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Strep A Vaccine Project Launched

Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria

An international initiative is underway to begin work on a vaccine against group A streptococcus infections becoming resistant to today’s antibiotics. . . . → Read More: Strep A Vaccine Project Launched

Wireless Sensors Monitor Newborns in ICUs

Amy Paller and Taschana Taylor

An international team developed two wireless sensors that safely monitor the vital signs of newborn infants in intensive care units, replacing the multiple wired devices used today. . . . → Read More: Wireless Sensors Monitor Newborns in ICUs

Lilly Acquiring Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders

(NIH)

19 March 2015. The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company is acquiring from Hanmi Pharmaceutical, an experimental drug that blocks the actions of an enzyme associated with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The deal can pay Hanmi, in Seoul, Korea, as much as $690 million.

Autoimmune disorders are diseases where the . . . → Read More: Lilly Acquiring Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders

Laser Activation Tested as Potential Cancer Drug Delivery

Paras Prasad (University at Buffalo)

16 May 2014. Researchers from University at Buffalo in New York developed and tested in the lab a process harnessing lasers to activate drugs inside the body to kill cancer cells. Findings from the proof-of-concept study, led by Buffalo’s Paras Prasad with colleagues from universities in China and . . . → Read More: Laser Activation Tested as Potential Cancer Drug Delivery

Simple, Sensitive Biosensors Derived from Engineered Viruses

Seung-Wuk Lee (Univ of California, Berkeley)

Bioengineers at University of California in Berkeley developed a process for making sensors from genetically-engineered viruses simple enough to package in a smartphone app, yet can discriminate among volatile chemical vapors. The team from the lab of bioengineering professor Seung-Wuk Lee, with colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab . . . → Read More: Simple, Sensitive Biosensors Derived from Engineered Viruses

Gold Nanoparticles Configured into Stretchable Conductors

Sample of stretchable conductive material (Joseph Xu, University of Michigan)

Engineers and physicists at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor devised a method for transforming gold nanoparticles into conductive chains that stretch to nearly six times their original length and still conduct a current. The team led by Michigan chemical engineering professor Nicholas . . . → Read More: Gold Nanoparticles Configured into Stretchable Conductors

Merck, Samsung to Collaborate on Biosimilars

(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. in New Jersey and Samsung Bioepis Co. in Seoul, South Korea agreed on a deal for licensing and taking to market non-branded biologic therapies called biosimilars. While the companies released an outline of the financial arrangements, the dollar amount of the agreement . . . → Read More: Merck, Samsung to Collaborate on Biosimilars

Antibiotic Found Effective On Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria (CDC)

Researchers in the U.S. and Korea found the antibiotic linezolid largely effective in treating patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, who had not responded to previous treatments. The findings of the team led by Clifton Barry of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes . . . → Read More: Antibiotic Found Effective On Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Technique Devised for Controlling Graphene Nanopore Size

Moon Kim (University of Texas – Dallas)

Materials scientists at University of Texas in Dallas and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea developed a process for making the size of nanopores in the material graphene small enough to read a single strand of DNA. The discovery is outlined in a recent . . . → Read More: Technique Devised for Controlling Graphene Nanopore Size

Luminous Nanoparticles Detectable Through Tissue Developed

Transmission electron microscopy image of nanoparticles designed for deep-tissue imaging. (Zhipeng Li, University at Buffalo)

Researchers in the U.S., Sweden, China, and Korea created illuminated nanoscale particles that can be detected through a 3.2 centimeter, or 1.26 inch layer of tissue. The team led by University at Buffalo, New York chemistry professor Paras . . . → Read More: Luminous Nanoparticles Detectable Through Tissue Developed