When it came to scientific breakthroughs, March really was another exciting month with many new and inspirational discoveries announced almost every day. As busy life science enthusiasts ourselves, we understand how difficult it can be to keep abreast of these new developments whilst dealing with a busy workload. So once again, we’ve singled out our favourite stories, from the potentially life-changing to the definitely amusing!
February may have been dreary and grey, but the scientific discoveries it brought us were just as exciting as ever! If you follow us on social media, you’ll know that we love sharing the latest science stories that motivate, educate and amuse us. And because we know just how busy you are, every month we compile our favourites in a blog to share with you! Hopefully, this means you can still keep well up to date with the newest stories from around the world, from the comfort of your own desk/workbench/home!
Our monthly roundup of the best science stories from around the world is back! At BioStrata, we love to talk about science, and with the new year comes a whole host of fresh and exciting breakthroughs. With our experience at the benchtop and in marketing, we know that those working in the life science industry often have ridiculously busy schedules, and may not have time to keep up to date with all the latest developments. So, we’re here to bring you our favourite new and amusing science stories from January 2018!
2017 will always be a memorable year for me, because it was the year I decided to leave the lab bench and join the scientific writing team at BioStrata. It was also a breakthrough year for a wide range of research teams across the life sciences, as 2017 saw many novel approaches to overcome global health challenges and innovative ways to tackle environmental issues. There were so many groundbreaking advances to choose from that it really was a tough call to narrow them down to just a few—but I’ve chosen a handful that inspired me the most below!
We visited the Francis Crick Institute in London recently to attend the BioBeat17 summit, which focused on the theme ‘Re-shaping Biotech Partnering’. At the meeting, we heard Dr Lucy Collinson, Head of Electron Microscopy at the Crick, present a fascinating case study that illustrated how collaboration can drive innovation and translation within biomedical research.
By assembling a multidisciplinary team and establishing partnerships with various biotech companies, Dr Collinson managed to physically combine a fluorescent light microscope and a volume electron microscope for the first time, supported by the Crick’s scientific translation team and its distinctive ‘discovery without boundaries’ strategy. Below we uncover how this unique synergy has changed the face of imaging technology, to reveal a fresh viewpoint on disease biology.
At the beginning of October, a number of us here at BioStrata got the opportunity to stretch our legs (and minds!) away from the office and attended Drug Discovery 2017, held at the ACC in Liverpool. Drug Discovery takes place every year and is run by the European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG), a not-for-profit organisation supporting the life science and drug discovery communities across Europe.
Welcoming over twelve hundred attendees, this year’s meeting was the biggest yet and was an exciting place to be for researchers and exhibitors alike. There to fly the BioStrata flag, we spent both days firmly placed amongst the exhibitors and got to experience the bustling atmosphere first-hand. We also attended a number of interesting talks, where thought leaders from across the industry were sharing their views on where we’re heading in the future (and how we can best work together to get there). Read on to find out what we got up to and our top highlights from the show.
Held this year in Hanover, Germany, LABVOLUTION is a European trade show for individuals seeking to discover the very latest innovations in laboratory equipment and workflow optimisation solutions. The event features a broad spectrum of products and services from a range of disciplines, from 3D printing and data analysis, to agricultural and diagnostic products. Last year, LABVOLUTION joined forces with the ever-popular trade show BIOTECHNICA, which was formally aimed at those working within the European biotechnology sector. The coming together of these two shows has meant delegates from far and wide are able to experience some of the most cutting-edge tech and insights from a broader range of scientific disciplines.
Somewhere in the world, a clinician analyses a new-born baby’s blood; what she finds can potentially save his life, as the test she uses has been carefully developed to detect the molecular traces of a specific disorder. This laboratory developed test (LDT), and many others like it, is fast becoming an essential part of the diagnostic toolkit used by healthcare providers across the developed world.
But as the use of LDTs has grown, so too have calls for their standardisation. These calls are being met with new regulations designed to improve reproducibility and enhance patient safety. But what impact will these regulations have on the healthcare industry, and how will they affect clinicians, manufacturers and ultimately, patient health?
The European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG) is a non-profit organization that hosts a number of conferences across different locations in Europe. These shows are a coming together of key opinion leaders, delegates and vendors from a wide range of applications, and are always a fantastic opportunity to see how the landscape of life science research is expected to change in years to come.
The theme of this year’s conference, held in Homerton College, Cambridge, was ‘Cells as Models of Disease and New Therapeutic Agents’. Talks were given on a range of topics, from immunotherapies in oncology, to single cell analysis and microfluidics. As ever, BioStrata attended the conference with great interest, and here are some of our personal highlights.
As the grey skies of March loom ever closer, Christmas indulgence has become a distant memory. We are now well into 2017, and although our new year’s resolutions may have been put away with the decorations, science might just have our back (again).
Around a quarter of us report that technology is key to keeping us in good shape. So what tools, tips and tricks will help us beat the bloat in 2017? Here are some recent tech innovations that just might help us reach next Christmas in better shape.