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Webcast - Translation of Omic Data into Personalised Oncology Tools The Challenge and the RewardTranslation of Omic Data into Personalised Oncology Tools The Challenge and the Reward
William Gallagher, University College Dublin, speaking at Diagnostics & Biomarkers 2015.
Webcast - Plasma Vitronectin Predicts Response to Fluoropyrimidine-oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) Chemotherapy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Plasma Vitronectin Predicts Response to Fluoropyrimidine-oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) Chemotherapy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Sarah Hayes, University of Sydney, speaking at Diagnostics & Biomarkers 2015.

Market Reports
RNAi
RI Technologies

The report serves as a guide to global RNAi industry covering 280 plus companies that are engaged in RNAi synthesis, R&D, therapeutics, test kits, tools and services.
Innovation in the Prefilled Syringe Market - Biologics and Autoinjection Devices Shaping Future R&D Trends
Global Data

The report provides insights into possible future avenues of R&D in the prefilled syringe market. This includes an overview of problems and possible solutions, as well as discussion of how the devices have developed to date to address problems with contamination, safety, fragility and ease of use.
Monoclonal Antibodies Market in Rheumatoid Arthritis to 2018
GBI Research

The currently marketed monoclonal antibodies are highly successful products in the rheumatoid arthritis market, constituting four of the global top 20 best-selling drugs. Significant market exclusivity, expiries in the forecast period and yet more monoclonal antibodies in development will change the dynamics in and this highly lucrative market in the forecast period until 2018.
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.
Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) and Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) Market Report 2013
Select Biosciences Ltd

This is the latest and most up-to-date Market Report from Select Biosciences addressing the CTC and CSC markets as they are evolving rapidly.
siRNA Screening Trends
HTStec

This market report summarizes the results of HTStec’s industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on siRNA screening carried out in September 2012.
MicroRNAs and Exosomes
Select Biosciences Ltd

In this report, we focus upon the microRNA research marketplace from the perspective of the translational opportunities in these spaces. The focus of this field is moving from basic research towards the utility of associations of microRNA expression patterns in disease.
MicroRNA Market Trends 2011
Select Biosciences Ltd

In this report, we focus upon the microRNA marketplace via primary market research that allows us to identify qualitative and quantitative trends from the bottom-up.
Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) and Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) Market Report 2012
Select Biosciences Ltd

In this report, we focus upon the biology of CTCs and CSCs as well as explore the inter-relationship between these cell types based upon molecular events. Also presented are research trends which are for the isolation and study of CTCs, a potentially important tool for cancer diagnostics with special relevance to cancer metastatic mechanisms.
Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) Market Trends 2011
Select Biosciences Ltd

This is the latest and most up-to-date Market Report from Select Biosciences addressing the circulating tumor cells (CTCs) space. In this report, we focus upon the emerging marketplace for the isolation and study of CTCs, a potentially important tool for cancer diagnostics with special relevance to cancer metastasis and mechanisms thereof.
Scientific News
Microscopic Fish are 3D-Printed to do More Than Swim
Researchers demonstrate a novel method to build microscopic robots with complex shapes and functionalities.
Inciting an Immune Attack on Cancer Cells
A new minimally invasive vaccine that combines cancer cells and immune-enhancing factors could be used clinically to launch a destructive attack on tumors.
Reprogramming Cancer Cells
Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.
New Strategy for Combating Adenoviruses
Using an animal model they developed, Saint Louis University and Utah State university researchers have identified a strategy that could keep a common group of viruses called adenoviruses from replicating and causing sickness in humans.
Surprising Mechanism Behind Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Uncovered
Now, scientists at TSRI have discovered that the important human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, develops resistance to this drug by “switching on” a previously uncharacterized set of genes.
Fat in the Family?
Study could lead to therapeutics that boost metabolism.
Imaging Software Could Speed Up Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Researchers use high speed optical microscopy of intact breast tissue specimens to analyze breast tissue.
A Metabolic Master Switch Underlying Human Obesity
Researchers find pathway that controls metabolism by prompting fat cells to store or burn fat.
Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERS Shows Promise
A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species.
How Small RNA Helps Form Memories
In a new study, a team of scientists at Scripps Florida has found that a type of genetic material called "microRNA" (miRNA) plays surprisingly different roles in the formation of memory in animal models.
Business News
Immatics and MD Anderson Announce Launch of Immatics US, Inc.
Launch of Immatics US, Inc., to develop multiple T-cell and TCR-based adoptive cellular therapies.
Burning Rock and Illumina Collaborate on Molecular Diagnostics for Oncology
Collaboration highlights the ever-increasing importance of genomics to improve healthcare in China.
MorphoSys and Immatics Enter Strategic Alliance in Immuno-oncology
Collaboration aims to develop novel antibody-based therapies targeting tumor-associated peptides derived from intracellular proteins.
Novartis Drug Odomzo® Gains EU Approval
Approval follows positive CHMP opinion based on pivotal Phase II study showing durable objective response rate per central review of 56% in patients with laBCC.
Roche's Investigational Immunotherapy Atezolizumab Shrank Tumours in People with Lung Cancer
Roche will discuss results with the U.S. FDA as part of atezolizumab’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation in lung cancer.
4SC Strengthens Patent Protection for its Epigenetic Cancer Drug Candidate 4SC-202
A selective inhibitor of LSD1 and HDACs 1, 2, and 3 - in China.
BioLineRx Announces Initiation of Phase 2b Trial for Novel AML Consolidation Treatment
Study is first of three additional clinical studies for BL-8040 platform expected to commence during 2015.
Pivotal Phase II Study of Venetoclax Met Primary Endpoint
Venetoclax is a small molecule inhibitor of the BCL-2 protein, which potentially represents a new way of treating blood cancers.
Startup to Develop Cytos' Lead Candidate CYT003 as Cancer Immunotherapy
The deal could generate up to $90 million-plus for Cytos, which indicated it is looking to help develop a cancer immunotherapy.
Janssen Biotech Licenses Alligator Bioscience's Lead Cancer Immunotherapy
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Biotech said today it obtained an exclusive worldwide license from Alligator Bioscience to develop its Phase I immune-oncology candidate ADC-1013.

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ePosters
Tools for studying and using small RNAs: from pathways to functions to therapies
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Watson School of Biological Sciences

This poster provides an overview of the tools that have been developed to understand the functions of small RNAs and, conversely, the use of small RNAs as tools. Tools that are based on small RNAs have been exploited to investigate gene function in cultured cells and in living animals. Small RNA biogenesis, discovery and functional roles are explored in detail. Screening approaches to functional genomics, in vivo methods and potential therapeutic applications are discussed.
Increasing gene editing efficiencies in eukaryotic cell lines by selection of appropriate CRISPR-Cas9 reagents
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

Overview of various CRISPR-Cas9 reagents to provide the highest efficiency of gene editing in your experiments.
Knockdown of p53 by Accell self-delivering siRNA causes inhibition of p53-dependent DNA damage response in IMR-32 neuroblastoma cell line and β-amyloid toxicity in rat cortical neurons
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

Here we describe how application of Accell siRNA enabled the development of a high content screening assay in IMR-32 neuroblastoma cells and a whole culture cell viability assay in primary rat cortical neurons.
An Efficient Method for the Incorporation of Molecular Probes at Multiple/Specific sites in RNA: Levulinyl Protection for 2'-ACE ® , 5'-Silyl Oligoribonucleotide Synthesis
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

A unique method that uses a levulinate ester as a protecting group to introduce conjugates or molecular probes to virtually any location in a synthetic RNA molecule is discussed. The Levulinyl protecting group is stable in RNA synthesis conditions and can be removed without affecting the other parts of the synthesized RNA. We show the capabilities of this approach with three high-complexity synthesis examples.
Assessment of the efficiency of encapsulation of a fluorescent drug using Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
Malvern Instruments Ltd

This poster outlines an example where the methodology of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) is used to characterise nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes.
Bovine RNA-seq data analysis of liver and pituitary gland
(1) Functional Genomics Lab. Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, (2) Interdisciplinary Centre of Modern Technology, Nicolaus Copernicus Uni

Two key applications of RNA-seq i.e., i) transcriptome read mapping to a reference genome and ii) SNP detections were investigated to analysis of bovine liver and pituitary gland transcriptome. Here, we have presented ONLY the obtained results of bovine pituitary gland.
Innovative technology that enables RNAi in difficult to transfect cells
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

Investigations at Dharmacon have led to the development of innovative siRNA molecules that can be delivered into difficult-to-transfect cells without additional lipid reagents, virus, or instruments. This technology, Accell siRNA reagents, enables gene knockdown for functional genomic studies in a wide variety of cell types. In some instances, cells can be continuously dosed with Accell siRNAs to enable target gene knockdown for extended durations.
Innovative technology that enables RNAi in difficult to transfect cells
GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc.

Investigations at Dharmacon have led to the development of innovative siRNA molecules that can be delivered into difficult-to-transfect cells without additional lipid reagents, virus, or instruments. This technology, Accell siRNA reagents, enables gene knockdown for functional genomic studies in a wide variety of cell types. In some instances, cells can be continuously dosed with Accell siRNAs to enable target gene knockdown for extended durations.
THe AtSCL26 transcription factor controls cross-talk between GA and N root architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana roots
University of Warwick

Phenotypic and molecular evidence supports the hypothesis that developmental program enabling nodule formation arose during evolution from a lateral root ‘blueprint’ pre-existing in all higher plants . We reasoned that analyzing Arabidopsis genes orthologous to regulators of nodulation could shed insight on control of lateral root development. This led us to the discovery that an Arabidopsis GRAS family transcription factor controls lateral root development under specific nitrogen conditions.
LOHA Comprehensive Assay for Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, Copy Number Variants and Loss of Heterozygosity Using SureSelect Target Enrichment
Agilent Technologies, Diagnostics and Genomics Group

Here we describe a comprehensive assay that enables researchers to identify SNP, INDEL, CNV, and LOH using SureSelect target enrichment. This design can be employed as a standalone entity or in concert with other bait designs for SNP and INDEL detection. We also describe methods for data analysis and visualization.
Application Notes
Determining the Fluorescence Limit of Detection for a Given Flourophore
Malvern Instruments Limited

This note works through an experiment to approximately establish a baseline in terms of the fluorescence limit of detection for a given fluorophore.
Assessing Drug Encapsulation Efficiency using Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
Malvern Instruments Limited

In this application note we describe the use of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) for size and concentration measurements of drug delivery nanoparticles. In addition, by using a fluorescently tagged drug molecule, it was possible to determine how many drug delivery nanoparticles had successfully been loaded with drug molecules.
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.
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.
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.
Automated Illumina NGS Sample Preparation: TruSeq® Stranded mRNA on the Hamilton Microlab STAR
Hamilton Robotics

Illumina’s sample preparation kits produce high quality libraries for DNA and RNA sequencing. Hamilton offers the robust Microlab STAR line of robotic liquid handling workstations for automating sample preparation. Together, the automation of the TruSeq Stranded mRNA sample preparation protocol on the STAR gives the user hours of reliable, unattended library preparation.
Automating Aqueous Compound Solubility Using the 96-Well Multiscreen® Solubility Filter Plate on a Hamilton Microlab® Star Workstation
Hamilton

Here we describe an automated method for determining drug solubility using Millipore’s MultiScreen Solubility filter plate on the Hamilton MICROLAB STAR workstation.
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.
Dual-Glo Luciferase Reporter-Gene Assay on the SpectraMax M5, LMax II384 and Analyst GT Microplate Readers
Molecular Devices

Reporter-gene assays are used to study eukaryotic gene expression. Dual genetic reporters are commonly used in transient transfections of cultured cells to minimize experimental variability. Recently, Promega introduced a Dual-Glo Lucoferase assay system which replaced the outdated ‘flash’ assays used previously. Ensuring both genetic reporters have different substrate requirements enables them to be detected using a single reaction mixture.
Sequence-Specific DNA Assay
Molecular Devices

The Threshold® system from Molecular Devices, together with the Immuno Ligand Assay (ILA) kit can be used to measure specific DNA sequences. Biotinylated or fluorescienated oligonucleotide probes, specific to the target sequence, anneal to the digested target DNA creating a probe-target hybrid which can then be detected and quantified against a standard curve, with pleasing results.
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