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Webinar: How to Overcome Assay Challenges Using Custom Recombinant AntibodiesWebinar: How to Overcome Assay Challenges Using Custom Recombinant Antibodies
Join this webinar to find out how custom-made recombinant antibodies can solve your challenges when designing and optimizing critical assays to support drug development, diagnostic assays or discovery studies.
A Potentially Scalable Method for the Harvesting of hMSCs from Microcarriers: Initial ResultsA Potentially Scalable Method for the Harvesting of hMSCs from Microcarriers: Initial Results
Qasim Rafiq, Loughbrough University, speaking at Advances in Cellular Assays & Cell Culture 2014

Market Reports
Immunoassay Auto Trends 2014
HTStec

This report comprehensively documents current practices and preferences in immunoassays and to understand future user requirements, particularly with respect to immunoassay automation.
Label-Free Binding Analysis Trends 2014
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s 4th global web-based benchmarking survey on label-free (LF) binding analysis carried out in July 2014. The study was initiated by HTStec as part of its regular (every 2 years) tracking of this life science marketplace. The questionnaire was compiled to address the needs and interests of the LF binding analysis vendor community.
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.
Chromatography Resin Market by Application, Techniques & Type - Trends & Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

The chromatography resin market is expected to grow at a decent pace during the coming decade driven by its increasing application in monoclonal antibody production and food analytics.
Chromatography Accessories and Consumables Market by Types, Technology & End-users - Trends & Global Forecasts to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

The chromatography accessories and consumables market demands significant investments in R&D in order to constantly come up with new and innovative products and technologies.
Chromatography Reagents Market By Type, Bed Shape, Mobile Phase, Separation Mechanism & End User - Global Forecasts to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

The market is expected to witness a high growth due to high demand of chromatography reagents in the growing pharmaceutical market.
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.
Biosimilars Market Product & Application - Global Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

The biosimilar products market is segmented into recombinant non-glycosylated proteins, recombinant glycosylated proteins, and recombinant peptides.
Security Technologies in Biotechnology
RI Technologies

The report serves as a guide to security technology industry for biotechnology applications, covering more than 350 companies that are engaged in security technology/products and services.
Biologics
RI Technologies

This report on Biologics gives a market insight into products types including Monoclonal Antibodies, Blood & Blood Products, Vaccines, Insulin and Other, for both human and animal consumption.
Scientific News
Closing in on ‘Holy Grail’ of HIV Vaccine
Researchers describe a way to induce long-sought broadly neutralizing antibodies.
Parkinson's Vaccine: EU-Team Launches Clinical Trial
Vaccine candidate based on proprietary technology by AFFiRiS AG.
Injectable 3-D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer
New findings show programmable biomaterials can be delivered using needle injection to induce an immune response and fight deadly diseases.
Booster Ebola Vaccine Enters First Trials
Trials aim to determine the safety of a candidate booster vaccine.
Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise In Small Clinical Trial
A breast cancer vaccine designed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is safe in patients with metastatic breast cancer.
NIAID/GSK Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Prompts Immune Response
Results from NIH Phase 1 clinical trial support accelerated development of candidate vaccine.
A Hybrid Vehicle That Delivers DNA
University at Buffalo researchers are developing new technology to improve DNA vaccines. The new transport system for DNA vaccines could help treat HIV, malaria, HPV and other major illnesses.
Themis Bioscience’s Vaccine Against Chikungunya Successful in Phase 1
Results presented at international conferences in Philadelphia and New Orleans.
Novel Cancer Vaccine Approach for Brain Tumors
Researchers unravel the mechanisms behind a novel cancer vaccine for brain tumors, paving the way for further development.
Computer Model Sets New Precedent in Drug Discovery
New computational model can precisely simulate, predict therapeutic protein behaviors to help zero in on ideal drug design candidates.
Business News
FUJIFILM Completes Acquisition of Kalon Biotherapeutics
Acquisition enhances Texas’ growing reputation as a global biotechnology leader.
Spinnovation Receives Good Manufacturing Practices Certification
Certification for testing drug substances and drug products to support market release.
Baxter to Divest Vero Cell Vaccines Platform to Nanotherapeutics
Agreement includes all assets related to the platform, including vaccines for H5N1, H1N1 and seasonal influenza.
TriLink Secures Contract for the Synthesis of Ebola Vaccine
The project aims to create a trivalent vaccine effective against aerosolized exposure to Ebola.
Immunocore and MedImmune Win the SCRIP Award
Immunocore and MedImmune are working together to generate ImmTACs against selected cancer targets.
Vetter Adds Flexible Serialization Service to its Portfolio
A new service allowing for the explicit identification of drug packaging.
Catalent and Valerion Therapeutics Collaborate
Collaboration to bring new treatments for orphan genetic disorders to market.
Bosch and Klenzaids Plan Joint Venture in India
Expansion of activities within pharmaceutical sector.
Noble Life Sciences Acquires Spring Valley Laboratories
Extends testing services to GLP, large animal and medical device studies.
Merck, NewLink Genetics Enter Ebola Vaccine Agreement
Companies have entered an exclusive worldwide license agreement to research, develop, manufacture, and distribute NewLink’s investigational rVSV-EBOV (Ebola) vaccine candidate.

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ePosters
HOMOGENEOUS ADCs BEARING TWO DIFFERENT PAYLOADS SHOW STRONG SYNERGY IN TUMOR KILLING
Dophen Biomed and TUBE Pharmaceuticals GmbH

We presented a one-pot reaction to prepare site-specific ADCs using available mABs on hand without re-engineering. We have identified a novel non-cleavable linker, which increases not only ADC stability, but also potency. We also demonstrate synergy in cancer cell killing of hybrid ADC loaded with two different toxins
Toward a Comprehensive Bottom-up and Top-down Analysis of the NIST Reference Monoclonal Antibody
1Protein Metrics Inc., San Carlos, CA USA, 2National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD USA

Development of ADC and other therapeutic proteins require careful characterization of sequence, post-translational modifications, sequence variants, and degradants. In this study, a NIST mAb interim reference material was analyzed by new bioinformatics tools (Byonic™, Byologic®, and Byomap™) allowing one to efficiently identify and quantify modifications down to trace levels.
Enabling Epigenetics Studies from HTS to SAR : A Novel HTRF® Platform to Identify and Characterize Reader Domain Inhibitors
1Cisbio Bioassays Codolet, France | 2CRCM, CNRS UMR7258, INSERM U1068, AMU UM105, Institut Paoli-Calmettes, Marseille, France | 3AFMB, UMR7257, Univ. Aix Marseille-CNR

Discover a novel HTRF platform to identify and characterize the vast variety of epigenetic binding domain.

Artificial Multi-Gene Expression Systems Design Service for Natural Compound Formation and Hetero Protein Complexes
ATG:biosynthetics GmbH, IStLS

Drug discovery of natural compounds drug development and drug target analyses as well as bioproduction can benefit from artificial genetic systems and constructions. The direction in which genes are to be developed is written in the genomes. Synthesis oriented genomic analyses of codon bias and tRNA adaption analyses are prerequisites for generating adaptive, highly functional genes.
Next Generation Multivalent PRINT Nanoparticle Vaccine Targeting Pneumococcal Disease
Liquidia Technologies, PATH

A new generation PRINT nanoparticle Pneumococcal vaccine matrix has been designed to mimic size and structural aspects of bacterial pathogens to efficiently present and deliver polysaccharide and protein antigens to elicit robust immune responses.
Factors influencing mAb aggregation in mammalian cell culture
Institute of Applied Biotechnology (IAB), 88400 Biberach/Riss, Germany; Ulm University, 89069 Ulm, Germany

Analysis of mAb aggregate formation in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell culture.
Developing Functional Monoclonal Antibodies for Beta-3 Adrenergic Receptor
Multispan, Inc.

Our preliminary data showed that several mAb clones specifically bound to the receptor while increasing the receptor function by acting as agonists.
Early Immunogenicity Risk Mitigation
ImmunXperts SA, rue Auguste Piccard 48, 6041 Gosselies, Belgium

The ability of a drug candidate to induce an unwanted immune response can be a significant hurdle during drug development and a reason for product failures. Unwanted immunogenicity can cause loss of efficacy, altered pharmacodynamics and stability problems. .
MAB Discovery Technology: A Smart Way to Highly Diverse and Functional Therapeutic Antibodies
MAB Discovery GmbH, Munich, Germany, www.mabdiscovery.com

MAB Discovery GmbH developped a highly integrated process which provides diverse antibodies by starting with a high number of B cells and filtering the relevant antibodies by an early-on functional screening.
A Rapid and Effective Tool for Monitoring Monoclonal Antibody Production
MedMira Laboratories Inc

Monoclonal antibodies (Mab) are used in a variety of fields from diagnostics to therapeutics. Manufacturers of in vitro diagnostics (IVD) commonly use third-party suppliers to meet their needs for specified monoclonal antibodies.
Application Notes
Accelerating the Development of Optimized Therapeutic Protein Formulations using Differential Scanning Calorimetry
Malvern Instruments Limited

DSC data is useful in predicting the stability of a protein in solution. The Tm indicates thermostability, and Tm determination in different formulations is an approximate measure of the susceptibility to aggregation and other irreversible changes at lower temperatures.
Differentiation and characterization of subvisible particulates in therapeutic protein products
Malvern Instruments Limited

The formation of protein aggregates is a particular concern for parenteral administration biopharmaceuticals due to the potential for increased immunogenicity.
An Introduction to Proteins in 30 minutes
Malvern Instruments Limited

In the biotechnology industry, the majority of research is directed towards characterizing the structure and function of proteins. New methods are continually being developed to accomplish this.
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.
Tag-lite® two-cell assay: a valuable tool for protein drug discovery
Tecan Group Ltd.

Antibodies are central mediators of the immune system, IgG being the most dominant. Binding of IgG/antigen complexes to membrane-bound Fc? receptors triggers a cellular immune response. Alterations in the Fc portion of the antibody by introducing mutations can lead to complete abolition of Fc? receptor binding. This describes the development of a cellbased TR-FRET assay to determine the simultaneous binding of an antibody to its antigen and huFc?RIIIa present on different cells.
Protein Purification Workflow Development Using Bio-Rad's NCO' Chromatography System
Bio-Rad Laboratories

High purity protein is a common requirement for biochemical and structural studies. A common approach is to recombinantly express an affinity-tagged version of the protein of interest. This is, however, not always a viable option. This application note discusses protein purification workflow development for untagged proteins and introduce a new indicator of method performance, the purity quotient difference.
Direct Visualisation, Sizing and Counting of Aggregation in Proteins
NanoSight Ltd

Characterising the state of aggregation in proteins is of paramount importance when trying to understand biopharmaceutical product stability and efficacy. Product quality, both in terms of biological activity and immunogenicity can be highly influenced by the state of protein aggregation.
Direct Visualisation, Sizing & Counting of Viruses and Phages in Liquid Suspension
NanoSight Ltd

A new laser-based nanoparticle tracking analysis system is now available which allows nanoscale particles such as viruses and virus aggregates to be directly and individually visualised in liquids in real-time, from which high-resolution particle size distribution profiles can be obtained.
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.
Contaminant bovine IgG assay
Molecular Devices

Fetal calf serum containing bovine IgG is commonly used in mammalian cell culture media for the production of recombinant pharmaceuticals. During the purification process of a recombinant pharmaceutical, bovine IgG may be copurified with the product, and may represent a biological hazard for clinical use. Therefore, it may be necessary to assay for contaminant bovine IgG in a final product originating from mammalian cells.
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