No time to breathe easy as the battle against asthma intensifies

Asthma is one of those conditions that can strike the very young and stay with them as they head into old age, often developing over many years into the more serious illness Chronic Obstructive...

Blocking escape route offers hope to cancer patients

A new drug that blocks cancer’s escape route from chemotherapy could be used to treat lung and pancreatic cancers. Scientists in human cancer cells and in mice have shown that the drug boosts the effectiveness...

The body in miniature

By Craig Brierley at University of Cambridge The past few years has seen an explosion in the number of studies using organoids – so-called ‘mini organs’. While they can help scientists understand human biology and...

Research offers hope to diabetes sufferers

The insulin-producing cells in the pancreas play a crucial role in the management of our blood sugar levels. If they don’t work properly, the body can no longer cope with glucose. New imaging techniques developed...

Technology offers insights into cancer

Mass spectrometry is helping medical research in many other ways as well, including exciting work being done in the United States. Scientists at the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies and the Department of Chemistry and...

Hope in the treatment of kidney disease

Research into kidney disease is offering hope for sufferers in the years to come. One piece of research by a Kidney Research UK-funded scientist has made some vital advances in helping to understand a virus...

Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration

"Translating pioneering developmental and stem cell science for patient benefit" Medical advances have led to a welcome increase in life expectancy, indeed, it is estimated that by 2020, 20% of the UK population will be...

Considering a pharma and bioscience patent? The UK Intellectual Property Office maps out the...

Lawrence Cullen & Laura Starrs, Patent Examining Group Heads, IPO Managing a patent portfolio requires, among many skills, the ability to anticipate the future. This is especially true in the fields of bioscience and pharma where,...

High purity and excellent chemical resistance for syringes

In the past decade, Cyclo Olefin Polymer (COP) and Cyclo Olefin Copolymer (COC) based syringes, cartridges, and vials have attracted ever increasing attention from the pharma industry as a valid transparent plastic alternative to...

Development of a Biosimilar

By Catriona Thomson, PhD 
Associate Director of BioAnalytical Technical Services Global sales of the top seven biologics in 2014 were in excess of US$60 billion and of these molecules, six were monoclonal antibodies1 that have...

Remarkable breakthroughs that herald the age of bionics

He was one of the television hits of the 1970s, the Six Million Dollar Man with his super-enhanced vision and reconstructed bionic limbs that allowed him to run at incredible speeds and jump huge...

Can compliance in pharmaceutical logistics by air be reached through industry collaboration?

Pharmaceuticals makeup 1.9% of all air cargo and generate revenues of $1.4 billion per year - 2.6% of total air cargo. In the next three years (2018-2020), growth in pharmaceuticals being transported by air is...

Bringing patients and providers together one tweet at a time

As an open forum for human interaction, social media have become the great equalizer of health information – providing a means for patients and health care providers to connect outside of the hospital or...

Advances in analytical characterisation of biosimilars

The substantial improvement in the power of analyticalmethods to compare different versions of a givenprotein molecule should be taken into account whenconsidering the need for clinical studies for designation ofbiosimilarity. Arguably, demonstration of comparative...

90 years since Sir Alexander Fleming’s penicillin discovery changed antibiotic treatment

“My name is Sarah Whitlow and my paternal grandfather was Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin. I have worked as a practice nurse at the Swan Surgery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, since 1990,...

Research looks at living with dementia

The work being done is not just about diagnosis, some of it focuses on improving the way sufferers and their carers live day to day with the condition. In that field, the UK Economic and...