Bioprocessing
Joint venture targets cell and gene therapy
A new joint venture dedicated to supporting researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in cell and gene therapy was announced on January 21. The joint venture is owned equally by three partners: Bio-Techne, Fresenius Kabi, and Wilson Wolf.
Researchers tackle fake medicine with uncrackable puzzles
Protecting patients from consuming counterfeit medicines is an urgent need. A new uncrackable authentication system is being developed with the use of degradable fluorescent proteins. Researchers from Purdue University are developing edible "security tags" that can be embedded on medicines. The work was published in Nature Communications on January 16.  Discuss
Sartorius expands small sample filtration to 50mL
The new Sartolab RF 50 vacuum filtration units are available in two versions, one with an asymmetric 0.22 µm PES membrane for sterile filtration and another with a 0.45 µm PES membrane for clarification.
New chemistry technique builds more precise nanoparticles
New research published in Nature Communications on November 27th demonstrates a new chemical technique that provides researchers enhanced control over the size and shape of nanoparticles used in drug delivery systems.  Discuss
New chromatography resin enters commercial production
Purolite Ltd. today announces that its Praesto agarose-based chromatography resin range is being utilized for the commercial manufacturing of FDA-approved biotherapeutics.
Medical Research Council (MRC) helps academic researchers attract more than £1.1 billion in downstream funding for translational research

A new report published on September 11 looks at the impacts of the Medical Research Council (MRC) support for translational research over the last decade. The report found that the contributions to translational research has streamlined funding process to benefit academic laboratories and the business community.

The drug development industry is hungry for 3D printing – from the 4th Peptide Drug Design & Delivery Summit
The Science Advisory Board attended the 4th Annual Peptide Drug Design and Delivery Summit in Philadelphia from August 27 to 29. One of the most discussed topics at the event of the use of 3D printing for pharmaceutical applications. Many scientists are pursuing this technology with gusto, utilizing the technology to improve peptide drug design.
The European Commission pursues open science and why it’s important
Scientists believe that there is a reproducibility crisis in the scientific community where many scientists fail to reproduce experiments, according to a new report by Science | Business in July 2019. Open science is a high priority for the European Commission, with around 70% of all data generated by EU-funded programs being accessible to the public.  Discuss
Landmark study explores public understanding of science and trust in scientific and medical professionals
Understanding global perceptions and knowledge of science is of growing interest to the scientific community. Organizations such as 3M, with their State of Science Index Survey and the Wellcome Global Monitor (WGM), from the Wellcome Foundation and Gallup World Poll, explore attitudes towards science and medicine, and also confidence in scientists themselves.  Discuss
Leaders in science and engineering publications over the last decade: China and the US
Capturing the attention of policy makers and companies serving the academic research market the countries with the largest number of science and engineering (S&E) articles has significantly evolved between 2007 and 2017. China leads the list in 2017 followed by the US, a reverse from 2007, according to a May report from the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.  Discuss
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