GENOPIA Biomedical LLC (GENOPIA), a biotechnology firm headquartered in Saarbücken, Germany and Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CIPH) in Fremont, CA, will collaborate on the discovery and the development of new drug targets and candidates for CNS diseases. GENOPIA Biomedical focuses on the development of novel drug candidates and uses advanced proteomics as its main drug discovery and high-throughput screening tool, while Ciphergen Biosystems is a world leader in the development of proteomics technology, most notably its SELDI (Surface-Enhanced Laser Desorption/Ionization) ProteinChip® technology. The close collaboration between GENOPIA and Ciphergen reflects the growing importance of proteomics in modern drug discovery. Plans include the joint development of highly customized ProteinChip® surfaces to meet GENOPIA ’s needs for its proprietary drug targets.
Drs. Bernhard Schu (CEO) and Helge Völkel (CSO) of GENOPIA , commented on the collaboration between the two companies: "Stroke is one of the most common neurological conditions, and represents one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in the 21st century. Scientists at GENOPIA have identified proteins that play key roles in the cellular response to hypoxia and hypoxia-reperfusion injury, key components of stroke. In a mouse model of stroke, we were able to demonstrate the importance of these target proteins. The use of specially adapted, state-of-the-art Ciphergen ProteinChip® technology will greatly accelerate our drug discovery process, and also allow us to shorten the time to further characterize our already identified drug candidates."
Drs. Bernhard Schu and Helge Voelkel continued "The objective is to accelerate protein biology research, with the same ease and success in which genomic and molecular biology research is done today. We envision new products that combine the expertise of both companies to create rapid ‘gene to protein’ transcription, translation, and protein purification capabilities at various scales, tagged or tag-free, as well as advanced ‘on-chip’ molecular-interaction and cellular assay platforms that further enable functional genomics."
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22.09.2017 | Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
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For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.
Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...
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