A number of senior executives at microfluidics and lab automation
specialist Caliper Technologies are leaving the company in a
reorganisation aimed at cutting costs and breaking even in cash
flow terms in 2005.
Despite the best efforts of specialist software development
companies and millions of dollars in spending on dedicated
programmes, the most commonly used package in the drug discovery
laboratory is Microsoft's office workhorse...
The pharmaceutical industry has welcomed the passage of new
legislation by the UK Parliament that will give police new powers
to intervene in public order offences, including those carried out
by animal extremist groups.
Many drugs cannot be administered orally since they cannot be taken
up in the gastrointestinal tract. All attempts to solve this
problem have thus far resulted in unacceptable risks of side
effects, mainly because the intestinal wall...
UK firm Cobra Biomanufacturing has ended its first year as a
publicly-listed company with a healthy 137 per cent increase in
revenues to £6 million (€8.6m), helped by an expansion of its
business in the US.
Tecan UK has launched a new plate-handling add-on for its Aquarius
multi-channel pipetting system that should increase the throughput
of the device, which is used for applications such as assay
development and drug screening.
Over the last few years, researchers involved in high-throughput
screening have been seeking out the use of their expensive reagents
by developing assays that use smaller and smaller volumes, helped
by sophisticated automation technologies.
It is already well established that microwave energy can be used to
speed up the breakdown of protein molecules by enzymes, the first
stage in protein identification. Now, a collaboration between two
companies is looking to incorporate...
The innovation gap between the EU and the US will not be closed
before 2010 if the present rate of progress continues, according to
new figures contained in the Commission's European innovation
scoreboard for 2003.
Japan's Nitto Denko has developed what it claims is the world's
first biodegradable gene carrier that can be used to transfer
foreign genes into animal cells. Because the polymer breaks down in
the body, it exhibits extremely...