Category Archives: Clinical Research

Illumina Achieves Many Firsts With the NovaSeq Sequencer

Illumina, the leader in genome sequencing has announced its newest model of gene sequencer that costs under a million dollars, and is able to sequence entire human genome in one day at a cost of under $100 (allegedly). Illumina announced NovaSeq at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, successor to the highly successful HiSeq. […]

New $0.2 Centrifuge To Replace $1000 Worth Clinical Equipment

Centrifuges are the cornerstone of clinical labs to diagnosing diseases, but unfortunately they cost upwards of thousands of dollars and require electricity, making them useless in remote locations. However, a simple centuries old toy could be the answer to separating blood and plasma. Invented (or you could say discovered/repurposed) by Stanford scientists which includes Manu Prakash (who […]

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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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BioViva’s CEO Claims to Have Longer Telomeres After Gene Therapy

BioViva reported last week that the company’s CEO, Elizabeth Parrish, successfully reversed biological ageing after being treated with the biotech’s therapies. The Seattle-based company confirmed that Parrish reversed 20 years of telomere shortening thanks to an experimental gene therapy. BioViva aims to provide regenerative medicine solutions through gene and cell therapies. The company is involved in several research lines to […]

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Trialreach Restocks Bank Balance Aiming to Beef up Clinical Trial Recrutiments

Founded by one of the founders of Kayak (a popular travel booking site, nothing to do with research), Trialreach has just completed it Series B, seeking to create a platform or database of patients by standardising clinical trial eligibility criteria, with the hope of better matching patients taking part in these trials and increasing the […]

SIM image of platelets. Professor Dan Cutler, UCL

Super-Resolution Microscopy to Diagnose Rare Platelet Disorder

A team of scientists led by a research group at University College London have developed a super-resolution microscopy method to diagnose a rare bleeding disease. The new method is more accessible and allows a more accurate diagnosis of platelet disorders. The results were published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Platelets are blood components that adhere to […]

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Illumina Partners with 4 Biobanks to Genotype Their Collections

Illumina has signed agreements with Vanderbilt University, University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus, Partners HealthCare, and Montreal Heart Institute to genotype their sample collections. Illumina’s technology will initially analyze 200000 samples and combine the obtained genomic data with clinical records to identify the genetic causes of several diseases. Illumina’s sequencing technology, Infinium® Expanded Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array […]

Patient iP Secures $2 Million Investment

Patient Identification Platform (PatientiP), a provider of clinical trial matching technology, has obtained $2 million in a Series A investment round. The company aims to facilitate the recruitment of individuals for clinical trials, which has become increasingly difficult due to complicated selection criteria, enrollment procedures and timelines. It is calculated that 50% of clinical trials […]