Posted 12th July 2017 by Jane Williams
With so many promising cancer therapies emerging from research labs, a key challenge for biomedical researchers is to develop tools that accurately predict treatment efficacy against a patient’s specific cancer, thereby avoiding subjecting the patient to a trial and error process to find the best drug.
Posted 8th May 2017 by Jane Williams
Future of immunotherapies
Immunotherapies are on the fast growth trajectory which will be moderated based on responder groups, toxicity and efficacy results and high costs and increasingly used in combination therapies. The overall immune oncology checkpoint inhibitor market was over $2.0 billion and is set to grow to $14 billion by 2018.
Posted 31st March 2017 by Jane Williams
While microbiome therapeutics to support healthy gut function have garnered the lion’s share of attention, exciting approaches to oncology and anti-inflammatory therapeutics presage a new golden age for drug development, akin to the early commercialisation of chemically synthesised antibiotics from soil biofilms in the mid-20th century.
Posted 22nd March 2017 by Jane Williams
The term ‘probiotic’ comes from the Greek words ‘προ’ and ‘βιοτος’, which mean ‘for life’. In 1953, the ‘probiotic’ term was introduced by Kollath as organic and inorganic supplements necessary to restore health to patients suffering a form of malnutrition resulting from eating too much highly refined food (Hamilton-Miller et al., 2003).
Posted 16th November 2016 by Jane Williams
Karmella Haynes, at the Arizona State University, is one of the first synthetic biologists to engineer chromatin. It is a development that could ultimately treat diseases like cancer, through enabling large-scale changes in gene expression.