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Moffitt Cancer Center Adopts Oracle Informatics Tools

May 9, 2011 9:01 am | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Moffitt Cancer Center selected Oracle Health Sciences solutions for its health and research informatics platform.

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Clearing a Path for Patents

May 9, 2011 8:56 am | by Ted Agres, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

After more than half a dozen years of wrangling, Congress is moving closer to approving the first major update to the U.S. patent system in nearly six decades.

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NUVIGIL Shows Efficacy in Shift Work Disorder Patients

May 9, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

Cephalon, Inc. presented positive results from a Phase 4 trial of nearly 400 people with excessive sleepiness associated with shift work disorder.

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NAG Library Guide Delivers White Paper Concept

May 9, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

A white paper from the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG),  “The Benefits of Using Rigorously Tested Routines from Numerical Libraries” is written to help drug researchers understand how and why to incorporate and use of extensively documented numerical libraries into their application development practices.

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Study Expands Bone Biology Knowledge

May 9, 2011 8:50 am | News | Comments

Acceleron Pharma, Inc. announced preclinical data highlighting the significant anabolic bone effects in normal and osteopenic mice of RAP-661.

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Capturing More in Microscopy Images

May 9, 2011 8:49 am | by Mike May, PhD, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Advanced microscopic cameras use sophisticated sensors to capture images. New developments in sensors are bringing more features into view.

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Using Bead-Based Multiplexing Immunoassays to Explore Cellular Response to Drugs

May 9, 2011 8:36 am | by Brett Houser, Bio-Plex Product Manager; Bio-Rad Laboratories,Hercules, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Multiplex bead-based immunoassays, such as Luminex xMAP technology, allow the simultaneous measurement of multiple analytes using a library of antibodies coupled to color-coded beads.

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Spectroscopic Data System

May 9, 2011 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Symbion Systems, Inc. released the Symbion-DX, Version 2.5, which includes expanded database functionality, instrument control, spectroscopic data processing, and methods development capabilities.

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Increasing Immunoassay Specificity with Novel Plate Formats

May 9, 2011 8:30 am | by Thomas Andersen, MSc, Sr. Technical Adviser; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Roskilde, Denmark | Articles | Comments

Immunoassays are based on the ability of an antibody to bind with high specificity to a specific antigen molecule, producing a measurable signal that can be used to determine quantitative information of the antigen concentration.

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Multiplex Chemiluminescent ELISA for the Detection of Interferons and Related Cytokines

May 9, 2011 8:23 am | by Thomas. B. Lavoie, PhD, Director of Product Development; William Clark, PhD, Vice President of Science and Strategic Alliance; Yognandan Pandya, Quality Manager; PBL InterferonSource, Piscataway, NJ | Articles | Comments

Multiplex technology has become a powerful tool for examining analytes in a variety of biological samples. The advantages of this approach include time, sample, and cost savings relative to singleplex analysis of samples.

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Researchers Find Temperature-Sensing Protein

May 9, 2011 8:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute found a temperature-sensing protein that allows calcium to pour in and activate an immune response when tripped.

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Data Delivery of INDs

May 9, 2011 8:11 am | by Scott Weiss, PhD, Director of Product Strategy; ID Business Solutions Ltd, Bridgewater, N.J. | Articles | Comments

At a time of unprecedented change within the pharmaceutical industry, improved insight into the process and the efficient progression of preclinical discoveries into clinical development projects is critical.

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Zombie Ants Have Fungus on Brain

May 9, 2011 8:08 am | News | Comments

New research revealed how infection by a parasitic fungus dramatically changes the behavior of tropical of carpenter ants, causing them to become zombie-like and to die...

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Biomarker Researchers Seek Qualified Successes

May 9, 2011 7:36 am | by Alan Dove, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The barriers between the biomarker lab and the clinic are manifold, but validation and qualification are clearly the biggest. New guidelines, tools, and techniques are helping scientists mine a mountain of potential biomarkers for a few precious gems.

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J & J Files New Concerta Lawsuit Against Impax Labs

May 9, 2011 5:49 am | News | Comments

Impax Laboratories Inc. received a second patent lawsuit from Johnson & Johnson's Alza Corp. division related to Impax's proposed generic version of drug Concerta, which treats the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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