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Change on the Bachem Corporate Executive Committee

Bachem announced that Dr. Thomas Früh will be stepping down as CEO on health grounds effective January 1, 2020. Dr. Früh will continue to serve the company in a corporate services role. His successor as CEO will be current Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Corporate Executive Committee member Thoma...

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Tenth Record-Breaking Year in a Row for ZEISS

The ZEISS Group continued its growth trajectory, with revenue and earnings reaching new heights in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended 30 September 2019. Revenue grew by 11 percent, reaching 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros). Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects (like-fo...

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Using corkscrew lasers to separate mirror molecules

Many of the molecular building blocks of life have two versions that are mirror images of one another, known as enantiomers. Although seemingly identical, the two enantiomers can have completely different chemical behaviour – a fact that has major implications in our day-to-day lives. For example, w...

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Stora Enso invests in pilot plant for bio-based plastic packaging material

Stora Enso is investing EUR 9 million to build a pilot facility for enabling the production of bio-based plastics as barrier in transparent packaging. The pilot plant will convert plant-based sugars into the renewable building block required to make PEF, a bio-based plastic, mainly targeting the foo...

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Removal Of Tumor Cells From Surgical Blood

As is standard during tumor surgeries, when large volumes of blood are lost, donor blood is given to the patient. Worldwide, this is the case for more than half a million tumor surgeries annually. This procedure can result in many serious side effects and increased tumor recurrence rates. However, s...

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What blocks bird flu in human cells?

Normally, bird flu viruses do not spread easily from person to person. But if this does happen, it could trigger a pandemic. Researchers from the MDC and RKI have now explained in the journal Nature Communications what makes the leap from animals to humans less likely. Whenever people suddenly becom...

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Inscripta raised $125M in Series D round

Inscripta, Inc. announced the company has raised $125 million in a Series D financing with support from the company’s existing investors and new investors JS Capital Management LLC and Oak HC/FT. Paladin Capital Group led the round, bringing the total amount raised by the company to $259.5 million. ...

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Separating Drugs with MagLev

The composition of suspicious powders that may contain illicit drugs can be analyzed using a quick and simple method called magneto-Archimedes levitation (MagLev), according to a new study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. A team of scientists at Harvard University, USA, has developed the ...

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New function for plant enzyme could lead to green chemistry

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could have implications for the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates, one of the cornerstone chemical reactions needed to synthesize a wi...

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Predicting a protein's behavior from its appearance

Proteins are the building blocks of life and play a key role in all biological processes. Understanding how they interact with their environment is therefore vital to developing effective therapeutics and the foundation for designing artificial cells. Researchers at the Laboratory of Protein Design ...

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