Cell Biology
SLAS CEO shares what you need to know before you go to SLAS 2022
The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2022 International Conference and Exhibition is taking place February 5-9 in Boston. Ahead of the event, SLAS CEO Vicki Loise shared some of the must-attend sessions and conference highlights with ScienceBoard. Read More
Creating an opening for treatments into the brains of mice
The cellular barrier that protects the brain also has the unfortunate effect of preventing medical treatments from reaching areas of the brain where they are needed. This presents a major obstacle in developing new drugs to treat brain diseases. Now, in a study published in Nature Protocols, researchers describe an approach in mice to precisely open a gate in the barrier and deliver therapeutic agents. Read More
Despite volatility in biotech markets, investors remain enthusiastic
While the biotech markets are down to start 2022, there is an optimistic view among biotech investors, according to Camille Samuels, partner at Venrock, a venture capital firm. Samuels participated in a panel discussion at Biotech Showcase 2022 and spoke with ScienceBoard as part of Biotech Finance Month. Read More
Why did biotech valuations boom in 2021, and what does it mean for 2022?
Dennis Purcell, founder Aisling Capital and one of the founders of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, shared his expert opinions on the state of the biotech sector and the investment outlook with ScienceBoard as part of Biotech Finance Month 2022. Read More
Top PE investments in biotools in 2021
2021 was an especially active year for private equity (PE) firms. According to PitchBook, the number of deals surged over 51% last year to top 8,600. Among the beneficiaries of the 29% increase in deals were biotool firms, which supply laboratory instrumentation and aftermarket supplies for the analysis of genes, cells, and proteins (excluding in vitro diagnostics tools). Read More
'Safe harbors' found for additions to human genome
A new way to find suitable places to make additions to the genome could give a boost to gene therapies. In a paper published January 24 in Cell Reports Methods, scientists describe an approach to find "safe harbors" in the genome that can receive new genes without causing unintended changes, such as promoting cancer. Read More
Roswell Biotechnologies demonstrates scalable molecular electronics chip
Roswell Biotechnologies and leading academic scientists have developed the first molecular electronics chip, realizing a 50-year-old goal of integrating single molecules into circuits to achieve the ultimate scaling limits of Moore's Law. Read More
Investors double down on AI drug development
Funding for artificial intelligence (AI) in drug development hit $4.1 billion in 2021, a 36% increase from the year before, according to Emersion Insights. The AI drug development industry has gained a lot of attention from investors, venture capital firms, and corporate investment funds in recent years. Read More
Pancreatic stellate cells promote cancer cell proliferation, tumor growth
Using optical imaging to study metabolic processes as they relate to tumor growth, researchers hope to better understand the tumor microenvironment and potential interventions. New research published on January 21 in Science Advances showed that pancreas cells co-cultured with pancreatic cancer cells in 3D organoids resulted in increased pancreatic cancer cell growth. Read More
BD innovation highlights new flow cytometry tech
A new study conducted by Becton Dickinson (BD) in collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, which was published as the cover story of Science on January 20, profiles a BD innovation in flow cytometry that adds fluorescence imaging and image-based decisioning to sort individual cells at an exceptionally high speed. Read More
Conferences
International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy Annual Meeting
May 4 - June 7
San Francisco, California United States
American Society for Mass Spectrometry Annual Conference
June 5-9
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
American Society for Microbiology Microbe Meeting
June 9-13
District of Columbia United States
HPLC 2022
June 18-23
San Diego, California United States
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