Drug Discovery & Development
Researchers reveal vulnerabilities of 'addicted' cancer cells
New findings about the mechanism by which some cancer cells can become "addicted" to glucose could lead to fresh approaches to targeted cancer therapies. The results of the research were published in Nature Cell Biology on March 30.  Discuss
Controversy hits Gilead over orphan status for COVID-19 drug
Gilead Sciences has rescinded its request for orphan drug status for an experimental drug for treating COVID-19 just two days after getting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company had been hit with criticism that the approval would block other COVID-19 drugs from reaching the market.  Discuss
Researchers explore mutations to improve drug design
Drug resistance is a common challenge when designing therapeutics for cancers or diseases originating from bacteria or viruses. Researchers explored how evolution impacted the mutation of these pathogens, and their findings could lead to the development of evolutionarily designed drugs. The results were published March 24 in Cell Reports.  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
Cryo-EM sheds light on ion channel regulation
A long-standing hypothesis about the regulation of ion channels has been confirmed by cryoelectron microscopy (cryo-EM) imaging. The research presented in Nature on March 18 advances the basic understanding of key cellular processes that can be leveraged for a number of therapeutic and research applications.  Discuss
Researchers make sweet music with protein design technique
What does protein design have to do with music theory? A group of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology saw commonalities between the two and designed a technique based on sonification that translates protein structures into musical scores as part of their effort to design new proteins. The details were published in APL Bioengineering on March 17.  Discuss
New biocompatible microparticles created with heat, light
A new simple and scalable protein-processing technique based on temperature-sensitive phase changes creates unique microarchitectures within microparticles for use in drug delivery and other bioengineering applications, according to a study published in Nature Communications on March 12.  Discuss
Chemists develop method to identify protein neighbors
A new technology called µMap uses photocatalysts, molecules that spur a chemical reaction when activated by light, to identify spatial relationships of cell surface proteins. The results are described by scientists from Princeton University and Merck in the March 6 edition of Science.  Discuss
Biopharma processing market shows early indicators of strong 2020
The biopharmaceutical processing market shows early indicators of strong 2020, according to our partners Strategic Directions International and Kalorama Information, which are developing an upcoming report on the sector.  Discuss
From lab to clinic: How AI can help
Clinical trials are an important checkpoint in moving therapies from the lab to the clinic, and artificial intelligence (AI) software can help researchers and clinicians reach their goals in several ways, according to a new article by U.K. market research firm Signify Research.  Discuss
Conferences
Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020
March 30 - April 3
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of United Kingdom
Experimental Biology 2020
April 4
San Diego, California United States
BioProcess International Europe
April 28 - May 1
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands
Lab of the Future USA
May 19-20
Boston, Massachusetts United States
2nd Annual Cell Therapy Bioprocessing Conference
June 25-26
Boston, Massachusetts United States
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