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Industry Insight

SLAS Europe 2024 New Product Award Winners

Two winners earned the New Product Award at SLAS Europe 2024: SEED Biosciences’ Dispen3D and Cryologyx’s PlateReady™. Technology Networks spoke with CEO of CryoLogyx Tom Congdon to learn more about their award-winning new product.
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News

Researchers Build Soft Robotic “Hand” Using Graphene and Liquid Crystals

Eindhoven researchers have developed a soft robotic ‘hand’ made from liquid crystals and graphene that could be used to design future surgical robots. The new work has just been published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
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News

Researchers Create “Glassy Gels”, A New Class of Materials

Researchers have created a new class of materials that blends the hardness of glass with the stretchability of gels. The new materials – “glassy gels” – can stretch up to five times their original length without breaking.
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News

Flexible Piezoelectric Sensors for Both Humans and Robots

Existing designs of flexible piezoelectric sensors are either are costly or have limited sensitivity. Researchers tackled these issues by developing a novel piezoelectric composite material.
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News

Machine Learning Model Automates Wearable Technology Design

Defying engineering challenges in record time, researchers at the University of Maryland developed a machine learning model that eliminates hassles in materials design to yield green technologies used in wearable heaters.
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Article

Challenges and Solutions in Cell Therapy Development

In this article, we explore how researchers are tackling some of the challenges preventing cell therapies from being more widely used. We also outline advances in manufacturing and regulatory approval processes that will help expand patient access to life-changing treatments.
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Industry Insight

SLAS Europe 2024 New Product Award: Top Contenders Announced

Finalists for the New Product Award at the SLAS Europe conference showcase cutting-edge innovations in life sciences, evaluated on technical merit, commercial feasibility, originality, impact and market opportunity. Here, we take a look at the six nominees and the products competing for this year’s award.
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News

MIT Scientists Develop a Method To Control Muscles Using Light

A new optogenetic technique could offer better muscle control and less fatigue for people who use neuroprosthetic systems.
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News

What Fire Ants Can Teach Us About Making Better, Self-Healing Materials

Fire ants form living rafts to keep their colony afloat in floods, and how they do this could inform the development of self-healing materials.
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Article

Overcoming Obstacles in Automating Cryogenic Storage

This article explores the challenges and strategies involved in transitioning to automated cryogenic storage systems. From assessing current infrastructure to gaining organizational buy-in and selecting appropriate containers, follow these steps to help ensure a successful transition to automated cryogenic storage.
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