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FLAM-seq: the full picture of messenger RNA and their tails

19-Aug-2019 Researchers in MDC’s Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) have developed a tool enabling accurate sequencing of messenger RNA along with their tails for the first time. Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky and his team described this new tool, called full-length poly(A) and mRNA sequ ... more

Scars: gone with the foam

Prevent excessive scarring

19-Aug-2019 Poorly healing wounds and severe scarring are more than just a cosmetic problem; they can significantly impair a person's mobility and health. Empa researchers have now developed a foam that is supposed to prevent excessive scarring and help wounds to heal quickly. An essential ingredient: ... more

Using quantum dots and a smartphone to find killer bacteria

Scientists develop cheap and rapid way to identify antibiotic-resistant golden staph (MRSA)

19-Aug-2019 A combination of off-the-shelf quantum dot nanotechnology and a smartphone camera soon could allow doctors to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria in just 40 minutes, potentially saving patient lives. Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph), is a common form of bacterium that causes serious ... more

Plan B for Cholesterol Transport

Research team proves the existence of a previously unknown alternative cholesterol transport mechanism inside cells

16-Aug-2019 Cholesterol is a vital cell building block in humans and animals, and an integral part of the so-called cell membrane. This boundary layer separates the interior of the cell from the neighbouring cells and the surrounding environment. By means of certain proteins, it ensures that various ch ... more

New technology could aid stem cell transplantation research

16-Aug-2019 Nanotechnology developed at Rutgers University-New Brunswick could boost research on stem cell transplantation, which may help people with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, other neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system injuries. The nanotechnology platform, which uses ... more

AI to Predict the Protein Structure

16-Aug-2019 Proteins are biological high-performance machines. They can be found in every cell and play an important role in human blood coagulation or as main constituents of hairs or muscles. The function of these molecular tools is obvious from their structure. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of ... more

Revolutionising the CRISPR method

For the first time, new method uses biotechnology to influence entire gene networks in one single step

15-Aug-2019 Researchers at ETH Zurich have refined the famous CRISPR-Cas method. Now, for the very first time, it is possible to modify dozens, if not hundreds, of genes in a cell simultaneously. Everyone’s talking about CRISPR-Cas. This biotechnological method offers a relatively quick and easy way to ... more

DNA saturation mutagenesis: Identifying which mutations really cause disease

15-Aug-2019 Scientists at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, working with colleagues from the United States, have selectively modified the control regions of 20 disease-relevant genes. This enabled them to identify precisely those modifications that have the ... more

Antiseptic resistance in bacteria could lead to next-gen plastics

Ancient protein pumps could be key to new green polymers

15-Aug-2019 The molecular machinery used by bacteria to resist chemicals designed to kill them could also help produce precursors for a new generation of nylon and other polymers, according to new research by scientists from Australia and the UK. "Resistance to artificial antiseptics appears to be a lu ... more

CureVac Enters into an Exclusive Collaborative Research Agreement with Yale University

14-Aug-2019 CureVac AG announced it has entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement (“CRA”) with Yale University for discovery research into mRNA-based pulmonary therapeutic candidates.  The exclusive CRA covers the development of an undisclosed number of novel mRNA-based candidates for pulmonary d ... more

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FLAM-seq: the full picture of messenger RNA and their tails

19-Aug-2019 Researchers in MDC’s Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) have developed a tool enabling accurate sequencing of messenger RNA along with their tails for the first time. Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky and his team described this new tool, called full-length poly(A) and mRNA sequ ... more

Using quantum dots and a smartphone to find killer bacteria

Scientists develop cheap and rapid way to identify antibiotic-resistant golden staph (MRSA)

19-Aug-2019 A combination of off-the-shelf quantum dot nanotechnology and a smartphone camera soon could allow doctors to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria in just 40 minutes, potentially saving patient lives. Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph), is a common form of bacterium that causes serious ... more

Team of researchers in Vienna has decoded the structure of the ribonucleoprotein (RNP) of rabies virus

02-Aug-2019 A research team of the Institute of Virology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna has achieved a major breakthrough in exploring the rabies virus: for the first time, researchers were able to exactly depict the structure of the RNP of this virus that is highly dangerous to terres ... more

New, portable tech sniffs out plant disease in the field

01-Aug-2019 Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that plants release throug ... more

For salmonella detection, genomic tool emerges as a key

31-Jul-2019 The world's food supply will become safer as the food industry shifts to high-resolution, whole-genome sequencing - which examines the full DNA of a given organism all at once. This move to make sequencing ubiquitous will lead to the consistently reliable detection of salmonella. A paper pu ... more

Listening to the whispers of individual cells

30-Jul-2019 For the cells in our bodies to function as a unit, they must communicate with one another constantly. They secrete signalling molecules – ions, proteins and nucleic acids – that are picked up by adjacent cells, which in turn pass on the signal to other cells. Our muscles, digestive system a ... more

First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Researchers visualize the battle between virus and host cells at the single-cell level

An innovative method identifies newly activated genes within individual cells

12-Jul-2019 Cells are equipped with multiple defense mechanisms to fight off intruders. Genes encode the building blocks of the response that must be activated during an enemy attack in an ordered manner. Scientists at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg, one of ... more

Agilent to Acquire BioTek

12-Jul-2019 Agilent Technologies Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-owned BioTek Instruments for $1.165 billion. With anticipated tax benefits for Agilent, the net purchase price is expected to be approximately $1.05 billion. The transaction is expected to be compl ... more

It's not an antibody, it's a frankenbody: A new tool for live-cell imaging

Antibody-based probe works in living systems and targets the classic HA tag

05-Jul-2019 Antibodies are the biomolecules our immune systems deploy to find, tag and destroy invading pathogens. They work by binding to specific targets, called epitopes, on the surfaces of antigens - like locks to keys. For many decades, scientists have cleverly exploited this selective tagging mec ... more

All news on bioanalytics

Revolutionising the CRISPR method

For the first time, new method uses biotechnology to influence entire gene networks in one single step

15-Aug-2019 Researchers at ETH Zurich have refined the famous CRISPR-Cas method. Now, for the very first time, it is possible to modify dozens, if not hundreds, of genes in a cell simultaneously. Everyone’s talking about CRISPR-Cas. This biotechnological method offers a relatively quick and easy way to ... more

Antiseptic resistance in bacteria could lead to next-gen plastics

Ancient protein pumps could be key to new green polymers

15-Aug-2019 The molecular machinery used by bacteria to resist chemicals designed to kill them could also help produce precursors for a new generation of nylon and other polymers, according to new research by scientists from Australia and the UK. "Resistance to artificial antiseptics appears to be a lu ... more

CureVac Enters into an Exclusive Collaborative Research Agreement with Yale University

14-Aug-2019 CureVac AG announced it has entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement (“CRA”) with Yale University for discovery research into mRNA-based pulmonary therapeutic candidates.  The exclusive CRA covers the development of an undisclosed number of novel mRNA-based candidates for pulmonary d ... more

Dyes and viruses create new composite material for photooxidation reactions

14-Aug-2019 A research team from Aalto University has developed a novel strategy to create virus-based materials for catalysis. The project, which is framed within the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, aims to pave the way towards the application of optically active biohybrid materials - a c ... more

Start Codon partners with Clustermarket and Science Entrepreneur Club to support life science and healthcare start-ups

13-Aug-2019 Start Codon, a new model of life science and healthcare business accelerator, announced it has partnered with Clustermarket, a leading online equipment sharing and booking platform and Science Entrepreneur Club, a life sciences network, to help drive the translation of world-class life scie ... more

Analysis and Detoxification in One Step

A smart chemoenzymatic method detects and removes hazardous phenols

13-Aug-2019 Many industrial and agriculture processes use chemicals that can be harmful for workers and the ecosystems where they accumulate. Researchers from Thailand have now developed a bioinspired method to detect and detoxify these chemicals in only one step. As they report in the journal Angewand ... more

A new method of tooth repair?

Scientists uncover mechanisms that could help future dental treatment

13-Aug-2019 Stem cells hold the key for tissue engineering, as they develop into specialised cell types throughout the body including in teeth. An international team of researchers, including scientists from the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), has found a new mechanism that could offer ... more

Bayer acquires BlueRock Therapeutics

09-Aug-2019 Bayer AG and BlueRock Therapeutics announced an agreement under which Bayer will fully acquire BlueRock Therapeutics, a privately held US-headquartered biotechnology company focused on developing engineered cell therapies in the fields of neurology, cardiology and immunology, using a propri ... more

Cytena GmbH to be acquired by CELLINK

07-Aug-2019 The owners of Cytena GmbH have agreed to sell all Cytena shares to CELLINK AB for a purchase price of 30.25M euros. Through CELLINK’s complimentary technology offering cytena sees great synergies that will support and accelerate future growth of Cytena. An extended product offering and a st ... more

Manufacture of light-activated proteins

06-Aug-2019 So far, development has been mainly based on a trial-and-error approach. But a novel method might help save a lot of time. A new strategy for designing light-sensitive proteins has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). Such proteins, also known as optogenetic tools ... more

All news on biotechnology

Development of simplified new mass spectrometric technique using laser and graphene

13-Aug-2019 A technology that can obtain high-resolution, micrometer-sized images for mass spectrometric analysis without sample preparation has been developed. DGIST Research Fellow Jae Young Kim and Chair-professor Dae Won Moon's team succeeded in developing the precise analysis and micrometer-sized ... more

Direct detection of circulating tumor cells in blood samples

Enhanced Glow

09-Aug-2019 Tumor cells circulating in blood are markers for the early detection and prognosis of cancer. However, detection of these cells is challenging because of their scarcity. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now introduced an ultrasensitive method for the direct detection of cir ... more

Using algorithms to track down cancer

08-Aug-2019 Modern medicine is looking for markers that provide early warning of complex diseases. In its quest to discover these “biomarkers”, the ETH spinoff Scailyte has developed software capable of analysing millions of single cells very efficiently. The search for biomarkers is currently one of t ... more

17 Million for Future Cancer Diagnoses

07-Aug-2019 After a successful market entry in the DACH Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and the opening of a subsidiary office in Krakow, Poland, inveox continues to grow. With its largest investment so far of 17 million euros, the Munich startup will begin the series-level production of thei ... more

A health check based on epigenetics

AI helps determine human biological age

07-Aug-2019 Chemical reactions and molecular modifications change the genome of each and every human over the course of their lifetime. These modifications can result in disease, but they also provide a basis for determining a person's biological age. Fraunhofer scientists participating in the project ... more

New, portable tech sniffs out plant disease in the field

01-Aug-2019 Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that plants release throug ... more

The Art of Sensing within the Skin

Dermal tattoo sensors for the detection of blood pH change and metabolite levels

22-Jul-2019 The art of tattooing may have found a diagnostic twist. A team of scientists in Germany have developed permanent dermal sensors that can be applied as artistic tattoos. As detailed in the journal Angewandte Chemie, a colorimetric analytic formulation was injected into the skin instead of ta ... more

First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Blood samples from the zoo help predict diseases in humans

17-Jul-2019 Penguins, Asian elephants and many other animal species live in the zoos of Saarbrücken and Neunkirchen. As they come from different continents, blood is regularly taken from the animals to check their health. These blood samples have now been used by bioinformaticians and human geneticists ... more

On the way to nanotheranostics

10-Jul-2019 Theranostics is an emerging field of medicine whose name is a combination of "therapeutics" and "diagnostics". The idea behind theranostics is to combine drugs and/or techniques to simultaneously - or sequentially - diagnose and treat medical conditions, and also monitor the response of the ... more

All news on diagnostics

Merck Acquires laboratory informatics company

07-Aug-2019 Merck has acquired BSSN Software, a Darmstadt, Germany-based laboratory informatics company that makes data more readily accessible for ease of integration, collaboration, analysis and long-term archiving. Financial details were not disclosed. “BSSN Software and the capabilities that it bri ... more

First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Sanofi and Google to develop new healthcare Innovation Lab

20-Jun-2019 Sanofi and Google will establish a new virtual Innovation Lab with the ambition to radically transform how future medicines and health services are delivered by tapping into the power of emerging data technologies. “We stand on the forefront of a new age for biology and human health, with t ... more

A rapid, easy-to-use DNA amplification method at 37°C

Study could advance molecular diagnosis and robotics

17-Jun-2019 Scientists in Japan have developed a way of amplifying DNA on a scale suitable for use in the emerging fields of DNA-based computing and molecular robotics. By enabling highly sensitive nucleic acid detection, their method could improve disease diagnostics and accelerate the development of ... more

Merck and Rigaku Form Partnership to Develop Novel Molecular Structure Analysis Technology

11-Jun-2019 Merck and Rigaku Corp., Tokyo, Japan, have signed a joint development agreement to develop lab consumables based on crystalline sponge technology, which determines the absolute chemical structure of organic molecules and enables X-ray crystallography without crystallization of the analyte. ... more

Colliding lasers double the energy of proton beams

28-May-2019 Researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg present a new method which can double the energy of a proton beam produced by laser-based particle accelerators. The breakthrough could lead to more compact, cheaper equipment that could be useful f ... more

Lab Notebook learns to communicate with laboratory devices

labfolder acquires cubuslab and becomes Labforward

23-May-2019 labfolder GmbH, a electronic laboratory notebook (ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook) provider, and cubuslab GmbH, a provider of a manufacturer-independent platform for the digital integration of laboratory instruments, today announced their merger. The joint company will operate under the name L ... more

Jülich Research Center wins the first LABVOLUTION AWARD

Saving time and money while at the same time improving efficiency and promoting sustainability – in short, making the lab a better place in which to work

22-May-2019 At the Jülich Research Center (FZ Jülich), the study group "Bioprocesses and Bioanalytics" has developed new processes for the production of metabolites, intermediates and proteins with the aid of microbial systems. R&D projects in industrial biotechnology typically suffer from insufficient ... more

Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

26-Apr-2019 The Eppendorf Group is creating around 250 new jobs worldwide this year. A large proportion of the new jobs will be created in Hamburg at the headquarters of the globally active life sciences company and is an important component of Eppendorf's growth strategy. "Eppendorf is growing strongl ... more

Fraunhofer presents high-speed microscope with intuitive gesture control

25-Apr-2019 The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a high-speed microscope for quality control of large-area objects for the semiconductor and electronics industries or for rapid testing of biological samples. The microscope digitizes samples with up to 500 frame ... more

All news on lab technology

CureVac Enters into an Exclusive Collaborative Research Agreement with Yale University

14-Aug-2019 CureVac AG announced it has entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement (“CRA”) with Yale University for discovery research into mRNA-based pulmonary therapeutic candidates.  The exclusive CRA covers the development of an undisclosed number of novel mRNA-based candidates for pulmonary d ... more

Chemists show it's hip to be square

Their synthetic azetidines could help simplify drug design for neurological diseases

13-Aug-2019 Rice University chemists want to make a point: Nitrogen atoms are for squares. The nitrogens are the point. The squares are the frames that carry them. These molecules are called azetidines, and they can be used as building blocks in drug design. The Rice lab of chemist László Kürti introdu ... more

Bayer acquires BlueRock Therapeutics

09-Aug-2019 Bayer AG and BlueRock Therapeutics announced an agreement under which Bayer will fully acquire BlueRock Therapeutics, a privately held US-headquartered biotechnology company focused on developing engineered cell therapies in the fields of neurology, cardiology and immunology, using a propri ... more

Merck Sees Profit Jump in Q2

Net sales growth thanks to organic performance

09-Aug-2019 Merck generated strong net sales growth in the second quarter of 2019, primarily on an organic basis. EBITDA pre grew very strongly and was also driven by organic performance. Merck confirmed its full-year forecast for 2019. “We achieved sales growth in all business sectors and regions. The ... more

New IMI project “GNA NOW” kicks off its battle against antimicrobial resistance

05-Aug-2019 Evotec SE and Lygature announced their cooperation in a new initiative for the development of novel antibacterial agents: Gram-Negative Antibacterials NOW (“GNA NOW”). The new GNA NOW project, led by Evotec SE, managed by Lygature and funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), wil ... more

Predatory journals could damage the legitimacy of scientific publishing

Warning from 3 leading medical writing organizations

02-Aug-2019 'Predatory journals' pose a danger that could undermine the quality, integrity, and reliability of published scientific research, a new joint statement from three leading organizations, professional in medical writing and publication planning, has warned. The American Medical Writers Associ ... more

Active pharmaceutical ingredients can persist in the environment

26-Jul-2019 Homeowners who rely on private wells as their drinking water source can be vulnerable to bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants that have known human health risks. Because they are not connected to a public drinking water supply, the homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their ow ... more

Ligand Acquires Ab Initio Biotherapeutics, an Antigen-Discovery Company

26-Jul-2019 Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced the signing of an agreement with Ab Initio Biotherapeutics whereby Ligand will acquire Ab Initio for $12 million in cash. Ab Initio was a privately held antigen-discovery company based in South San Francisco, California. Antigen design and prepa ... more

Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Asia

Study reveals importance of genomic surveillance for malaria control strategies

25-Jul-2019 Genomic surveillance has revealed that malaria resistance to two first-line antimalarial drugs has spread rapidly from Cambodia to neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Oxford and Mahidol University, Bangkok, discovered that ... more

Toxin responsible for Legionella growth identified

24-Jul-2019 A team of scientists led by EMBL group leader Sagar Bhogaraju and Ivan Dikic of Goethe University, Frankfurt, discovered that the toxin SidJ in Legionella bacteria enforces a unique modification on human proteins and helps legionella grow inside human cells. SidJ hijacks human protein Calmo ... more

All news on pharma

Scars: gone with the foam

Prevent excessive scarring

19-Aug-2019 Poorly healing wounds and severe scarring are more than just a cosmetic problem; they can significantly impair a person's mobility and health. Empa researchers have now developed a foam that is supposed to prevent excessive scarring and help wounds to heal quickly. An essential ingredient: ... more

Plan B for Cholesterol Transport

Research team proves the existence of a previously unknown alternative cholesterol transport mechanism inside cells

16-Aug-2019 Cholesterol is a vital cell building block in humans and animals, and an integral part of the so-called cell membrane. This boundary layer separates the interior of the cell from the neighbouring cells and the surrounding environment. By means of certain proteins, it ensures that various ch ... more

New technology could aid stem cell transplantation research

16-Aug-2019 Nanotechnology developed at Rutgers University-New Brunswick could boost research on stem cell transplantation, which may help people with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, other neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system injuries. The nanotechnology platform, which uses ... more

DNA saturation mutagenesis: Identifying which mutations really cause disease

15-Aug-2019 Scientists at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, working with colleagues from the United States, have selectively modified the control regions of 20 disease-relevant genes. This enabled them to identify precisely those modifications that have the ... more

A genetic chaperone for healthy aging?

14-Aug-2019 Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) have identified an epigenetic mechanism that appears to strongly influence healthy aging. It’s a protein that controls muscle integrity, lifespan and levels of an essential sugar. How does one protein have that much power? ... more

Start Codon partners with Clustermarket and Science Entrepreneur Club to support life science and healthcare start-ups

13-Aug-2019 Start Codon, a new model of life science and healthcare business accelerator, announced it has partnered with Clustermarket, a leading online equipment sharing and booking platform and Science Entrepreneur Club, a life sciences network, to help drive the translation of world-class life scie ... more

A new method of tooth repair?

Scientists uncover mechanisms that could help future dental treatment

13-Aug-2019 Stem cells hold the key for tissue engineering, as they develop into specialised cell types throughout the body including in teeth. An international team of researchers, including scientists from the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), has found a new mechanism that could offer ... more

How “good cholesterol” gets to do even more good work

13-Aug-2019 In order for a tumour to grow, it needs cholesterol to build new cell walls. At the same time, the so-called “good” cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is regarded as a protective factor against cancer. Schrödinger fellow Raimund Bauer investigated the effect of HDL on tumours mor ... more

Cause of early cellular dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease recognized for the first time

Direct toxic action of beta-amyloid identified

13-Aug-2019 Hyperactive neurons in specific areas of the brain are believed to be an early perturbation in Alzheimer's disease. For the first time, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was able to explain the reasons and mechanisms underlying this early and therefore important neuronal ... more

Chemists show it's hip to be square

Their synthetic azetidines could help simplify drug design for neurological diseases

13-Aug-2019 Rice University chemists want to make a point: Nitrogen atoms are for squares. The nitrogens are the point. The squares are the frames that carry them. These molecules are called azetidines, and they can be used as building blocks in drug design. The Rice lab of chemist László Kürti introdu ... more

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  • Products

    Using algorithms to track down cancer

    08-Aug-2019 Modern medicine is looking for markers that provide early warning of complex diseases. In its quest to discover these “biomarkers”, the ETH spinoff Scailyte has developed software capable of analysing millions of single cells very efficiently. The search for biomarkers is currently one of t ... more

    Nordic Nanovector: European Patent Granted for Betalutin or Humalutin in Combination With Anti-CD20 Antibodies for Treating NHL

    04-Jun-2019 Nordic Nanovector ASA announces that the European Patent Organisation (EPO) has granted the company's European Patent covering the use of Betalutin® or Humalutin® in combination with anti-CD20 antibodies for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The same patent has also been issued ... more

    Merck and Pfizer receive FDA approval for kidney cancer therapy

    BAVENCIO® (avelumab) plus Axitinib Combination for Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

    15-May-2019 Merck and Pfizer Inc. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BAVENCIO® (avelumab) in combination with axitinib for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This is the first FDA approval for an anti-PD-L1 therapy as part o ... more

  • Business

    Start Codon partners with Clustermarket and Science Entrepreneur Club to support life science and healthcare start-ups

    13-Aug-2019 Start Codon, a new model of life science and healthcare business accelerator, announced it has partnered with Clustermarket, a leading online equipment sharing and booking platform and Science Entrepreneur Club, a life sciences network, to help drive the translation of world-class life scie ... more

    Bayer acquires BlueRock Therapeutics

    09-Aug-2019 Bayer AG and BlueRock Therapeutics announced an agreement under which Bayer will fully acquire BlueRock Therapeutics, a privately held US-headquartered biotechnology company focused on developing engineered cell therapies in the fields of neurology, cardiology and immunology, using a propri ... more

    Merck Acquires laboratory informatics company

    07-Aug-2019 Merck has acquired BSSN Software, a Darmstadt, Germany-based laboratory informatics company that makes data more readily accessible for ease of integration, collaboration, analysis and long-term archiving. Financial details were not disclosed. “BSSN Software and the capabilities that it bri ... more

  • Price Development

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

    13-Jun-2017 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

    18-Mar-2015 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

    14-Nov-2013 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

    Scars: gone with the foam

    Prevent excessive scarring

    19-Aug-2019 Poorly healing wounds and severe scarring are more than just a cosmetic problem; they can significantly impair a person's mobility and health. Empa researchers have now developed a foam that is supposed to prevent excessive scarring and help wounds to heal quickly. An essential ingredient: ... more

    FLAM-seq: the full picture of messenger RNA and their tails

    19-Aug-2019 Researchers in MDC’s Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) have developed a tool enabling accurate sequencing of messenger RNA along with their tails for the first time. Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky and his team described this new tool, called full-length poly(A) and mRNA sequ ... more

    Using quantum dots and a smartphone to find killer bacteria

    Scientists develop cheap and rapid way to identify antibiotic-resistant golden staph (MRSA)

    19-Aug-2019 A combination of off-the-shelf quantum dot nanotechnology and a smartphone camera soon could allow doctors to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria in just 40 minutes, potentially saving patient lives. Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph), is a common form of bacterium that causes serious ... more

  • People

    Albrecht Wiener joins Elementar as Head of Global Sales

    09-Aug-2019 Albrecht Wiener, an experienced expert, took over the sales management of Elementar Analysensysteme GmbH on August 1st. Wiener has been working in the life sciences sector for laboratory equipment manufacturers for over 20 years and has many years of experience in personnel and management r ... more

    New Separation Science Slam exceeds all expectations

    28-Jun-2019 On June 18, 2019, the 48th HPLC Conference (University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy) played host to the debut of the Separation Science Slam, sponsored by KNAUER, Merck and The Analytical Scientist. Six scientists under the age of 35 were given the opportunity to present their scientific ... more

    MorphoSys Appoints Jean-Paul Kress as New CEO

    25-Jun-2019 MorphoSys AG announced that its Supervisory Board has appointed Jean-Paul Kress, M.D., as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment will take effect on September 1, 2019. Dr. Kress brings over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, with a stron ... more

  • Finances

    Merck Sees Profit Jump in Q2

    Net sales growth thanks to organic performance

    09-Aug-2019 Merck generated strong net sales growth in the second quarter of 2019, primarily on an organic basis. EBITDA pre grew very strongly and was also driven by organic performance. Merck confirmed its full-year forecast for 2019. “We achieved sales growth in all business sectors and regions. The ... more

    17 Million for Future Cancer Diagnoses

    07-Aug-2019 After a successful market entry in the DACH Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and the opening of a subsidiary office in Krakow, Poland, inveox continues to grow. With its largest investment so far of 17 million euros, the Munich startup will begin the series-level production of thei ... more

    Life sciences start-up ChemSquare receives 1.7 million euros

    CMS advises Frankfurt start-up on financing round

    06-Aug-2019 VC investor Cherry Ventures has acquired shares in Frankfurt-based pharmaceutical/life sciences service provider ChemSquare GmbH as the lead investor. In addition to Cherry Ventures, Auxxo Beteiligungen, business angels and APX also acquired an equity interest as part of the EUR 1.7 million ... more

  • Cooperation

    CureVac Enters into an Exclusive Collaborative Research Agreement with Yale University

    14-Aug-2019 CureVac AG announced it has entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement (“CRA”) with Yale University for discovery research into mRNA-based pulmonary therapeutic candidates.  The exclusive CRA covers the development of an undisclosed number of novel mRNA-based candidates for pulmonary d ... more

    New IMI project “GNA NOW” kicks off its battle against antimicrobial resistance

    05-Aug-2019 Evotec SE and Lygature announced their cooperation in a new initiative for the development of novel antibacterial agents: Gram-Negative Antibacterials NOW (“GNA NOW”). The new GNA NOW project, led by Evotec SE, managed by Lygature and funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), wil ... more

    Merck and Broad Institute Announce CRISPR License Framework to Encourage Innovation

    19-Jul-2019 Merck and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Boston, Massachusetts) announced an agreement to offer non-exclusive licenses to CRISPR intellectual property (IP) under their respective control for use in commercial research and product development. “Together with the Broad Institute, we ... more

  • Technology

    Printing nanoparticle shapes for medical applications

    18-Apr-2019 Personal drug delivery or nano-robotic systems could be a key concept for future medical applications. In this context, scientists around David Ng (Department of Prof. Tanja Weil) of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have recently developed a technology to customize the ... more

    BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

    27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

    Growth factors in single cells counted for the first time

    26-Feb-2019 Whether healthy or diseased, human cells exhibit behaviors and processes that are largely dictated by growth factor molecules, which bind to receptors on the cells. For example, growth factors tell the cells to divide, move, and when to die--a process known as apoptosis. When growth factor ... more

  • Laws

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    Merck Awarded Canadian CRISPR Nickase Patent for Foundational Genome-Editing Technology

    05-Mar-2019 Merck announced that the Canadian Patent Office has allowed Merck’s patent application directed to the use of paired CRISPR nickases in eukaryotic cells. The patent provides an important and more specific solution for scientists who need accurate methods when developing treatments for diffi ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

  • Market

    Many of the deadliest cancers receive the least amount of research funding

    'Embarrassing' or stigmatized cancers like lung and liver are underfunded

    23-Jul-2019 Many of the deadliest or most common cancers get the least amount of nonprofit research funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that examined the distribution of nonprofit research funding in 2015 across cancer types. Colon, endometrial, liver and bile duct, cervical, ovaria ... more

    Gene Editing Tools Gain an Uptick in Sales With Emphasis on Rare Genetic Disorder Management

    22-Jul-2019 According to latest research by FMI, the global gene editing tools market is estimated to have accounted for more than US$ 258 Mn in terms of value in 2018. The report on the gene editing tools market further projects that the gene editing tools market is likely to grow at a CAGR of over 18 ... more

    Merck announces the winners of its Advance Biotech Grant program

    Merck Awards Grants to Biotechs Focused on Traumatic Brain Injury, Vaccine Development and Chronic Pain

    31-May-2019 Merck announced the winners of its Advance Biotech Grant program in North America during its Biotech Start-up Summit at the Cambridge Innovation Center (Massachusetts, U.S.). The grant is given to small- and mid-size biotechnology companies that need funding and expertise to get their thera ... more

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    15 emerging technologies that could reduce global catastrophic biological risks

    11-Oct-2018 Strategic investment in 15 promising technologies could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. This subset of emerging technologies and their potential application are the focus of a new report, Tech ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Lonza Expands Bioconjugation Facility and Announces Approval of Third Commercial ADC

    24-Jul-2019 Lonza announced the start of expansion to its bioconjugation facility in Visp, Switzerland together with the successful commercial approval of a third antibody-drug-conjugate (ADC) produced at the site. Building on 12 years of experience in the exacting bioconjugation space, Lonza’s expansi ... more

    FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific constructs new cell culture media manufacturing site in Europe

    03-Jul-2019 FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc. announced plans to open a third manufacturing facility located in Tilburg, Netherlands. The company currently has sites in the United States and Japan. Fujifilm’s investment in this project demonstrates its commitment to accelerate development in bioproducti ... more

    Pharmaceutical Production with Reduced Waste

    Platform technology for producing cephalosporin antibiotics

    18-Jun-2019 Antibiotics save countless human lives – modern medicine without them is unimaginable. The largest proportion by volume of industrially produced antibiotics today are cephalosporins, structural variants of the first antibiotic, penicillin. Unfortunately, their production generates a conside ... more

  • Career

    Eppendorf with worldwide setting program

    Around 250 vacancies at all locations by the end of 2019

    26-Apr-2019 The Eppendorf Group is creating around 250 new jobs worldwide this year. A large proportion of the new jobs will be created in Hamburg at the headquarters of the globally active life sciences company and is an important component of Eppendorf's growth strategy. "Eppendorf is growing strongl ... more

    Lower pension, shorter life

    12-Apr-2019 Income and social status have an increasing effect on life expectancy in Germany. On average, men with very low retirement pay die five years earlier than those who are much better off. Poverty shortens life. According to a study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Re ... more

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

    28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

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