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Webcasts
Webcast - Identification of Atg-8–Atg 3 protein-protein interaction inhibitorIdentification of Atg-8–Atg 3 protein-protein interaction inhibitor
Jürgen Bosch, Johns Hopkins University, speaking at Drug Discovery and Development 2014
Webcast - Rising Role of Academic Drug DiscoveryRising Role of Academic Drug Discovery
Barbara Slusher, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, speaking at Drug Discovery and Development 2014.

Market Reports
Cell-Based Label-Free Detection Trends 2014
HTStec Limited

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s 4th global web-based benchmarking survey on cell-based label-free (LF) detection carried out in July and August 2014. The study also examined in detail the current market landscape, application areas and interest in purchasing new products/systems.
HTS Metrics & Future Direction Trends 2014
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s global web-based benchmarking survey on high throughput screening (HTS) metrics and future directions carried out in July 2014. The survey was initiated by HTStec as part of its tracking of life science marketplaces and to update our previous report (April 2012). It followed an approach from Pharma to benchmark recent HTS metrics.
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.
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.
High Throughput Screening (HTS) Market by Technology, Applications, and End Users - Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

Technological advancements and flourishing outsourcing industry likely to propel the growth of the global high throughput screening market. In this report, the global high throughput screening market has been segmented on the basis of technology, products, applications, end users, and geography.
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.
Automated Patch Clamping Trends 2014
HTStec

The objective of this global benchmarking study was to comprehensively document current practices, preferences and metrics in ion channel drug screening using APC technology. It also seeks to chart the emergence of new 384-well APC systems.
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.
Academic Outreach & Non-Profit Screening Trends 2014
HTSTec

The main objectives of this global benchmarking study were to compile a report that comprehensively documents the current status, operational capabilities, interests, assay readouts, formats, funding, budgets, success criteria and future investments of academic and non-profit screening centers.
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.
Scientific News
Direct Drug Screening Of Biopsies Could Overcome Resistance
Combining genetic with pharmacologic screening of tumors may enable truly individualized treatment regimens.
Almac Announces Launch of CLIA Validated Next Generation Sequencing Assay
P53 considered important biomarker for cancer drug discovery.
Next-Gen Melanoma Drug Excels in Lab Tests
Anti-cancer activity was reported in 10 out of 11 patient tumor samples grown in mice and treated with the experimental drug TAK-733.
Blood Test Could Reduce Antibiotic Use
A new blood biomarker test that indicates whether bacteria is the cause of a patient’s lung infection is now being studied at UPMC Presbyterian.
New Targets and Test to Develop Treatments for Memory Disorders
The study focuses on kinesin, a molecular motor protein that plays a role in the transport of other proteins throughout a cell.
Drugging the Undruggable
Discovery opens up possibility of slowing cancer spread.
Classification of Gene Mutations in Neuroblastoma
Penn Medicine and CHOP experts define riskier mutations in neuroblastoma, setting stage for clinical trial.
Microscopic “Walkers” Find Their Way Across Cell Surfaces
Technology could provide a way to deliver probes or drugs to cell structures without outside guidance.
Study Investigates Inherent Contamination in Deep Well Microplates
Study gives data on microplates from numerous manufacturers based in Europe, USA and China.
Culture System Replicates Course Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Three-dimensional system should significantly reduce time and costs of drug development.
Business News
Actavis to Acquire Allergan for $66 Billion
Transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Actavis and Allergan, and is supported by the management teams of both companies.
Charities Pledge to Inject Millions to Jump Start Drug Development for Brain Diseases
MRC Technology to lead Neurodegeneration Medicines Acceleration Programme to uncover promising drugs in pharma libraries.
Horizon Discovery Group Signs Agreement with Top Ten Pharma Company for Approximately $750,000
Horizon CombinatoRx to perform drug combination screening on a lead oncology asset.
QIAGEN Signs Ninth Master Collaboration Agreement for Companion Diagnostics
Master collaboration agreement is a framework for developing and commercializing QIAGEN companion diagnostics, paired with new or existing products.
MicroMatrices, Advanced Cell Diagnostics Partnership
MicroMatrices becomes preferred partner for preclinical use of ACD’s RNA ISH.
Molecular Devices Partners with Roche
Partnership will develop custom Ruthenium Nano-TRF Detection Platform.
ex scientia partners with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Partnership will research new medicines for psychiatric disorders.
QTS and Hepregen Execute Co-Development and Co-Marketing Agreement
Agreement provides for development, manufacture and sale of HepatoPac® B-CLEAR® co-labeled proprietary products for liver transporter analysis.
Labcorp To Acquire Covance For Approximately $5.6 Billion
Combination creates comprehensive healthcare diagnostics company offering customers end-to-end solutions for drug and diagnostics development and commercialization.
Charles River Acquires ChanTest
Addition broadens Charles Rivers' existing discovery-focused ion channel capabilities.

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ePosters
Recent Technical Developments in the Standardized Separation and Measurement of Extracellular Vesicles
(1) Izon Science US Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand (2) The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

We present robust and practical solutions for the standardization of EV isolation and concentration measurement. EV concentration also needs to have a defined size range. With these solutions, significant improvement in the reproducibility and comparability of results between different researchers is possible.
High Titre BacMam viruses improve transduction efficiency of mammalian cells
Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd, Oxford Brookes University

We present a method for producing high titre BacMam virus vectors for the efficient transduction of mammalian cells.
Novel Approaches to High-throughput Measurements of Replicative Lifespan in Yeast by Microfluidic Size Sorting and Genetic Engineering
HTW Berlin, Dept. Life Science Engineering, Berlin, Germany

Development of a high-throughput screen utilizing a microfluidic device and a linearly growing yeast strain to simultaneously test the influence of various drugs on the replicative lifespan of yeast.
Identification and Characterisation of Novel Positive Allosteric Modulators of the Galanin 2 Receptor
MRCT

An HTS against GalR2 was carried out to find novel PAMs to treat neuropathic pain.
The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home: HTS Assay Development for Complex Multi-domain Protein Kinases
Axxam

This study strongly supports the possibility to overcome the major bottlenecks in the production of long kinase recombinant forms, in order to perform drug discovery programmes with proteins more closely preserving the structural and functional properties of the native enzymes.
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.

Automated Fluorescence Detection and Imaging of RNA Species in Live Cells
1BioTek Instruments, Inc., Winooski, Vermont • 2EMD Millipore Temecula, California

This poster describes the detection and quantification of RNA species in Live cells through automated imaging.
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.
Validation of a 3-Dimensional Human Liver Microtissue Model for Long-term Hepatotoxicity Studies
1BioTek Instruments, 2InSphero, Inc. 3Bioreclamation I VT, 4 Promega Corporation

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of drug commonly used as analgesics and antipyretics, as well as for management of rheumatological disorders. They are one of the most highly prescribed drug families around the world, and consequently, along with antimicrobial agents, are the most frequent causes of druginduced liver injury (DILI) (Bjornsson et al., 2010).
Identifying Molecular Signatures of Tumors Using Novel Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Networks
Duke University

We developed FRET sensors that can detect 125 fluorophores simultaneously. From experimental analyses of over 1200 time-resolved fluorescence signatures on 300 prototypical sensors, we show that the optical responses are highly repeatable and minor variations between FRET networks can be discriminated resulting in a total of 10^375 unique responses in theory.

Application Notes
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.
Sample preparation with the AC Extraction Plate: extraction of urinary THC metabolites for LC-MSMS quantification
Tecan Group Ltd.

In many countries, routine workplace drug testing involves screening for the free THC-COOH metabolite obtained by hydrolyzing THC-COOH glucuronide. Tecan’s AC Extraction Plate with TICE technology enables a straightforward workflow that is reproducible and cost efficient. Liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) provides an easy and cost-effective means for fast, sensitive and precise analysis of THC and its metabolites.
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.
Creating dose-response curves for cell-based and biochemical assays with the HP D300 Digital Dispenser
Tecan Group Ltd.

Small molecule drug discovery relies on the evaluation of one compound against another compound. Measurement of the activity of the small molecule against a target must be standardized by determining the IC50 or EC50 value using does response curve. The classical method of generating a dose-response curve is via serial dilution; however this approach has a number of drawbacks. Today, there is an alternative solution which eliminates these limitations: the HP D300 Digital Dispenser.
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.
3D cell culture: a realistic and reproducible collagen-based environment
Tecan Group

Researchers are increasingly turning to 3D cell culture techniques, due to the improved physiological relevance of the cellular environment. 3D cell cultures offer a more in vivo-like response to stimuli more closely resembling the behavior of animal models or the human body.
Optimized cell culture
Tecan Group Ltd.

Culturing of various stable cell lines, including bacterial, yeast, hybridoma, insect and mammalian lines, and stem cells, is an important task in the pharmaceutical industry. The cells need to be maintained and expanded for use in cell-based assays, such as siRNA screening, ADME and high content screening, as well as for clone selection.
Efficient washing of magnetic beads
Tecan Group Ltd.

The use of magnetic beads as the solid phase in a multiplexed ELISA enables high throughput cytokine screening and offers several advantages over common ELISA assays with direct coupling of the analyte to the well-surface.
Determination of microbial cell viability
Tecan Group Ltd.

The BacTiter-Glo Microbial Cell Viability Assay is a luminescence-based assay for the determination of the viability of microbial cells, using quantification of ATP as an indicator of metabolically active, viable cells. The assay protocol comprises the addition of the BacTiter-Glo reagent directly to the sample, and subsequent measurement of luminescence; cell washing, removal of culture medium, and multiple pipetting steps are not required.
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