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Practicalities of Automating Human Interaction with Robotic CellsPracticalities of Automating Human Interaction with Robotic Cells
This webinar will look at the use of industrial robots in work cells where operators need to load and unload products from the robots working area and what safety preclusions and solutions are available.
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Michael Clements, Scientist, GE Healthcare, speaking at Stem Cells in Drug Discovery.

Market Reports
Cell-Based Label-Free Detection Trends 2014
HTStec Limited

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s 4th global web-based benchmarking survey on cell-based label-free (LF) detection carried out in July and August 2014. The study also examined in detail the current market landscape, application areas and interest in purchasing new products/systems.
HTS Metrics & Future Direction Trends 2014
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s global web-based benchmarking survey on high throughput screening (HTS) metrics and future directions carried out in July 2014. The survey was initiated by HTStec as part of its tracking of life science marketplaces and to update our previous report (April 2012). It followed an approach from Pharma to benchmark recent HTS metrics.
Epigenetic Modification Screening Trends 2014
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s 3nd industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on epigenetic modification screening carried out in May 2014.
Multi-Channel Pipettor QC Trends 2014
HTStec

Multi-channel pipettors are essential tools in most life science laboratories today. Yet the impact of undertaking quality control (QC) measures on improving data quality, enhancing productivity/efficiency and reducing experimental failures has only relatively recently been recognized. Understanding how lab users approach the issue of pipettor QC is important as the industry struggles to adopt standards for automated pipetting.
Emerging Pharmaceutical Markets 2012
Select Biosciences Ltd

The report covers all the key aspects of the various emerging pharmaceutical markets and has broadly outlined the factors that are affecting the industry. The report also provides current and predicted future performance of the pharmaceutical market in different regions of the world.
Preclinical Models: Innovative solutions to accelerate drug discovery and development
Business Insights

Preclinical models are developed to test lead compounds for toxicity and efficacy. They are valuable tools for minimizing development costs and reducing failures prior to the commencement of human trials. Problems with traditional animal models such as cost, ethics and suitability have prompted researchers to develop new models and systems to overcome these disadvantages.
Stem Cells Market Trends 2010: Drug Discovery/Toxicity Screening and Regenerative Medicine
Select Biosciences Ltd

This market trends report from Select Biosciences presents the results from our latest industry tracking completed in March 2010. The data presented herein are based on primary market surveys from a worldwide respondent pool of industry participants active in the stem cells field.
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The Rise of 3D Cell Culture and in vitro Model Systems for Drug Discovery and Toxicology
An overview of the current technology and the challenges and benefits over 2D cell culture models plus some of the latest advances relating to human health research.

Alzheimer’s Protein Serves as Natural Antibiotic
Alzheimer's-associated amyloid plaques may be part of natural process to trap microbes, findings suggest new therapeutic strategies.
Vitamin A May Help Improve Pancreatic Cancer Chemotherapy
The addition of high doses of a form of vitamin A could help make chemotherapy more successful in treating pancreatic cancer, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Breakthrough Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment
Scripps scientists have designed a drug candidate that decreases growth of breast cancer cells.
Non-Toxic Approach to Treating Variety of Cancers
A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently discovered a novel, non-toxic approach to treating a wide variety of cancers.
Making Injectable Medicine Safer
Researchers remove excess additives from drugs, which could reduce the odds of serious allergic reactions and other side effects.
An Old-New Weapon Against Emerging Chikungunya Virus
Researchers utilize existing drugs to interfere with host factors required for replication of Chikungunya virus.
Brazilian Zika Virus Strain Causes Birth Defects in Experimental Models
First direct experimental proof of causal effect, researchers say.
'Kidney on a Chip' Facilitates Safer Drug Dosing
University of Michigan researchers have used a "kidney on a chip" device to mimic the flow of medication through human kidneys and measure its effect on kidney cells.
Ketamine Metabolism Lifts Depression
NIH-funded team finds rapid-acting, non-addicting agent in mouse study.
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GSK Publishes Promising New Data for COPD Drug
Pioneering GSK study provides important new data on the effectiveness of Relvar Ellipta (FF/VI) when used in everyday clinical practice.
DefiniGEN Raises £1.5M
Company has announced that the investment will be used to fund commercial launch of new pancreatic and lung stem cell products for drug discovery and regenerative medicine.
MacroGenics, Janssen Collaborate
MacroGenics has announced a global collaboration and license agreement for MGD015, a preclinical bispecific molecule, with Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Norvartis Splits Drug Business into Pharma, Oncology Divisons
Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Oncology will form the Innovative Medicines Division at Novartis.
AbbVie to Acquire StemCentrx
Transaction valued at approximately $5.8 billion, with additional milestones payable upon successful completion of pre-determined clinical and regulatory achievements.
The Jackson Laboratory, Calico Collaborate
The Jackson Laboratory and Calico, a company focused on aging research and therapeutics, have announced a multi-year collaboration focused on applying mouse genetics to the study of aging.
Helsinki Chemicals Forum Zeros in on The Circular Economy
Chemicals Management and Sustainable Chemistry Highlighted During Upcoming Conference in May
QUB, Domainex Win Drug Discovery Award
Queen’s University Belfast and Domainex win late-stage award to progress novel lung cancer drug candidate into the clinic.
AbbVie, University of Chicago Collaborate
The University of Chicago and AbbVie have entered into a five-year collaboration agreement designed to improve the pace of discovery and advance medical research in oncology at both organizations.
SBP, GSK Create New Center for Translational Neuroscience
Academic-industry alliance seeks to find and validate new targets for drug development.

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Phenotypic Cell-Based Screening of a High Content Imaging Cell Health Assay using the IN Cell Analyzer 2000
MRC Technology

A High Content Imaging Cell Health assay has been established in-house for phenotypic High Content Screening using the IN Cell Analyzer 2000 and Genedata Screener analysis software. We describe the assay development and initial screening of the FDA set in HepG2 cells for validation of the assay.
CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing utilizing chemically synthesized RNA
Dharmacon (part of GE Healthcare)

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing using synthetic crRNA:tracrRNA or sgRNA is highly efficient and easy to use. Synthetic crRNA:tracrRNA is uniquely suited to in vitro and in vivo applications, in particular, DNA-free approach with Cas9 mRNA. Chemical synthesis of guide RNAs allows accurate and rapid production of arrayed crRNA libraries for high-confidence, loss-of-function screens.
Gene Expression Patterns in Donor-matched Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Osteocytes from Human Trabecular Bone
Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Leeds, UK

The study aimed to investigate gene expression profiles of osteocytes in healthy and OA bone and to compare with donor - matched MSCs.
Advanced Microfluidic Mixing Device for the Study of Macromolecule Dynamics
Department of Biomedical, IIT Hyderabad

We have developed and characterized a micro-fluidic mixer to study the macro-molecule dynamics such as kinetics of protein folding, DNA sequencing, single molecule study and detection etc. on a micro-second timescale. Numerical simulation has been performed to analyse the study of mixing performance of micro-fluidics channel.
Assessing Diversity in Cassava through the Application of Metabolomics
aSchool of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK bInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT

In the present study metabolomic platforms have been established for Cassava and used to assess the biodiversity present in Cassava germplasm collections and elucidate underlying biochemical mechanisms associated with traits of interest.
Design considerations for highly specific and efficient synthetic crRNA molecules
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

An overview of our rational design algorithm for picking highly functional crRNA sequences in combination with comprehensive specificity analysis.
A Novel Bioluminescent HTS Method for Rapid NAD(P)/NAD(P)H Detection Poster
Promega Corporation

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotides (NAD+, NADH, NADP+ and NADPH) are fundamental co-factors of cellular energy metabolism. These dinucleotides are essential for macromolecule biosynthesis and the maintenance of the cellular redox potential. Our new rapid, easy-to-use assays for measuring dinucleotides are convenient tool for investigating their role in these processes.
Design and Validation of Bioluminescent Assays for 3D Cell Culture Models Poster
Promega Corporation

Cells cultured in 3D model systems often acquire relatively large in vivo-like structures compared to the thickness of a 2D monolayer of cells grown on standard plastic plates.
iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes and Luciferase Reporters: A Robust Reporting Platform for Monitoring Cardioprotection and Pathway Biology in Endogenous Human Tissue Cells
Promega Corporation

Pathophysiological conditions, medical interventions, and off-target toxicities can all result in cellular oxidative stress. In cardiac myocytes, prolonged and/or excessive oxidative stress can lead to cardiotoxicity: a primary cause of developmental delays, black-box warnings, and post-launch withdrawal of pharmaceuticals.
ROS-Glo™ H2O2 Assay: A Luminescent Assay for Detection of Reactive Oxygen Species Poster
Promega Corporation

H2O2 is a reactive oxygen species (ROS) that is measured in cells as a marker of oxidative stress. It is also measured as a marker of enzyme activities that either consume or produce H2O2. It is desirable to screen chemical compounds for their capacity to alter H2O2 levels in cultured cells or for their effects on H2O2 levels in enzyme reactions.
Application Notes
Evaluation of the IntelliQube® for Gene Expression Analysis using a One-Step RT-PCR Workflow
Douglas Scientific

A recent study demonstrates the ability of the IntelliQube® and associated Array Tape®, to process RNA samples using a one-step RT-PCR workflow, opening the door to a variety of RNA screening applications including gene expression or viral detection and quantification.
Characterizing The Microstructure Of ‘Worm-Like Micelles’ Using Rheology
Malvern Instruments Limited


Determining the Fluorescence Limit of Detection for a Given Flourophore
Malvern Instruments Limited

This note works through an experiment to approximately establish a baseline in terms of the fluorescence limit of detection for a given fluorophore.
Performing ADCC Reporter Bioassay with an Environmentally Controlled Microplate Reader
Tecan Group Ltd.

The Promega ADCC Reporter Bioassay provides effector and target cells in frozen, thaw-and-use format, removing the need for isolating or culturing cells in order to perform the assay. Reporter induction requires a six-hour to overnight incubation in a standard cell culture incubator. The CO2 and temperature control features of the Tecan Infinite® 200 PRO with GCM allow the assay induction to be performed without the requirement for a cell culture incubator.
Creating dose-response curves for cell-based and biochemical assays with the HP D300 Digital Dispenser
Tecan Group Ltd.

Small molecule drug discovery relies on the evaluation of one compound against another compound. Measurement of the activity of the small molecule against a target must be standardized by determining the IC50 or EC50 value using does response curve. The classical method of generating a dose-response curve is via serial dilution; however this approach has a number of drawbacks. Today, there is an alternative solution which eliminates these limitations: the HP D300 Digital Dispenser.
3D cell culture: a realistic and reproducible collagen-based environment
Tecan Group

Researchers are increasingly turning to 3D cell culture techniques, due to the improved physiological relevance of the cellular environment. 3D cell cultures offer a more in vivo-like response to stimuli more closely resembling the behavior of animal models or the human body.
Optimized cell culture
Tecan Group Ltd.

Culturing of various stable cell lines, including bacterial, yeast, hybridoma, insect and mammalian lines, and stem cells, is an important task in the pharmaceutical industry. The cells need to be maintained and expanded for use in cell-based assays, such as siRNA screening, ADME and high content screening, as well as for clone selection.
Improved cell viability assay performance using PrestoBlue® Reagent
Tecan Trading AG

Cell proliferation and viability assays are widely used in academic and life science laboratories, and are becoming increasingly common in the pharmaceutical industry. Assessment of cellular viability markers in cell-based applications is mandatory for laboratories working with in vitro systems.
Rapid Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) Determination Using Fluorescence Polarization
BioTek Instruments

The determination of the critical micelle concentration (CMC) value of surfactants under different environmental conditions is important for a number of different biological and chemical processes. Because the CMC is not a constant value, shifting with different environmental conditions, it is important that a rapid, reliable and easy methodology be available to facilitate testing.
Analysis of a New High Throughput Screening Detection Technology for Rapid hERG Safety Testing using a Fluorescence Polarization Assay
Biotek Instruments

Support Synergy™ Neo launch by providing speed and sensitivity data for Fluorescence Polarization detection mode in low volume 384-well plate using hERG biochemical assay as a Model.
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