On one of the top floors in the Baylor College of Medicine Neurological Research Institute, I visited the Center for Drug Discovery and learn from the Director and Medicinal Chemistry Leader, Dr. Justin Anglin, about muscle cachexia as well as their innovative projects focused on male contraceptives. We were able to take a tour of their state-of-the-art lab after which includes a full suite of Biotage products, something Dr. Anglin uses every day.
I met with Professor Sabra Botch-Jones in the Boston University Medical campus to talk about her career in forensic chemistry. During this interview, I learnt more about forensics than I’ve ever learned watching NCIS, and gained an insight into her fascinating career.
On a crisp December day, I travelled up to Queens, New York to speak with Dr. Aaron Muth from St. John’s University about his work in cancer research with Biotage lab equipment and specifically the SNAP Bio cartridges. As an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Dr. Muth and the members of his research group use our equipment every day. We chatted about his research, students, and the needs related to tools and equipment.
PeptiDream Inc. relocated their head office in August 2017 and established its new research center in the Kawasaki City International Strategic Center. The expanded facility is expected to spawn innovative new drugs. The base instrumentation is provided by Biotage. R&D Director Keichi Masuya and his staff elaborate on the development.
Dr. Simon Hammann is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol. By combining chemistry with archeological research, he is able to look back in time and has produced the first direct chemical evidence for dietary cereal processing among Romans.
On Aug 30, 2017 a scientific literature search for the keywords Biotage AND peptide was performed by Biotage personnel. The search identified 5380 peer-reviewed publications from the global community, excluding patents and simple citations. Below are approximately 100 titles illustrating the breadth and depth of research in which Biotage tools are utilized.
Ease of use is what stands out as the top feature of Isolera™ flash chromatography system for Professor Anna Bernardi, head of the synthetic organic chemistry research group at the University of Milan. Her current research goal: developing sugar-like molecules, called glycomimetics, for healthier life.
Dr. Andrew Jamieson leads a team of peptide chemists at the University of Glasgow, where they synthesize complex molecules for chemical biology applications. An important tool that contributes to their success has been Biotage® Initiator+ Alstra™ microwave peptide synthesizer, and they are even breaking the dogma that only HPLC can be used for peptide purification, by using cutting edge reversed phase flash purification techniques provided by Biotage.
Customer Case: Japan Frozen Foods Inspection Corporation. The Japan Frozen Foods Inspection Corporation (JFFIC) made the transition from traditional mouse testing of shellfish toxins, to instrumental analysis by developing original methods. In the sample preparation procedure JFFIC uses EVOLUTE® ABN hydrophilic/hydrophobic SPE columns from Biotage.
At Chiba University’s Graduate School of Medicine and its affiliated hospital, researchers are developing an LC-MS/MS method for vitamin D analysis using ISOLUTE® SLE+ and other Biotage products. We interviewed Professor Mamoru Satoh at the Disease Proteomics Center and Mr. Takashi Ishige from the Inspection Department at the affiliated hospital.
At the Forensic Medicine Lab at Toho University, researchers use ISOLUTE® SLE+ columns from Biotage. When dealing with samples that easily form emulsions like urine or blood, it allows researchers to use the established liquid-liquid extraction technique, saving significant amount of time on analysis. We spoke with the Head of the Forensic Medicine Lab Professor Masaru Terada.
User Case: Professor Roger Strömberg, Karolinska Institutet. One of Professor Strömberg’s projects at Karolinska Institutet involves the synthesis of artificial nucleases and PNAzymes. In 2013, his research group acquired a Biotage® Initiator+ Alstra™ peptide synthesizer for making PNAs and peptides.
RIKEN is Japan’s largest research organization with 3,400 researchers from more than 50 countries. The chemists in RIKEN’s Sugiyama Laboratory use EVOLUTE® EXPRESS solid-phase extraction plates from Biotage in the analysis of clinical trial samples for pharmacokinetic studies.
Tokyo based PeptiDream Inc. is a company specializing in non-standard peptide therapeutics containing non-standard amino acids, and conducts research and development of new drug candidates. PeptiDream uses the peptide synthesizers Syro I and Biotage® Initiator+ Alstra™ for the synthesis of various kinds of peptides to support drug discovery and development.