Immunology
Childhood vaccines may help protect against COVID-19 mortality
Could live vaccines for viruses such as measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) also provide protection against COVID-19? That intriguing prospect is the subject of a recently published commentary in mBio.  Discuss
High-throughput analysis speeds downstream process development
Adding high-throughput analysis helped speed up downstream process development for drug candidates based on monoclonal antibodies, according to a case study presented June 17 during the BioProcess International Spring Digital Week 2020.  Discuss
Cloaked nanoparticles may be a powerful therapy against coronaviruses
Nanoparticles cloaked with human cell membranes can attract and neutralize SARS-CoV-2, according to a new publication in Nano Letters on June 17. The process of binding to the virus hijacks its ability to replicate, making it a viable medical countermeasure against the virus.  Discuss
Optofluidics aids cell line development for antibody-based therapies
Implementation of optofluidics in cell line development can help advance multiple lead candidate molecules with increased screening capacity. A researcher from GlaxoSmithKline discussed how her team uses an optofluidic system in a June 15 presentation at the BioProcess International Spring Digital Week's 2020 virtual meeting.  Discuss
Are interferons helpful or harmful during SARS-CoV-2 infection?
The host immune system produces a variety of regulatory molecules, including interferons, during a response to viral infection. Although previously considered beneficial, these proteins may actually cause life-threatening inflammation, according to an article published in Science on June 11.  Discuss
FDA researchers explore vaccine responses to SARS-CoV-2 antigens
Different proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, generate unique immune responses when given to rabbits as immunizations, according to a June 8 Science Translational Medicine article.  Discuss
Transparency helps maintain scientific integrity of clinical trials
A new study offers reassuring evidence about the integrity of registered clinical trials, with researchers finding no signs of widespread manipulation of results regarding statistical significance thresholds. The study results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on June 2.  Discuss
Pioneering technology stabilizes vaccines at all temperatures
Scientists have identified a new method called ensilication to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading. By coating proteins in a silica shell, the structures remain intact and effective. A new study published in Scientific Reports on June 8 expands on previous knowledge about the technique and provides crucial in situ and in vivo evidence for real-world applications.  Discuss
Preclinical innovations can speed COVID-19 drug development
Preclinical testing for drug candidates has remained largely unchanged, despite numerous innovations in cell culture techniques. Researchers discussed how these innovations could help speed drug discovery efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic in an article published in Theranostics.  Discuss
Reverse genetics allows researchers to map SARS-CoV-2 in the body
A new study has revealed that SARS-CoV-2 infects the nasal cavity to the greatest degree and infects and replicates progressively less well in cells lower in the respiratory tract. The work, including the development of key laboratory tools, has been accepted by Cell.  Discuss
Conferences
BioProcess International Europe
July 13-17
Central European Time Zone (CET) Netherlands
2020 ACCP Annual Meeting
September 20-22
Bethesda, Maryland United States
Bioprocess International West
September 21-24
Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) United States
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