Science Market Update

UCLA: Utilizing Patient's Own Cells for Individualized Stem Cell Therapies

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Researchers at UCLA believe using the patient’s own cells to create stem cells for therapeutic purposes is the future of medicine. A recently published study by scientists at UCLA demonstrates how specialized proteins change the cellular characteristics of skin cells to create induced pluripotent stem cells. These stem cells have the ability to turn into any cell type within the body. Also at UCLA, a clinical trial which uses the baby’s own blood-forming stem cells to treat the immune deficiency condition ADA-SCID, better known as “bubble baby disease,” was recently awarded a $20M grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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Tags: University of California Los Angeles, Stem cell research, Human Stem Cell, UCLA, Stem Cell, biotech vendor show, Biotechnology trade show

Washington University, St. Louis Leading Drug Trial for Alzheimer's Prevention

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is leading an international team studying potential treatments to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The team recently added a third medicationin this worldwide clinical trial that is already underway. According to the WU School of Medicine news site, the latest investigational drug “is designed to lower production of amyloid beta, a protein that clumps together into plaques damaging neurons in the brain, leading to memory loss, cognitive problems and confusion.”

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Tags: Washington University St. Louis, Washington University, WUSTL, Alzheimer' Research, Alzheimer’s, Research Funding, biotech vendor show, Alzheimer's treatment market, Bioresearch Grant, Biotechnology trade show

Two New Mass Spectrometers Make Texas A&M a Top Facility for Studying Isotopes

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The chancellor’s office of Texas A&M University (TAMU) recently funded a $5 million initiative to support mass spectrometry research. As part of this initiative a $1 million grant from the Texas A&M University Research Development Fund will be used to develop a shared mass spectrometry core facility and buy two new mass spectrometers for the College Station campus. One will be a gas chromatography combustion/pyrolysis isotope ratio mass spectrometer and the other will be a high resolution isotope ratio mass spectrometer for clumped isotopes.

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Tags: TAMU, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, Texas A&M Research, Texas A&M Life Science Funding, biotech vendor show, Texas A&M, Research equipment

University of Arizona Study Finds Climate Change May Threaten Food Supply

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Oct 07, 2016

A study by University of Arizona ecologists explored how global warming could jeopardize our food supply. In their report, Alice Cang and John Wiens, professor at UA’s Department of Evolutionary Biology, conclude that grasses across the globe may be unable to keep pace with climate change. This will put some of the world's most critical food sources such as wheat, corn, and rice in danger.

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Tags: University of Arizona, Arizona, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, Ecology, biotech vendor show, Southwest Region, UA, Global Warming, Climate Change

U of I at Chicago Receives $17.7 M Translational Research Grant

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a four year, $17.7 million grant to the university of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Clinical and Transitional Science to further translational research.

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Tags: University of Illinois, University of Illinois Chicago, Translational Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, biotech vendor show, NIH award, UI Chicago, UIC, UIChgo, University of Illiniois, 2016, Bioresearch Grant

UIC: New Treatment Option For Type 1 Diabetes Brings Research Funding

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

The University of Illinois at Chicago received a two-year, $475,000 grant to study a new treatment for type 1 diabetes that might help protect the pancreas. This promising new treatment would involve using two protein molecules to reduce the damage caused by the body’s autoimmune response.  The research led by Dr. Bellur S. Prabhaker, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UIC, could eventually free many diabetes patients from the rigors of daily insulin injections.  

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Tags: Bioresearch, Bioresearch funding, University of Illinois, University of Illinois Chicago, Diabetes, Illinois, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, biotech vendor show, UIC, UIChgo, 2016, Dr. Prabhakar, Diabetes research

OSU Researcher Creates Home Based Test Strips for Cancer and Malaria

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

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Dr. Abraham Badu-Tawiah, assistant professor at Ohio State University, is out to revolutionize the world of diagnostic testing. By making paper strips that can detect malaria and well as certain types of cancers, he hopes to make testing more practical and affordable. People would be able to simply apply a drop of blood to the paper test strip at home, much like diabetics do when testing their blood sugar, and then mail it to the laboratory. This new method would make medical diagnostics much more accessible for those who can't easily get to a lab for testing.

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Tags: Midwest, Ohio State University, Ohio, Cancer, malaria, biotech vendor show, Columbus, Dr. Abraham Badu-Tawiah

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