Research & Development

Biologic drug successful in treating Crohn’s disease

World-renowned biologic drug Humira – used to treat Crohn’s disease – celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013. The drug is a tumour necrosis factor blocker that works to limit the inflammatory effects of the disease on the gut.

New test to monitor thyroid cancer

A new laboratory test for the diagnosis and lifelong monitoring of medullary thyroid cancer patients after thyroid surgery was recently launched worldwide (excluding the US) by leader in research-focused healthcare, Roche.

Managing biomarker data for more effective medicines

The move towards medicine customised for individual patients holds promise in the development of safer and more effective drugs, but there remain various challenges before this potential is realised fully. In the white paper ‘Management and Analysis of Biomarker Data’, analysis company Exploristics outlines solutions to the management, storage, integration, and analysis of large volumes of biomarker data, provided through a partnership with OmicSoft: Array Studio and Array Server.

EMA plans to tackle antibiotics resistance

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will provide advice on the impact of the use of antibiotics, following a request made by the European Commission as part of its ‘Action Plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)’.

Beiersdorf discovers the rhythm of skin

Dr Hendrik Reuter and Prof Kramer of Beiersdorf demonstrate existence of inner clock in skin cellsScientists at Beiersdorf AG have once again made an important contribution to our understanding of skin: together with researchers of Charité University Medicine Berlin they were able to demonstrate the existence of an inner clock in human skin cells, which controls skin regeneration among other things. Hamburg researchers from the team of Dr. Jörn Hendrik Reuter, Head of the General Skin Care Laboratory at Beiersdorf and Professor Achim Kramer from the Chronobiology Department of Charité Berlin participated in the collaborative research project. ‘The findings from our collaborative research could have a large influence on the skincare of the future,’ Reuter said.

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