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Apple's ResearchKit - The Real Impact on Clinical Trials

May 1, 2015 11:57 am | by Merrilyn Datta, Ph.D., President and General Manager, Definiens | Articles | Comments

Apple recently released news about its new ResearchKit, a medical platform that intends to turn the iPhone and HealthKit into diagnostic tools. The technology, which enables researchers to create apps that gather new types of health data from users who opt-in, has gotten quite a bit of attention throughout the healthcare and technology communities. Read more...

Impact of Label-Free Cell-Based Assays and the Holistic Calorimetry Approach

April 17, 2015 10:23 am | by Magnus Jansson, Ph.D., CSO, SymCel Sverige AB | Articles | Comments

New, innovative technology solves challenges in antibiotic resistance and the drug development...

Using Sound Waves to Detect Rare Cancer Cells

April 7, 2015 12:06 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Acoustic device can rapidly isolate circulating tumor cells from patient blood samples. Read...

Merck Serono, Intrexon Agree to Develop, Commercialize CAR-T Therapy

March 31, 2015 10:21 am | News | Comments

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, and Intrexon Corporation announced an...

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Meet the Head of Bayer's U.S. Science Hub: Chris Haskell

March 27, 2015 3:42 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Haskell's role is to establish partnerships with life science startups working on intriguing projects. Read more...

Nanotechnology Platform Shows Promise for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 24, 2015 12:48 pm | by UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer. Read more...

Increased Use of Tissue Data in Oncology: Enhancing Diagnostics, Cutting Costs & Improving Patient Lives

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Ralf Huss, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Definiens | Articles | Comments

New research by market research firm Frost & Sullivan revealed that the increased use of clinical tools such as in vitro tissue analysis, biomarker tests and cancer screening are causing oncologic imaging to shift away from invasive to non- or minimally-invasive methods, which can result in better real-time monitoring of tumors without damaging tissues. Read more...

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Technology Optimizes Cancer Therapy with Nanomedicine Drug Combinations

February 25, 2015 10:01 am | News | Comments

In greater than 90 percent of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason is that the cancer is resistant to the drugs being used. To treat drug-resistant tumors, doctors typically use multiple drugs simultaneously, a practice called combination therapy. Read more..

Taking Technology from the Lab to the Patient

February 18, 2015 10:17 am | by MIT | News | Comments

After finishing his PhD in molecular genetics in the late 1990s, Daniel Anderson found himself conflicted about what to do next: He enjoyed science, but wanted to find a way to have a direct impact on human health. Read more...

Researchers Test Device to Help Deaf Children Detect Sounds

February 13, 2015 4:48 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The device goes beyond cochlear implants that have brought hearing to many deaf children but that don't work for tots who lack their hearing nerve. Read more...                 

Screening Tool Could Speed Ovarian Cancer Drug Development

February 11, 2015 10:38 am | News | Comments

University of Chicago Medicine researchers have built a model system that uses multiple cell types from patients to rapidly test compounds that could block the early steps in ovarian cancer metastasis. Their three-dimensional cell-culture system, adapted for high-throughput screening, has enabled them to identify small molecules that can inhibit adhesion and invasion, preventing ovarian cancers from spreading to nearby tissues.

ThermoMixer Combines Mixing and Temperature Control

July 10, 2013 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Eppendorf has released its ThermoMixer C combination temperature control and mixing instrument for laboratory use.  The quality of the mixing results is due to the 2DMix-Control technology which ensures efficient mixing in seconds and now offers reliable mixing solutions in 96- and 384-well plates.

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App Helps Improve Cubis Balance

May 31, 2013 4:19 pm | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Sartorius has made its premium laboratory balance Cubis even more user-friendly to ensure reliable, error-free results. Sartorius Q-Apps can now be installed on any Cubis balance to guide users quickly and easily in performing any weighing application.

Software Aids Medicine Tracking

April 26, 2013 11:44 am | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corp. announced the latest version of the In-Sight track & trace identification and data verification solution for healthcare serialization. This version address additional requirements for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to achieve unit-level product traceability.

Raindance Working with Clients

April 26, 2013 11:37 am | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

RainDance Technologies Inc. announced a service partner program for its growing base of research customers who are developing next-generation sequencing-based genetic testing panels to identify and characterize inherited diseases, cancers, and other human health conditions in research projects.

Small Chillers Provide Robust Cooling

April 26, 2013 11:23 am | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

A range of chillers from PolyScience provide up to 1290 watts of cooling at 20°C, making them ideal for use with rotary evaporators, jacketed incubators, small reaction vessels, spectrophotometers, chromatography columns, condensers, and other devices that require robust heat removal.

FLIPR Calcium Assay Offers High Yield

April 25, 2013 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molecular Devices has launched the FLIPR Calcium 6 Assay Kits, the latest addition to their range of calcium assay kits to address diversified GPCR and ion channel targets.

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Microplate Designed for FCS

April 25, 2013 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Greiner Bio-One has released the SensoPlate Plus, a 96-well plate with a transparent borosilicate glass bottom and a black cycloolefin frame, SensoPlate Plus was developed especially for use in high-resolution microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

Magnet Makes NMR Less Costly

April 25, 2013 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

JEOL Resonance has developed a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) super conducting magnet that operates on a minimum amount of liquid helium. JEOL's NMR system is capable of acquiring high resolution NMR data when liquid helium is scarce.

PPD InVision Aids Clinical Researchers

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC introduced PPD InVision, a data solution that consolidates and standardizes data from multiple sources, giving clients real-time access to their clinical trial data.

Microplate Readers Come with Specialty Software

April 24, 2013 12:13 pm | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Biochrom Ltd. has launched its EZ Read range of microplate readers. Biochrom has created not just a dedicated range of instruments but also unique data acquisition and analysis software; Galapagos for EZ Read.

Analysis Module Improves Bioreactor System

April 24, 2013 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TAP Biosystems has announced an analysis module for its ambr micro bioreactor system, providing accurate automated pH calibration for enhanced bioprocess control. The new analysis module will automate at-line pH measurement and calibration to produce consistent, scalable results.

HES Better Identifies Lead Compounds

April 23, 2013 12:50 pm | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

High Efficiency Screening (HES) has been shown to identify significant lead compounds with only a tiny fraction of the expense and effort of traditional high-throughput drug screening.

PUMA Available to Tackle Cancer

April 23, 2013 12:46 pm | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Preclinical Oncology Services Ltd. has launched PRECOS Unique Models of Acquired resistance (PUMA). Derived from cell lines and proprietary PDX models, PUMA models provide a unique bespoke collection of clinically relevant and validated models of resistance.

CaptairBio Protects Sample Preparations

April 23, 2013 12:40 pm | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

The CaptairBio PCR Workstations uses a UV lamp, which allows the working environment to be decontaminated in order to prevent contamination of samples. Air from the laboratory passes through a HEPA H14 filter, which is over 99.995% effective at trapping particles 0.1 microns and higher.

Medicyte Licenses Life Tech Technology

April 22, 2013 12:26 pm | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Medicyte has signed a licensing agreement for the rights to use Lentiviral vector technology from Life Technologies to develop and market next generation, cell-based upcyte cell products to the biopharma and academic research markets.

IDT Primer Design Tool Aids Researchers

April 22, 2013 12:22 pm | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated DNA Technologies launches an enhanced version of the open access PrimerQuest online tool, for efficient PCR primer and probe design. Selection parameters have been optimized with built-in presets for a diverse range of applications, to produce the very best primers and probes.

NEXTflex Kit Simplies Metagenomic Studies

April 22, 2013 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The NEXTflex 16S V4 Amplicon-Seq Kit has been developed to simplify bacterial metagenomics studies using Illumina HiSeq and MiSeq platforms. This kit allows users to go from sample to sequence in two hours, making it the fastest library prep kit available.

Polyscience Releases Low-cost Coolers

April 11, 2013 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Available in both immersion probe and flow through styles, these compact systems are ideal for cooling exothermic reactions, freeze point determinations, freeze drying, impact testing, lyophilization, and vapor and solvent trapping.

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