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Raman spectroscopic techniques for biotechnology and bioprocessing

7 February 2009 | By

Biotechnological expertise is becoming increasingly important within the pharmaceutical industry, and will play a pivotal role in the monitoring of fermentations, particularly their optimisation within the framework of Process Analytical Technologies (PAT). The ability to harness biological processes for the development of drug therapies, so called ‘biopharmaceuticals’ provides treatments that…

PAT Roundtable: trends and issues

7 February 2009 | By

European Pharmaceutical Review invited four individuals to discuss their views and opinions on current trends and issues surrounding PAT.

What the future holds for real-time PCR

10 January 2009 | By

TATAA Biocenters, located in Gothenburg, Sweden, Prague, Czech Republic, Freising outside Münich in Germany, and Sunnyvale, California1, work with leading instrument manufacturers and reagents companies in the quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) field on new applications, making the know-how available through hands-on courses worldwide. Every year new courses are launched based…

Stem cell research and therapeutic innovation: not always a long-term perspective

10 January 2009 | By

When talking about stem cell research and its contribution to medical innovation, distinction should be made between embryonic stem cell research, believed to have almost infinite potential but with quite long-term perspectives, and adult stem cell research, which is already offering new therapeutic applications for otherwise incurable diseases. Today, adult…

Future trends for proteomics

10 January 2009 | By

The awarding of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Fenn, Tanaka, and Wüthrich for their work on methods for the identification and structural characterisation of biomolecules has heralded the increasing importance of proteomics in biomedical and fundamental research. Today, vendors offer a variety of mass spectrometric instruments to provide a…

The changing role of automation in High Throughput Screening

10 January 2009 | By

Among the challenges for the pharmaceutical industry, declining research productivity and increasing research costs take a prominent position. This is often put in the context of efforts in the pharmaceutical industry to automate and "industrialise" research activities, combinatorial chemistry and High Throughput Screening being the most prominent examples. An argument…

PAT Initiative review 2008

10 January 2009 | By Martin Warman, Director, MWC Ltd

As the industry approaches the five year anniversary of the ground breaking regulator initiatives (the ‘PAT framework' and ‘cGMPs for the 21st Century'1,2), it is time to assess the impact they have had on the industry and to look forward to what the industry may look like in another five…

Detecting microRNA targets or siRNA off-targets using expression data

3 December 2008 | By

Recently, small RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated to be important regulators in both plants and animals. In animals miRNAs act as translational repressors of target genes through a combination of inhibition of translation and mRNA destabilisation. These molecules have been implicated in a multitude of diseases, including…

European PROSPECTS for proteomics and systems biology

3 December 2008 | By

In its Research Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013), the European Commission sets the focus in health research on bringing the huge high-throughput data collection efforts of earlier programmes to the systems level. The ultimate goal of systems biology is the integration of various types of experimental data into models that represent…

The third annual Stem Cells World Congress

3 December 2008 | By

This year’s congress will include the Keynote Speakers Bernard Siegal, Executive Director at the Genetics Policy Institute, Jan Nolta, Director at the Stem Cell Programme in the University of California and Carolyn Compton, Director at the Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research in the National Cancer Institute.

The original HCA event

3 December 2008 | By

Last year over 400 thought leaders gathered at the Fifth Annual High-Content Analysis meeting at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel, on 14-17 January, to discuss the latest technologies and applications in high-content analysis. This year over 400 delegates are expected to attend and over sixty speakers will appear.