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Webcasts
Webcast - Bacterial Genomic Changes Revealed through Next-generation Sequencing Data AnalysisBacterial Genomic Changes Revealed through Next-generation Sequencing Data Analysis
Lori Snyder, Kingston University, speaking at NSG & Big Data 2014
Webcast - Lessons Learned from Implementing a National Infrastructure in Sweden for Storage and Analysis of Next-generation Sequencing DataLessons Learned from Implementing a National Infrastructure in Sweden for Storage and Analysis of Next-generation Sequencing Data
Ola Spjuth, Uppsala University, speaking at Advances in NGS & Big Data 2014

Market Reports
Gene Expression Analysis Market by Technology, Consumables, Services & Applications - Global Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

Over the years, the gene expression analysis market, comprising of instruments, consumables, and services, has witnessed various technological advancements. These advancements have led to a growth in the number of gene expression applications.
Mass Spectrometry Market by Technology & Application - Global Trends & Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

The global mass spectrometry market witnesses high competitive intensity as there are many big and small firms with similar product offerings. These companies adopt various strategies to increase their market shares and to establish a strong foothold in the global market.
Biomarkers Market 2013 - 2020
Allied Market Research

Disease diagnostic application remains the key area of application that is expected to reach 6.1 $billion in 2020. However, application of diagnostic biomarkers in forensics and molecular diagnostics is catching up quite significantly. Molecular diagnostics is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.6% from 2013 to 2020.
Analysis of Global Biochips Industry, 2012-2018
Axis Research Mind

The report ‘Analysis of Global Biochips Industry, 2012-2018’ reviews the latest biochips market trends with a perceptive attempt to disclose the near-future growth prospects. An in-depth analysis on a geographic basis provides strategic business intelligence for life science sector investments.
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.
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.
Life Science Software 2013: Markets and Opportunities
Biopharm Reports

This reports into in the life science field examines the use of specialist software and databases relating to the conduct of PCR, DNA sequencing, DNA microarray, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry and disease biomarker studies. The studies were carried out to assist software developers and vendors to identify market opportunities in these fields.
DNA Sequencing 2013: Market Developments, Growth Areas and Opportunities
Biopharm Reports

DNA sequencing is important in all areas of biological research and increasing demand for this technique is driving advances in this field, in the form of next-generation techniques. Today, laboratories use a number of different sequencing methods, however common goals include increasing throughputs and speeds, while reducing costs.
Life Science Consumables 2013: Markets and Opportunities
Biopharm Reports

Techniques such as PCR, DNA microarray, DNA sequencing, mass spectrometry and flow cytometry have grown significantly in the last decade and by 2015 markets for these five areas are expected to exceed $50 billion, globally. In these and related fields, consumables are generally the second or third largest area in cost terms, after instrumentation.
qPCR Assay Trends 2013
HTStec

HTStec's qPCR Assay Trends 2013 report was published on 15 April 2013. This 63 page market report summarizes the results of HTStec's 3rd industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays and instruments carried out in March 2013.
Scientific News
Colorful Nanoprobes Make A Simple Test
Gold nanoparticles linked to single-stranded DNA create a simple but versatile genetic testing kit.
How Gene Expression Affects Facial Expressions
Researchers from USC have demonstrated how a mutation in TBX1 causes facial deformities associated with DiGeorge Syndrome.
Blood Test May Help Determine Psychosis Risk
A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis.
Gene Expression Patterns in Pancreatic CTCs Revealed
Distinct patterns of gene expression in several groups of CTCs were identified, including significant differences from the primary tumor that may contribute to the ability to generate metastases and prove to be targets for improved treatment of the deadly tumor.
How Epigenetic Memory is Passed Across Generations
Researchers traced markers of gene repression through cell division and showed that both sperm and eggs transmit a memory of gene repression to embryos.
Spontaneous Mutations in Key Brain Gene are a Cause of Autism
In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein, researchers report.
Asuragen’s Xpansion Interpreter® Test Study of 1,040 Transmissions of Fragile X Alleles
Study reveals personalized risks for expansion from parent to child.
Genetics Reveals Patients Susceptible to Drug-induced Pancreatitis
Doctors have discovered that patients with a particular genetic variation are four times more likely to develop pancreatitis if they are prescribed a widely used group of drugs.
Blood Test To Diagnose Depression
Test identifies nine blood markers tied to depression; predicts who will benefit from therapy.
Genetic Testing for Prostate Cancer
Genetic testing can identify men at six-fold increased risk of prostate cancer.
Business News
Horizon Acquires Sage Labs Inc. for $48M (£29M)
Acquisition makes Horizon the world’s leading gene-editing and translational genomics company.
Proteome Sciences Signs $2m Contract with Genting TauRx Diagnostic Centre
Contract to develop diagnostic panels to detect Alzheimer’s disease and monitor treatment efficacy.
Molecular Detection of Colon Cancer
AIT, BioVendor and SCIENION signed cooperation agreement for early detection of colon cancer.
Bio Innovation Hub to Open in Liverpool
The hub will allow commercial access to the latest biobank technologies and equipment in the study of areas such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
Omixon, G3 and Genomics England Collaborate
Omixon Collaborates with G3 and Genomics England to Validate HLA Genotyping from WGS Data.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, GSK and Pfizer Collaboration
Thermo Fisher Scientific announces agreement with GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to develop oncology companion diagnostics using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS.)
Horizon Reports a Strong First Half
Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 position the company for continued growth.
Urugenomes Project Launched
Macrogen launch Urugenomes Project to decode the genome of Uruguyan population.
PMC Names Daryl Pritchard as Vice President of Science Policy
Pritchard brings more than 12 years of personalized medicine experience to the Coalition.
Qlucore Partners with Commugene in South Korean
Qlucore targets the South Korean biotech and pharmaceutical markets through new partnership.

Events
Training School: Genotyping by
03 Nov 2014
Training School: Genotyping by ...
European Antibody Congress 201
10 Nov 2014
European Antibody Congress 201 ...
Event - EpiCongress London
18 Nov 2014
EpiCongress London ...
Pharmaceutical Flow Cytometry
19 Nov 2014
Pharmaceutical Flow Cytometry ...

ePosters
Design and Evaluation of High Definition Probe for HPV genotyping Microarray
Labgenomics Co., Republic of Korea

To improve the sensitivity and specificity of the HPV DNA Microarray, we adopted triple oligonucleotide probes for each targets and selected these probes not to have higher similarity of 75% with each others. These triple probes have shown 10 ~ 100 times higher sensitivities with comparable specificities than the conventional HPV DNA microarray of single oligonuclotide probe.

Gut Microbial Metabolites and Hepatic Xenobiotic Metabolism: A High Throughput Screening Approach
University of Reading, AstraZeneca

This poster highlights the combination of metabonomics and high throughput screening by the identification of gut microbial metabolites and a screening assay designed to determine their cytotoxicity to liver-like cell cultures.
Digital PCR to Determine the Number of Transcripts from Single Neurons after Patch-clamp Recording
1AVIDIN Ltd., Szeged, Hungary www.avidinbiotech.com; 2Laboratory for Functional Genomics, Biological Research Center, HAS; 3Research Group for Cortical Microcircuits, HAS, Department of Physiology, An

Whole-cell patch-clamp recording enables detecting electrophysiological signals from neurons, and RNA can be harvested into the patch pipette from the cells.We have optimized a dPCR protocol for determining exact transcript numbers in single neurons after patch-clamp recording by using dPCR based on high-density nanocapillary PCR.
Human Cardiomyocytes Derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: High Throughput and High Content Assessment of Cardiac Toxicity and Drug Efficacy by Monitoring Cytosolic Free Calcium Transients
1Axiogenesis AG, Cologne, Germany; 2Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH, Hersching, Germany; 3Hamamatsu Photonics France S.A.R.L, Massy, France; 4Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Hamamatsu City, Japan; 5Cel

Introduction of selected, pure human cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSCM) into a calcium transient imaging high throughput screening (HTS) assay to assess cardiotoxicity and drug efficacies.
Novel Gpr39 Agonists: Correlation Of Binding Affinity Using Label-Free Back-Scattering Interferometry With Potency In Functional Assays
(1)Molecular Sensing, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, USA, (2) AstraZeneca Discovery Sciences, Mölndal, Sweden, (3) AstraZeneca CVMD iMED, Mölndal, Sweden

We describe the application of back-scattering interferometry (BSI) to the characterization of small molecule ligand binding to human GPR39 (a GPCR targeted for type-2 diabetes therapy) overexpressed in crude membrane fractions in free solution, including how BSI-derived affinity and functional assay-derived potency correlate for compounds of varying scaffolds.
Rapid Quantification of Proteins in Complex Matrices using the DeNovix DS11 Microvolume Spectrophotometer
1) Swift Analytical Ltd, The Catalyst, Baird Lane, York, YO10 5GW 2) DeNovix Inc, 3411 Silverside Road, Hanby Building, Wilmington, DE 19810 USA

In this poster, we will introduce the DeNovix DS-11 as the next generation in microvolume spectrophotometry.
Novel Gpr39 Agonists: Correlation Of Binding Affinity Using Label-Free Back-Scattering Interferometry With Potency In Functional Assays
(1) Molecular Sensing, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, USA, (2) AstraZeneca Discovery Sciences, Mölndal, Sweden, (3) AstraZeneca CVMD iMED, Mölndal, Sweden

We describe the application of back-scattering interferometry (BSI) to the characterization of small molecule ligand binding to human GPR39 (a GPCR targeted for type-2 diabetes therapy) overexpressed in crude membrane fractions in free solution, including how BSI-derived affinity and functional assay-derived potency correlate for compounds of varying scaffolds
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.
Characterisation & Potential Applications of Human iPS Cell Derived Neural Progenitor Cells
1) Axol Bioscience (www.axolbio.com), 2) Essen Bioscience (www.essenbioscience.com), University of Cambridge (www.cam.ac.uk)

We characterised iPS cell-derived human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) and their progeny produced using optimised methods to examine their suitability for neurobiology research.

PRESEPSIN, A SOLUBLE CD14-SUBTYPE, A POSSIBLE NEW BIOMARKER INCREASES IN SEPTIC PATIENTS’ PLASMA FROM PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENT.
1) Department of Laboratory Medicine, 2) Department of Pediatrics, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital

Increased plasma concentration of soluble CD14-subtype (presepsin) was observed in pediatric patients with bacteremia. Presepsin could be a possible biomarker of sepsis in pediatric patients, however, their reference interval in children could be lower than that of adults. More studies with larger number of samples are required to confirm the result.

Application Notes
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.
Purification of Genomic DNA from Saliva Using Oragene® Discover Collection Kits and the Akonni TruTip® Extraction System on the Hamilton Microlab® STAR Liquid Handling Workstation
Hamilton

In the following studies, we have demonstrated the high precision of the automated TruTip extraction technology in processing genomic DNA from low-volume saliva samples and its advantage over competitors.
Rapid, High Throughput Extraction and Purification of Genomic DNA from Whole Blood Using the Akonni TruTip® Extraction System on the Hamilton Microlab® STAR Liquid Handling System
Hamilton

This application note demonstrates the high precision of the automated extraction system in processing genomic DNA from low volume whole blood samples and its advantage over competitors.
Next Generation Sequencing Method for Illumina TruSeq DNA Sample Preparation Protocol on the Hamilton STAR
Hamilton

The purpose of the TruSeq sample preparation protocol is to add adapter sequences onto the ends of DNA fragments to generate multiplexed sequencing libraries. Good liquid handling is crucial for pipetting precise volumes for example for Agilent Bioanalyzer.
A Fluorescence Based Assay of the Epigenetic Enzyme Histonedeacetylase 1 (HDAC1)
BMG LABTECH

Post-translational histone modifications like acetylation play a pivotal role in the epigenetic regulation of transcription. Catalyzing the latter reaction HDACs affect various cellular processes especially cancerogenesis. Although the mechanism of starting cancerogenesis by epigenetic events is not clearly explained inhibition of HDACs has highlighted as a viable principle in cancer therapy.
A MIQE Case Study — Effect of RNA Sample Quality and Reference Gene Stability on Gene Expression Data
Bio-Rad Laboratories

In this study, the minichromosome maintenance (MCM) protein, MCM7, was selected as a model target gene to investigate the importance of appropriate reference gene selection and RNA sample quality as described by the MIQE guidelines.
Application of the Amplifluor® SNPs Genotyping System using a FLUOstar OPTIMA Microplate Reader
BMG Labtech

The detection of SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) is an important tool for researchers in order to find mutations in DNA sequences. In this application note we describe a homogeneous fluorescence assay based on PCR. The Amplifluor® SNPs HT Genotyping System from Millipore was used to screen a number of samples with the help of the FLUOstar OPTIMA multidetection microplate reader from BMG LABTECH.
High Yield and Quality with Thermo Scientific Microtiter Deep Well 96 plates in KingFisher Flex Process
Thermo Fisher Scientific

The Thermo Scientific KingFisher Flex magnetic particle processor is specifically designed to automate the time-consuming sample preparation of proteins, nucleic acids and cells in 96-well plate formats.
Isolation and Purification of Genomic DNA and Viral RNA from Clinical Samples with Thermo Scientific KingFisher Flex
Thermo Fisher Scientific

The purification of DNA and RNA from clinical samples requires rapid and reliable processing of large quantities of samples. Automated purification of nucleic acids, proteins and cells with Thermo Scientific KingFisher Flex is a reproducible and high quality method, which produces excellent material for further analyses.
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