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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626425/lemons-or-squeezed-for-resources-information-symmetry-and-asymmetric-resources-in-biotechnology
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Arthur Neuberger, Nektarios Oraiopoulos, Donald L Drakeman
Thousands of biotech companies are developing promising products, but have insufficient resources to complete the clinical testing process, while large, well-funded companies have increasingly focused on the need to access external innovation. As a result, licensing deals are an essential and growing part of this industry. Yet, casting a shadow over the licensing market is the classic Lemons Problem: Does asymmetrical information put licensees at a severe disadvantage, leading to a market dominated by inferior opportunities, with the best products retained for internal development? Our analysis of clinical stage products developed over three decades shows that there is no Lemons Problem...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620386/the-rise-of-allogeneic-natural-killer-cells-as-a-platform-for-cancer-immunotherapy-recent-innovations-and-future-developments
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REVIEW
John P Veluchamy, Nina Kok, Hans J van der Vliet, Henk M W Verheul, Tanja D de Gruijl, Jan Spanholtz
Natural killer (NK) cells are critical immune effector cells in the fight against cancer. As NK cells in cancer patients are highly dysfunctional and reduced in number, adoptive transfer of large numbers of cytolytic NK cells and their potential to induce relevant antitumor responses are widely explored in cancer immunotherapy. Early studies from autologous NK cells have failed to demonstrate significant clinical benefit. In this review, the clinical benefits of adoptively transferred allogeneic NK cells in a transplant and non-transplant setting are compared and discussed in the context of relevant NK cell platforms that are being developed and optimized by various biotech industries with a special focus on augmenting NK cell functions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620113/cell-scientist-to-watch-mads-gyrd-hansen
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Mads Gyrd-Hansen studied biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and received his PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Marja Jäättelä at the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre. He then joined the laboratory of Pascal Meier at the Institute of Cancer Research in London to work on the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) proteins. Mads returned to Copenhagen in 2008 to the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) in a senior postdoctoral position with Morten Frödin, and subsequently started his own research group with a career-development fellowship from the Danish Research Councils as part of the laboratory of Niels Mailand at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Protein Research...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611701/virtual-learning-simulations-in-high-school-effects-on-cognitive-and-non-cognitive-outcomes-and-implications-on-the-development-of-stem-academic-and-career-choice
#4
Malene Thisgaard, Guido Makransky
The present study compared the value of using a virtual learning simulation compared to traditional lessons on the topic of evolution, and investigated if the virtual learning simulation could serve as a catalyst for STEM academic and career development, based on social cognitive career theory. The investigation was conducted using a crossover repeated measures design based on a sample of 128 high school biology/biotech students. The results showed that the virtual learning simulation increased knowledge of evolution significantly, compared to the traditional lesson...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603679/galactosialidosis-historic-aspects-and-overview-of-investigated-and-emerging-treatment-options
#5
Ida Annunziata, Alessandra d'Azzo
INTRODUCTION: Galactosialidosis is a glycoprotein storage disease caused by mutations in the CTSA gene, encoding lysosomal protective protein/cathepsin A (PPCA). The enzyme's catalytic activity is distinct from its protective function towards β-galactosidase (β-GAL) and neuraminidase 1 (NEU1), with which PPCA forms a complex. In this configuration the two glycosidases acquire their full activity and stability in lysosomes. Deficiency of PPCA results in combined NEU1/β-GAL deficiency...
2017: Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602403/panacea-in-progress-crispr-and-the-future-of-its-biological-research-introduction
#6
REVIEW
Michael Carroll, Xiaohui Zhou
The elucidation of the CRISPR (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats) adaptive immune system endogenous to most microbial life has culminated in progress in a diversity of scientific disciplines. The concurrently promising and eccentric nature of its theoretically plausible applications has wrought enthusiasm in the research community globally, potentiating advancements in human and animal health, ecological stability, and economic wellbeing, that would hitherto be considered the unattainable fancies of a futurist...
August 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593105/photobiomodulation-with-near-infrared-light-helmet-in-a-pilot-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-in-dementia-patients-testing-memory-and-cognition
#7
Marvin H Berman, James P Halper, Trent W Nichols, H Jarrett, Alan Lundy, Jason H Huang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a common, chronic expensive debilitating neurodegenerative disease with no current treatments to prevent the physical deterioration of the brain and the consequent cognitive deficits. The current pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease is the accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) of hyperphosphorylated tau protein and amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques. Antibody therapy of Tau and Amyloid beta, vaccines and other methods to decrease Tau and or Amyloid have not been successful after considerable pharmaceutical and biotech efforts...
2017: Journal of neurology and neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587885/destination-bioeconomy-the-path-towards-a-smarter-more-sustainable-future
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REVIEW
Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Agnes Borg
Five years following the publication of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, this article discusses the state of play of the bioeconomy in Europe. Placing specific focus on Industrial Biotech, it outlines ten pragmatic recommendations from BIO-TIC [BIO-TIC, A roadmap to a thriving industrial biotechnology sector in Europe, 2015], an EU FP7 funded project completed in 2015 and coordinated by EuropaBio, comprehensively examining the hurdles to the development of a bioeconomy in Europe, enabled by industrial biotech. These include improving opportunities for feedstock producers within the bioeconomy; investigating the scope for using novel biomass; developing a workforce which can maintain Europe's competitiveness in industrial biotechnology; introducing a long-term, stable and transparent policy and incentive framework to promote the bioeconomy; improving public perception and awareness of industrial biotechnology and bio-based products; identifying, leveraging and building upon EU capabilities for pilot and demonstration facilities; promoting the use of co-products from processing; improving the bioconversion and downstream processing steps; improving access to financing for large-scale biorefinery projects; developing stronger relationships between conventional and non-conventional players...
June 3, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586266/questionaire-for-biotechs
#9
Michel Detheux
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583289/long-term-outcomes-after-standard-graft-versus-host-disease-prophylaxis-with-or-without-anti-human-t-lymphocyte-immunoglobulin-in-haemopoietic-cell-transplantation-from-matched-unrelated-donors-final-results-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#10
Jürgen Finke, Claudia Schmoor, Wolfgang Andreas Bethge, Hellmut Ottinger, Matthias Stelljes, Liisa Volin, Dominik Heim, Hartmut Bertz, Olga Grishina, Gerard Socie
BACKGROUND: Previously, we demonstrated that the addition of anti-human-T-lymphocyte immunoglobulin (ATLG) to standard ciclosporin and methotrexate prophylaxis reduced graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in adult patients treated with allogeneic haemopoietic cell transplantation from matched unrelated donors without negatively affecting relapse and survival. Since reports on long-term results from randomised trials testing anti-thymocyte globulin are scarce, we performed an extended follow-up of the trial...
June 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581718/ruthenium-promoted-on-dna-ring-closing-metathesis-and-cross-metathesis
#11
Xiaojie Lu, Lijun Fan, Christopher B Phelps, Christopher P Davie, Christine P Donahue
DNA-encoded library technology (ELT) is now widely used in pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and academic research for hit identification and target validation. New on-DNA reactions are keys to exploring greater chemical space and accessing challenging chemotypes such as configurationally constrained macrocycles. Herein, we describe the first on-DNA ring-closing metathesis (RCM) and cross-metathesis (CM) reactions promoted by fast initiating Grubbs Ru reagents. Under the optimized conditions, MgCl2 was used to protect the DNA from Ru-induced decomposition...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580435/the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute-small-business-program-a-comprehensive-ecosystem-for-biomedical-product-development
#12
Kurt W Marek
Small companies working to develop products in the cardiovascular space face numerous challenges, from regulatory, intellectual property, and reimbursement barriers to securing funds to keep the lights on and reach the next development milestone. Most small companies that spin out from universities have the scientific knowledge, but product development expertise and business acumen are also needed to be successful. Other challenges include reduced interest in early stage technologies (Pharma & Biotech 2015 in Review, EP Vantage) and limited deal flow for cardiovascular products (Gormley B...
December 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578707/meristem-culture-and-subsequent-micropropagation-of-chilean-strawberry-fragaria-chiloensis-l-duch
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Karla A Quiroz, Miguel Berríos, Basilio Carrasco, Jorge B Retamales, Peter D S Caligari, Rolando García-Gonzáles
BACKGROUND: Vegetative propagation of Fragaria sp. is traditionally carried out using stolons. This system of propagation, in addition to being slow, can spread plant diseases, particularly serious being viral. In vitro culture of meristems and the establishment of micropropagation protocols are important tools for solving these problems. In recent years, considerable effort has been made to develop in vitro propagation of the commercial strawberry in order to produce virus-free plants of high quality...
June 2, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576343/economic-assessment-of-ostertagia-ostertagi-and-fasciola-hepatica-infections-in-dairy-cattle-herds-in-germany-using-paracalc-%C3%A2
#14
Jane Fanke, Johannes Charlier, Torsten Steppin, Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Jozef Vercruysse, Janina Demeler
The aim of the current study was to estimate economic costs of Ostertagia ostertagi and Fasciola hepatica infections in dairy cattle herds in Germany using the online calculation programme Paracalc(®). Following a questionnaire, survey data were available from 464 farms in 14 federal states. On those farms bulk tank milk (BTM) samples and additionally up to six serum samples collected from first season grazing calves were analysed, using a commercially available ELISA (Boehringer Ingelheim SVANOVA Biotech AB, Uppsala, Sweden), an in-house ELISA (F...
June 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573863/cd38-as-a-pet-imaging-target-in-lung-cancer
#15
Emily B Ehlerding, Christopher G England, Dawei Jiang, Stephen A Graves, Lei Kang, Saige Lacognata, Todd E Barnhart, Weibo Cai
Daratumumab (Darzalex, Janssen Biotech) is a clinically approved antibody targeting CD38 for the treatment of multiple myeloma. However, CD38 is also expressed by other cancer cell types, including lung cancer, where its expression or absence may offer prognostic value. We therefore developed a PET tracer based upon daratumumab for tracking CD38 expression, utilizing murine models of non-small cell lung cancer to verify its specificity. Daratumumab was prepared for radiolabeling with (89)Zr (t1/2 = 78.4 h) through conjugation with desferrioxamine (Df)...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572822/correlation-of-salivary-statherin-and-calcium-levels-with-dental-calculus-formation-a-preliminary-study
#16
Deepak Gowda Sadashivappa Pateel, Shilpa Gunjal, Swarna Y Math, Devarasa Giriyapura Murugeshappa, Sreejith Muraleedharan Nair
BACKGROUND: Salivary constituents have a wide range of functions including oral calcium homeostasis. Salivary proteins such as statherin inhibit crystal growth of calcium phosphate in supersaturated solutions and interact with several oral bacteria to adsorb on hydroxyapatite. Concurrently, saliva, which is supersaturated with respect to calcium phosphates, is the driving force for plaque mineralization and formation of calculus. Thus, the aim of the present study was to estimate and correlate salivary statherin and calcium concentration to the dental calculus formation...
2017: International Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559923/prevalence-and-risk-factors-associated-with-sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-among-women-of-reproductive-age-in-swaziland
#17
Themba G Ginindza, Cristina D Stefan, Joyce M Tsoka-Gwegweni, Xolisile Dlamini, Pauline E Jolly, Elisabete Weiderpass, Nathalie Broutet, Benn Sartorius
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain an important public health problem with approximately half a billion new cases annually among persons aged 15-49 years. Epidemiological data on STIs among women of reproductive age in Swaziland are limited. The availability of epidemiological data on STIs and associated risk factors in this population is essential for the development of successful prevention, diagnosis and management strategies in the country. The study aimed to determine the prevalence and risk factors associated with STIs...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553296/use-of-natural-diversity-and-biotechnology-to-increase-the-quality-and-nutritional-content-of-tomato-and-grape
#18
REVIEW
Quentin Gascuel, Gianfranco Diretto, Antonio J Monforte, Ana M Fortes, Antonio Granell
Improving fruit quality has become a major goal in plant breeding. Direct approaches to tackling fruit quality traits specifically linked to consumer preferences and environmental friendliness, such as improved flavor, nutraceutical compounds, and sustainability, have slowly been added to a breeder priority list that already includes traits like productivity, efficiency, and, especially, pest and disease control. Breeders already use molecular genetic tools to improve fruit quality although most advances have been made in producer and industrial quality standards...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552816/spanish-strategy-on-bioeconomy-towards-a-knowledge-based-sustainable-innovation
#19
REVIEW
Manuel Lainez, José Manuel González, Alfredo Aguilar, Carmen Vela
Spain launched its own strategy on bioeconomy in January 2016 aiming at boosting a bioeconomy based on the sustainable and efficient production and use of biological resources. It highlights global societal challenges related with agricultural and biotechnological sciences in Spain and the great dynamism of the private sectors involved, particularly the agri-food, biotech and biomass sectors. The targeted sectors are food, agriculture and forestry, conditioned by water availability. It also includes the production of those industrial bioproducts and bioenergy obtained from the use and valorisation of wastes and residues and other non-conventional sources of biomass, in a circular economy...
May 25, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546927/safety-of-hydroimplantation-in-cataract-surgery-in-patients-with-pseudoexfoliation-syndrome
#20
Tevfik Oğurel, Reyhan Oğurel, Zafer Onaran, Kemal Örnek
AIM: To evaluate the safety of hydroimplantation in cataract surgery in patients with pseudoexfoliation syndrome. METHODS: This prospective randomized study comprised 100 eyes of 100 consecutive patients who underwent cataract surgery and implantation of foldable intraocular lens (IOL). Each eye was assigned to group 1 or group 2. Hydroimplantation without using viscoelastic agent as group 1 (n=50), and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (Eyevisc, Biotech, India) was used in group 2 (n=50)...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
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