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Label-free technologies for monitoring drug interactions

9 April 2015 | By ,

In his fascinating overview of label-free analysis, Dr. Masson introduces the four main label-free methods: physical, electrochemical, mass-based and optical techniques, before providing the reader with in-depth insight into the most common label-free technique within the pharmaceutical industry: surface plasmon resonance (SPR)...

Formation of nano- and micro-scale drug delivery systems using microfluidic technology

17 October 2014 | By , ,

The recent developments in microfluidic technology have provided an effective microreactor platform for the production of a range of pharmaceutically related materials in both nano- and micro-scale. This can be attributed to the unique characteristics that microfluidic-based reactors offer in terms of controllability and uniformity of the material characteristics, compared…

Synthetic macrocyclic receptors as tools in drug delivery and drug discovery

10 October 2014 | By ,

Macrocyclic compounds (see Figure 1) have fascinated medicinal chemists for generations. The first ones which have been characterised are the naturally occurring cyclodextrins (CDs), cyclic oligomers of glucose, which can be obtained by bacterial synthesis from starch. Calixarenes (CXs) were among the first man-made macrocycles, followed by crown ethers (Pedersen,…

Antibody Discovery Technologies: the partnership between academia and biopharma in the therapeutic monoclonal antibody success story

3 October 2014 | By , ,

The use of monoclonal antibodies and antibody-based molecules as therapeutics to treat patients suffering with severe disease has become a major success story. Due to the exquisite specificity with which they interact with their antigen and the fact that their large binding surface can intervene at sites and targets not…