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Could a MERS vaccine candidate be the answer for COVID-19?
As researchers urgently work to develop vaccines to prevent COVID-19, many strategies have been considered. Now, a parainfluenza virus 5-based vaccine expressing MERS-CoV spike protein may provide an avenue for a COVID-19 vaccine based on the similarity of the two viruses, according to a study published in mBio on April 7.  Discuss
Pfizer, BioNTech give details about mRNA COVID-19 vaccine deal
Biopharmaceutical New Technologies (BioNTech) and Pfizer have released additional details regarding their collaboration to advance the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate BNT162. Pfizer will pay up to $748 million to BioNTech.
Avectas nets patent for cell engineering technology
Avectas has received a patent for its Solupore cell engineering technology.
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
AACC reschedules meeting with safety in mind
After deciding to postpone its annual scientific meeting due to COVID-19, The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has rescheduled the meeting and clinical lab expo for December 13-17 in Chicago
SARS-CoV-2 vaccine utilizing microneedle arrays appears in the literature
Within four weeks of the SARS-CoV-2 spike sequence becoming available, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine developed immunogens for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is delivered through a fingertip-sized patch, and it produces antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralizing the virus, according to the April 2 EBioMedicine publication.  Discuss
GE BioPharma sale to Danaher is complete
The divestment of GE's BioPharma business unit to Danaher is complete, according to an announcement by both companies on March 31.
Bruker launches plethora of new products online
Bruker is showcasing a number of its new analytical systems and other products for biopharma and forensics applications. The products include a new gas analyzer as well as a benchtop x-ray elemental analyzer.
Vycellix, Avectas partner for product development
Vycellix and Avectas have unveiled plans to collaborate on the development of cell-based immunotherapeutic products.
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
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
BioProcess International
September 21-24
Boston, Massachusetts United States
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