Weekly roundup: Biotechin.Asia

February 15, 2016 – February 21, 2016

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Meet the world’s smartest food scientist : GIUSEPPE

Researchers at the Not Company (NotCo) which is a food-tech startup based at Chile have developed food products that is no longer based on animal ingredients but entirely based on plants. They use machine learning technology to develop tasty, nutritious and affordable plant-based food. (Click here to read more..)

Stem cell scientists reprogram commonly found cell into master heart cell

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led by cardiologist Timothy J. Kamp have genetically reprogrammed the most common type of cell found in mammalian connective tissue called fibroblasts into primitive master heart cells known as induced cardiac progenitor cells- from which the developing heart originates. Published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, the team says the technology could permit a scalable method for making an almost unlimited supply of the three major types of (Click here to read more..)

Biotech scene brewing in Northwest Pakistan: Innovation and bio-entrepreneurship

Determined to bridge the gap between academia and industry through innovation and entrepreneurship, Dr Faisal Khan was delighted to see the second batch of students from the course on Bio-entrepreneurship. He introduced this course for the first time in Pakistan in 2014, getting biology students excited about business and entrepreneurship. The students were given the necessary skills to exploit the potentials in the cutting edge fields of biology, especially..(Click here to read more)

New modification in RNA regulates gene expression

A new study published in Nature by a team of Tel Aviv University, Sheba Medical Center, and University of Chicago scientists finds that RNA often appears with an extra letter — and this letter is the regulatory key for control of gene expression. The discovery of a novel letter marking thousands of mRNA transcripts will offer insight into different RNA functions in cellular processes and..(Click here to read more)

 APACMed – Leading medical technology companies in Asia Pacific to collaborate and advance patient care

Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) was launched in April 2015 as the unified voice of the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. They are the first and only regional medical technology association that is headquartered in Asia, solely focused on matters of interest in Asia and the Pacific. The members represent the vast diversity of the medical technology ecosystem- from pacemakers and orthopaedic implants to..(Click here to read more)

Heartburn Drugs Tied to Kidney Problems

People taking proton pump inhibitors called PPIs should know that these drugs not only affect the heart (read more on effect of PPIs on the heart) but also affect kidneys. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the lead author Dr. Morgan Grams, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University says people who use PPIs have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared to non users and also to those who ..(Click here to read more)

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