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Bioprocess Innovation: Why not?
May 13, 2019 -- The Science Advisory Board ® is excited to present the third piece in our trends in bioprocessing series, written by Angelo DePalma, Ph.D. This article discusses why innovations occur at such a slow pace in bioprocessing and drug development despite the rate of technological and scientific advancements. Read More
Tech Overview: Quadrupole LC/MS
May 5, 2019 -- This week The Science Advisory Board will begin our Mass Spectrometry series. A mass spectrometer (MS), known as a mass spec, is an instrument that can measure the mass of different molecules within a sample. The mass spec can take a chemical compound and convert it from a molecule into ions. These ions are then separated according to their mass to charge ratio, and finally the abundance of each ion is measured. There are numerous types of MS systems, but all have six major components: the inlet system, ionization system, a vacuum system, mass analyzer, ion detector and a data handling system. Read More
The Promise of Targeted Therapeutics in Cancer Treatment
May 1, 2019 -- In 2018, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported more than 18 million people were diagnosed with cancer. Between 40 and 45 million people worldwide are living with cancer and nearly 9.6 million people die. Cancer deaths occur in about 50% of people who develop cancer in developed countries; this is in contrast to 80% death rate in cancer patients in underdeveloped countries. The numbers are staggering. But there is hope, as scientists around the globe work on developing new technologies, in the form of targeted therapies, to combat the incidence of cancer. Read More
Trends in Bioprocessing: Continuous Upstream Bioprocessing
April 29, 2019 -- The Science Advisory Board ® is excited to present the second piece in our trends in bioprocessing series, written by Angelo DePalma, Ph.D. This article addresses the topic of continuous manufacturing, which is being extensively explored in academia and industry as a means to increase efficiency and integrate new technologies to bioprocessing operations. Read More
Tech Overview: X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
April 23, 2019 -- The focus of today's atomic spectroscopy series will be X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, known as XRF. XRF provides analysis of the atomic composition of samples for a wide variety of applications. The technique is particularly well suited for analyzing the elemental range from sodium to uranium, covering the majority of the metallic elements. XRF can be adjusted in order to detect lighter elements. Many samples can be effectively examined non-destructively, though others will require grinding, fusion, or some other form of sample preparation, in order to ensure that the measurement reflects the bulk properties of the sample rather than the surface. Read More
Extractables and Leachables in Single-Use Bioprocessing
April 21, 2019 -- At The Science Advisory Board ®, we recognize the important role that bioprocessing and drug development scientists play in the biopharmaceutical industry, and we value your input on the panel. We invited bioprocessing expert Angelo DePalma, Ph.D. to provide his opinion on the state of extractables and leachables in single-use bioprocessing. Read More
The Intersection of Life Scientists and Social Media: A Revolution
April 18, 2019 -- How do your peers receive information online and how do they utilize social media as a means of learning new information and sharing content? These are just a few of the questions that our colleagues at BioInformatics Inc. explored in a recent report about digital marketing to life scientists. Read More
Tech Overview - Organic Elemental Analysis
April 16, 2019 -- We're back again with another article in our atomic spectroscopy series! Today we are discussing organic elemental analyzers. At the Science Board we classify organic elemental analyzers as instruments specialized for the measurement of elements strongly associated with organic molecules, as well as samples typically studied within the life sciences. Read More
The Future is Here... Applications of 3D Printing in Biopharmaceuticals
April 11, 2019 -- There’s some seriously cool science being developed with the help of 3D printing including transparent skulls to allow researchers to view real-time brain activity, and a sponge that “soaks up” excess chemo drugs to reduce toxic side effects. In bioprocessing and drug discovery, 3D printing has already been instrumental in changing the way the industry functions with the dawn of precision medicine and applications in single-use technologies. Applications in the medical industry are disruptive and many scientists are focused on innovations in medical devices, and regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Manufacturing plays a vital role in supporting nearly all sectors of the global economy and 3D printing, or “additive manufacturing”, is poised to change the landscape of manufacturing in the U.S. and the world. Read More
Tech Overview - Inorganic Elemental Analysis
April 10, 2019 -- Welcome to the next piece in our atomic spectroscopy series! This post will feature inorganic analyzers. At The Science Advisory Board we consider inorganic analyzers to include instruments that detect and measure elements that are not typically associated with organic chemistry, as well as organic elements that are detectable in inorganic materials (such as measuring carbon in steel). Read More
AACR 2019: Sessions Detail Advances in Liquid Biopsies, Machine Learning and Technology Transfer
April 7, 2019 -- This year, AACR took place in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center from March 29 to April 3. The conference brought together 21,000 scientists and life science professionals, and 533 exhibiting companies. Sessions not only covered the newest clinical and translational research, but also how AI and machine learning are improving our ability to understand what we already know on a genomic level. Organizations such as the NCI presented on topics including policy, technology transfer and the benefits of private-public partnerships. Read More
Is It Worth The Risk? Business Trends You Should Know About In The Bioprocessing Industry
April 4, 2019 -- The bioprocessing market is currently worth billions of dollars globally and is expected to increase 8.7 percent over the next five years. Pharmaceutical and biotech industries are the largest consumers of bioprocessing and their demand is expected to increase 9.3 percent over the next five years. Within these industries there are a limited number of vendors with the largest market share, including: Danaher (Pall & GE Life Sciences), MilliporeSigma (Merck Group) and Thermo Fisher. All of us probably have used products from one, if not all, of these companies at some point in our scientific careers. So the question is: how did these companies grow so large and gain dominance in the bioprocessing field? Read More
Tech Overview - ICP and Glow Discharge Spectroscopy
April 2, 2019 -- Our next piece in the Atomic Spec series will feature Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) and Glow Discharge Spectroscopy. ICP is a technique for atomic analysis that relies on atomic emission. ICP is sometimes referred to as ICP-AES or ICP-OES (atomic/optical emission spectroscopy). When given enough energy to put in an excited state, atoms of a particular element emit a certain pattern of light frequencies than can be used to identify the element and its abundance in a sample. Read More
Tech Overview - Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
March 28, 2019 -- In today's post, we'll be discussing one of the techniques used to determine the concentration of particular elements in a sample. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) is a spectro-analytical technique for the quantitative assessment of chemical elements through the absorption of optical radiation by free atoms in the gaseous state. The technique had its start in the 19th century, but underwent significant development in the 1950s. The core method has gone largely unchanged since. AAS can be used to determine over 70 different elements in solution or solid samples. Read More
2019 ASM Biothreats Conference Highlights Biosecurity and Epidemics Research
March 27, 2019 -- “What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Ebola?” asked speaker John Dye, PhD, of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) Biothreats conference, held during the last week of January in Arlington, Virginia. Ebola was one of the most talked about high-consequence pathogens at the event. However, the discussions were not somber but rather inspirational, focused on learning from past outbreaks in order to inform novel ways to approach detection and prevention of Ebola, as well as other pathogens and toxins. Read More
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