development can provide valuable insights in order to target appropriate therapeutics. Researchers from the University of Freiburg have visualized and quantified the growth and composition of breast t ... more

Kiwi bird genome sequenced

Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have now sequenced the genetic code of this endangered species and have identified several sequence changes that underlie the kiwi’s adaptation to a nocturnal lifestyle: They found several ge ... more

Teeth reveal lifetime exposures to metals, toxins

Is it possible that too much iron in infant formula may potentially increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's in adulthood - and are teeth the window into the past that can help us tell? This and related theories were described in a "Perspectives" article authored by res ... more

Assessing quality of flowing waters with DNA analyses

The quality of waters can be assessed using of the organisms occurring therein. This approach often results in errors, because many species look alike. Therefore, new methods focus on DNA analyses instead. Biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have optimised the process so that th ... more

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

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Researchers design first artificial ribosome

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell. The engineered ribosome may enable th ... more

Brazilian company doubles shelf life of pasteurized fresh milk

Agrindus, an agribusiness company, has increased the shelf life of grade A pasteurized fresh whole milk from seven to 15 days.This feat was achieved by incorporating silver-based microparticles with bactericidal, antimicrobial and self-sterilizing properties into the rigid plastic bottles u ... more

Malvern Instruments establishes new biopharmaceutical applications laboratory in the heart of San Diego’s biotech community

Malvern Instruments has established a new biopharmaceutical applications laboratory in the heart of San Diego’s biotechnology cluster. The new laboratory will enable customers and Malvern applications specialists alike to experience and use Malvern’s range of specialist biophysical characte ... more

BRAIN panels decide on next steps for the continuation of the industrialization strategy

BRAIN AG announces its next steps concerning the expansion of the company’s industrialization strategy, “BRAIN Agenda 2020”, which has been approved by the management board, supervisory board, and shareholders alike. The steady commitment to this strategy had already permitted a strongly gr ... more

Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry Boosts Confidence for Investors as the Market Expands

In recent years, the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry has outperformed other sectors in terms of stock market indices. The appeal of orphan drugs and systems that reduce the cost of healthcare will continue to attract investors to fund the industry.Analysis from Frost & Sull ... more

New Stem Cell Delivery Method Shows Promise for Treating End Stage Heart Failure

A new clinical trial to test how a high dose of stem cells delivered via a method called “retrograde coronary sinus infusion” affects end stage heart failure patients is showing promising results. The method involves giving the cells backwards (retrograde) through the heart through the main ... more

BioOutsource Opens New Facility in Glasgow

BioOutsource Ltd., part of Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group,  announced the opening of a new facility which doubles Biooutsource’s capacity for future growth. “Our opening of this new, state-of-the-art facility demonstrates our commitment to our growing list of global customers,” commented Bi ... more

Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response

The brain’s effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group that includes two University of Florida Health researchers has found that it’s a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism. While the exact ... more

Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene

Scientists have identified a critical function of what they believe to be schizophrenia's "Rosetta Stone" gene that could hold the key to decoding the function of all genes involved in the disease.The breakthrough has revealed a vulnerable period in the early stages of the brain's developme ... more

Global Bioenergies adapts its Bio-Isobutene process to sucrose

Global Bioenergies announces that its Bio-Isobutene process, first developed with glucose as a resource, is now adapted for the use of sucrose, the main component of sugar cane and sugar beet. The adaptation of the process to sucrose was one the first technical milestones set as part of "IB ... more

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Optical 'dog's nose' may hold key to breath analysis

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a laser system for fast, non-invasive, onsite breath analysis for disease, potentially enabling screening for a range of diseases including diabetes, infections and various cancers in the future. The researchers have developed an instrument ... 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

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

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Thomas Bachmann is new Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group

Thomas Bachmann became Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group on August 1, 2015. Following the departure of Eppendorf's previous CEO, the company's Chief Financial Officer, Detmar Ammermann, had exercised the function of Spokesman of the Management Board on an interim basis in addit ... more

BioTek Instruments Receives 5x5x5 Growth Award for Technology

BioTek Instruments has been recognized as one of the 5x5x5 Growth Award winners for 2015. This annual award is sponsored by Vermont Business Magazine and KeyBank, and is presented to five Vermont businesses that have experienced the greatest growth over the past five years in five different ... more

Huntingdon Life Sciences and Harlan Laboratories announce new equity funding

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and Harlan Laboratories, soon to be called Envigo, announced that a group of institutional investors has committed up to $125 million in a minority equity financing that can be used to fund future growth initiatives. Brian Cass, CEO, commented: “We recently an ... more

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

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Ascendis Pharma Announces Positive Top-line Results from a Phase 2 Pediatric Study for the Treatment of Growth Hormone Deficiency

Ascendis Pharma A/S announced positive top-line results from a six-month Phase 2 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of once-weekly TransCon Growth Hormone in 53 treatment-naïve, pre-pubertal children with growth hormone deficiency, or GHD."We are extremely pleased with the top-line r ... more

Ferrer successfully completes second phase III clinical trial in adult and paediatric patients with impetigo for antibacterial Ozenoxacin

Ferrer announces that it has successfully completed a second phase III clinical trial in adult and paediatric patients aged two months and older with impetigo, utilizing Ozenoxacin 1% cream as a topical treatment for dermatological infectious conditions.The study demonstrated the superiorit ... more

arGEN-X and University of Bern enter into license agreement to develop ARGX-110-based combination therapies for treatment-resistant cancers

arGEN-X N.V. and the Clinical Research Department of the University of Bern announce an exclusive license agreement enabling arGEN-X to develop and commercialize ARGX-110-based therapies to overcome treatment resistance mechanisms in hematologic tumors. The license agreement has arisen from ... more

Merck Announces Application Period for Start-ups

Merck is calling for national and international start-ups to apply for funding of innovative ideas by August 14, 2015. The Accelerator program is aimed at young companies in the healthcare, life science, performance materials, and IT sectors. The program will run for three months, in which ... more

Heptares Initiates Proprietary Therapeutic Antibody Program against a GPCR Target

MorphoSys AG announced that its partner Heptares Therapeutics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sosei Group Corporation, has exercised an option to initiate a therapeutic antibody program arising from the alliance the companies entered into in February 2013. The program will leverage MorphoSys’ ... more

PNAS Paper Details Efficacy of a Potent, Fully Human Antibody for the Treatment of MERS

Humabs BioMed SA announced that Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published a paper describing the isolation and characterization of a potent antibody from memory B-cells of a patient recovering from an infection with coronavirus (CoV) and the resulting Middle East ... more

UCB announces Phase 3 clinical trial program for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet primary endpoint

UCB announced that the two EMBODY™ Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Treatment response in patients who received epratuzumab in addition to standard therapy wa ... more

In lab tests, new therapy slows spread of deadly brain tumor cells

The rapid spread of a common and deadly brain tumor has been slowed down significantly in a mouse model by cutting off the way some cancer cells communicate, according to a team of researchers that includes UF Health faculty.The technique improved the survival time for patients with gliobla ... more

Bayer significantly improves earnings

The Bayer Group continued to grow sales in the second quarter of 2015 and significantly increased earnings. “All three subgroups contributed to the gratifying improvement in earnings,” said Bayer CEO Dr. Marijn Dekkers when the interim report was published on Wednesday. HealthCare posted co ... more

Sanofi and Regeneron Launch Major New Immuno-Oncology Collaboration

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology.  As part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop a programmed cell death p ... more

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Reverse negative impact of ultraviolet radiation on skin

Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily. The result: premature wrinkles, ... more

Newly identified molecular mechanism plays role in type 2 diabetes development

New research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health describes a molecular mechanism that helps explain how obesity-related inflammation can lead to type 2 diabetes. The findings describe a surprising connection between two molecular processes that are known to be involved in the dev ... more

Crystal clear images uncover secrets of hormone receptors

Many hormones and neurotransmitters work by binding to receptors on a cell's exterior surface. NIH scientists used atomic level images to show how the neuropeptide hormone neurotensin might activate its receptors. Their description is the first of its kind for a neuropeptide-binding G prote ... more

Blocking the PHD2 oxygen sensor inhibits breast cancer dissemination

​Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have shown that reducing the expression of the PHD2 oxygen sensor impairs the ability of breast cancers to metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, primarily due to metastasis. These ... more

If you're using drugs, scientists want to help you avoid addiction

Abstinence is the best way to avoid drug addiction. But in many societies, drug use is the norm, not the exception, especially by youth. What keeps the majority of users from becoming addicted? How drugs are taken has something to do with it, according to pharmacology researchers at the Uni ... more

Georg-August-University Göttingen, Universitätsmedizin and MRC Technology collaborate to develop new therapy for neurodegenerative diseases

Georg-August-University Göttingen (UMG) and MRC Technology (MRCT) have signed an exclusive license agreement for the development of a novel therapy for neurodegenerative diseases based on antibody targeting amyloid beta peptides 4-x. The aim is to develop a therapy for Alzheimer's Disease ( ... more

New Stem Cell Delivery Method Shows Promise for Treating End Stage Heart Failure

A new clinical trial to test how a high dose of stem cells delivered via a method called “retrograde coronary sinus infusion” affects end stage heart failure patients is showing promising results. The method involves giving the cells backwards (retrograde) through the heart through the main ... more

Scientists identify schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' gene

Scientists have identified a critical function of what they believe to be schizophrenia's "Rosetta Stone" gene that could hold the key to decoding the function of all genes involved in the disease.The breakthrough has revealed a vulnerable period in the early stages of the brain's developme ... more

Scientists solve breast and ovarian cancer genetic mystery

Francis Crick Institute scientists, funded by Cancer Research UK, have solved a decades-old mystery and helped to unravel the genetic cause of some breast and ovarian cancers, according to new research published in Cell.Following a five-year study in nematode worms, researchers have uncover ... more

Breakthrough finding brings cure for flesh-eating skin disease 1 step closer

Scientists from the University of Surrey have made an important breakthrough in the fight against the flesh-eating tropical skin disease Buruli ulcer, by their discovery that the bacteria causes a blood clot in patients' skin, similar to those that cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The new ... more

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