Entries by Tanya Samazan

Pittcon 2020 and the Coronavirus Impact

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponement of many major scientific conferences planned for this spring. One conference that did take place was Pittcon 2020 (Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy). Held February 29 through March 5 in Chicago, Illinois, Pittcon 2020 took place before new advisories were issued, enabling […]

IXRF: Putting X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy First

IXRF has carved a unique path for itself. Founded in 1993, the company is a dedicated provider of x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology, specializing in small, affordable benchtop systems. But the company’s history lies in the use of XRF with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). IXRF will be exhibiting at this week’s Pittcon conference, one of the […]

Core Labs to Gather 2020 Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities (ABRF) Meeting

The annual Association of Biomolecular Resources Facilities (ABRF) meeting will take place from February 29 to March 3 in sunny Palm Springs, California. The conference is a major event for core laboratories. Core labs provide scientists at universities and other institutions with shared services, advanced expertise and access to new technologies, thus making university research […]

Sequencer Makers Step Up to Coronavirus Challenge

DNA sequencing firms have been among those organizations at the forefront of addressing the 2019-nCoVS outbreak. As of February 21, the virus is responsible for 2,250 deaths and has infected 76,800 people. Individuals in 28 countries have been affected. To research the virus and develop diagnostic tests as well as vaccines, scientists are employing DNA […]

RedShift BioAnalytics Names New CEO

RedShift BioAnalytics introduced its first system, the AQS3pro platform, in 2018. The AQS3pro platform performs secondary structural analysis of proteins, enabling insight into drug safety and efficacy and monitoring from development through manufacturing. The system employs the company’s proprietary Microfluidic Modulation Spectroscopy (MMS) for label-free protein characterization based on IR spectroscopy and microfluidics to enable less costly, more […]

2020 Society for Lab Automation and Screening International Conference & Exhibition: Laboratories Embrace Automation

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) held their annual conference January 25–29 in San Diego, California. The show hosts presentations, short courses and an exhibition of laboratory automation systems and associated products. It is also considered an important venue for networking, SLAS initiatives and SLAS member enrichment. Laboratory automation is an enabling technology […]

A Steady Increase: China’s Science & Engineering Publications

The number of science and engineering (S&E) journal articles and conference proceedings grew 3.8% on average annually between 2008 and 2018 to reach 2.6 million, according to a new report released by the NSF, “Publications Output: U.S. Trends and International Comparisons.” The figures are drawn from a survey of the Scopus database of S&E publications, […]

Blockchain Technology and Genomics Data

Blockchain technology promises to transform data distribution via major advancements in data security and storage. Blockchain essentially connects digital accounts using cryptography, enabling verifiable transactions that can be openly shared on a highly secure, decentralized network. For health care, the application of blockchain to the storage and retrieval of patient data, such as electronic medical […]

MOBILion Debuts SLIM Technology

Although mass spectrometry (MS) has made enormous progress over the last 20 years in improving its sensitivity, accuracy and speed, further developments are still required. The need is especially critical when working with biological samples, such as peptides and lipids in blood or tissue, due to the analyte’s wide dynamic range and minute amounts. The […]