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Joanna brings more than 20 years’ experience writing about a wide range of scientific topics in biosciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. After a PhD in Molecular Toxicology, Joanna began a career in science publishing, as associate editor on Drug Discovery Today and later as senior editor, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. In 2007, she joined one of the world’s largest biomedical charities, Cancer Research UK, specializing in plain language science communications for patients and the public. Joanna has been a freelance writer since 2017, covering all biomedical topics with a focus on oncology, pharmacology and drug discovery.

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Four Top Trends in Personalized Medicine

By taking a multidisciplinary approach that integrates engineering, electronics and nanotechnology with state-of-the-art chemistry and molecular diagnostics tools, we are entering a new phase of personalized medicine. Download this listicle to learn more about the four top trends in personalized medicine.
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Advances in Biopharmaceutical Analysis

Biopharmaceuticals require careful analysis during research, development and manufacturing. In this article, we highlight some of the analytical techniques employed in biopharmaceutical analysis, and how the field is evolving to meet new challenges.
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New Analysis Tools for Detecting Food Fraud

This article will discuss current issues in food authenticity, the potential safety implications and the techniques proving pivotal in detecting and preventing fraudulent products from reaching consumers.
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Understanding Cell-to-Cell Communication in Cancer

This article explores how targeting the language of cancer cell communication could provide new ways to stop tumor growth and prevent drug resistance.
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Five Applications of Single-Cell Analysis Technologies

Download this listicle to discover recent examples of how single-cell analysis methods are driving forward research into cancer, aging, and drug discovery and development.
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Advances in Protein Engineering

In this article, we look at two of the hottest areas in protein engineering for therapeutic applications and how machine learning and artificial intelligence is set to transform the field.
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Advances in Cell Therapy

In this article, we review the latest research in cell therapy development, including advances made in the lab that show promise for translation to the clinic, to improvements in developing, testing and manufacturing.
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The Challenges of Vaccine Transport and Storage

This article will explore some of the key challenges associated with vaccine storage and why this differs across different types of vaccines.
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Towards the Lab of the Future

In this article, we look at the barriers preventing more widespread adoption of automation and digitization, and the opportunities they could bring.
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Spatial Biology: The Next Revolution in Understanding Health and Disease

By combining single-cell analysis tools with imaging and microfluidics, spatial biology is adding a new layer of information and is set to transform biomedical science.