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Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 29, 2022
3D Printing of Starch for Personalised Medicine Development

3D Printing of Starch for Personalised Medicine Development

Traditional methods produce medicines with specific parameters, but in many cases without meeting the individual needs of patients. In fact, conventional medicines tend to be based on adult doses, so paediatric and elderly patients require doses tailored to their age. What is more, certain groups of patients also need specific dosage form alternatives to facilitate the oral administration of drugs. In this respect, rapidly disintegrating tablets are emerging as a good option as they dissolve the moment they are placed on the tongue. Another challenge pharmaceutical companies need to address is the controlled release of the drug over time, especially when the drug is of a hydrophobic type, i.e. when dissolving it in water poses problems.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 29, 2022
Artificial Intelligence Model Can Detect Parkinson's From Breathing

Artificial Intelligence Model Can Detect Parkinson's From Breathing

Parkinson's disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it relies primarily on the appearance of motor symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, and slowness, but these symptoms often appear several years after the disease onset. Now scientists have developed an artificial intelligence model that can detect Parkinson's just from reading a person's breathing patterns.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 25, 2022
Sensor Could Help Patients Stay on Top of Their Meds

Sensor Could Help Patients Stay on Top of Their Meds

Lithium can alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder and depression — if taken in just the right amount. Too little won't work, while too much can bring on dangerous side effects. To precisely monitor the amount of this medication in the body, patients must undergo invasive blood tests. But now, scientists report the invention of a tiny sensor that detects lithium levels from sweat on the surface of a fingertip in as little as 30 seconds, without a trip to the clinic.
External Company Press Release
Finding the 'Magic' That Powers the Brain Using a Giant Supercomputer

Finding the 'Magic' That Powers the Brain Using a Giant Supercomputer

After building a unique supercomputer to model parts of the brain, its creator Professor Steve Furber, says we're still a long way from fully understanding the complex mysteries of the human mind.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 23, 2022
First Completely Robot-Supported Microsurgical Operations on Humans

First Completely Robot-Supported Microsurgical Operations on Humans

Scientists have carried out the first completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans. The physicians used an innovative operating method in which a new type of operations robot, designed especially for microsurgery, is networked with a robotic microscope. This approach makes it possible for the operating surgeon to be completely taken out of the operating area.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 23, 2022
New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

Flexible electronics have enabled the design of sensors, actuators, microfluidics and electronics on flexible, conformal and/or stretchable sublayers for wearable, implantable or ingestible applications. However, these devices have very different mechanical and biological properties when compared to human tissue and thus cannot be integrated with the human body.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 18, 2022
Lab-Made Cartilage Gel Outperforms the Real Thing

Lab-Made Cartilage Gel Outperforms the Real Thing

Researchers say they have created the first gel-based cartilage substitute that is even stronger and more durable than the real thing. Mechanical testing reveals that the team's hydrogel -- a material made of water-absorbing polymers -- can be pressed and pulled with more force than natural cartilage, and is three times more resistant to wear and tear.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

This premium article will look into the manufacturing and materials involved in electronic skin patches, including an overview of skin patch construction, opportunities for roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing, case studies of contract manufacturers producing electronic skin patches, and more.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 17, 2022
Bioengineered Cornea Can Restore Sight to Blind and Visually Impaired

Bioengineered Cornea Can Restore Sight to Blind and Visually Impaired

Researchers and entrepreneurs have developed an implant made of collagen protein from pig's skin, which resembles the human cornea. In a pilot study, the implant restored vision to 20 people with diseased corneas, most of whom were blind prior to receiving the implant.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 17, 2022
Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Researchers have discovered that they can control the stickiness of adhesive bandages using ultrasound waves and bubbles. This breakthrough could lead to new advances in medical adhesives, especially in cases where adhesives are difficult to apply such as on wet skin.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Diabetes Management From a Clinician's Perspective

Diabetes Management From a Clinician's Perspective

This premium article explores diabetes management from a clinician's perspective, looking at the clinician workflow, various clinician frameworks, complication management, and more.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 15, 2022
Microrobotics in Endodontic Treatment, Diagnostics

Microrobotics in Endodontic Treatment, Diagnostics

With its irregularities and anatomical complexities, the root canal system is one of the most clinically challenging spaces in the oral cavity. As a result, biofilm not fully cleared from the nooks and crannies of the canals remains a leading cause of treatment failure and persistent endodontic infections, and there are limited means to diagnose or assess the efficacy of disinfection. One day, clinicians may have a new tool to overcome these challenges in the form of microrobots.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 15, 2022
Gene Editing via CRISPR/Cas9 Ends in Cell Toxicity, Genome Instability

Gene Editing via CRISPR/Cas9 Ends in Cell Toxicity, Genome Instability

CRISPR/Cas9 is a commonly used, very precise, gene editing technique. CRISPR allows the introduction of the desired DNA sequence into (virtually) any spot of the genome, thus modifying or inactivating a gene. This technique is widely used in biomedical research and some CRISPR-based therapies are in clinical trials for the treatment of human blood disorders, some types of cancer and HIV, among other conditions.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 11, 2022
Graphene Synapses Advance Brain-Like Computers

Graphene Synapses Advance Brain-Like Computers

Computers that think more like human brains are inching closer to mainstream adoption. But many unanswered questions remain. Among the most pressing, what types of materials can serve as the best building blocks to unlock the potential of this new style of computing.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 11, 2022
High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

Patients with severe respiratory or lung diseases require intensive treatment and their lung function needs to be monitored on a continuous basis. Researchers have developed a technology whereby noises in the lungs are recorded using a textile vest with integrated acoustic sensors. The signals are then converted and displayed visually using software. In this way, patients outside of intensive care units can still be monitored continuously. The technology increases the options for diagnosis and improves the patient's quality of life.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 9, 2022
Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

A researcher is creating a portable, wearable device for rapid gas analysis that could detect illness immediately. Advancements in micro-gas chromatography in the past 20 years have demonstrated great potential for the development of powerful portable gas analysis devices. But it remains a challenge to achieve efficient separation and rapid detection for effective gas analysis in a highly integrated and cost-effective platform, as well as in a mobile device.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 8, 2022
Smart Microrobots Learn How to Swim and Navigate With AI

Smart Microrobots Learn How to Swim and Navigate With AI

Researchers have been able to successfully teach microrobots how to swim via deep reinforcement learning, marking a substantial leap in the progression of microswimming capability. There has been tremendous interest in developing artificial microswimmers that can navigate the world similarly to naturally-occuring swimming microorganisms, like bacteria. Such microswimmers provide promise for a vast array of future biomedical applications, such as targeted drug delivery and microsurgery. Yet, most artificial microswimmers to date can only perform relatively simple maneuvers with fixed locomotory gaits.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 8, 2022
"Electric Pill" Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects in Severe Covid-19

"Electric Pill" Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects in Severe Covid-19

Vagus nerve stimulation of the auricle is used to treat chronic diseases that affect an entire organ system. Examples include pain therapy, but also the treatment of depression or circulatory disorders. In this minimally invasive therapy, only the sensory nerve endings in the auricle are stimulated, thereby also triggering anti-inflammatory processes.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 5, 2022
Without Egg, Sperm or Womb: Mouse Embryos Created from Stem Cells

Without Egg, Sperm or Womb: Mouse Embryos Created from Stem Cells

An egg meets a sperm - that's a necessary first step in life's beginnings, and it's also a common first step in embryonic development research. But in study researchers have grown synthetic embryo models of mice outside the womb by starting solely with stem cells cultured in a petri dish - that is, without the use of fertilized eggs. The method opens new horizons for studying how stem cells form various organs in the developing embryo, and may one day make it possible to grow tissues and organs for transplantation using synthetic embryo models.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 4, 2022
Three Technologies Taking DNA Diagnostics Into the Home

Three Technologies Taking DNA Diagnostics Into the Home

In recent times, we have all experienced the value of diagnostics used in the comfort and ease of our own homes. Imagine if we could look for other infectious diseases just as easily, with less invasive, self-administered, highly accurate, and reliable tests. With the convergence of advances in telehealth and biotechnology, this is the direction that the diagnostics industry is heading towards.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 29, 2022
3D Printing of Starch for Personalised Medicine Development

3D Printing of Starch for Personalised Medicine Development

Traditional methods produce medicines with specific parameters, but in many cases without meeting the individual needs of patients. In fact, conventional medicines tend to be based on adult doses, so paediatric and elderly patients require doses tailored to their age. What is more, certain groups of patients also need specific dosage form alternatives to facilitate the oral administration of drugs. In this respect, rapidly disintegrating tablets are emerging as a good option as they dissolve the moment they are placed on the tongue. Another challenge pharmaceutical companies need to address is the controlled release of the drug over time, especially when the drug is of a hydrophobic type, i.e. when dissolving it in water poses problems.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 25, 2022
Sensor Could Help Patients Stay on Top of Their Meds

Sensor Could Help Patients Stay on Top of Their Meds

Lithium can alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder and depression — if taken in just the right amount. Too little won't work, while too much can bring on dangerous side effects. To precisely monitor the amount of this medication in the body, patients must undergo invasive blood tests. But now, scientists report the invention of a tiny sensor that detects lithium levels from sweat on the surface of a fingertip in as little as 30 seconds, without a trip to the clinic.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 23, 2022
First Completely Robot-Supported Microsurgical Operations on Humans

First Completely Robot-Supported Microsurgical Operations on Humans

Scientists have carried out the first completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans. The physicians used an innovative operating method in which a new type of operations robot, designed especially for microsurgery, is networked with a robotic microscope. This approach makes it possible for the operating surgeon to be completely taken out of the operating area.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 18, 2022
Lab-Made Cartilage Gel Outperforms the Real Thing

Lab-Made Cartilage Gel Outperforms the Real Thing

Researchers say they have created the first gel-based cartilage substitute that is even stronger and more durable than the real thing. Mechanical testing reveals that the team's hydrogel -- a material made of water-absorbing polymers -- can be pressed and pulled with more force than natural cartilage, and is three times more resistant to wear and tear.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 17, 2022
Bioengineered Cornea Can Restore Sight to Blind and Visually Impaired

Bioengineered Cornea Can Restore Sight to Blind and Visually Impaired

Researchers and entrepreneurs have developed an implant made of collagen protein from pig's skin, which resembles the human cornea. In a pilot study, the implant restored vision to 20 people with diseased corneas, most of whom were blind prior to receiving the implant.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Diabetes Management From a Clinician's Perspective

Diabetes Management From a Clinician's Perspective

This premium article explores diabetes management from a clinician's perspective, looking at the clinician workflow, various clinician frameworks, complication management, and more.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 15, 2022
Gene Editing via CRISPR/Cas9 Ends in Cell Toxicity, Genome Instability

Gene Editing via CRISPR/Cas9 Ends in Cell Toxicity, Genome Instability

CRISPR/Cas9 is a commonly used, very precise, gene editing technique. CRISPR allows the introduction of the desired DNA sequence into (virtually) any spot of the genome, thus modifying or inactivating a gene. This technique is widely used in biomedical research and some CRISPR-based therapies are in clinical trials for the treatment of human blood disorders, some types of cancer and HIV, among other conditions.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 11, 2022
High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

Patients with severe respiratory or lung diseases require intensive treatment and their lung function needs to be monitored on a continuous basis. Researchers have developed a technology whereby noises in the lungs are recorded using a textile vest with integrated acoustic sensors. The signals are then converted and displayed visually using software. In this way, patients outside of intensive care units can still be monitored continuously. The technology increases the options for diagnosis and improves the patient's quality of life.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 8, 2022
Smart Microrobots Learn How to Swim and Navigate With AI

Smart Microrobots Learn How to Swim and Navigate With AI

Researchers have been able to successfully teach microrobots how to swim via deep reinforcement learning, marking a substantial leap in the progression of microswimming capability. There has been tremendous interest in developing artificial microswimmers that can navigate the world similarly to naturally-occuring swimming microorganisms, like bacteria. Such microswimmers provide promise for a vast array of future biomedical applications, such as targeted drug delivery and microsurgery. Yet, most artificial microswimmers to date can only perform relatively simple maneuvers with fixed locomotory gaits.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 5, 2022
Without Egg, Sperm or Womb: Mouse Embryos Created from Stem Cells

Without Egg, Sperm or Womb: Mouse Embryos Created from Stem Cells

An egg meets a sperm - that's a necessary first step in life's beginnings, and it's also a common first step in embryonic development research. But in study researchers have grown synthetic embryo models of mice outside the womb by starting solely with stem cells cultured in a petri dish - that is, without the use of fertilized eggs. The method opens new horizons for studying how stem cells form various organs in the developing embryo, and may one day make it possible to grow tissues and organs for transplantation using synthetic embryo models.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 29, 2022
Artificial Intelligence Model Can Detect Parkinson's From Breathing

Artificial Intelligence Model Can Detect Parkinson's From Breathing

Parkinson's disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it relies primarily on the appearance of motor symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, and slowness, but these symptoms often appear several years after the disease onset. Now scientists have developed an artificial intelligence model that can detect Parkinson's just from reading a person's breathing patterns.
External Company Press Release
Finding the 'Magic' That Powers the Brain Using a Giant Supercomputer

Finding the 'Magic' That Powers the Brain Using a Giant Supercomputer

After building a unique supercomputer to model parts of the brain, its creator Professor Steve Furber, says we're still a long way from fully understanding the complex mysteries of the human mind.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 23, 2022
New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

Flexible electronics have enabled the design of sensors, actuators, microfluidics and electronics on flexible, conformal and/or stretchable sublayers for wearable, implantable or ingestible applications. However, these devices have very different mechanical and biological properties when compared to human tissue and thus cannot be integrated with the human body.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

This premium article will look into the manufacturing and materials involved in electronic skin patches, including an overview of skin patch construction, opportunities for roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing, case studies of contract manufacturers producing electronic skin patches, and more.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 17, 2022
Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Researchers have discovered that they can control the stickiness of adhesive bandages using ultrasound waves and bubbles. This breakthrough could lead to new advances in medical adhesives, especially in cases where adhesives are difficult to apply such as on wet skin.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 15, 2022
Microrobotics in Endodontic Treatment, Diagnostics

Microrobotics in Endodontic Treatment, Diagnostics

With its irregularities and anatomical complexities, the root canal system is one of the most clinically challenging spaces in the oral cavity. As a result, biofilm not fully cleared from the nooks and crannies of the canals remains a leading cause of treatment failure and persistent endodontic infections, and there are limited means to diagnose or assess the efficacy of disinfection. One day, clinicians may have a new tool to overcome these challenges in the form of microrobots.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 11, 2022
Graphene Synapses Advance Brain-Like Computers

Graphene Synapses Advance Brain-Like Computers

Computers that think more like human brains are inching closer to mainstream adoption. But many unanswered questions remain. Among the most pressing, what types of materials can serve as the best building blocks to unlock the potential of this new style of computing.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 9, 2022
Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

A researcher is creating a portable, wearable device for rapid gas analysis that could detect illness immediately. Advancements in micro-gas chromatography in the past 20 years have demonstrated great potential for the development of powerful portable gas analysis devices. But it remains a challenge to achieve efficient separation and rapid detection for effective gas analysis in a highly integrated and cost-effective platform, as well as in a mobile device.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 8, 2022
"Electric Pill" Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects in Severe Covid-19

"Electric Pill" Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects in Severe Covid-19

Vagus nerve stimulation of the auricle is used to treat chronic diseases that affect an entire organ system. Examples include pain therapy, but also the treatment of depression or circulatory disorders. In this minimally invasive therapy, only the sensory nerve endings in the auricle are stimulated, thereby also triggering anti-inflammatory processes.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Aug 4, 2022
Three Technologies Taking DNA Diagnostics Into the Home

Three Technologies Taking DNA Diagnostics Into the Home

In recent times, we have all experienced the value of diagnostics used in the comfort and ease of our own homes. Imagine if we could look for other infectious diseases just as easily, with less invasive, self-administered, highly accurate, and reliable tests. With the convergence of advances in telehealth and biotechnology, this is the direction that the diagnostics industry is heading towards.
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