Biotium, a leading provider of reagents for immunofluorescence microscopy, is significantly expanding its line of antifade wet-set and hardset EverBrite Mounting
German independent research institute BioMed X has started two new research projects with Janssen Research & Development, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
Amgen will acquire Teneobio, a privately held, clinical stage biotechnology company developing a new class of biologics called Human Heavy-Chain Antibodies.
All start-ups that want to participate in this year’s 10th MEDICA Start-up Competition by submitting innovations can send in their application free of charge until 22 September 2021. For more information about the competition, visit: https://www.medica-tradefair.com/mac2
In addition to these highlights, a programme of several on-stage events at the epicentre of the trade fair will also be on offer. Holders of the relevant tickets can follow the talks and discussions simultaneously via livestreams on the industry portals MEDICA.de and COMPAMED.de.
The event organisers say decision-makers of the healthcare industry have committed to participating on site. In a recent survey of several thousand MEDICA and COMPAMED visitors from previous years, three quarters stated that they intend to attend this year’s trade fairs.
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- See the full agenda and register at: Olympus-LifeScience.com/OrganoidConference.
Pharmacokinetic and immunogenicity projects can be both diverse and complex, involving work packages from antibody generation and production to the analysis of clinical samples with validated assays.
In an effort to simplify the process, BioGenes and FyoniBio has signed an agreement under wich they will cooperate to provide a single source for these services.
BioGenes, as an expert in antibody production and ELISA setup, takes care of the first steps of the project, while FyoniBio, a specialist in bioassay development and validation for analysis of clinical samples, uses their expertise to transfer the assay to the MSD2 platform for analysing clinical samples under “good clinical and laboratory practice” (GCLP). Specialists at the Berlin-based companies guarantee comprehensive project management.
“We are very pleased that the cooperation with FyoniBio has now officially started,” said Dr. Alexander Knoll, CEO of BioGenes GmbH. “We are convinced that our complete package for high-quality and customized immunological tests for new biological compounds and clinical samples offers an enormous added value for customers.”
“Both companies want to provide the perfect service for each customer. In this respect, as well as regarding scientific excellence in their respective fields, the two companies complement each other very well,” added Dr. Hans Baumeister, Service Division Manager at FyoniBio. “We are looking forward to the first joint projects.”
Solvent evaporation specialists – BioChromato has published online a description of how the Vacuum Vortex Concentration (VVC) methodology enables users of its Smart Series of Evaporators remove high boiling solvents including water, DMSO and DMF quickly and safely.
At the heart of each BioChromato Smart Evaporator is a highly efficient spiral airflow created by a special concentrator plug or “Spiral Plug”. This novel Spiral Plug technology generates a helical flow of air or inert gas agitating the surface of the solvent, increasing its surface area and thereby significantly improving the effectiveness and speed of evaporation.
Since the evaporation vessel on a Smart Evaporator isn’t under high vacuum, there is no risk of bumping or splashing. By using VVC methodology – Smart Evaporators increase efficiency by eliminating the time-consuming task of cleaning apparatus, potential loss of samples and the need to repeat the drying process that can result from solvent bumping or splashing.
- Read the introduction to the Vacuum Vortex Concentration (VVC) methodology and how it can improve concentration or drying of samples: https://biochromato.com/smart-evaporator/principal/
ERS Genomics Limited, which was formed to provide broad access to the foundational CRISPR/Cas9 intellectual property co-owned by Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier, issued a statement saying that the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) has rejected arguments filed in opposition to the second Japanese patent (JP6692856) filed by Dr. Charpentier, together with The Regents of the University of California and University of Vienna (collectively known as CVC), which covers compositions and methods for use in a variety of eukaryotic cells, in either dual-guide or single-guide format. In addition, the JPO has allowed a third CVC patent (JP2019-210828), which covers a chimeric version of the Cas9 protein.
During the JP6692856 proceedings, opponents contested novelty and inventive step. In its opposition decision, the JPO re-affirmed the patentability of the inventions, further validating the fundamental value of these patents for use of the CRISPR/Cas9 technology.
The JPO has also allowed JP2019-210828 to the CVC group. This patent covers compositions and uses of a chimeric version of the Cas9 protein in cellular and non-cellular settings and will represent the third Japanese patent granted to the group.
Michael Arciero, Vice-President of Intellectual Property and Commercial Development, ERS Genomics, said: “The JPO actions reinforce the broad and fundamental nature of our CRISPR patent portfolio, both in Japan and worldwide. This also validates the decision our licensees have made to work with ERS to enable their commercialization efforts involving CRISPR/Cas9. We are expanding our efforts to make the technology broadly available, so it can be used by as many people as possible.”
Patents have now been issued to Dr. Charpentier, The Regents of the University of California and University of Vienna for this cutting-edge technology in over 80 countries worldwide.