Biotechnology

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As I wrote on Twitter yesterday, I am sending hugs, salutes, and immense respect to Dr. Chris Gunter and her colleagues at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. Gunter, a self-described “recovering Nature editor” who serves as Director of Research Affairs at HudsonAlpha, is working with several of her colleagues at the institute to…

While the coffee wasn’t quite ready this morning, I ventured to the Wall Street Journal health page at the Wall Street Journal, one of my frequent first-reads. I was immediately intrigued by a short article from the excellent Jennifer Corbett Dooren about Roche-Genentech gaining US FDA approval for a new rheumatoid arthritis drug, Actemra. Actemra…

Any of you working in academic programs that offer forensic sciences training are well aware that CSI has been a boon this multidisciplinary area of biology, chemistry, engineering and materials sciences. However, we don’t yet have any television programs glorifying a career in pharmacology or biotechnology. I’ve just spent a few hours on YouTube, BSCS,…

Jake Young, the MD/PhD student blogging at Pure Pedantry, has a great post this week on the detection of a novel formulation of the erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) erythropoietin in Riccardo Riccó, the Italian cyclist who was thrown out of the Tour de France. Jake’s post is a superb primer on the use of this…

Last week we spent some time discussing the shortcomings of the generic vs. brand name drug debate, focusing on an example of non-bioequivalence between the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL and its generic competitors. Three days later, I then received an e-mail from one John Procter about a movement to get Washington to move forward on the…

A couple of days ago I recommended a short information table that compared conventional small molecule drugs to biologics (antibody therapies and other peptides/proteins). It was quick and I recommended it for the average Terra Sig reader. However, I was quick in writing the post, and should have been more critical of the information I…

[Retraction 14 December 2007: Following a consideration of comments by Prof Ian Musgrave (below), I must retract my recommendation of this table – upon re-examination, I should have been much more critical of the information provided.) The Wall Street Journal online has a nice general information table comparing and contrasting small molecules vs. proteins used…