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The Effects of Dimethylphthalate on the Viability and Development of Drosophila melanogaster
Sara Mfarrej, Dr. Heather Cook, Dr. Donald Stearns, Dr. Zolton Fulop

My research studies the effect of dimethylphthalate (DMP), a putative endocrine disruptor, on the viability and development of the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.

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Comparison of Three Methods for the Evaluation of Cytokine Storm Risk in Early and Clinical Stage Biopharmaceutical Development
Gary dos Santos and Emer Clarke

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.

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Automated Quantitative Analysis of Ethanol, Glucose and NADH in the UV/VIS and Short NIR

Process Analytical Technology currently becomes more and more important for food and pharmaceutical industry for example because of the increasing demand for more effective and efficient quality control. Therefore it is necessary to get timely and targeted responses of the different parameters in bioprocesses. To attain this aim, it is helpful to replace the conventional (manual) laboratory techniques with automated measuring processes via in-line probe.

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A Novel Synthetic Peptide as a Tool for Microvesicles / Exosomes isolation ©

We have engineered and validated a synthetic peptide (Vn96*) with specific affinity for canonical heat shock proteins (HSPs) as a tool for rapid isolation of Exosomes or extracellular microvesicles (together referred to as eMVs here) from cell culture media, human and animal body-fluids.

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Acute Infective Endocarditis: Early Surgery versus Conventional Treatment
Yassar Abdullah S Alamri

Infective endocarditis (IE) refers to thew inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium, secondary to an infectious (most commonly bacterial) agent. It affects the left side of the heart more commonly than the right. IE has an estimated incidence of 1.4 to 6.2 per 10,000 persons in the developed countries, and is most commonly caused by Staphylococcus aureus, coaguase-negative staphylococcus, Viridans group streptococci and Straptococcus bovis.

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First total synthesis of Combretastatin D-2 congeners named Isocorniculatolide A and 11-o-methylisocornicultolide
Vijaya Kumar.Tulam, Subhash Chandra Bose. Kotte, Sanjay Kumar. Hirasker, Prathama S Mainkar, P.M. Murali and K. Mukkanti.

As a part of our ongoing research in synthesizing the Biologically important Natural Products, here we are reporting First total synthesis of newly isolated isocorniculatolide A and 11-O-methyl corniculatolide A.

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Automated Solutions for Cellular Screening and Characterization of Therapeutic Antibodies for Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity Utility
Brad Larson, Peter Banks , Nicolas Pierre, Stéphane Martinez, and Francois Degorce

Since the end of the 1990’s, the pharmaceutical industry has seen an increased interest in biologics, especially in the therapeutic areas of oncology and inflammation. Here we present the automation of two assays for the characterization and selection of potent antibody drug candidates. Both assays rely on HTRF® detection. The first assay quantifies the binding affinity of antibodies to their target antigen, on live cells.

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Validation of an Automated Cell-Based Bioluminescent TNFa Blocker Bioassay
Brad Larson, Tracy Worzella, Rich Moravec, Neal Cosby, Frank Fan, Teresa Surowy and Peter Banks

TNFa blocker biopharmaceuticals represent an important and successful class of protein drugs used in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases. Bioassays are indispensible tools in biopharmaceutical drug development and commercialization that are used to quantify biological activity and stability of drugs or drug candidates. The automation of these assays can serve to create an accurate, robust process which can allow the researcher to perform other more important functions.

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Improving Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity Assessment through the Use of an Automated Luminescent ADCC Assay
Brad Larson, Sumant Dhawan, Shalini Wadwani, and Peter Banks

Assays that can assess the ability of a biosimilar to act in a manner similar to the original biologic have seen increased interest. This poster describes the use of a non-radioactive luminescent chemistry to simplify the assay process and provide improved data quality.

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Antigen Determination in Autoimmune Hepatitis Type1
Naveen L Gupta, S Nayak, S Shakeyavar

Objectives of this project were to exploit the database in indian setting to determine nuclear antigens as target for antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in patients of autoimmune hapatitis (AIH) type1.

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Scientific News
Next-Generation Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases Conquer the Global Spotlight
Resistance to current drugs spurs treatment innovation in influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
MIT Chemists Devise Novel Way to Manufacture Peptide Drugs
New, fast synthetic method enables manufacture of peptides in hours, which could boost drug development.
VolitionRx’s NuQ® Assays Demonstrate 80% Detection Rate in Prostate Cancer
Study data also demonstrates ability to distinguish between prostate and colorectal cancer.
Optimising Vaccine Process Scale up of Attachment Dependent Cells using Micro Bioreactors and Microcarriers
Performing microcarrier culture using an automated microscale bioreactor system offers a method of improved process development for production of vaccine using attachment dependent cells.
Testosterone-Regulated Genes May Affect Vaccine-Induced Immunity
NIH-funded study helps explain differences in male and female responses to vaccines.
NIH Program Bridges Gap to Develop New Therapeutics
New projects advance treatments for acute radiation syndrome, brain injury from cardiac arrest and a rare blood disorder.
FDA Approves First Generic Versions of Antidepressant Drug Cymbalta
The U.S.FDA approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta), a prescription medicine used to treat depression and other conditions.
Bridgepoint Development Capital to Acquire Quotient Clinical
Quotient Clinical has been acquired from the Quotient Bioresearch Group by Bridgepoint Development Capital for an undisclosed sum.
UConn Chemist Discovers New Way to Stabilize Proteins
Discovery could lead to the development of stable vaccines and affordable artificial blood substitutes.
'Smuggling' Drugs at the Cellular Level
Drexel researchers use ultrasound to deliver customized medication through the skin.
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