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Future trends in drug discovery technology

18 December 2012 | By Terry McCann, TJM Consultancy

The average cost to a major pharmaceutical company of developing a new drug is over USD 6 billion1. Herper1 observes that the pharmaceutical industry is gripped by rising failure rates and costs, and suggests that the cost of new drugs will be reduced by new technologies and deeper understanding of…

MS-based methods for detection, quantitation and localisation of pharmaceuticals and metabolites in biological samples

18 December 2012 | By Tyler Greer, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lingjun Li, Department of Chemistry & School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mass spectrometry is a powerful, multi-faceted technique capable of analysing pharmaceuticals and their metabolites in biological matrices. Although it is more commonly applied to proteins, peptides and lipids, an increasing number of studies use mass spectrometry based techniques to detect, quantitate and localise pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. The availability of…

Putting the ‘fun’ into functional genomics: a review of RNAi genomewide cellular screens

18 December 2012 | By Dr. Stephen Brown, Sheffield RNAi Screening Facility, Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield

As RNA interference (RNAi) enters its teenage years from the first critical observations, it has now reached a multi-billion pound industry. There are few research areas that have expanded as quickly and spectacularly as the field of RNAi. The potential of RNAi initially sparked a functional genomics gold rush. Different…

Rapid micro methods and the next generation in ATP bioluminescence

25 October 2012 | By Michael J. Miller, President, Microbiology Consultants, LLC and Noe Miyashita, Researcher, Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd

This is the fifth paper in our continuing series on Rapid Microbiological Methods (RMM) that will appear in European Pharmaceutical Review during 2012. As many of you know, I am always on the lookout for the next generation of rapid microbiological method (RMM) technologies and solutions. In this article, I…

Applications of MRI to controlled drug delivery devices

22 October 2012 | By Mick Mantle, Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that is traditionally used as a diagnostic clinical imaging tool. However, there are now an increasing number of non-medial applications where MRI has seen unrivalled success. One of those areas is in its application to pharmaceutical research. The aim of this article is…

High dimensional flow cytometry comes of age

3 September 2012 | By Jonni Moore, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director, Clinical Flow Cytometry, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Director, Abramson Cancer Center Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Shared Resource – Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and Pascal Yvon, CEO, CytoVas

Technologies for single cell analysis have recently become prominent in the emerging life science sectors. The last few decades have seen an explosion in advancements in cytometric technologies encompassing instrumentation, probes and data analysis. In particular, flow cytometry has become a well-established and routine method in clinical laboratories. Recent developments…