A newly discovered virus which infects intestinal bacteria might be a cause of obesity, but could increasing interest in bacteriophages drive new personalised medicines and alternatives to antibiotics?
For live vaccine manufacturers working to extend shelf-life, the discovery that 60-year old smallpox virus found at a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab could still be viable will be as galling as it is worrying.
A government funded bioprocessing institute is helping to drive biopharma investment and retrain workers in Ireland, and Biopharma-Reporter.com visited to find out what happens in this "flight simulator for biopharma manufacturing."
Government-backing for a large-scale cell therapy centre is justified because it will help developers navigate the “valley of death” in which many early-phase projects fail says the team planning the new manufacturing hub.
With more and more biopharmaceutical firms developing therapeutic antibodies public knowledge of these powerful molecules is increasing, which is good news given how badly they've been portrayed in films so far.
Making germ warfare weapons is banned under the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and there is no evidence signatories or even countries led by any of the World’s crackpot dictators/freedom fighters* are producing them.