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BASF Presents New Strategy and Aims at Sustainability and Digitalization

Germany: Business Strategy

BASF Presents New Strategy and Aims at Sustainability and Digitalization

The new strategy announced by BASF is concentrating on organic business growth. With the aim of becoming faster and more flexible, the company intends to significantly simplify structures and processes, sharpen its portfolio and strengthen the Verbund. Sales with products that make a substantial contribution to sustainability are to reach $ 25 billion in 2025. read...

Repair-Enzyme Could Be Key to Fight Inflammatory Diseases

Norway: Immunology

Repair-Enzyme Could Be Key to Fight Inflammatory Diseases

Inflammatory diseases such as COPD and septicemia (blood poisoning) represent a growing threat to public health. These conditions are commonly the result of an overactive immune system. An international team of scientists now discovered that an enzyme that normally repairs damaged DNA may be the key to a new treatment for inflammatory diseases. read...

'Contact Lens' Patch with Microneedles for Comfortable Drug Delivery

Singapore: Direct Drug Delivery

'Contact Lens' Patch with Microneedles for Comfortable Drug Delivery

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a ‘contact lens’ patch with microneedles that could provide a painless and efficient alternative to current methods of treating eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. read...

Trade Show in Britain Beats All Records

UK: Lab Innovations 2018

Trade Show in Britain Beats All Records

Lab Innovations attracted 3,113 attendees for its 2018 edition. This is a 10 % increase on the previous year. Underlying the headline number were significant increases in visitors involved in purchasing products and services for the laboratory industry. read...

How Gut Bacteria and the Immune System Affect Aging

Switzerland: Bacteriology

How Gut Bacteria and the Immune System Affect Aging

Scientists have discovered how a dysfunction in the immune system can cause an overload of a gut bacterium. The bacterium produces excess lactic acid, which in turn triggers the production of reactive oxygen species that cause damage to cells and many age-related pathologies. read...

KIT-Spin-Off Awarded for Extraordinary 3D Laser Printing Process

Germany: Nanoscribe Wins State Prize

KIT-Spin-Off Awarded for Extraordinary 3D Laser Printing Process

The founders of Nanoscribe developed a revolutionary high-precision 3D printing method at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and quickly become the market leaders in their field. Now, the company won the Baden-Württemberg state prize for young companies. read...

Project Socrates to Spot and Eliminate Threats to the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Spain: Cyber Security

Project Socrates to Spot and Eliminate Threats to the Electromagnetic Spectrum

A new research project has been launched with the aim of developing a system for detecting threats to the electromagnetic space. Led by Imdea Networks Institute, the Socrates project has recently been awarded funding by Nato’s Emerging Security Challenges Division — Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS). read...

Symphogen to Use Thermo Fisher's Mass Spectrometry Technology to Analyze Complex Therapeutic Proteins

USA: New Therapies for Cancer Patients

Symphogen to Use Thermo Fisher's Mass Spectrometry Technology to Analyze Complex Therapeutic Proteins

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Symphogen, a clinical-stage antibody oncology-focused company, have entered into a two-year collaborative partnership to deliver validated, platform workflows for simplified characterization and quality monitoring of complex therapeutic proteins. read...

Record Numbers for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology Trade Fair in China

China: Analytica China 2018

Record Numbers for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology Trade Fair in China

After three packed days, Analytica China 2018 came to a successful close at Shanghai New International Expo Center on November 2nd. The show has once again made new records in all aspects including display area, exhibitor number and visitor number. read...

Seagrasses — An Underestimated Buffer Against Climate Change

Finland: Marine Biology

Seagrasses — An Underestimated Buffer Against Climate Change

On average, eelgrass meadows store 27.2 tons of organic carbon per hectare. The high carbon storage capacity of eelgrass meadows urges for protection and restoration of this unique ecosystem, a coordinated researcher network argues. read...