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Are you joining the 5th BioHack Academy?
Are you joining the 5th BioHack Academy?
Would you like to do small tests before purchasing an expensive machine? Interested in biology in your garage? With the kids? BioHacking is hot! The BioHack Academy is a 10-week course (2 days p.w.) in which you will learn to design, build, use and document your made lab equipment like for example an incubator, microscope or centrifuge. It is an international course followed in parallel by participants in BioHack labs all over the world. Interested?Read more about the BioHack Academy #5 at Waag Society’s website.
30-11-2017  |  434x  |  News in brief  | 
MEDICA-2017 LAMSYSTEMS representatives successfully presented their products at MEDICA-2017.
LAMSYSTEMS representatives successfully presented their products at MEDICA-2017. MEDICA-2017 exhibition has been taking place for almost 50 years and became an international professional event and a No. 1 trade fair in Europe and in the world. This year, more than 123 thousand visitors from 130 countries ranging from CIS to South America attended the exhibition. According to Lamsystems specialists, the exhibition was highly active; a lot of interest was shown in our products by the visitors that hadn’t been familiar with our company before as well as by those who had been successfully promoting our products on the local markets, i.e. our distributors. The visitors and attendees of the exhibition were interested in the latest technological developments and our new products as well as had a chance to evaluate the high quality and functional features of the class II biosafety cabinet SAVVY that was exhibited. A lot of guests were interested in cabinet operating processes, filter replacement ease, after-sale service etc. As a result, it is clear
28-11-2017  |  379x  |  News in brief  |   | 
MR Solutions receives scientific recognition with Institute
MR Solutions receives scientific recognition with Institute
MR Solutions, of Guildford has won an Innovation Award from the Institute of Physics in recognition of the company’s development of the world’s first commercially available preclinical, helium-free high-field MRI imaging system. The award was presented by the President of the Institute, Professor Dame Julia Higgins at a formal awards dinner presentation held on 7 November, 2017. Dame Julia Higgins said: “This year’s winners serve as tremendous examples of the many different ways in which physics can improve, save or protect lives and how it forms an invaluable part of the UK economy. Your successes have been made possible by investing in physics and in physicists. I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Companies such as these are the backbone of a high-tech economy and society.” Dr David Taylor, physicist and CEO of MR Solutions Group Ltd said: “After years of research, recognition by the IOP of the science in developing
23-11-2017  |  626x  |  News in brief  | 
Symcel secures €3.6 million Horizon 2020 Phase II grant
Multi-resistant bacterial sepsis infections to be validated utilising Symcel’s technology Symcel: 21 November 2017: Symcel, the company behind the revolutionary cell-based assay tool for real-time cell metabolism measurements, calScreener™, has secured €3.572 million Horizon 2020 funding to support the company’s evaluation of improved combination testing of antibiotics against extensively drug-resistant bacteria in sepsis patients. The project runs over 28 months with a consortium of internationally recognized academic and clinical key opinion leaders from Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden), Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (Madrid, Spain), Careggi University Hospital (Florence, Italy), Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen, Denmark), IHE (Lund, Sweden) and Symcel. Antimicrobial resistance is increasing rapidly – often causing infections that are extremely difficult to treat and for which no single antibiotic has an effect. Conventional reference methods are outdated, slow and unsuitable to use against the new threat of hetero- and extensively drug-resistant
21-11-2017  |  250x  |  News in brief
Pharma set for prosperous 2018 - 44500 attend CPhI Worldwide
Germany tops quality-ranking categories in the inaugural CPhI Global Pharma Index Amsterdam, 15th November 2017: CPhI Worldwide, organised by UBM, closes its 28th edition with pre-audit figures indicating a record-breaking attendance of over 44,500* and 2,598 exhibitors. Held in Frankfurt (Germany), the heart of Europe’s biggest pharmaceutical market (24-26th October, 2017), the world’s largest pharma event saw attendees from 169 countries – 25% of which are CEO or board level. CPhI Worldwide is widely used as a barometer of pharma’s overall health, as it is the only platform that brings together global pharma, and a strong event is reflective of a prosperous pharma industry. Over 85% of attendance is international, with over 6,000 people travelling from China and India alone. In fact, 71% of all visitors have purchasing power, with an average annual budget of EUR 3,5 million per department. Remarkably, in just the last 3 years alone, CPhI Worldwide has grown its audience base by a staggering 10,000 people, pulling in new attendees from across
15-11-2017  |  289x  |  News in brief
Pertinax Pharma appoints Nigel Brooksby as Chairman
Former chairman of Sanofi to help drive the commercialization of Pertinax® 14 November 2017: Pertinax Pharma announces that Nigel Brooksby has been appointed as chairman of the company. His chief responsibilities will be to assist in corporate, strategic and business development moves into its commercialisation phase following the launch last month of Pertinax®. This unique technology which enables controlled and sustained release of the antimicrobial, chlorhexidine (CHX) has wide ranging potential applications, spanning the wound care, medical device, dental and veterinary markets. Nigel Brooksby is highly regarded as an experienced businessman and entrepreneur in the life sciences arena. Over the last seven years, he has been involved as chairman, director and strategic adviser in raising significant investment. In his role as chairman of the UK Life Sciences Strategy Board, he secured a £32 million bid from the UK Government for the continued expansion and development of skills for the life sciences sector. In 2015, he was instrumental
14-11-2017  |  297x  |  News in brief
Poor aggregation will see ADC targets fail, face long delays
Experts at ADC Bio warn of impending problems in the ADC pipeline 14 November 2017, Wales: ADC Biotechnology (ADC Bio)‘s leading experts warn that best in class ADCs are being overlooked due to critical aggregation control problems. CDMOs are unable to develop products which are capable of working successfully in clinical testing or which are economically viable. The warning comes as more and more full service CDMOs are investing in conjugation and ADC facilities. “There is a major challenge in the ADC pipeline that conventional manufacturers have not addressed and which pharma companies are obliged to work around. The ultimate problem is that you have a candidate that may look promising but in practice it can’t be commercialised – unless aggregation control systems are put in place” commented Charlie Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at ADC Bio, the specialist ADC contract services company. He added: “We are seeing a great deal of excitement from pharma companies seeking to invest in ADC therapeutics. But applying conventional
14-11-2017  |  243x  |  News in brief
India ranked as the 3rd most competitive pharma nation
CPhI Global Pharma Index ranks India as third most competitive nation in global pharma Amsterdam, 10th November, 2017: CPhI & P-MEC India – organised by UBM – is set to welcome more than 50,000 attendees as the CPhI Global Pharma Index shows the country’s efforts to improve its reputation are paying dividends. India emerged successful in a number of key areas and was ranked by international pharma companies as the third most competitive nation globally. The inaugural CPhI Global Pharma Index – a reputation audit – draws on the insights of 500 international pharmaceutical companies from over 40 countries to rank the major pharma economies out of ten across a spread of criteria. These findings are announced as the 11th annual CPhI & P-MEC India 2017 is set to open later this month in Mumbai (27-30th November, 2017). It is a key time for the Indian industry, with the second India Pharma Week* returning (November 25-30th, 2017), which will feature seven events covering the entire pharma supply chain in India, leveraging Mumbai’s status as a major pharma
10-11-2017  |  237x  |  News in brief
Dolomite Bio introduces the Nadia product family for single
Dolomite Bio introduces the Nadia product family for single
Dolomite Bio is delighted to announce the launch of the game-changing Nadia single cell platform, a groundbreaking system set to escalate scRNA-Seq to new heights, offering the fast-growing single cell research sector an innovative solution for a wide range of potential applications. This novel product family will be on display from the 9th to the 10th of November 2017 at the 5th Annual Single Cell Analysis Congress (Booth 14) in London, UK, at Oz Single Cells 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, and at the 3rd Annual Boston Understand Your Genome® (UYG) Conference in Cambridge, USA, on the 14th of the month. The Nadia instrument is a touchscreen-controlled, droplet-based microfluidic platform for single cell research, combining superior microfluidics, automated temperature control and gentle cell/bead agitation to offer a single compact instrument that delivers highly precise and reliable results. One, two, four or eight samples can be run in parallel, generating up to
09-11-2017  |  294x  |  News in brief  | 
Rap parody wins the MicroTAS Video Competition 2017
Rap parody wins the MicroTAS Video Competition 2017
The MicroTAS Video Competition 2017, sponsored by Dolomite Microfluidics and Lab on a Chip, and supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, saw first prize awarded to Anu Kaushik and Alex Trick, PhD candidates in the BioMEMS and Single Molecule Dynamics Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Anu explained the idea behind their entertaining and creative video: “A few months before the conference, we realized that we both had an interest in hip-hop and rap, as well as playing around with music-making software. We thought a rap parody explaining our research would be a great way to integrate our work with our love of music. The video describes our research on droplet microfluidics for single-cell analysis and the benefits of using this technique to discretize cells from tissue samples to achieve faster detection, increase signal to noise ratio and analyze cellular heterogeneity.” Anu and Alex received a $1,500 prize to spend on
09-11-2017  |  315x  |  News in brief  | 
Lab Innovations 2017 celebrates another triumph At 4:00 pm on Thursday the 2nd of November, Lab Innovations celebrated the end of another
Lab Innovations 2017 celebrates another triumph
At 4:00 pm on Thursday the 2nd of November, Lab Innovations celebrated the end of another Suppliers and manufacturers rubbed shoulders with existing and prospective customers over the two days, sharing novel ideas and discussing creative solutions to day-to-day laboratory challenges. Visitor Denise Rooney, managing director at Premier Scientific Ltd, said: “Lab Innovations is a great opportunity to meet existing suppliers, see new product ranges and discover new opportunities. The event is getting bigger each year, making the trip from Belfast more worthwhile each time.” Jackie Howell from Catalent Pharma Solutions agreed: “This is my first visit to Lab Innovations, and I’m impressed. There’s a good mix of exhibitors, and I’ve met a number of companies that I wouldn’t have initially visited, who have given me some good ideas.” Many visitors and exhibitors commented on the value of face-to-face interactions, as Stuart Thompson, sales executive at Sci-Tek Instruments, explained: “It’s a great free event to invite our customers to, as it’s always better to
06-11-2017  |  349x  |  News in brief  | 
Excitement builds for PEFTEC 2017
Excitement builds for PEFTEC 2017
PEFTEC 2017 will take place in Antwerp from 29th to 30th November, and with four Conferences, over 60 Seminars and an international Exhibition, the organisers are urging visitors to plan their time carefully. Registration for visitors is still open -- use the link below. PEFTEC is a specialist event focused on the testing, analysis and monitoring of downstream oil products, chemicals and petrochemicals, created to provide the latest guidance on regulations, methods and technologies for analytical chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory personnel and environmental managers. Located at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium, PEFTEC 2017 will be situated at the centre of one the world’s largest clusters of petrochemical companies. The four Conferences will address analytical techniques, environmental monitoring, methane measurement and safety issues in hazardous situations. PEFTEC will provide the petrochemical industry with an opportunity to discover the latest
06-11-2017  |  266x  |  News in brief  | 
MR Solutions restructures for ongoing expansion
MR Solutions restructures for ongoing expansion
MR Solutions is expanding its management team following world-wide sales success of their ground-breaking, cryogen free preclinical MRI scanners. The management team and staff numbers have increased at head office and across the world in order to strengthen and support ongoing sales and manufacturing growth. Founder Dr David Taylor is Chairman of the holding company MR Solutions Group and CEO of MRR Systems Ltd, the division set up to support the company’s highly successful spectrometer sales and OEM assembly division. He also remains as chairman of MR Solutions Ltd. Nicky Doughty has been appointed CEO of MR Solutions Ltd, the division for the development and supply of preclinical imaging systems. A new division has been set up for the manufacture and supply of magnetics and gradient coils with Theo Becker and Chris Cirel managing MRS Magnetics Ltd. This division, which is based in Abingdon near Oxford, has begun supplying the cryogen-free, or dry magnet technology
03-11-2017  |  309x  |  News in brief  | 
AutoQuest Liquid Chromatography Autosampler
AutoQuest Liquid Chromatography Autosampler
Get more from your existing HPLC/Ion Chromatography system, with an AutoQuest Liquid Chromatography Autosampler. The Cecil AutoQuest, is that neat add-on to your existing LC system, which may be used with most third party HPLC and Ion Chromatography systems. It is ideal when your current autosampler needs replacement or if you have an increased workload. This autosampler is a handy, low maintenance addition in most chromatography laboratories. The astoundingly reliable 100 sample position autosampler, provides for ultra low carryover, ultra high injection precision, priority sampling, replicate injections and sample volumes from 5 µL to 2 mL. The ultra low carry-over provides for the ultimate in effective sampling for todays’ trace residue analysis and contaminant levels. With simple and reliable use via PC control or the stand-alone keys, and with easy third party connection and injection synchronisation, the AutoQuest will work together with your existing
03-11-2017  |  511x  |  Product news  |   | 
Portable Isolator at MEDICA 2017 LAMSYSTEMS will introduce its new product: isolating enclosure for transportation.
Portable Isolator at MEDICA 2017
LAMSYSTEMS will introduce its new product: isolating enclosure for transportation. The international medical exhibition MEDICA 2017 is going to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany from 13th to 16th of November. At this exhibition, Lamsystems will introduce its new product: isolating enclosure for transportation of people suspected of being infected with especially hazardous diseases, which was developed in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The isolating transporter (also known as portable isolator) is a mobile device that allows primary transportation of people suspected of being infected with especially hazardous diseases or patients affected by microbiological agents from contaminated areas to a designated hospital. The portable isolator can also be used during transportation of immunocompromised patients for their protection from the contaminated environment. The configuration of the isolating transporter designed by our specialists is featured with a range of functional attributes and advantages that differentiate it from its analogues.
02-11-2017  |  273x  |  News in brief  | 
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