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Webcasts
Webcasts - Characterising Plant Genomes The Good The Bad and The UglyCharacterising Plant Genomes The Good The Bad and The Ugly
Dave Edwards, University of Queensland, speaking at Advances in Plant Genomics 2014
Webcasts - Next Generation Genomics and Genetics for Accelerating Genetic Gain in Plant Breeding: Some Examples in Grain LegumesNext Generation Genomics and Genetics for Accelerating Genetic Gain in Plant Breeding: Some Examples in Grain Legumes
Rajeev Varshney, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics, speaking at Advances in Plant Genomics

Market Reports
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.
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.
Stem Cell Research
Stem Cell Research

This report on Stem Cell Research gives a market insight into the ever progressing and debatable market of Stem Cell Research segmented by type, technology and therapeutic area.
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.
DNA Sequencing
RI Technologies

This report presents an in depth analysis of DNA sequencing market. The study emphasizes on both, the methods and instruments/software of DNA sequencing in medical research, agriculture and animal husbandry and DNA testing and forensics application areas.
Multi-Mode Microplate Reader Trends 2013
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s 4th industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on multi-mode microplate readers carried out in September 2013.
Bioinformatics
RI Technologies

This report gives a market insight into products and services used in the bioinformatics industry. The market is analyzed by product and applications; Database, Software and Hardware form the product categories, finding applications in Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and other (Drug Discovery, Cheminformatics, and Pharmacogenomics).
Biomarkers
RI Technologies

This report on focuses on the different types of biomarkers and their impact on various disease areas. The study also provides global market analysis for biomarkers by disease area and by prominent biomarker identification technologies.
Big Data Market in India 2013
Netscribes

The report highlights the current as well as the future big data market scenario in India. The report furnishes explicit details on the crucial aspects of the overall market to provide a holistic view, with the aide of crisp and insightful representation of market data.
Scientific News
How Immune Cells Facilitate the Spread of Breast Cancer
Findings are published advanced online on March 30 in the journal Nature.
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Bayer Healthcare Expand their Partnership
Collaboration to develop therapies for cardiovascular disease.
Saccharin Shows Promise as Cancer Inhibitor
Researchers have found that the artificial sweetener can inhibit cancer cell growth.
Immunomagnetic Assay On-a-Chip Captures, Analyzes Circulating Tumor Cells
Dartmouth researchers and bioengineers develop novel system to improve cancer treatment.
Genome Study Predicts DNA of the Whole of Iceland
Large genome databases are starting to reveal critical health information-even about people who have not contributed their DNA.
MDC Researchers Greatly Increase Precision of New Genome Editing Tool
“One of the hottest topics in science and an innovative field”.
The Switch That Might Tame The Most Aggressive Of Breast Cancers
Garvan researchers have found that so-called ‘triple-negative breast cancers’ are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types. They have also found a gene that drives the aggressive disease, and hope to find a way to ‘switch it off’.
Gene Editing Technique Mastered In Mosquito That Transmits Deadly Diseases
Technique will help researchers learn more about the role of genes that are involved in mosquito propagation.
Genetic Mutation Helps Explain Why, In Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill
Study shows that immune response to flu can be affected by a rare genetic mutation.
Honey Bees Use Multiple Genetic Pathways To Fight Infections
The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.
Business News
Canada’s New Genomics Innovation Network Unveiled
10 “Nodes” located in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec to provide leading-edge technologies to researchers across Canada.
Berry Genomics NextSeq CN500 Instrument Receives CFDA Premarket Clearance
Products collaboratively developed by Berry Genomics and Illumina Serve Chinese clinical NIPT market.
Horizon and Partners Awarded Up to £6.2M Funding
Horizon to receive up to £652,000 to expand bioproduction research.
Broad Institute & Calico Collaborate
Broad Institute and Calico announce an extensive collaboration focused on the biology of aging and therapeutic approaches to diseases of aging.
Horizon Discovery Group plc and ArcherDX Sign OEM Agreement
Horizon’s Reference Materials chosen by ArcherDX to validate its FusionPlex test for non-small cell lung cancer markers.
Luminex Technology Selected by Assurex Health
xTAG® Technology to aid in GeneSight® precision medicine test.
INTEGRA Biosciences Opens German Subsidiary
Company has also launched a new comprehensively featured German language website.
Kite Pharma Strengthens its TCR Cancer Gene Therapy Platform
Kite to expand product pipeline in TCRs for the treatment of solid tumors, complementing Kite's Chimeric Antigen Receptor pipeline.
WuXi PharmaTech to Build New Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility
Facility is designed for CAR T cells and other cancer immunotherapies.
Agilent Announces New CEO Mike McMullen
McMullen elected as chief executive officer by Company’s board of directors.

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ePosters
Polymer Microarrays for Biomaterial Development
1. School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh 2. Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh 3. Scottish HPV Reference Laboratory, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh 4. Centre for Virus Res

The application of polymer microarrays in the discovery of biocompatible and bioactive substrates. Progress towards biomaterial development for the treatment of SIRS (systemic inflammatory response syndrome), and improving cervical cytology.
Knockdown of long noncoding RNAs in breast cancer
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

RNAi global collaboration study using Lincode siRNA in a primary screen of tumor and nontumor breast cell lines. Hundreds of lncRNAs are found to affect viability and cell morphology of breast cancer. Presented at Keystone Symposia on Long Noncoding RNAs: From Evolution to Function, Mar 15 - Mar 20, 2015.
DETERMINATION OF THE QUALITY OF ACTIVE INGREDIENTS IN PAIN KILLERS USING GC-MS
Jomo Kentyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), and Foundation of Analytical Science and Technology in Africa (UK).

From this study, the pain killers sampled were found to have large error bars suggesting that there exist counterfeit drugs in the market. The brands mostly affected for analysis of acetaminophen were panadol, action, P500, P5500, elymol and neladol. The error bars for caffeine analysis were quite low indicating that all tablets either counterfeit or original maintained the same amount of this active ingredient.
DETERMINATION OF ESSENTIAL AND HEAVY METALS IN KENYAN HONEY BY ATOMIC ABSORPTION AND EMMISSION SPECTROSCOPY
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Generally, honey samples recorded very low concentrations of As compared to the other heavy metals determined in this study. The highest concentration of As was recorded in honey sample from Nairobi with a value of 0.03±0.01 ppm. All the values recorded were within the KEBS permitted value of 0.5 ppm in food according to Kenya Bureaue of Standards, 1996.
Prospecting For Iron and Titanium Using Termitaria
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

This study demonstrated elevated levels of the two metals (that is iron and titanium) in termitaria soil compared to the surrounding soils. Termitaria are very important bioturbators and can therefore be used as preliminary step in mineral prospecting since they provide an indication of the potential of the positive anomaly, and enables a judgment on the scale of the metal accumulation
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.
Raman Imaging and Polarization Spectroscopy of Draw-Induced Order in Poly-L-lactic Acid


The work in the poster is based on Raman Imaging and Raman Polarization spectroscopy . The sample used is Poly-L-lactide(PLLA).
Improved Small RNA Library Preparation Workflow for Next-Generation Sequencing
TriLink BioTechnologies

We describe an optimized small RNA NGS library prep workflow using chemically modified adapters which suppresses adapter dimers, allows for RNA inputs down to 1 ng and eliminates the need for a gel purification step, thus allowing full automation not previously possible.
Combined Use of Rheometry and GPC/SEC for Characterising Ionic Polysaccharides
Malvern Instruments Ltd

This poster shows how Rheometry and GPC can be complementary tools for characterising the behaviour of polysaccharides in solution
Rate and Mechanistic Investigation of Eu(OTf)2-Mediated Reduction of Graphene Oxide at Room Temperature
Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600 036, TN, India

Eu(OTf)2 has been introduced as an efficient reagent for the reduction of graphene oxide. Details kinetic studies have been performed which suggests that, the method is more efficient compared to that of other commonly used reduction methods.
Application Notes
Approaching Single-Cell Sequencing by Understanding NGS Library Complexity and Bias
Swift Biosciences Inc

This application note describes the sequence coverage performance andp reservation of molecular complexity of next generation sequencing (NGS) libraries generated from human and microbial genomic DNA using the Accel-NGS™ 2S DNA Library Kit for whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on the Illumina® platform.
Automated Illumina TruSeq® Nano DNA Sample Preparation
Tecan Group Ltd.

The TruSeq Nano DNA Sample Preparation Kit enables efficient investigation of samples where the amount of DNA available is limited. This low-input method generates excellent quality data from as little at 100 ng of DNA, allowing the study of samples with restricted DNA availability, for example from tumors, and helping to preserve precious sample material for use in future studies.
Double stranded DNA quantitation using Promega QuantiFluor® Dyes
Tecan Group Ltd.

Achieving selective and sensitive quantitation of double stranded DNA (dsDNA) using spectrophotometric methods can be problematic. Recognizing these difficulties, researchers have incorporated fluorescence-based quantitation techniques in their workflows to obtain the required sensitivity and target selectivity.
Simple sample preparation for the determination of vitamin D in serum by LC-MSMS
Tecan Group Ltd.

A growing number of laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) for the determination of vitamin D. The advantage of the latter method is unparalleled specificity combined with high sensitivity, offering the potential for the determination of multiple analytes, such as 25OH-vitamin D3 and 25OH-vitamin D2.
Automated Sample Preparation of 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2 from Serum with the AC Extraction Plate and the Tecan Freedom EVO® for the quantification by LC-MS/MS
Tecan Group Ltd.

There is an increasing demand for the determination of Vitamin D status which is based on the quantification of the two metabolites 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2. Numerous laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) because of its specificity combined with high sensitivity. Moreover LC-MS/MS offers the potential for multianalyte determination which is required for Vitamin D status determination.
Automated sample preparation for the determination of testosterone in serum by LC-MSMS
Tecan Group Ltd.

For accurate, reproducible quantification of testosterone, a growing number of laboratories are shifting from immunoassay to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. This application note describes the preparation of serum samples for subsequent LC-MS analysis of testosterone, focusing on a streamlined workflow suitable for automation.
3D Cell Culture: mimicking real tissue
Tecan Group Ltd.

Technological advances in the last couple of years have enabled 3D scaffolds to be engineered that offer a real proxy for the in vivo environment which can be easily and routinely used in a cell culture laboratory. Alvetex Scaffold enables cells to develop natural, in vivo-like intercellular interactions, providing an ideal environment for real three-dimensional growth and nutrient exchange that is comparable to intra-capillary exchange in living tissues.
Colony Picking - fully automated screening of fungi
Tecan Group Ltd.

Manual screening processes are very costly and time consuming. This ambitious project for high throughput screening (HTS) of cellulase-producing fungal strains demonstrates the high capacity and unique features of the Freedom EVO colony picking workstation. The picking of fungi is more complex than for typical bacterial colonies, and requires advanced selection criteria to be combined with complex pipetting and a tip movement that mimics the manual picking process.
Automating ELISAs on Tecan’s Freedom EVO® using Optimiser™ technology from Siloam Biosciences
Tecan Group Ltd.

One of the challenges in life sciences research today is to discover methods for running key assays more quickly, more reliably and using lower volumes of reagents and sample, but still with improved sensitivity. One area where this particularly holds true is for traditional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), whose application provides a useful measurement of antigens, including cytokines and a host of other biomarkers.
Molecular indexing for improved RNA-Seq analysis
Bioo Scientific

Most modern methods for nucleic acid analysis require the use of enzyme processing, such as DNA polymerase reactions, in the sample preparation or measurement steps. Although necessary, these enzymatic steps introduce errors in the form of incorrect sequence and misrepresented copy number. NEXTflex™ qRNA-Seq™ Kit from Bioo Scientific adds no additional steps to the work flow, costs no more than a conventional library preparation kit and increases the precision of downstream analysis.
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