Posted by Jim H on February 19, 2010
The date is set, and the venue has moved, so pay attention! Friday March 19th from 4:30 until 7:30 PM
The new venue (at least for this month) is ImQuest BioSciences on 7340 Executive Way Frederick, MD 21704-9405. We didn’t want to move, but anyone at the last event would agree that the Flying Dog Tap room was just too damn crowded and we need a bigger venue.
ImQuest wants to show off their new facility and Sheer Partners wants you to come and network with fellow Biotech geeks.
I think this new approach is going to work out nicely. ImQuest will be making scientific presentations and giving tours (in the event you’ve never been inside a real science lab) and Will, Master Brewer at Barley & Hops, will be there to pour a sampling of his hand-crafted beers.
I also want to extend a special invitation to the Staffing Firms and recruiters: please contact me to make arrangements to set up a booth or table to talk to potential job seekers and applicants (at no cost!). And if you’re looking for a job, bring your resume. We’re going to try to do this a little better this time and have the Hiring companies set up and waiting to talk to you.
RSVP by leaving a comment here, sending me an email or via the LinkedIn Event, please.
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Posted by Jim H on February 15, 2010
According to a post by Nancy on the BioBeers East LinkedIn group, Life Tech is going to be purchased by GE in an all cash transaction. The news was revealed this morning on Yahoo!Finance.
This is even bigger news than the announcement last week that LifeTech was closing a 73,000 sq ft Camarillo CA facility and relocating it, and as many as 250 positions, to Frederick.
So, some stuff is shaking out on Executive Way, for sure. Which reminds me, the next BioBeers will be on Executive Way, at ImQuest on Friday March 19th. Official announcement coming soon!
FOLLOW UP: The story of GE buying LifeTech could be a rumor, at least that’s the prevailing theory on the Rumor Mill. Stay posted!
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Posted by Jim H on February 5, 2010
Even though there is a lot going on in Fredcobio in terms of news to report, I have been spending most of my “free” time working a contract at MedImmune, setting up my cell culture lab with the help of AFAB Labs to get my Stem Cell project with FiberCell Systems up and running and spending a lot of time working on the LavaAmp project.
The project is taking off with terminal velocity. The web site is up and running (thanks to Eric at SyncHaven), we have a bold new logo, Guido is in the finals for the Unreasonable Institute’s Finals and preparing for the BIL 2010 Conference in Long Beach CA.
Here’s Guido’s page from the BIL2010 web site:
GUIDO NÚÑEZ-MUJICA – LAVAAMP: POCKET PCR FOR PENNIES
About the Talk
A buoyancy based device, dubbed the LavaAmp, is able to perform PCR faster than regular thermocyclers, for extremely low cost, and is easily of manufactured and operated. The LavaAmp will also be portable and battery or USB powered, programmable, and able to communicate with smartphones and computers. The LavaAmp hardware will be as open as possible, completely customizable and hackable, so it can be adapted to new purposes and suit the needs of its users. Currently, the detection of the amplified DNA has to be done by conventional agarose gels, however, a variety of methods could be used for in situ detection for the next versions of the LavaAmp. The coupling of DNA detection in a handheld device means quick, effective and even automatic detection of plant and cattle pathogens, food-borne bacteria and diagnostic of antibiotic resistant infections with no need of cumbersome culture tests, not always available. Such a device would allow better surveillance of emerging pandemics in risky areas.
This would improve our collective reaction time against pandemics and extend the reach of the PCR for solving needs currently unmet because of cost and portability. Portable Personal PCR can be attractive for diagnosing neglected diseases in a clinical setting or used by hobbyists and schools: Is this sandfly infected with leishmaniasis? Do you want to teach your kids the real science behind CSI? Do you want to perform your own paternity tests? The LavaAmp can solve these problems and answer these questions, it is an extraordinary tool harnessing the power of PCR and taking it outside the lab, allowing anyone to become a citizen scientist.
And in more, cool LavaAmp news Rob Carlson (a principle at Biodesic, LavaAmp’s Engineering design firm and LavaAmp shareholders) was on the Economist in late December in a panel discussion along with Dean Kamen (DEKA Research, inventor of the Segway), Dwayne Spradlin (Innocentive), and Kai Huang (Founder of Guitar Hero). Check it out on his blog post. Rob also talks about the LavaAmp in another blog post yesterday “Bits, Atoms and the Future of Manufacturing“
We continue to refine the hardware design of the LavaAmp, and it looks like we have the production hardware down to 5 or 6 components, 4 of which are injection molded plastic. The labor will only be in assembly of the final box, as all sub-assemblies should all come off automated fab lines of one kind or another. All the real cost is in the design and tooling — once we get up and running the per unit costs should be quite reasonable.
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Posted by Jim H on February 4, 2010
As you may already be aware, one of the primary reasons the National Cancer Institute is building the new Riverside Research Park is to provide space for “synergistic partners” from academia and Industry to work together to cure cancer. I was just alerted to several new opportunities by my friends at FITCI
A new collaboration opportunity, “Gene Expression Signature Predictive of Response to Chemotherapy” has been added to the NCI Technology Transfer Center web site. Please go to: http://ttc.nci.nih.gov/opportunities/opportunity.php?opp_id=1881
A new collaboration opportunity, “Antibody and Immunotoxin Treatments for Mesothelin-Expressing Cancers” has been added to the NCI Technology Transfer Center web site. Please go to: http://ttc.nci.nih.gov/opportunities/opportunity.php?opp_id=1883
A new collaboration opportunity, “Knockdown and Enhanced Expression of P53 Isoforms to Treat Age-Related Disorders and Cancer” has been added to the NCI Technology Transfer Center web site. Please go to: http://ttc.nci.nih.gov/opportunities/opportunity.php?opp_id=1885
A new collaboration opportunity, “Engineered Biological Pacemakers” has been added to the NCI Technology Transfer Center web site. Please go to: http://ttc.nci.nih.gov/opportunities/opportunity.php?opp_id=1884
A new collaboration opportunity, “Novel Kinase Inhibitors Targeting the PH Domain of AKT for Preventing and Treating Cancer” has been added to the NCI Technology Transfer Center web site. Please go to: http://ttc.nci.nih.gov/opportunities/opportunity.php?opp_id=1882
Posted in Biochemistry, Funding Available, Government Funded research, Molecular Biology | 1 Comment »