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Drug Discovery

Novel Apparatus Mimics the Human Digestive System for Oral Drug Studies

A team of British drug developers has created an instrument that mimics the human digestive system, which will allow them to accurately determine how orally-administered medications are dissolved and then absorbed.  More...
15 Apr 2014

Dependence on Lab Animals for Testing Asthma and Allergy Agents Reduced with 3D Test

In a recent study, scientists report that they’ve developed a simple, 3D laboratory technique to test asthma and allergy medications that mimics what occurs in the body, which could help reduce the need for animal testing.  More...
13 Apr 2014

Encapsulated Human-Insulin-Producing Progenitor Cells Cure Diabetes in Mouse Model

A breakthrough system that allows subcutaneous implantation of encapsulated immature pancreatic cells was shown to produce enough insulin to correct the symptoms of diabetes in a mouse model.  More...
08 Apr 2014
Image: Chitosan is derived from the shells of shrimp and other sea crustaceans, including Alaskan pink shrimp, pictured here (Photo courtesy of NOAA - [US] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Chitosan Treatment Clears the Way for Antibiotics to Eliminate Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Recurrent urinary tract infection was successfully resolved in a mouse model by treatment with the exfoliant chitosan followed by a round of antibiotics.  More...
06 Apr 2014
Image: Artificial blood vessels on a microfluidic chip; the researchers used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anticlotting drugs (Photo courtesy of the Georgia Institute of Technology).

Aspirin Found Less Effective Preventing Blood Clots in Atherosclerotic Blood Vessels

A novel microfluidic device that mimicked arterial blood flow was used to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-thrombotic drugs under various blood-flow conditions.  More...
02 Apr 2014

New Drug Shown to Reduce Size in Both Injected and Metastasized Melanoma Tumors

A retrospective analysis of patients with metastatic melanoma revealed that a new pharmaceutical agent was shown to reduce the size of injected tumors and also non-injected tumors that had metastasized to other regions of the body.    More...
02 Apr 2014

Live Cell Imaging Ready to Transform Disease Diagnostics and Drug Discovery

Breakthroughs in fluorescent applications, electronics, optics, and molecular biology have made live cell imaging technologies more accessible to life scientists trying to better understand biologic dynamics and visualize cellular events in living organisms, according to recent market research.   More...
31 Mar 2014


The Drug Discovery channel in BioResearch informs about the biotechnology of drug discovery and design from traditional to translational pharma within the five-year horizon.
 
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