World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress

We are pleased to announce our participation at the 11th Annual World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress on May 18-20 in London, England. In the past, this event focused on developments in stem cell therapies and innovations within regenerative medicine. As the industry progresses, this year's conference will focus on the cell therapies that have made it to market, the innovations of academia and universities, and the use of stem cells for drug discovery. Additionally, this year's event will be co-located with World Precision Medicine Congress and the Cord Blood World Europe.

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Breakthroughs & Setbacks in Cancer Immunotherapies

When President Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971, scientists and the general public were energized about the possibility of eliminating these costly and deadly diseases. In the decades following, however, many initially promising treatments failed to deliver expected results. Although the medical community has become more skilled at targeting treatments to specific cancers, cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the United States.

Now, breakthroughs in immunological technology have renewed scientists’ enthusiasm and excitement about novel cancer treatments. Cancer immunotherapies have the potential to shift the medical landscape by reducing the toll the disease takes on patients and society at large.

Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions

Exploring Immunotherapies to Treat Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect more than 1.6 million Americans, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Unfortunately, patients with Crohn’s disease are left with limited treatment options and no cure for the condition. This could change with new research supporting the use of immunotherapies to treat Crohn’s disease.

Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions, Content: Blog

Amazing Samples: Skin

Despite being the largest in the human body it’s easy to forget about skin as an organ, unless your research or practice directly involves it. It’s what we use to interact with the world and present ourselves. No one else, other than doctors, will really start thinking about your spleen or pituitary gland when they look at you. But just as with any other cell type, there is great research being conducted around skin.

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[Webinar] The Seven Keys to Safeguarding Your Cryopreserved Cells

Safeguarding your samples throughout the entire cryopreservation process can be tricky and even unproductive, thanks to protocols that unknowingly undermine your results. Understanding the seven keys to protect your cryopreserved cells – from selecting the right storage temperatures and proper cooling methods to avoiding common safety hazards when using liquid nitrogen – can equip any lab with the knowledge necessary to ensure sample safety and optimal cryopreservation results.

Thermo Fisher Scientific's on-demand webinar, The Seven Keys to Safeguarding Your Cryopreserved Cells, explores the many variables involved in planning for cryopreservation in your cell culture process. Let's explore these steps and unlock the critical information to ensure high cell viability. 

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The Shift to Immunosurveillance in Breast Cancer Treatment

As we've discussed previously on the blog, bio-pharmaceutical entities are scrambling to bring new immunotherapies to the clinic, particularly in the treatment of cancers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies worldwide have already approved several immunotherapies for the treatment of various tumors, including melanoma and non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). However, pre-clinical and clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of investigational immunotherapies for breast cancer have only recently begun.

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A Paradigm Shift in Biobanking: The Future of Cell Preservation Strategies

Once considered “old school,” cryopreservation is going through another scientific and technological development growth phase. Today’s new cryopreservation processes and products promise to deliver disruptive technologies to discovery science, stem cell research, diagnostics and personalized medicine; forever changing the future of cell preservation strategies.

Cell preservation has evolved from simple, often poorly annotated private collections of clinical specimens to highly organized and well-annotated collections maintained by commercial and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, the focus of cell preservation strategies is from government and international agencies on the activities of biobanks, specifically on the need to adopt best practices and to provide scientific, legal and ethical guidelines for the biopreservation industry. Cell preservationists still focus on fulfilling the immediate post-thaw viability needs of today’s researchers.

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Amazing Samples: T-cells

We’ve discussed white blood cells before.

Whether you look at tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, marrow-derived natural killer (NK) cells, or chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells, lymphocytes in general have many different therapeutic applications that are currently being researched, especially in the field of oncology. However, these are all the more aggressive parts of the immune system, and even among a subclass as specific as T-cells, there are several other functions that we haven’t touched on.

Last time, on the Amazing Sample blog series, we discussed CNF and neural tissue. This time, let’s break down some of the ways T-cells can be amazing samples in their own right.

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CRISPR-Cas9 is Revolutionizing Gene Editing

CRISPR-Cas is a gene editing technology that is revolutionizing the biotech industry. In 2012, two researchers were performing basic research when they inadvertently discovered a gene editing technology that forever changes how scientists edit genes.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna were trying to gain a better understanding of the system that bacteria use to defend themselves against viruses. The researchers noticed that bacterial systems could slice out specific sections of DNA with incredible precision. The team then realized that, with the correct programming, the system could also replace a specific section with new DNA – in essence, the bacteria were performing gene editing on their own DNA in a better way than scientists were doing it in the laboratories.

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Amazing Samples: Neurons and Brain Cells and Fluids - oh my!

Did you know ancient Egyptians used to remove corpses’ brains when mummifying their deceased? I remember being taught at a young age that it was because the civilization did not value the brain as an organ, but it turns out that’s far from the truth. Not only were there many different factors that could affect excerebration, but the ancient Egyptians were the first recorded civilization to study the actual anatomy of the brain, even hypothesizing the communicative function of the spinal cord… But we’re not here to discuss antiquity.

In modern day, we more definitively know that the brain is the seat of both thought and emotion, and have better learned how little we actually know of its functionality. From a macroscopic perspective, we can study how the different areas of the brain and central nervous system respond to any number of stimuli: music, foreign languages, food, even bad dreams. But focusing on a smaller scale can uncover the mystery of how the greater machine works, and how it can even be assisted and improved.

Last time on our Amazing Samples blog series, we took a look at the research being put into eyes. Today, let’s feel out some of the ways neural tissue can be an Amazing Sample.

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24 Hours of Stem Cells: Advancing Medicine Virtually

Stem cell research is one of the fastest growing areas in science. This is largely due to its immense potential to impact the future of medicine and how we treat diseases. Whether in basic research or cell therapy applications, Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to the expansion of this field.

To help facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration, Thermo Fisher Scientific is hosting the 3rd Annual 24 Hours of Stem Cells event - the day the world revolves around stem cells.

Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions, Content: Blog

Amazing Samples: The Window to the Soul

I’m not sure about you, but the only time I really think about what’s in my eyes is when I sit up quickly and end up seeing floaters. Well, that, and any time I think about having crystals at the head of my optic nerves… but the American Academy of Ophthalmology says there’s nothing to worry about too much.

However, just as with any other part of the body, eyes have a wealth of information, and some interesting treatments have come up around them. Last time in our Amazing Samples blog series, we discussed curry the interesting applications of bone marrow research – this time, let’s take a long hard gander at ocular research.

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