Archive for September, 2014

More than just the pizza: A new approach to Journal Club

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 09/29/14

> It’s September again! That means new grad students in the lab, seminars and courses start again, committee meetings, grant deadlines, product shows, and… Journal Club. What is Journal Club – and why am I about to spend an entire post talking about it? Ideally, it is a dedicated meeting where lab members come together…Read more

Right Turn: Dear teacher, this is how I spent my summer vacation…

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/26/14

. An interest and appetite for science appears to be alive and well in two jurisdictions where high school students competed for the chance to spend part, or all, of their summer learning about stem cells and biomedical research. The winners of a science animation festival spent one week at the Institute of Biomaterials and…Read more

Explosive growth in cell therapy just around the corner?

Author: David Brindley, 09/23/14

. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.   Assume a single bacterium weighs one thousand billionth of a gram. If it, and each of its progeny, divides once every 20 minutes then the population will reach approximately…Read more

Right Turn: Get an earful of stem cells

Author: Lisa Willemse, 09/19/14

> There are a multitude of ways to stay informed about research trends and advances in the field. Obvious ones, for a researcher or trainee are lab or journal club meetings, conferences, or journal subscriptions. Then there’s the online world, including any number of news aggregators, blogs and twitter — Science recently published an article of…Read more

Update from the Clinic: August

Author: Mark Curtis, 09/18/14

. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of August. Asterias Biotherapeutics breathes new life into a cell therapy shelved two years ago and initiates a Phase I/II study in patients with spinal cord injury. Northwest Biotherapeutics provides an update on the use of its dendritic cell-based immunotherapy in patients with brain…Read more

Life, death and regulation

Author: David Brindley, 09/16/14

. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.   Consider this question: if I gave you the option to take a drug offering a 100 percent chance of survival to average life expectancy at which time you would…Read more

Right Turn: Super Cells takes flight

Author: Lisa Willemse, 09/12/14

> Those of you who’ve been following this blog regularly will know that we were in the process of building a science exhibit — we’ve published a few teasers, here and here. This week, Super Cells: The power of stem cells was unveiled in the small, historic city of Sherbrooke, Québec (well worth a visit,…Read more

Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: August

Author: Mark Curtis, 09/11/14

. Welcome to your deal review for the month of August. As would be expected at the end of the summer news flow was modest, but Northwest Biotherapeutics kept things alive with a $17.5 million financing via convertible debt, while Gamida Cell announced a game-changing deal with a large Pharma partner that is placing its…Read more

CRISPR and Rejuvenation Biotechnology: have you been hiding under a rock?

Author: David Brindley, 09/09/14

. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.   ‘Bay Area biotechnology’ is a description that conjures images of the proud Hoover Tower at Stanford, and the iconic Genentech sign marking “Birthplace of Biotechnology,” set against the backdrop…Read more

Right Turn: Like a kid’s science show, but for grownups

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/05/14

. Jordan Green, a biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins, has a way with words. And toys. He’s like a Mister Rogers (American) or Mr. Dressup (Canadian) for adults. He has a complicated idea to convey, so borrowing from the best children’s entertainers around, he uses colourful props that perfectly suit his friendly demeanor. Dr. Green’s…Read more