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Meet 400 Active Researchers at UPenn BioResearch Event

Posted by BCI Staff on Wed, Mar 13, 2013

On May 16th, University of Pennsylvania is having a great BioResearch Product Faire™ Event. This year’s show is expected to attract over 400 active researchers searching for the newest and best lab products and services.

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In 2012, the University of Pennsylvania attracted close to 500 life science researchers. Exhibitor Surveys from the event were reviewed, and the average statistics were documented. They showed that each booth had around 22 interested and exceptional leads, each exhibitor had about 64 researchers view their booth, and each exhibitor reported a product value of over $41,000 per unit. 

A large amount of departments around campus participated in the event, bringing many interested lab science researchers. These departments showed the greatest amount of participation and interest: 

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Based off of reports generated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the more than $950M of fiscal years 2012 research funding, we see that: 57% of it's research funding came from the Department of Health and Human Services, 13% from various federal programs, 10% from non-profits, 5% from Commercial/Industrial sponsors, 5% from the Department of Defense, 4% from the NSF, 3% from the non federal programs, 2% from the Department of Education, and 1% from the Department of Energy. Being one of the nations top research institutes, University of Pennsylvania has more than $700 Million in expenditures on an annual basis.

Here are some of the recent research projects at UPenn: 

  • It may not be what you eat, but when -  The research team at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia recently conducted a series of studies focusing on food. They found that it's not only important what and how much you eat, but also when you eat. Depending on the time of day, or night, your body will either convert the food to energy and burn the calories, or it will be stored in the form of fat. 

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  • Sleep-wake cycles on a 520-day trip to Mars - Another study at UPenn began in June 2010, the scientists collected 4.396 million minutes worth of data. This data came from the watch-like monitors worn by six Russian astronauts during their 17 month long confinement inside a spacecraft. This project studied the affects of long term confinement on a persons anxiety, depression, and stress levels. Penn professor David Dinges concluded, “The end result was only two out of the six had fairly normal, stable, well-timed, high-quality, adequate duration sleep periods and the other four had some sort of disturbance.” 

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  • Smallpox CAMVirus researcher aims at new target - Robert Ricciardi, chair and professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Dental School, is focusing on finding therapies and drugs that can fight infectious, viral diseases such as smallpox. The team discovered that the protein called the processivity factor, and have made it their target. Every living thing on earth possesses its own form of the processivity factor, and uses it for DNA synthesis. Therefor the team believes that if they can find a way to disable this factor in the virus itself, that it won't affect the host's processivity factor.

(Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and CDC/Dr. David Kirsh)


Trade Show


Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. is inviting life science researchers, laboratory product suppliers, and area life science professionals to attend the 14th annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event on May 16th, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. This is a great opportunity to:

  • Connect with other area top science professionals
  • Find out about new lab products, methods and equipment
  • Find out about new lab supply companies, and the products they offer
  • Learn about greener lab supplies and equipment being offered by lab product supply companies

Find out more today by clicking the appropriate button below:

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