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Nanopore Diagnostics Raises $600000 to Develop the iNDxer

American startup Nanopore Diagnostics has raised $600000 to develop The iNDxer, a device to detect bacterial infections. The money, provided by the Missouri Technology Corporation and other minor investors, will be allocated to conduct clinical trials that will validate the use of the Nanopore Diagnostics’ device by physicians. Nanopore Diagnostics CEO Tom Cohen was mistakenly […]


Exosomes Deliver Potent Chemotherapeutic Agent to Cancer Cells

Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have increased the effectiveness of a chemotherapeutic agent 50 fold. The drug, paclitaxel (PTX), was introduced in exosomes that were delivered to cells and mice affected by multidrug resistant (MDR) cancer. The exosomes avoided the drug’s degradation by the immune system. The study was published in […]

New Cell Line Produces Critical Component for Organoid Cultures

Trevigen has released a cell line that produces a fundamental element for propagating organoid cultures. The HA-R-Spondin-Fc293T cells can be used to obtain Roof plate specific Spondin-1 (R-Spondin 1 or RSPO1) as well as RSPO1 media. RSPO1 is critical for the support and proliferation of organoid progenitor stem cells from mice and humans. RSPO1 has been succesfully used to produce stem […]


Núria Montserrat: “The Enviroment Is Fundamental for Success”

Labcritics presents an interview with Núria Montserrrat, Junior Group Leader at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. The talented young woman shares with us her love for research, the college years, the hard -but enjoyable- PhD, the very demanding postdoc with cell-reprogramming phenomenon JC Izpisúa-Belmonte and the current days as independent researcher in the exciting […]

Nanoreactors Increase Cell-Free Protein Synthesis Yield

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an innovative cell-free protein synthesis system based on microfabricated reactors that produce therapeutic proteins on demand. The study was published in the journal Small. Cel-free protein synthesis (CFPS) technology allows producing proteins cheaply without the need of sustaining living cells. CFPS systems can be complemented […]

Metastatic Nanobridges to Take Control of Healthy Cells

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWM) have discovered a new mechanism used by cancer cells to metastasize. Nanochannels protruding from metastatic cells connect them with healthy cells and allow cancer cells to inject microRNAs that alter the normal cells´ behavior. The study has been published in the journal Nature Communications. Metastasis is the migration […]

Local Anesthesia Release Triggered by Light

A team of scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a system to release anesthesia locally upon irradiation. Drug administration can be controlled by varying the irradiance and the time of irradiation. The study has been published in the journal Nano Letters. Systemic administration of analgesics acts on the whole nervous […]

Ibuprofen Patch Releases Drug for 12 Hours

Researchers from the University of Warwick have created the first patch with effective doses of ibuprofen. Developed in association with the spinout Medherant, and using polymer technology of the adhesive company Bostik, the patch delivers the painkiller through the skin, directly to the desired area. The patch is a transparent, adhesive polymer matrix that can hold 30% […]