06 Feb, 2014Evolution in Three Easy Steps: Carrying Out Directed Evolution


Directed evolution is emerging as a powerful new tool to design proteins with new and interesting properties that may not have evolved naturally….

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03 Dec, 2013Harnessing Stem Cells for Drug Discovery: Part 2


How are stem cells advancing compound screening and analysis of drug-like properties? Stem cells are emerging as significant reagents in drug development pipelines. …

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20 Nov, 2013Harnessing Stem Cells for Drug Discovery: Part 1


Advances in Culturing Stem Cells Stem cells may hold the answer to one of the biggest medical challenges, replacing tissues and organs.  Exciting…

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15 Oct, 2013Government Shutdown Hinders Biomedical Research


Amidst the many challenges facing the life sciences industry today such as diminishing funding sources, increased costs to develop new drugs and products…

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08 Oct, 2013The Way to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – Part 3


Patient perspective (patient-centered outcomes) is a crucial element in addressing health and illness issues for individuals on therapy. In the final article in…

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09 May, 2013Academia’s New Role in Pharmaceutical Innovation


Innovative research is being performed in universities worldwide. There is a quest for knowledge, glory, and most importantly, helping the sick. On the…

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20 Feb, 2013Kevin Lustig Interviewed: Transforming The Traditional World of Pharma and Biotech


Recently, Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) interviewed Assay Depot’s Kevin Lustig about how his career decisions and approach to research shaped his view of…

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03 Jan, 2013Scientific Research in Pigs is on the Rise


We all know bacon and other fatty foods can lead to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases but the four-legged creature from where these foods come has become an international sensation with regards to its use in scientific research. Pigs are used in efficacy and toxicity models to study cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and even has applications in dermatology and inflammation.

The pig has become a superstar in scientific research, primarily in its use as a valid animal model to study human diseases. The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, in their efforts to better understand pig evolution/domestication, production and health monitoring, and applications for biomedical research, has identified 112 genes in pigs that are also responsible for human metabolic disorders [1]. With such similarities, pigs can be used for drug testing in applications of various therapeutic areas.

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