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Webcasts
Continuous Flow Synthesis of alpha-Haloketones – Essential Building Blocks of Antiretroviral Agents
Oliver Kappe, Karl Franzens University of Graz, speaking at Flow Chemistry Congress 2014
Catalysis in Flow: Operando Study of Pd Catalyst Speciation and Leaching
Mimi Hii, Imperial College, speaking at Flow Chemistry Congress 2014.

Market Reports
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.
Atomic Spectroscopy Market by Technology & Application - Competitive Landscape, Global Forecasts & Trends to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

The global atomic spectroscopy market was valued at an estimated $4.02 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4%.
Flow Chemistry Market by Reactor Type, Application & Geography - Trends & Forecast to 2018
MarketsandMarkets

This report Flow Chemistry Market is segmented by type of reactor with major focus on micro reactor systems. The micro reactor system market is further segmented by type along with geography and applications.
Bionanotechnology
RI Technologies

This report on Bionanotechnology studies the impact of nanotechnology in various biotechnology applications. The study focuses on major applications including food, drug discovery and development, diagnostic tools and devices, and other (bionanosensors).
Chiral Chemicals
RI Technologies

This report focuses on the different methods and applications of Chiral Chemicals and their impact. The study provides global market analysis for preparation of chiral chemicals by traditional, asymmetric and biological methodologies.
China Pharmaceutical Market Outlook
Global Data

The report details the macroeconomic environment of China, providing a background of the financial and demographic situations in the country, as well as identifying key demographics. It covers the pharmaceutical market broken down by market segment, and the popularity of biosimilars and biologics, identifying where the strongest market potentials lie.
Pathways to Efficient Drug Development - Advances in Modeling and Simulation Outcomes to Fuel Pipeline Productivity
GBI Research

The report examines the reasons why the pharmaceutical industry is looking for improvements in efficiency whilst acknowledging that pharmaceutical R&D remains a long and risky process. It looks in detail at precompetitive research and evaluates how the industry is pulling together to research solutions to problems that are common to all companies.
Drug Discovery and Development Market in Asia
Global Data

The report provides key data, information and analysis of the major trends and issues affecting the drug discovery and development market in seven major countries in Asia, namely China, India, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.
Phenotypic Drug Discovery Trends 2013
HTStec

HTStec's Phenotypic Drug Discovery Trends 2013 report was published on 20 March 2013. This 59 page market report summarizes the results of HTStec's industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on phenotypic drug discovery (PDD) carried out in March 2013.
Benchtop Automation Trends 2013
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec's industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on small-scale or benchtop automation carried out in January 2013.
Scientific News
Misfolded Proteins Clump Together in a Surprising Place
Stowers researchers create new framework for protein aggregation under acute stress.
Nanoparticle Research Could Enhance Drug Delivery Through Skin
A milestone study from the University of Southampton could have major implications for the delivery of drugs.
Chemists Recruit Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs
With some tinkering, a deadly protein becomes an efficient carrier for antibody drugs.
Protein ‘Map’ Could Lead to Potent New Cancer Drugs
Findings will help scientists to design drugs that could target NMT enzyme.
Animal Testing can Mislead Drug Discovery and Development
Several blockbuster drugs would not be on the market, if scientists had relied solely on drug-uptake in animal trials, according to new research.
Synthesis and Bioactivity of Analogues of Tropodithietic Acid
The study suggests that the sulfur atoms in the marine antibiotic TDA are not essential for bioactivity, but different modes of action for TDA and its sulfur-free analogue cannot be excluded.
Cancer-Fighting Drugs Might Also Stop Malaria Early
A number of compounds have been identified which could be used to fight malaria.
Collaboration Leads to Possible Shortcut to New Drugs
The reaction, reported in Science, demonstrates how a carboxylic acid can be transformed into a very reactive site through use of a novel photoredox catalyst.
Catalysts That Mimic Enzymes Could Revolutionize Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Structures made of polymer chains allow the catalysts to work in water.
Discovery of How Taxol Works Could Lead to Better Anticancer Drugs
The drug’s interference with the normal function of microtubules could help in designing better anticancer drugs.
Business News
Agilent to Close NMR Business
The announcement is part of Agilent's strategy to address the business shortfalls of its Research Products Division.
Auspherix and Domainex Announce Collaboration
Collaboration to develop new drugs to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
MRC Technology and Proximagen Collaborate
Project will investigate a small molecule solution for Macrophage migration inhibitory factor.
Ubiquigent and University of Dundee Collaborate
Agreement brings together expertise to design, develop and market small molecule libraries targeting ubiquitin system proteins.
Cresset Donates to Novartis’ TExts to Sub-Saharan Africa Project
Project donates textbooks to Kenyan university libraries.
Gilead Announces Generic Licensing Agreements
Indian companies granted license to produce generic sofosbuvir and investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir for treatment of chronic hepatitis C.
PCI Announces Acquisition of Biotec
Acquisition expands clinical trial and cold chain services.
BerGenBio Granted Wellcome Trust Award
The prestigious Wellcome Trust Seeding Drug Discovery Award will provide NOK 16 million to develop novel cancer therapeutics.
Bionomics Acquires Prestwick Chemical
Bionomics has agreed to pay €270,000 to acquire the business assets of Prestwick Chemical.
Evotec And The Jain Foundation Expand Collaboration
The collaboration marks the start of multiple drug screening programmes.

Events
Drug Discovery USA Congress
21 Oct 2014
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Pricing & Reimbursement Strate
23 Oct 2014
Pricing & Reimbursement Strate ...
Cancer: Research, Discovery an
29 Oct 2014
Cancer: Research, Discovery an ...
Lab Innovations 2014
05 Nov 2014
Lab Innovations 2014 ...

ePosters
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.
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).
Amino-Coated Metallofullerene Nanoparticles for Glioblastoma Mutiforme Tumor Detection
Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech,Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

We report the preparation of a new functionalized trimetallic nitride endohedral metallofullerene, with a cage surface consisting of positively charged amino groups, which is expected to bind more efficiently to negatively charged cell phospholipid bi-layer cellular surfaces and will more readily undergo endocytosis. We now report that this Gd-nanoplatform when subsequently conjugated with an IL-13 peptide, (IL-13-Gd3N@C80(OH)x(NH2)y) exhibits enhanced targeting of U-251 GBM cell lines.
Side by Side: An Evaluation of 2D vs. 3D Cell Culture for High Throughput Screening in Drug Discovery
1 High Throughput Screening, Discovery Sciences, AstraZeneca Alderley Park. 2 University of York, Biology Department. 3 Chemistry, iMED Oncology, AstraZeneca Alderley Park.

•3D cell culture has the potential to provide a more physiologically relevant model compared to standard tissue culture plastic.
•From a screening perspective the technology offers the possibility of more predictive drug responses but has an increased cost.
•The question: is it possible and, more importantly, is it worthwhile moving towards screening in High Throughput using a 3D model?
Use of a Microlitre Digital Liquid Handler for Screening Applications
TTP Labtech

Digital dispensing offers researchers the most freedom for experimental design and sample placement with each microplate. It makes it relatively simple to plan and execute the most desirable experimental design and not one predicated by manual or automated liquid handling.
High Throughput Screening in the European Lead Factory
Pivot Park Screening Centre

This paper describes workflows that have been implemented at the screening centre of the European Lead Factory and presents screening statistics on the first 18 months of operation.
Application Notes
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.
Improved cell viability assay performance using PrestoBlue® Reagent
Tecan Trading AG

Cell proliferation and viability assays are widely used in academic and life science laboratories, and are becoming increasingly common in the pharmaceutical industry. Assessment of cellular viability markers in cell-based applications is mandatory for laboratories working with in vitro systems.
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.
Cytotoxicity in Cells: Easy Determination Using Lonza ViaLight Plus and ToxiLight BioAssays on the SpectraMax L Microplate Luminometer
Molecular Devices

Bioluminescent cytotoxicity assays offer the user increased detection limits, speed, and accuracy, and have been well documented (Crouch et al., 1993). Healthy cells maintain a high constant ATP concentration in culture. During proliferation, the total ATP in the culture increases in line with cell number. Conversely, dying cells are unable to maintain their high ATP level, as synthesis becomes compromised, and so levels are seen to reduce. The level of ATP present within a culture is indicative
Microplate-Based Endotoxin Testing in GLP/GMP Environments with the VersaMax™ Absorbance Microplate Reader and Pyrochrome® Assay
Molecular Devices

Monitoring for contaminants is a critical step during the production process in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. A frequent contaminant, endotoxin, can cause fever, inflammation, headache, nausea, and even death. Found in the cell wall of gram negative bacteria, endotoxin has routinely been detected by the sensitive and specific Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) assay. In the presence of endotoxins, LAL coagulates through an enzyme-mediated cascade, which has then been traditional
Heating on an Atlas Hotplate
Syrris Ltd

In the following experiments, different vessels were heated using the Atlas hotplate, with and without the Atlas Stacking Drybath. In every case, an external thermocouple probe has been used with the system to accurately measure “reaction” temperature.
Analysing Endotherms using Atlas
Syrris Ltd

This application note shows how atlas and reaction monitoring can be used to look at endothermic processes.
Tracking Exotherms using Atlas Reaction Monitoring
Syrris Ltd

This application note shows how atlas and reaction monitoring can be used to look at exothermic processes.
Reaction Monitoring with Atlas 1
Syrris Ltd

This application note reports the use of the atlas system to monitor the hydrolysis of acetic anhydride, a typical test reaction for exothermic processes.
Reaction Monitoring with Atlas 2
Syrris Ltd

This application note details an experiment to show the repeatability and scalability of reaction monitoring signals by using an electrical heater system.
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