Category Archives: Cancer Research

Grail Hits Unicorn Status with $1 Billion Capital for Blood Cancer Test

Illumina owned startup, Grail has announced that it is in the process of raising more than $1 billion in venture capital to invest in its cancer detection test and it split from its parent company. If Grail succeeds in raising $1 billion in its second round of financing, this would for the first time put a […]

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Xenopat: Your Tumor in a Mouse

Labcritics visited Xenopat, an innovative company dedicated to the orthotopic implantation of human tumors in mice. This technology allows Xenopat to offer services to companies developing new anticancer drugs and personalized cancer treatments. We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Anna Portela, CEO and co-founder, and Dr. Alberto Villanueva, CSO and co-founder. For more […]

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Teresa Tarragó: “Crowdfunding is a Source of Financing for Early Stage Biotechs”

Labcritics was at Iproteos’ facilities talking to Teresa Tarragó, CEO and co-founder of this innovative company. Iproteos combines computational chemistry with modern synthesis methods to generate peptidomimetics with pharmacological activity against diseases such as schizophrenia. We had the opportunity to know about the possibilities of crowdfunding for biotech projects and the technology used in their laboratory. […]

CROWDACURE: Crowdfunding Platform For Rare Diseases

A new website is trying to do what kickstarter has done for hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world in terms of gaining support for idea stage ventures. Crowdacure is helping researchers raise funds for “hard to fund” medical research. The hard to fund medical areas include tropical diseases, rare diseases and even common yet ignored […]

Ultrashort Laser Pulses Reduce Off-Target Effects of Radiotherapy

Researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in India have developed an innovative technique to cause DNA damage in a controlled manner. Short, intense pulses of laser light can be directed to a therapeutic target without damaging the surrounding area. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. Radiotherapy is a treatment that uses […]

Droplet Digital PCR to Measure Tumor Load

Christof Winter from Technische Universität München presented at Analytica the innovative use of droplet digital PCR to measure tumor load by non-invasive means. The technique takes advantage of the cell-free DNA circulating in blood, which is found in higher concentration in cancer patients. Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is found in blood plasma at concentrations of 10–100 […]

First Visualization of Cancer Spread from its Origin

Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital have visually followed the emergence and spread of cancer form its first cell to other parts of an animal. The pioneering study, published in the journal Science, will help scientists understand cancer development and find new treatments. Some cells that present typical cancer mutations do not behave like cancer cells. […]

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Dendrimer Nanoparticles Successfully Deliver RNA Drug to Cancerous Liver

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center have successfully delivered small-RNA drugs to a cancerous liver by introducing them in synthetic nanoparticles. The dendrimers didn’t damage the healthy tissues near the carcinoma. The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences. Liver cancer is the second leading cause […]