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Article 6: qPCR data analysis 2 – Controls and Troubleshooting

12 December 2009 | By

The tremendous increase in the number of laboratories using qPCR and publications relying on qPCR data are testament to the rapid uptake of this technology. When preceded by reverse transcription (RT-qPCR) it is regarded as the reference technique for validation of previously derived data such as from microarray studies and…

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Process Analytical Technology (PAT) in Freeze Drying: Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy as an evolving tool for Cycle Monitoring

12 December 2009 | By Stefan Schneid, Division of Pharmaceutics, Freeze Drying Focus Group, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Dr. Henning Gieseler, Division of Pharmaceutics, Freeze Drying Focus Group, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

The most important critical product parameter during a freeze-drying process is the product temperature at the ice sublimation interface, Tp1. Once the product temperature in this area of interest exceeds the critical formulation temperature (typically denoted as "collapse temperature", Tc) during primary drying, a stepwise loss of the cake structure…

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IFPAC 2010

12 December 2009 | By

IFPAC is a meeting place for the latest developments in Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD). The Twenty-Fourth International Forum and Exhibition will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront on 31 January - 4 February 2010 www.ifpac2010.org.

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Basics of image analysis in High Content Screening

12 December 2009 | By

Automated high content screening platforms are capable of producing thousands of images per day. The challenge is to use appropriate analysis methods to extract the maximum amount of biologically-relevant information from these images. In this article we summarise the basic concepts of image analysis and highlight examples of both open-source…

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The Original HCA Event

12 December 2009 | By

Coverage Includes: Compound/siRNA Screening - Pathway Analysis - Data Management - Image Analysis - HCA for Stem Cells - Live-Cell Imaging - Flow Cytometry - Neuronal Screening - New Biological Models for HCA - Novel Probes and Biosensors

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RNAi screening in the era of high-throughput genetics

12 December 2009 | By

The use of RNAi screening to identify potential drug targets has enjoyed great success in recent years as a robust method for linking genes to a disease process through a functional assessment of a gene in an experimental model1. True, RNAi screening is complicated by problems such as off-target effects…

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Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics – an overview

12 December 2009 | By

The journey from molecular target and early drug lead to the clinic is an arduous one with many hurdles to cross prior to developing a successful clinical candidate. The high rate of attrition of drug molecules has forced drug researchers to pay greater attention to drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK)…

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Combining perspectives: Multiscale integration of Stem Cell research

12 December 2009 | By

The promise of stem cell-based therapy is predicated on harnessing the plasticity of stem cell phenotypes to repair or replace damaged tissues. As technologies for detecting, isolating, modifying, and tracking stem cells improve, the very definition of what constitutes a stem cell is now an open question. Addressing this fundamental…

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A sensitive and selective vibrational spectroscopy technique in life sciences

12 December 2009 | By

At present, the relevance of Raman Spectroscopy (RS) as an analytical tool in pharmaceutical sciences is increasingly obvious. RS is a mode of vibrational spectroscopy based on inelastic scattering of laser light and, like infrared spectroscopy (IR), provides detailed molecular structure information (see Figure 1A). However, contrary to IR, it…

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Lab Automation Roundtable

12 December 2009 | By

Participants: Dr Gordon R Alton, President and CEO, Altonyx Consulting / Dr Scott Bowes Scientist, Novartis / Dr Sheraz Gul, Vice President and Head of Biology, European ScreeningPort / Chris Molloy, Vice President of Corporate Development, IDBS

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LabAutomation2010 – Where Science, Technology and Industry Come Together

12 December 2009 | By

In 2010 a diverse group of scientists, engineers and professionals from around the world will come together once again for this laboratory automation event. At LabAutomation2010 participants will develop long-lasting connections through networking and expand their minds by exploring cutting-edge information and strategies.

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Aseptic preparation: The weakest link is getting stronger

12 December 2009 | By Gavin Halbert, Director, Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde

The manufacture of sterile products attracts the greatest regulatory scrutiny of all product types, since manufacturing failures can be fatal and manufacturers are required to utilise the most robust sterilisation method possible to limit the probability of this occurring. However, aseptic preparation, which is the last resort manufacturing method, continues…