Updating its 2008 R&D survey (see IBO 12/31/08), Battelle and R&D Magazine now estimate that total R&D spending for 40 countries will grow 1.6% to $1.125 trillion this year, compared to the earlier estimate of a 3.2% increase. The update accounts for stimulus plans and the continuing recession. A survey of readers of four magazines […]

The 57th American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) meeting was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 31 though June 4. Despite the recession, attendance only declined slightly to 6,542, down from 6,569 in 2008 (see IBO 6/15/08). The number of exhibitors contracted for the second year in a row, declining to 165 from 171 in […]

Over the past few months, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced new details about their programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (see IBO 2/28/09). This article covers programs from these three agencies that are expected to benefit the […]

Microfluidics is not only useful in applications ranging from process chemistry to cell sorting, but is also a way to enter an established instrument market. Formulatrix began as a provider of the Rock Maker protein crystallography imaging system. The company has had 60% average growth in revenue since its start in 2002. It entered the […]

As more protein-based therapeutics and biologics enter the drug development pipeline, the demand for technologies for immunogenicity testing is expected to become increasingly important. When taking a drug, a patient may initially or over time develop antibodies that block or interfere with the drug’s efficacy. The response can also result in life-threatening conditions. In 2008, […]

On June 1, China’s new Food Safety Law took effect, replacing the Food Hygiene Law. The law implements stricter standards and supervision for food safety, as well as aims to improve government efficiency. The Ministry of Health, the lead regulator, has drafted three supplemental regulations for standards, new products and safety risks. To monitor standards […]

Earlier this month, Germany approved €18 billion ($25 billion) in new funding for research and higher education. The Excellence Initiative received €2.7 billion over nine years. First formed in 2006, the Excellence Initiative was created to develop internationally recognized German universities and currently includes eight schools. The second phase of the country’s Higher Education Pact, […]

The European Commission has adopted specific rules for active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. The rules apply to substances that are part of a separate container or are directly incorporated into packaging material. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will carry out the safety assessment of the substance […]

Hillsboro, OR 6/15/09—FEI has acquired JKTech’s Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA) business for AUD 5 million ($4 million). JKTech is the technology transfer company for the University of Queensland’s Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Center and other Centers of the Sustainable Minerals Institute. MLA technology utilizes scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) to perform automated, targeted mineralogical analysis using […]

The incidence of cancer in the US is estimated to increase 45% between 2010 and 2030 to approximately 2.3 million people, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A 67% increase in cancer in adults age 65 or older and a 99% increase in minorities are primarily responsible for the overall […]