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Can Polyurethane Biomaterials Open a New Era in Tissue Engineering?

Tissue engineering/regenerative medicine (TERM) combines three-dimensional matrices, also known as scaffolds, cells and bioactive molecules (e.g. proteins, growth factors) to design functional constructs that have the capability to restore, maintain or improve the functionality of damaged tissues or whole organs.

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The Potential of Probiotics for Human Health

This article was originally published in Health Europa Quarterly on 3 May 2018, and is published here with permission.

Johan van Hylckama Vlieg is the vice-president for microbiome and human health innovation at Chr. Hansen A/S, a global leading bioscience company that develops and produces cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colours for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

Speaking at the 5th Microbiome R&D & Business Collaboration Forum: Europe, van Hylckama Vlieg provided a valuable insight into some of the exciting potential application areas of probiotics.

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Research and business opportunities in clinical microbiomics

This article was originally published in Health Europa Quarterly on 3 May 2018, and is published here with permission.

Exploring areas of research and development related to the microbiome – the collective name for the micro-organisms living in the human body – is the central topic of the annual Microbiome R&D Business Collaboration Forum. This year’s focus at the event was on business collaboration and private investment into research and development projects in the microbiome.

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Dissecting gene expressions in nucleus versus cytoplasm with single-cell resolution

Single-cell ITP for physical fractionation of cytoplasmic versus nuclear nucleic acids (NAs)

Single-cell analyses have become powerful tools to explore the heterogeneity of cell populations such as tumours and developing embryos. Microfluidics have significantly contributed to this field, particularly to reduce the cost and improve the throughput of single-cell RNA sequencing and DNA sequencing.

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Game Winning Hits: Singles or Home Runs?

To use a baseball analogy – there have been more games won with singles than with home runs. Home runs, when they happen, are spectacular, but they are few and far between. The journeyman single, while not the stuff of legend, gets the job done, and happens frequently. When it comes to the practical application of artificial intelligence in digital pathology, the analogy holds. The home run is machine diagnosis – replacement of the pathologist – the holy grail. The single represents baby steps which improve pathology practice, right up until the technology reaches its inevitable maturity.

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The Updated List of Microbiome Companies and Investors

Since Global Engage’s first list of microbiome investors was released, the microbiome market has gone from strength-to-strength and is expected to grow from $289.411 million to $635.829 million by 2022. The major factors responsible for market growth include:

  • Increased risk of gut, autoimmune, inflammatory bowel, and skin health diseases
  • Lifestyle changes (eg. diet)
  • Ageing population

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Presentation Slide Release: Cyber Security & Medical Devices

The Global Cyber Security in Healthcare & Pharma Summit 2018 brought together high-level representatives from around the globe to create a cyber security map for the future. If you weren’t able to make the conference, enjoy these slides from Caroline Rivett, Garvan Lynch and Katrine Vedel on securing medical devices and enabling better healthcare through cyber security.

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The role of extrinsic motivation in sports and physical activity

Motivation is one of the most significant psychological concepts in many areas of life – from work and education to achieving personal goals. In sports and physical activity, motivation plays an especially important part due to the fact that, to millions of people worldwide, staying fit and active is not an obligation or a professional prerequisite, but rather a personal goal. Blockchain technology, together with elements of gamification, may actually help people achieve this goal.

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