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First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa


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. analytica Lab ...


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Shedding a new light on optical trapping and tweezing

A new device for manipulating and moving tiny objects with light


When you shine a beam of light on your hand, you don't feel much, except for a little bit of heat generated by the beam. When you shine that same light into a world that is measured on the nano- or micro scale, the light becomes a powerful manipulating tool that you can use to move objects around ...


Messe München acquires lab-technology trade fair Lab Africa

Expansion of the analytica network


Messe München bolsters its portfolio with the future market of Africa. By taking over Lab Africa, it is acquiring the only laboratory and analytics trade fair in South Africa, which is part of the analytica trade fair network. The first Lab Africa under the banner of Messe München will take place ...


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Alternative antimicrobial compounds could come from wastewater


Municipal wastewater may become a key ally in the fight against antibiotic-resistant disease-causing bacteria and fungi, a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU) found. "Certain bacteria in municipal wastewater produce antimicrobial compounds or biosurfactants that can help prevent the growth ...


Cancer on a Paleo diet?

Discovery of 1.7 million-year-old foot bone is the oldest evidence of cancer in human ancestors


An international team of researchers led by scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute and the South African Centre for Excellence in Palaeosciences announced in two papers, published in the South African Journal of Science, the discovery of the most ...


Merck Counts on Africa

Aim is to more than double sales in Africa to about € 500 million by 2020


Merck announced that it plans to considerably expand its presence on the African continent over the next five years and is counting on the region’s entrepreneurial spirit and innovation power for growth. “Merck is committed to supporting healthy families, healthy communities and healthy economies ...


Merck and the University of Cape Town to Develop a Drug Discovery Platform for Malaria


Merck announced that a research agreement has been signed with the University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa to co-develop a new R&D platform aimed at identifying new lead programs for potential treatments against malaria, with the potential to expand it to other tropical diseases. Combining ...


EMBO, EMBC and South African government sign agreement


Scientists in South Africa will access the latest in European life sciences thinking and research following a cooperation agreement between EMBO, its intergovernmental funding body, EMBC, and the government of South Africa. The agreement will allow South African scientists to participate in EMBO ...


Merck to Expand Business in South Africa


Merck announced a strategic collaboration between MSD South Africa and Adcock Ingram, a publicly held South African company, to co-promote and distribute a number of established MSD products in South Africa. The products that will be jointly promoted by MSD and Adcock Ingram include ...


iThemba Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd and Pyxis Discovery B.V. announce collaborative agreement to offer a combined service offering


iThemba Pharmaceuticals’ service division and Pyxis Discovery announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement to jointly market both companies’ services. Pyxis’s computational chemistry and lead discovery expertise will be coupled with iThemba’s service division to provide medicinal ...


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