Cancer & Disease Research
Gene therapy research collaborations gain traction for next-gen medicines
Research collaborations are becoming increasingly more common, allowing companies to pool existing resources to advance innovations in the field of medicine. There are many partnerships within the gene therapy field, according to Cell and Gene Therapy Business Outlook, a sister publication of ScienceBoard. Some companies engaging in such research collaborations are Regeneron, EdiGene, and Ferring Ventures. Read More
Top 10 ScienceBoard stories of 2021
It's been a very busy year for scientists and biotech/biomedical professionals. From COVID-19 vaccines to innovations in cell and gene therapies, the field is growing at an unprecedented pace -- with no end in sight. In 2021, ScienceBoard strived to keep our readers updated on the latest news and research in the biopharmaceutical and life sciences fields, along with insights into the people and the innovations behind notable developments. Read More
FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 pill
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for nirmatrelvir and ritonavir tablets (which are co-packaged for oral use and sold under the brand name Paxlovid) for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (age 12 and older) who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and who are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Read More
Cytovia expands partnership with Cellectis into China
Cytovia Therapeutics and Cellectis have expanded their partnership on transcription activatorlike effector nuclease (TALEN) gene-edited NK cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to allow for a broader collaboration in China. Read More
New gene writing tech shows promise for large DNA insertions
An international team has developed a new gene writing technology called find cut-and-transfer that is able to make large gene insertions. The approach, published in Nature Communications on December 3, has potential gene editing and gene therapy clinical applications in patients with genetic and oncological diseases who have few treatment options. Read More
Roche automates next-gen sequencing sample prep
Roche announced the launch of the Avenio Edge System, a core component of Roche's strategy to advance sequencing technologies. The system is built on Roche's foundational capabilities to deliver a fully automated, integrated sequencing solution. Read More
Cool imaging measures cells in motion
A new method, which involves cooling living cells at extremely fast speeds, leads to unprecedented preservation of cellular biomolecules in their natural arrangement at the moment of arrest. Details of the technique were published in Science Advances on December 10. Read More
COVID-19-related sales remain strong for lab tool firms in 2021
Laboratory tool companies have been among the biggest beneficiaries of U.S. government COVID-19-related spending on coronavirus testing and vaccine R&D and manufacturing. COVID-19-related sales have propelled sales at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Danaher, and PerkinElmer, already three of the world's largest scientific instrument and reagent providers. Read More
New 'antibody-decorated nanocrystals' target cancer cells
Researchers have bioengineered a metal-organic framework antibody drug delivery system that has the potential to fast-track personalized therapies for cancer and other diseases. The findings were published December 7 in the journal Advanced Materials. Read More
Bioengineered peptide combats antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Researchers have engineered a bioinspired molecule that was highly effective in clearing infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains in a mouse model, according to a paper published in Scientific Reports on December 6. But there's a twist: The molecule doesn't act like an antibiotic. Read More
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