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Managing Pharmaceutical Lab Data Management to Ensure ComplianceManaging Pharmaceutical Lab Data Management to Ensure Compliance
Join Stacey Brown and William Leonard, Senior Validation Analysts for Informatics at Thermo Fisher Scientific, to understand more about the complex requirements of pharmaceutical data management.
Translation of Omic Data into Personalised Oncology Tools The Challenge and the RewardTranslation of Omic Data into Personalised Oncology Tools The Challenge and the Reward
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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.
Scientific News
Keeping Tumor Growth at Bay
Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis found a way to keep a cancerous tumor from growing by using nanoparticles of the main ingredient in common antacid tablets.
Cancer Cells Kill Off Healthy Neighbours
Cancer cells create space to grow by killing off surrounding healthy cells, according to UK researchers working with fruit flies.
Future of Medicine Could be Found in a Tiny Crystal Ball
A Drexel University materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body.
Bile Acid Supports Production of Blood Stem Cells
A research group at Lund University has been able to show that bile acid is transferred from the mother to the foetus via the placenta to enable the foetus to produce blood stem cells.
Chemical Used to Replace BPA is Potentially Toxic
This study is the first to examine the effects of BPA and BPS on brain cells and genes that control the growth and function of organs involved in reproduction.
A Better Model for Parkinson's
Scientists at EPFL solve a longstanding problem with modeling Parkinson’s disease in animals. Using newfound insights, they improve both cell and animal models for the disease, which can propel research and drug development.
Improving Delivery of Poorly Soluble Drugs Using Nanoparticles
A technology that could forever change the delivery of drugs is undergoing evaluation by the Technology Evaluation Consortium™ (TEC). Developed by researchers at Northeastern University, the technology is capable of creating nanoparticle structures that could deliver drugs into the bloodstream orally – despite the fact that they are normally poorly soluble.
Toxicity Testing With Cultured Liver Cells
Microreactor replaces animal testing.
Neural Networks Adapt to the Presence of a Toxic HIV Protein
HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) afflict approximately half of HIV infected patients.
Faster Drug Discovery?
Startup develops more cost-effective test for assessing how cells respond to chemicals.
Business News
Lonza to Build Capabilities for Drug Product Development Services
Lonza is entering the field of Drug Product Development Services for customers by building its capabilities step-wise over the coming years.
DTRA Awards $9.7M Contract for Drug Development
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Emory University a $9.7M contract to develop drugs to treat infections caused by emerging and man-made viral threats. Under the contract, the DTRA funds will be used to advance the development of the lead drug candidate.
Domainex’s STAR Award Supports Search for Treatment for non-Hodgkin Lymphomas
Domainex Ltd is pleased to announce that the recipient of its latest Discovery STAR Award is Dr Aude Echalier, Lecturer in Structural Biology of Cancer Related Targets at the University of Leicester.
Abbott to Acquire Alere
Abbott and Alere Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Abbott to acquire Alere, significantly advancing Abbott's global diagnostics presence and leadership.
Trillium Acquires Fluorinov
Trillium Therapeutics Inc. a clinical immuno-oncology company developing innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer, has announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Fluorinov Pharma Inc., a privately-held oncology company.
Domainex, Cresset Announce Drug Discovery Services Alliance
Domainex Ltd., a small-molecule drug discovery company, and Cresset Discovery Services, a services company for small molecule discovery and design, have announced an alliance to provide their customers with world-class laboratory-based and computational drug discovery services through a seamless combination of their respective capabilities in chemistry and biology.
LDC, Roche Partner
LDC and Roche will jointly advance innovative drug discovery projects.
Johnson Matthey Expands its R&D and Scale-Up Facilities in Cambridge, UK
Brings additional process research & development services and kilo-scale manufacture to the growing site.
InSphero Adds Head of Sales
Beate Schnell, Ph.D. joins senior team at global leader in 3D cell culture, new hires announced to support US and European growth.
Novozymes Forms Albumedix
The new stand-alone company Albumedix will continue to develop albumin-based products and technologies for the pharmaceutical industry.

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ePosters
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.
Picking the best CRISPR-Cas9 targets for functional gene knockout: a machine learning algorithm based on both specificity and functionality
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to significantly advance basic and applied research.
Scaffold design, function and over-expression of lentiviral-based microRNAs
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

Here we describe the strategy for scaffold design, the importance of an optimal promoter, and demonstrate gene target down-regulation from the over-expression of lentiviral microRNA mimics.
Homology-directed repair with Dharmacon™ Edit-R™ CRISPR-Cas9 and single-stranded DNA oligos
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

Here we demonstrate how to perform lipid based transfections for homology directed repair using DharmaFECT Duo, CRISPR-Cas9 reagents and, synthetic DNA donor oligos.
Human iPSC-derived hepatocytes and cardiomyocytes for drug toxicity testing
ReproCELL, Inc.

Human iPS-derived hepatocytes (ReproHepato™) and cardiomyocytes (ReproCardio 2™) are useful for in vitro toxicity assays.
Human iPSC-derived hepatocytes ReproHepateTM for CYP assay and drug toxicity testing
ReproCELL, Inc.

We developed iPSC-derived hepatocytes and used them for CYP induction and cytotoxicity assays.
Application Notes
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.
Automating Aqueous Compound Solubility Using the 96-Well Multiscreen® Solubility Filter Plate on a Hamilton Microlab® Star Workstation
Hamilton

Here we describe an automated method for determining drug solubility using Millipore’s MultiScreen Solubility filter plate on the Hamilton MICROLAB STAR workstation.
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