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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
Magneto-plasmonic Nanoparticle Platform for Capture, Separation and Enumeration of Rare CellsMagneto-plasmonic Nanoparticle Platform for Capture, Separation and Enumeration of Rare Cells
Konstantin Sokolov, The University of Texas at Austin, speaking at Nanomedicine 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
Beating The Clock: New Treatment For Rabies Developed
University of Georgia researchers have developed a new treatment for rabies.
Utilizing Fast HPLC Screening Methods for the Detection of Steroids
Analysis of steroids improved by choosing the optimal HPLC column for the separation.
New Approach May Lead to Inhalable Vaccines
The approach using nanoparticles could lead to development of inhalable vaccines for influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis.
New Mouse Study Method Enables Comparative Vaccine Studies for Tularemia
The study appears online in Clinical Vaccine and Immunology.
Oxford Vaccine Group Begins First Trial of New Ebola Vaccine
Oxford University doctors and scientists are starting the first safety trial of an experimental preventative Ebola vaccine regimen being developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
UMMS Receives $6.1 M to Develop Model for Predicting Gene Expression
Insight into regulation of the genes that allow the immune system to recognize pathogens will help scientists rationally design new vaccines and prevent autoimmunity.
GRP78 Protein Possible Universal Therapeutic Target
Drug combination including Viagra is effective tool in targeting the protein.
Adapting Influenza for Vaccine Mass Production
The ability to grow influenza in cell culture rather than chicken eggs paves the way for mass production of the vaccine.
How to Achieve High-Speed, High-Resolution Glycan Mapping for mAb Characterization
The full characterization of biotherapeutics is required by regulatory authorities as properties such as safety, efficacy and the serum half-life of therapeutic proteins can be affected by differences in their glycosylation pattern.
Closing in on ‘Holy Grail’ of HIV Vaccine
Researchers describe a way to induce long-sought broadly neutralizing antibodies.
Business News
Vetter Continues to Expand Capacity
Structural work completed on Vetter’s new multi-functional building for its Development Service and information technology (IT).
Pragmatic Secures Major Investment from Cambridge Innovation Capital and Arm
Strategic funding supports production of flexible integrated circuits for the ‘Internet of Things’.
Dalton Pharma Services Expands Sterile Powder Manufacturing Capabilities
Addition of a high-speed automated sterile powder filling line.
TxCell to Present at the Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2015
Company to present its experience with Cell Therapy at the Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2015, Washington.
J&J Announces Formation of Ebola Vaccine Development Consortia
Consortia funded through the IMI Ebola+ programme supported by the European Commission.
Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi Enter into Alliance
Strategic contract manufacturing alliance to produce biopharmaceuticals.
NovaBiotics Raises £5.0 M Private Placement
NovaBiotics to achieve key value enhancing milestones in the short to mid-term.
Solvanix Launched with Start-up Investment from the MRCF
Commercializing a technology to reduce aggregation of fully human antibodies.
ADC Achieves ISO 9001 Certification
The most widely-recognized quality management certification has been awarded to ADC.
Pfizer Acquires Redvax
Acquisition provides Pfizer with a preclinical CMV vaccine candidate.

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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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