Here at The Science Advisory Board we aim to keep ahead of the curve with the latest breakthroughs in the life sciences field. An exciting advancement to follow in this space is precision medicine. The NIH defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." Within the last week, the liquid biopsy has made headlines as a diagnostic test for patients with cancer.
Archives for March 2018
Today at The Science Advisory Board we will share another part of our Chromatography Series. Whether this technology is used frequently in your lab, or you simply want to learn more about how Gas chromatography works, be sure to keep reading.
The development of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has created a powerful tool in the science space. HPLC technologies can be used in a number of applications, but a growing space is in clinical diagnostics. The technique contains a pumping device that moves pressurized liquid containing the sample through a column with adsorbent material. Each component interacts with the material differently thus separation occurs as they flow out of the column. Today’s focus will be on the HPLC method for hemoglobin A1c measurement followed by an overview of preparative HPLC.
Upon studying the analytical and life science instrument market in China, along with life science lab budgets, The Science Advisory Board has found that Asian markets are growing faster than scientific markets in the US and Europe. China in particular is of great interest because of the size and growth of their nearly $6 billion market.
Here at The Science Advisory Board we recognize the growing market for research antibodies. One of the first questions we asked our members was “When thinking about commercially available antibodies, which brands come to mind?” We received hundreds of brands, but about 20 were the most frequent in our “mindshare” results.
At The Science Advisory Board we surveyed over 1,000 of our members to better understand their thoughts and opinions about current life science marketing techniques. This study will discuss some of our findings related to influencer marketing, sponsored content and experiential marketing. Use this post as a resource to learn more about how marketing influences your lab purchases as well as insight on your peers attitudes towards such tactics.
Here at The Science Advisory Board, we recognize the study of cells has been instrumental in understanding biological processes. Today’s advancements in cellular biology draw on single cell analysis. This study provides insight into how single cell analysis is shaping current research, as well as improvements fellow scientists believe could be made to the current applications and technologies.
A major buzzword in the science world recently has been CRISPR: short for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. This is a simple, yet powerful genome editing technique that has recently taken the scientific community by storm. When coupled with the Cas9 protein, the technology allows for specific changes (addition, modification, and deletions) to be made to the DNA of humans, animals, and plants, thereby offering a tremendous potential in a wide array of applications from agriculture biotechnology to therapeutics.
Here at The Science Advisory Board we are starting a new series on analytical and life science instrumentation. In the past wet chemistry methods were put to use in order to perform chemical analyses. Modern analytical instruments accomplish similar tasks, but with greater sensitivity and specificity. Their increased user-friendliness has made laboratory life far easier for scientists and labs can now speed up procedures and analyze samples to an extent that would have been perhaps unimaginable only a decade or two ago. Each week we will present new content on a multitude of topics ranging from mass spectrometry to life science instrumentation like Sanger Sequencing.