The Science Behind the Headlines

Breaking Down Drug Metabolism

Breaking Down Drug Metabolism

When popping a pill, how often do we think about what happens next—to the pill, or to our bodies? Maybe we assume the body welcomes any extra help to soothe our headache or control our blood pressure. This WEEKLY looks into the mystery of what comes after the swallow....

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The ABCs Of mRNA Vaccines

The ABCs Of mRNA Vaccines

News of positive data from Moderna's (Cambridge, MA) Phase I trial of a COVID-19 vaccine has dominated this week's headlines. Their vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine—an entirely new approach to not only vaccines but also to therapeutics.  mRNA-based drugs and vacines...

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Biotech for Non-Scientists

Blueprint Of The Century: DNA

Blueprint Of The Century: DNA

Please enjoy this excerpt from our recently revised book, The Biotech Primer: An Insider's Guide to the Science Driving the Biopharma Industry. This book explains the science behind the industry in an accessible manner, providing the foundation needed to understand...

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Ex-cell-ent Research Partners

Ex-cell-ent Research Partners

Cells are the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms. Without them, drug development would be stuck in the bad old days before antibiotics. Researchers need squillions of these membrane-bound bundles of molecules to develop new medicines and to make...

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The Infinitesimal Engines of Biologics

The Infinitesimal Engines of Biologics

Last week, we examined cell lines—what they are, where they come from, and how companies use them in the discovery phase of drug development. This week, we turn to the critical role of cell lines in making those drugs. Although all drugs restore or improve our health,...

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Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Getting The Jump On Alzheimer’s Disease

Getting The Jump On Alzheimer’s Disease

Getting The Jump On Alzheimer’s Disease Your dad has started losing his car keys, forgetting important dates, and even more alarming —is getting lost on the way to the grocery store. You’re thinking, “Is it Alzheimer’s?” Maybe it’s time for a trip to the doctor’s...

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