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Droplet-on-Demand Platform for Biochemical Screening & Drug Discovery
L.D. van Vliet1*, F. Gielen1, A. Sinha2, B.T. Koprowski3, J.B. Edel4, X.Niu5, A.J. deMello3, F. Hollfelder1, & J. Motschman2

To demonstrate droplet on demand applications towards study of biological entities encapsulated in nanoliter droplets. Interfacing a droplet on demand platform with microfluidic chips allows for merging and dilution of droplets. This feature is applied to encapsulate yeast cells (S. cerevisiae) and multicellular organisms (C. elegans).

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Analysis of Polymers, Additives and Contaminates in Medical Devices using Pyrolysis-GCMS
Gary Deger

Pyrolysis GC-MS is a standard technique used to analyze industrial polymers. This poster will show the use of multiple temperature ramps to analyze for additives and contaminants, in addition to polymer identification, in several medical devices.

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Long-term on-chip storage and release of liquid reagents for diagnostic lab-on-a-chip applications
Daniel Czurratis*, Yvonne Beyl*, Sven Zinober*, Franz Lärmer*, Roland Zengerle**

We present a concept which enables on-chip storage of liquid reagents at room temperature and allows an easy implementation into pressure driven LoC devices.

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Investigating the Effects of Commercial Antimicrobial Agents on Human Corneal Epithelial Cell Membranes
Ian J. Horner, Jerod J. Hurst, Nadine D. Kraut, Alyssa A. Rook, Crystal M. Collado, G Ekin-Atilla Gokcumen, and Frank V. Bright

Several commercial multi-purpose solutions (MPS) products contain polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) and/or polyquaternium-1 (PQ-1) as antimicrobial agents. In this poster we report the effects of PHMB and PQ-1 on small unilamellar vesicles (SUV) that we have designed to mimic the average human corneal epithelial cell membrane.

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Direct Targets Identification of a Bioactive Compound
Sylvain Blanc, Paul Bradley, Marie-Edith Gourdel, Michael Cholay, Gisèle Guimèse, Mike Mckenzie, George Nasi, Jean-Christophe and Barbara Ruggiero

Identifying protein partners of a small bioactive molecule is of great
interest in many aspects of life sciences and specifically in the drug
discovery and development process cycle. It is a support to (i) decipher
the mechanism of action after for example a “High Content” screening,
(ii) study “off-target” effects, (iii) adjust therapeutic indications and
clinical regimens of a drug and (iv) consider drug repositioning.

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3D-Tissue/ Whole-blood Co-culture Models Combined with Multi-Analyte Profile (MAP) Analyses for In-vivo-like Immunopharmacology
Stein GM, Joos T, Schmolz M

Human Organotypic Test (HOT) Systems aim at in-vivo like substance characterisation of all preparations meant to act on the human immune system.

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A multiplexed amplicon sequencing technology for FFPE and circulating, cell-free DNA
Laurie Kurihara, Catherine Couture, Julie Laliberte, Sukhinder Sandhu, Jonathan Irish, Tim Harkins and Vladimir Makarov

A novel amplicon approach allowing for hundreds of amplicons to be multiplexed in a single tube with a two workflow from sample to sequencer.

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Aptamer-Based Electrochemical Biosensing Platform for Detection of Hormonal Pollutants in Water
Contreras Jimenez, G.; Eissa, S.; Ng, A.; Zourob, M.; Siaj, M.

A novel detection mechanism based on aptamers has been developed to detect small molecules as hormones, antibiotics, toxins, drugs, etc. For first time, an aptasensor to detect progesterone has been developed.

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Response to ragweed allergen provocation in the Red Maple Trials Allergen Challenge TheatreTM
Suzanne Kelly, PHD;Jacob Karsh, MDCM, FRCPC; Jimmy Yang, MBA; William H. Yang, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI

Response to ragweed allergen provocation in the Red Maple Trials Allergen Challenge Theatre

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Growing Spinal Disc Tissue
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Imaging Individual Molecules
JILA researchers have designed a microscope instrument so stable that it can accurately measure the 3D movement of individual molecules over many hours-hundreds of times longer than the current limit measured in seconds.
Long-term Memories Are Maintained by Prion-like Proteins
Research from Eric Kandel’s lab at Columbia University Medical Center has uncovered evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time.
How the Mammoth Got its Wool
Evolutionary change in a gene reconstructed in the lab from the woolly mammoth was part of a suite of adaptations that allowed the mammoth to survive in harsh arctic environments, according to new research.
Chemists Design a Quantum-Dot Spectrometer
New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.
Elastic Gel to Heal Wounds
A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue, such as skin and blood vessels.
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