Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Media report: SoftBank nears $3 bil. investment in U.S. start-up WeWork

SoftBank Group Corp. is close to making an investment in U.S. office-sharing startup WeWork expected to be worth over $3 billion, CNBC reported Monday, as it expands its reach beyond tech and telecoms.http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003546141

Phone makers take aim at Samsung / Competitors see chance to overtake ROK mobile giant

China's Huawei, LG and other phone firms unveiled new smartphones on Sunday as they tried to capitalize on Samsung's withdrawal of its flagship device after faulty batteries led several of the handsets to catch fire.http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003545320

Focus on the future of food

Panel hears 24 capsule discussions on the future of food in key areas, along with concerns about how to feed the world.
Read More: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/focus-on-the-future-of-food/

The changes in drug research, testing

In December, Congress passed a bipartisan law to boost federal medical research spending and to ease the approval of new drugs. In a panel discussion, experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health talked about its pros and cons, including whether it will be funded, and whether the relaxed drug approval guidelines are too easy.
Read More: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/the-changes-in-drug-research-testing/

Taking aim at a key malaria molecule

A team of MIT biological engineers has developed a method to measure levels of the iron-containing protein heme inside the malaria parasite. "One of our long-term goals is ultimately being able to tie insights from these studies back to thinking about drug discovery and targeting pathways that regulate heme," says Jacquin Niles, an MIT associate professor of biological engineering.
http://news.mit.edu/2017/malaria-molecule-heme-drugs-0227

Monday, February 27, 2017

New technology offers fast peptide synthesis

Automated manufacturing could make it easier to develop and test new peptide drugs.http://news.mit.edu/2017/automated-manufacturing-fast-peptide-synthesis-drugs-0227

As 3D printing grows, so does need to reclaim plastic waste

The technology got its start on campus about a decade ago and continues to grow. With this surge in popularity has come a surge in plastic waste. Now, with more than 100 printers on campus, at least 600 pounds of trash is generated each year.http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/02/15/3d-printer-filament-reclamation-project/