“Biophotonics – optical technologies for diagnostics and analytics” was the theme of the 10th Meet & Match event held in Strasbourg on 29th January 2015. The event was organised by Alsace BioValley and BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH and attracted around 50 representatives from science and industry who met to discuss diagnostic and analytic issues and how they can be solved with optical technologies.
Europes No. 1 event for biotechnology and life sciences takes place in Hannover from the 6th to the 8th of october. For the first time the BIOTECHNICA is accompanied by the LABVOLUTION. This fair, taking place in parallel, links biotechnology and lab-technology of various sectors. Again, BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg is the organiser of the joint stand of Baden-Württemberg.
The worlds largest medical fair MEDICA is the recognised platform for all sectors of medical technology. Clearly divided into the different branches the whole band width of new products, equipment, systems, services and procedures for the application in doctors offices and hospitals is shown. Baden-Württemberg International and BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH offer companies, regions, local authorities, universities and research institutions the participation at the joint stand of Baden-Württemberg.
Very few people have ever heard of the chemical compound sulphoquinovose. This natural substance is nevertheless found in a large variety of foods. Sulphoquinovose has been playing an increasing role in cancer research, which is why demand for the compound is constantly growing. With this in mind, researchers from a company called MCAT GmbH from Konstanz are working on the development a method to synthesise larger quantities of sulphoquinovose than currently possible.
Microalgae are among the most promising sources of sustainable, carbon-neutral biofuels for the future. They are already being used as feedstock for producing biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol and kerosene, but the associated production methods consume a great deal of energy and are rather costly. Dr. Nikolaos Boukis from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is working on the development of a sophisticated, thermochemical process with an energy balance that promises to improve the situation.
It would be phenomenal news if it turned out that breast cancer could be detected by way of urine samples. Treating physicians would be able to use conspicuous test results to begin further examinations as quickly as possible along with therapy if necessary. Prof. Dr. Elmar Stickeler and his team from the Freiburg University Medical Centre have developed a method that identifies the composition of microRNAs in urine. They were able to predict with over 91 percent accuracy whether a tumour was present or not. They have now filed a patent for the method.