Proteomics
New 'armed' CAR T cells can locally activate small-molecule cancer drugs
A new engineered CAR T platform, which turns cells into targeted “micropharmacies” with local activation of small-molecule prodrugs, has been shown to exhibit enhanced antitumor activity and can overcome a variety of current obstacles in conventional CAR T-cell therapy. The research, conducted by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center scientists, was published in Nature Chemical Biology on December 30, 2021. 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
Seqster pursues mission to bring patients to center of healthcare
Patient access to data is a critical mission for the healthcare industry, according to Ardy Arianpour, CEO and co-founder of Seqster, who recently spoke with ScienceBoard Editor in Chief, Samantha Black, PhD. The company is focused on developing much-needed data interoperability tools for the healthcare sector. Read More
2021 Life Science Industry Award winners announced
New technologies make advancements in life science research possible, such as the development of drugs, therapeutics, and molecular diagnostics. This year's winners represent a cross section of major laboratory equipment and consumable providers. 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
Decode Genetics publishes largest study of the plasma proteome
In a study published December 2 in Nature Genetics, scientists at Decode Genetics, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical company Amgen, demonstrated how measuring levels of several proteins in plasma at population scale combined with data on sequence diversity and RNA expression dramatically increases insights into human diseases and other phenotypes. Read More
BioTools Innovator opens 2022 applications
BioTools Innovator is now accepting applications from startups and emerging growth companies for its second annual accelerator program. The program aims to advance innovation in life science and improve human health by accelerating the growth of best-in-class startups that are developing and commercializing biotechnology products, platforms, and services. Read More
Machine-learning system decodes nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of organic crystals
A group of researchers has developed a machine-learning framework that assigns the chemical shifts of organic crystals directly from their 2D structure -- accelerating an often time-consuming process. The study was published November 26 in Science Advances. Read More
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International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy Annual Meeting
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May 24-26
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American Society for Mass Spectrometry Annual Conference
June 5-9
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International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy Annual Meeting
May 4 - June 7
San Francisco, California United States
American Society of Cell & Gene Therapy Annual Meeting
May 16-19
Washington, District of Columbia United States
Interphex 2022 Conference
May 24-26
New York, New York United States
American Society for Mass Spectrometry Annual Conference
June 5-9
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
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