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Tumour Regression after Intravenous Administration of Novel Tumour-targeted NanomedicinesTumour Regression after Intravenous Administration of Novel Tumour-targeted Nanomedicines
Christine Dufes, University of Strathclyde, speaking at Nanomedicine 2014.
Nanomedicines to Improve the Therapeutic Index of Drugs in Modern Drug DesignNanomedicines to Improve the Therapeutic Index of Drugs in Modern Drug Design
Marianne Ashford, AstraZeneca, speaking at Nanomedicine 2014.

Market Reports
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.
Analytical Instrument Market in the US 2014-2018
Infinity Research

TechNavio's report focuses on the US and has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.
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.
High Throughput Screening (HTS) Market by Technology, Applications, and End Users - Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

Technological advancements and flourishing outsourcing industry likely to propel the growth of the global high throughput screening market. In this report, the global high throughput screening market has been segmented on the basis of technology, products, applications, end users, and geography.
Molecular Spectroscopy Market by Technology & Application - Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

Over the years, the molecular spectroscopy market, comprising instruments, consumables, and services, has witnessed various technological advancements. These advancements have led to a growth in the number of molecular spectroscopy applications.
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.
ADME/Tox Technologies
RI Technologies

This report on ADME/Tox Technologies gives a market insight into products and services used in the ADME/Tox industry. Predictive technologies analyzed include in vivo, in vitro, and in silico.
China Pharmaceutical Market Outlook
Global Data

The report details the macroeconomic environment of China, providing a background of the financial and demographic situations in the country, as well as identifying key demographics. It covers the pharmaceutical market broken down by market segment, and the popularity of biosimilars and biologics, identifying where the strongest market potentials lie.
Biomarkers in Drug Discovery - Integration in Early Stage Promotes Use of Companion Diagnostics to Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes
Global Data

The report describes the history of biomarkers and their role in fulfilling the unmet needs of the conventional drug discovery process. The drivers and barriers for the biomarkers market, along with the key issues faced in the application of biomarkers in the drug discovery process, are highlighted.
Pathways to Efficient Drug Development - Advances in Modeling and Simulation Outcomes to Fuel Pipeline Productivity
GBI Research

The report examines the reasons why the pharmaceutical industry is looking for improvements in efficiency whilst acknowledging that pharmaceutical R&D remains a long and risky process. It looks in detail at precompetitive research and evaluates how the industry is pulling together to research solutions to problems that are common to all companies.
Scientific News
NIST Instrument Enables High-speed Chemical Imaging of Tissues
Researchers have demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "signatures."
Finding Could Revolutionize Drug Discovery
A study by researchers at IRB Barcelona reveals the existence of information highways that connect and correlate distant sites within a single protein.
Researchers Develop ‘Onion’ Vesicles for Drug Delivery
University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that dendrimer-based vesicles self-assemble with concentric layers of membranes, much like an onion.
Validation of Drug Toxicity Prediction using DiscoveRx Model
BioMAP® Systems was shown to identify important safety aspects of drugs and chemicals more efficiently and accurately than can be achieved by animal testing.
System 'Prints' Precise, Tailored Drug Dosages
The new approach uses a combination of data and mathematics to determine the precise dosage.
Mice and Rats Stressed by Male Experimenters
An international team of pain researchers led by scientists at McGill University have found that the gender of the experimenters has a big impact on the stress levels of rodents.
Skin Layer Grown in Lab Could Replace Animal Testing
Skin layer grown from human stem cells could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing.
Observing Behavior of Single Molecules in Real Time
New technique developed by Stanford scientists allows observation of single molecules of protein or DNA as they bind with other molecules.
Development and Validation of LC/MS/MS Method and its Application to a Pharmacokinetic Study
Researchers aimed to develop a LC/MS/MS method to monitor plasma levels of montelukast, gliclazide, and nifedipine for application in pharmacokinetic studies and routine clinical practice.
Mini-Livers Show Promise to Reduce Animal Use in Science
Using this method, cells from one mouse could be used to test 1000 drug compounds to treat liver disease, and reduce animal use by up to 50,000.
Business News
Malvern Completes Acquisition of MicroCal
Company announces purchase of Archimedes product from Affinity Biosensors.
SAGE Therapeutics' Epilepticus Drug Receives FDA Fast Track
Company announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted fast track designation to the SAGE-547 development program.
AstraZeneca Reveals Designs for Cambridge Headquarters
Company revealed the proposed designs for its new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge in the UK.
Waters, Chinese Pharmacopeia Commission Establish Joint Open Laboratory
Located in the laboratory building of Beijing Zhendong Guangming Drug Research Institute, the new facility is over 400m2.
Evotec, Fraunhofer in Drug Discovery Collaboration
The exclusive, strategic collaboration will combine the relevant platforms of both organisations, focusing on several disease areas.
Synchroneuron Raises $20M in Series B Funding
Funding supports continued development of SNC-102, a new formulation of acamprosate calcium currently being studied in a Phase 2 trial to treat moderate-to-severe tardive dyskinesia.
AMRI Completes OsoBio Acquisition
Oso Biopharmaceuticals is recognized as a premier contract manufacturer of highly complex injectable drug products.
Initiation of a Phase IIa Clinical Study for Lynovex® in Cystic Fibrosis
Results from the trial are expected to be announced H2 2014.
Intertek Expands San Diego Immunochemistry Center of Excellence
Intertek to expand its immunochemistry facility in San Diego with a move to a larger center of excellence.
Peakdale Reports Significant Growth in Demand for its Medicinal Chemistry Services
Comprehensive service offering and trend for outsourced chemistry results in company’s best ever year.

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ePosters
Comparison of Three Methods for the Evaluation of Cytokine Storm Risk in Early and Clinical Stage Biopharmaceutical Development
ReachBio LLC

Objective: To identify an assay that can accurately predict the risk of CRS and CS associated with investigational biotherapeutics. A comparison of three methods were used: (a) immobilization of test antibody on plastic, (b) co-culture of PBMC's on HUVEC's and (c) pre-culture of PBMC's at high cell density.
Isolation, Identification, and Determination of Designer Anabolic Steroids Commonly Found in Dietary Supplements
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Forensic Chemistry Center

A general analytical approach in identifying emerging steroid-like compounds is presented, including analysis by GC-MS, LC-MS, and/or HPLC-UV. Isolation of unknown compounds was achieved by high performance liquid chromatography with fraction collection. Isolated compounds were characterized by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and high resolution accurate mass-mass spectrometry to elucidate their structure.
A Mass Spectrometer for Elemental Analysis based on Fieldable Technologies
The University of Tampa Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics, Gerling Applied Engineering

Laser ablation and a Microwave Plasma Torch (MPT) were coupled in order to obtain elemental information from solid samples. The MPT was incorporated as a less costly and more portable alternative to the ICP. MPT was also added to help improve the signal from just the laser ablation alone.
Combining low and high volume liquid handling capabilities for ADME screening
TTP Labtech, Tecan Group, F.Hoffman-La Roche Ltd

In this study we demonstrate the integration of two liquid handlers to extend the volume dispensing range creating low-volume assay-ready plates with high accuracy and precision. This was then successfully applied to a CYP inhibition assay.
Pharmacokinetic Delivery and Metabolizing Rate of Nicardipine Incorporated in Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Cyclodextrins using Two-Compartment Model
Wurzburg University

The dispersion routes of cyclodextrin complexes with nicardipine (NC), such as hydrophilic hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin (NC/HPßCD) and hydrophobic triacetyl-ß-cyclodextrin (NC/TAßCD), through the body for controlled drug delivery and sustained release have been examined.
Determination of Metabolically Unstable Drugs in Blood by Heat-Stabilized DBS and LC-MS/MS
Denator AB

The aims of this work were to investigate drug stability prior to, during and after blood spot sampling, using procaine, prulofloxacine, esmolol, and acetylsalisylic acid as examples of drug compounds with limited stability and to compare conventional DBS sampling procedure with DBS sampling including heat stabilization.
Determination of Metabolically Unstable Drugs in Blood by Heat-Stabilized DBS and LC-MS/MS
Denator AB

The aims of this work were to investigate drug stability prior to, during and after blood spot sampling, using procaine, prulofloxacine, esmolol, and acetylsalisylic acid as examples of drug compounds with limited stability and to compare conventional DBS sampling procedure with DBS sampling including heat stabilization.
Pharmacokinetic Delivery and Metabolizing Rate of Nicardipine Incorporated in Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Cyclodextrins using Two-Compartment Model
Wurzburg University

The dispersion routes of cyclodextrin complexes with nicardipine (NC), such as hydrophilic hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin (NC/HPßCD) and hydrophobic triacetyl-ß-cyclodextrin (NC/TAßCD), through the body for controlled drug delivery and sustained release have been examined.
Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Pulmonary Surfactant Interacting With Nanoparticles
University of Karachi

MD simulation studies using NAMD of lipid bilayers supported on alpha-quartz (nanoparticles) and kaolinite with explicit water molecules will be presented to understand the physiochemical effects of nanoparticles on pulmonary surfactant.
Highly Efficient Activated Carbon From Palm Shell as an Adsorbent of Toxin/Poison
International Islamic University Malaysia

Highly efficient activated carbon as an adsorbent of toxins has been successfully produced from palm shell through chemical activation process using phosphoric acid as activating agents.
Application Notes
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.
Fully Automated 24-Well Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) Permeability Assay Utilizing the Hamilton Microlab® Star Liquid Handling Platform
Hamilton

We have successfully developed a fully automated protocol utilizing a Hamilton MICROLAB STAR integrated with select third party peripheral devices to suit the assay requirements. The method was validated using 23 marketed drugs with diverse physico-chemical properties and a wide range of published apparent permeabilities (Papp).
Automated Online Card Extraction LC/MS System for the Determination of Clozapine and its Metabolites in Rat Blood
Agilent Technologies Inc.

This application note describes the development and validation of a method on the AACE LC/MS system for the online analysis of DBS cards for the quantitation of clozapine and two of its metabolites in rat whole blood.
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