Analytical Chemistry
Need for efficiency, COVID-19 vaccine spurs biomanufacturing in 2020
With the urgent need for COVID-19 therapies and vaccines, funding agencies have prioritized biomanufacturing; companies in turn are preparing to ramp up a variety of biologics. The strong demand for bioprocessed medicines in 2020 will continue to drive growth of the industry.  Discuss
Proteomics provides insights into SARS-CoV-2 infection, potential therapies
Scientists tested a series of compounds for blocking the replication of SARS-CoV-2 using a novel proteomics approach. The method, which helped identify small-molecule drugs that may be effective at treating COVID-19 patients, was published in Nature on May 14.  Discuss
Moving closer to orally dosed peptide medications
A new method can identify among billions of double-bridge peptides the ones that are most likely to bind to disease targets of interest and escape enzymatic degradation in the gastrointestinal tract. A study on the method was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on May 11.  Discuss
An update on RNA extraction kit supply due to COVID-19
The extraordinary demand for COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction testing has strained the production capabilities of vendors in the nucleic acid preparation market. Several vendors are reporting skyrocketing demand for RNA extraction kits and other COVID-19-related products.  Discuss
New STM technique could lead to purer pharmaceuticals
A research project led by chemists at the University of Warwick has revealed how ultrahigh-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can be used to determine precise molecular interactions, which could be particularly useful for the production of raw materials. The report was published in Nature Communications on April 30.  Discuss
COVID-19: A double-edged sword for the pharma industry
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing major disruptions to pharmaceutical R&D activities, despite the pressing need for treatments and diagnostics for the novel coronavirus. In a new article, Ivan Gandayuwana of Strategic Directions International examines the multiple impacts COVID-19 is having on pharma.  Discuss
It's time to enlist research labs in the COVID-19 fight
Careful incorporation of research laboratories into the COVID-19 testing effort could increase capacity in the U.S. and globally, writes molecular diagnostics expert Rahul Sharma, PhD, in this second opinion article.  Discuss
COVID-19 shuts down research labs as concern grows among scientists
Almost half of all scientific research labs that participated in a recent survey were shut down due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak. Survey results indicate that scientists are quite concerned and that their work is considerably impacted by the pandemic, according to a new COVID-19 scientist sentiment tracker.  Discuss
Scientists alter cell function with genetic engineering, polymer science
A new method called genetically targeted chemical assembly (GTCA) has demonstrated the ability to build artificial structures within the body to carry out unique functions. The research, presented in the latest edition of Science, provides compelling evidence for GTCA's ability to modify cell function with bioengineering tools.  Discuss
Could more sugar-based drugs be on the way?
Researchers from Denmark have developed a new technique to characterize complex sugar molecules in exquisite detail never before achieved, according to a report published on March 20 in Nature Communications. They hope to leverage the new structural information for the development of therapies.  Discuss
Conferences
2nd Annual Cell Therapy Bioprocessing Conference
June 25-26
Boston, Massachusetts United States
BioProcess International Europe
July 13-16
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands
Bioprocess International West
August 10-13
Santa Clara, California United States
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