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ChIP Sequencing Kit for Next Generation Sequencing

July 25, 2014 4:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair Sciences has developed a new ChIP sequencing assay kit extending the benefits of their proprietary Chromatrap solid state ChIP technology to preparation of purified Chromatin for the generation of sequencing libraries. Read more...

Thermo Fisher Scientific Reimagines UHPLC

July 25, 2014 3:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific unveiled a new high performance liquid chromatography system designed from the ground up to provide new levels of performance, productivity and usability when used as a standalone system or with the latest mass spectrometers. Read more...

Panel Backs Extended Use of Allergan's DME Treatment

July 25, 2014 2:53 pm | News | Comments

Allergan announced that the European Union's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended extending the Marketing Authorization for Ozurdex to treat adult patients with vision loss due to diabetic macular edema. Read more...   

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TTP Labtech Technology IDs Novel Drug Candidates for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

July 25, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

The first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 transmembrane domain was reported in Nature this week. The work was performed at Heptares Therapeutics using TTP Labtech’s innovative liquid handling technology for lipidic cubic phase crystallography. Read more...

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SRI Snags NIH Contract for HIV, AIDS Therapies

July 25, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

SRI International has been awarded a new $49 million, seven-year contract with the NIAID, part of the NIH, to conduct preclinical development of potential therapies for HIV infection and AIDS. Read more...              

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EPFL, Nearmedic Pharma Partner to Fight Tuberculosis

July 25, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

The pharmaceutical company Nearmedic is collaborating with EPFL to participate in the development of a treatment against tuberculosis. Read more...                             

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‘Broken Genes’ for a Broken System

July 25, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

The recent discovery of a genetic mutation that protects against type 2 diabetes may offer hope in fighting more than just diabetes. It also illustrates how using the tools of genetics to hunt for “broken genes” can aid drug discovery, according to a Harvard professor. Read more...

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More U.S. Girls Now Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine

July 25, 2014 2:20 pm | News | Comments

More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. Read more...                            

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Bio-Rad Introduces Bio-Plex Pro RBM Human Metabolic and Hormone Assays

July 25, 2014 2:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. announced the launch of its new Bio-Plex Pro RBM Human Metabolic and Hormone Assays, developed in partnership with Myriad RBM, Inc. Read more...

ChromaTrap Helps Advance Research into Women's Reproductive Health

July 25, 2014 1:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

An informative video interview with Professor Steve Conlan of the College of Medicine at Swansea University (UK) highlights the latest research developments in women’s reproductive health using unique molecular biology tools, and another video interview with Steve Knight of Porvair Sciences demonstrates the utility of the ChromaTrap solid state ChIP assay. Read more...

Humira Lifts AbbVie 2.8% in Q2

July 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker AbbVie Inc.'s second-quarter profit increased nearly 3 percent and beat analysts' expectations, as sales soared for the world's top-selling drug, Humira. Read more...                      

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CHMP Recommends MA for Diabetes Drug

July 25, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use under the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion, recommending marketing authorization for Xultophy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. Read more...

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FDA Reviews What Could Be First Biosimilar

July 25, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing research data on what could become the first U.S.-approved "biosimilar" drug, a cheaper, sort-of generic version of a biologic drug, nearly five years after Congress passed a law enabling future approval of biosimilars. Read more...

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Blood Cancer Drug Gets Positive CHMP Opinion

July 25, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

Gilead Sciences Inc. announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion on the company's Marketing Authorization Application for Zydelig, a first-in-class treatment for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and follicular lymphoma. Read more...

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Genomics Reveals Mechanism for Malaria Drug Resistance

July 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug, a  discovery made at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that also is relevant for other infectious diseases including bacterial infections and tuberculosis. Read more...

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