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Tech Overview - Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry
October 3, 2018 -- If you have been following our mass spec series you have certainly recognized the number of different ways mass spec can be used to separate ions of different masses. Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (TOF-MS) was developed in the 1940’s and began to gain popularity in the 1990’s. Since then, the technology has been enhanced and updated to be the device we have today. Read More
The “Two-Headed Monster”: Vendors Tackle Antibody Validation
October 1, 2018 -- The Science Advisory Board examined the preferences of scientists regarding the purchase and use of antibodies, as well as customer trust, satisfaction, and "best-in-class" vendors in the sector. Respondents also made comments detailing their ideas on reproducible research using antibodies, the responsibilities of both vendors and researchers when it comes to using commercial antibodies, and much more. Read More
Next Generation Sequencing Data: Tertiary Analysis
September 27, 2018 -- As Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology develops, the analysis and interpretation of NGS data will prove to be one of the most complex aspects of transforming NGS data into meaningful results. Tertiary analysis, which follows primary and secondary analysis of the data, is among the most challenging steps. Read More
Tech Overview - MALDI-TOF
September 25, 2018 -- Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight, more simply known as MALDI-TOF, is a powerful mass spectrometry technique primarily used for the analysis of biomolecules that respond poorly to hard ionization techniques. Read More
Triple Quadrupole ICP-MS Tackling Food Safety
September 21, 2018 -- Today, I will give an in-depth overview of Triple Quadrupole ICP-MS and how it’s helping tackle an ongoing issue of our times: food safety. Among the most sensitive atomic spectrometry techniques is ICP-MS. In 2012, the technology took a significant step forward when Agilent launched the first triple quadrupole ICP-MS. Read More
Analytical Instruments for Security: ‘To Detect and to Protect’
September 19, 2018 -- One important trend in the analytical instrumentation industry is the continued migration of laboratory technologies into non-laboratory settings. As instruments become more robust, easier to use and smaller, they have escaped the lab into the field in many different applications from environmental testing to point-of-care diagnostics. One critical use for instruments in the field is for security applications, protecting everyone from accidental and intentional threats to human health and public safety. Read More
Compact Image-Based Cell Analyzers
September 17, 2018 -- At The Science Advisory Board, we have the opportunity to explore many different types of research technology on behalf of our scientific community. In this article we discuss the $50 million market for compact image-based cell analyzers. Broadly, cytometers refer to instruments that can measure various characteristics of cell populations in suspension. Depending on which and how many characteristics or parameters they address, these systems can be classified differently. Read More
High Performance Liquid Chromatography: A Technical Perspective
September 14, 2018 -- We’ve already discussed how scientists use high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and why it’s important during the process of making discoveries. Suppliers also have a significant role in this process, since they provide scientists with the tools they need. At The Science Advisory Board, our intention is to inform people about technologies like HPLC, including associated instruments, consumables, and services. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the techniques that are of notable interest to various scientific fields. Read More
Keys to Success: Understanding Various Sample Preparation Techniques
September 13, 2018 -- The term “sample preparation” covers a huge range of different applications, techniques, and instruments. However, since the development of sample preparation is growing so quickly, it’s necessary for life science suppliers to focus on the technology’s major areas of growth. Our upcoming Sample Prep report focuses on three of these areas: preparative chromatography, extraction techniques, and nucleic acid preparation. Read More
Instrumentation in Latin America
September 12, 2018 -- For the past five years, Latin America’s slow growth in the analytical and life science instrument industries have resulted in the region lingering in the shadow of recent powerhouse regions, such as China. Despite the wealth of opportunities in Asia, many sales and marketing managers within the industry are looking at Latin America and wondering if opportunities in the region have been underestimated, and if we’ll see development there take off in the near future Read More
The Breakthrough World of Bioprocessing
September 7, 2018 -- Biomanufacturing instruments and techniques have become influential in everything from generating high yield pharmaceutical precursors, to biofuel conversion from biomass. Bioprocessing, or the mass production of therapeutic products, includes three production phases: upstream, fermentation, and downstream processing, each providing an opportunity for improvement in efficiency. Read More
Planning the Ideal Research Conference
September 4, 2018 -- Research conferences are an important opportunity for scientists to network and build their careers. For vendors, these events are a chance to learn about competitors and establish connections with potential customers. However, the major organizers of annual events and conferences are often professional societies, hoping to provide their members with cutting-edge information, opportunities for professional advancement, and the ability to connect with others in the same area of science. Read More
High Performance Liquid Chromatography: A Growing Technology Driven by Pharmacology
August 31, 2018 -- Vaccines strengthen our immune systems by exposing white blood cells to disease-specific antigens. This builds a depot of memory T cells, so in the case of a full-on infection, our bodies can fight off malicious organisms with greater ease. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been working to develop an HIV vaccine for the past 30 years. This revolutionary medical tool would help reduce the dreadful effects of AIDS on the world population, for many years to come. Read More
Sample Preparation in 2018: a Critical and Rapidly Growing Technology
August 29, 2018 -- Imagine a scientist who is on the brink of an important discovery in oncology. She believes to have discovered a new tumor suppressor gene and wants to track this protein’s movement through skin cells by forming a recombinant fluorescent protein. In order to construct this protein, she needs to first extract and purify DNA from the cells of her model organism to identify the gene of interest. Unfortunately, she has consistently failed to purify the DNA due to contaminations in her alcohol-based wash. Read More
Recent Developments in Advanced Microscopy
August 27, 2018 -- The past year has yielded exciting improvements in advanced microscopy technologies, including confocal, multiphoton, light sheet fluorescence and other super-resolution techniques. The continued growth of these tools was fueled by both innovative technological development and life science companies establishing new partnerships. In this article, we will discuss some of the cutting-edge advances in microscopy. Read More
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