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Syringes for Clinical Trials

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Today’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are under pressure to remain competitive. To do so, they require innovative approaches to manage drug development, particularly early development work. Any competitive advantage in the development process is highly prized – and one approach is to begin the development of the compound in a prefilled syringe earlier in the process, rather than later. Traditionally, biopharmaceutical companies have almost exclusively used vials in drug development. There are good reasons for Read More >

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Precision Drugs for Bad Bugs

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Awareness is high that antibiotic resistance is a critical problem, but many still don’t appreciate the role played by antibiotics themselves in accelerating this problem’s spread. Single antibiotics capable of killing multiple bacterial species – a class of drugs termed “broad spectrum” – have long been seen as a panacea and a cure for all bacterial infections. Today, essentially all marketed antibiotics kill multiple species of bacteria. Unfortunately bacteria that become resistant to a particular Read More >

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An Innovation Center for Digital Health

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A partnership between Samsung and UCSF opens up opportunities to validate promising sensors and analytics for next-generation digital health solutions Electronics giant Samsung and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are to establish a new digital health innovation lab. To be located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, the lab will employ leading researchers and technologists to develop exciting new mobile health technologies; and it will be a test-bed where entrepreneurs and Read More >

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Reaction to the $1,000 Genome

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System promises to sequence tens of thousands of human whole genomes a year in a single laboratory. What do the first customers think? Life science technology company Illumina recently launched a sequencing platform that it claims will enable the $1,000 genome. The HiSeq X™ Ten Sequencing System comprises 10 ultra-high-throughput sequencers which together can sequence more than 18,000 genomes per year, making human whole-genome sequencing more affordable and accessible than ever before. The system builds Read More >

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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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