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Elemental Machines connects machines to managers with lab automation
September 21, 2021 -- The mission of Elemental Machines is to automate life science laboratories with technology that includes hardware, software, and artificial intelligence. The company, the third startup launched by Sridhar Iyengar, PhD, is part of the inaugural BioTools Innovator program. We spoke with Iyengar, founder and CEO, as part of our coverage of the competition. Read More
Science's gender gap persists online as male researchers dominate mentions
September 21, 2021 -- Research performed by female scholars is mentioned less frequently online than that of male scientists, a phenomenon that occurs across all areas of science, according to a large-scale study published on September 20 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Read More
Kino Discovery is building an end-to-end solution for single-cell research
September 20, 2021 -- Kino Discovery is working on a tissue sample-to-cell solution to make personalized medicine a reality. The early-stage startup was founded by University of California, Irvine professor Jered Haun, PhD, and is a competitor in the inaugural BioTools Innovator contest. We spoke with Haun as part of our coverage of the competition. Read More
Cancer-linked genes help tumors evade immune system
September 20, 2021 -- Tumors have more genetic tricks for escaping detection by the immune system than previously thought, according to a new study published on September 17 in Science. The study results may inform the development of therapeutic strategies that can counter those tricks. Read More
Thermo launches AAV production, digital PCR systems
September 20, 2021 -- Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it has launched two new products. The first product is an adeno-associated virus (AAV) production system, while the second is a digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) system. Read More
AI model predicts oxygen needs of COVID-19 patients
September 17, 2021 -- Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence (AI) model to predict the future oxygen needs of symptomatic patients with COVID-19, according to a study published in Nature Medicine on September 15. Read More
NanoCellect raises $35M for new development
September 16, 2021 -- NanoCellect Biomedical has raised $35 million this year in funding rounds to accelerate the company's commercial growth plans and new product development goals. Read More
Lino Biotech aims to improve cell therapy development, manufacturing
September 15, 2021 -- Switzerland-based Lino Biotech is leveraging its patented label-free biosensor technology to measure molecular interactions in living cells and biological samples. The company is the lone international competitor in the inaugural BioTools Innovator program. We spoke with Mirko Stange, PhD, CEO of Lino Biotech, as part of our coverage of the competition. Read More
Synthetic gel grows tiny pancreases from human-derived cells
September 15, 2021 -- Engineers have developed a new gel that supports the growth of tiny replicas of the pancreas from healthy or cancerous pancreatic cells. The breakthrough could help researchers develop and test potential drugs for pancreatic cancer -- one of the hardest types of cancer to treat -- according to a study published September 13 in Nature Materials. Read More
Beckman debuts Emnetik system for plasma prep and PCR cleanup
September 15, 2021 -- Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has launched the Emnetik system, which simplifies plasmid preparation and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) cleanup. The system consists of the Emnetik 24 benchtop device and accompanying PCR cleanup and plasmid purification kits. Read More
5 ways social media can make drug development more patient-centered
September 14, 2021 -- Insights gleaned from analyzing social media can facilitate patient-centered drug development and help spur innovation in drug discovery, according to a paper published online recently in Drug Discovery Today. Read More
Venture Lab selects early-stage companies for accelerator program
September 14, 2021 -- The BioInnovation Institute has named the first cohort of early-stage companies participating in its Venture Lab startup accelerator program. Seven ventures have been selected across three specialized areas: therapeutics, bioindustrials, and health technology. Read More
MachineBio offers path toward single-step protein synthesis and purification
September 13, 2021 -- The next featured company in the BioTools Innovator accelerator contest is MachineBio. The company has developed a protein synthesis platform that can produce pure protein from a DNA template in a single-step process that takes four hours. We spoke with David Marash, co-founder, CEO, and head of scientific operations for MachineBio, as part of our coverage of the competition. Read More
New software finds relationships between RNA modifications, cancers
September 13, 2021 -- A new computational tool called ModTect could identify RNA modifications using preexisting sequencing data gathered from clinical cohort studies. The tool may bring scientists closer to understanding the relationships between RNA modifications and the development of cancer and other diseases, according to a recent study in Science Advances. Read More
Vaccine for tooth decay? It's not science fiction, says NIH
September 13, 2021 -- A vaccine for caries could be possible under a new division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that has been tasked with using "crazy, bold ideas" to prevent and cure disease. Health leaders introduced the proposed agency at a September 9 meeting of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Read More
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