Last week InVitria attended and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) at their annual conference. More than 18,000 delegates over 7,000 companies flew in from around the world and joined InVitria at this event in Boston. A few highlights that emerged from the BIO 2018 conference include:
Posted By Randy Alfano on 5/18/18 10:59 AM
This year at the American Association of Immunologists 2018 Conference in Austin, Texas, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the field’s brightest scientists deep in my home town. While enjoying only a small sample of blues, rock, country music and some Texas-authentic Tex-Mex that the live music capital of the world has to offer, I was able to catch up on some of the latest developments in the field, network with colleagues, and speak with scientists presenting their latest research.
Posted By Randy Alfano on 5/16/18 12:17 PM
Transferrin is an iron binding protein found in blood plasma that is critical to cell health. Transferrin supplies iron to cells naturally in the body and as a supplement in cell culture media.
Transferrin Function and Structure
Human serum transferrin, a bilobal ~75 kD glycoprotein that has the ability to reversibly bind Fe3+ with nanomolar affinity, represents one of the major vehicles for iron delivery to cells both in vivo and in vitro3. Produced in the liver, transferrin is found in the blood plasma as a heterogeneous population at approximately 2.5 mg/mL consisting of diferric (holo or iron-saturated), monoferric N-lobe, monoferric C-lobe (partially iron saturated) or apo transferrin4.
The International Society of Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT) has a rich history of bringing together leading professionals who are committed to advancing the field. This year, from May 2nd to May 5th, nearly 1500 of those leading professionals from across the globe gathered in the bustling Canadian city of Montreal to share the latest breakthroughs and innovations, partake in thought-provoking conversations, and create lasting connections at the ISCT 2018 annual conference. Although I did not get a chance to indulge in the famed Canadian poutine dish, I left the country full of something better: new ideas, deeper knowledge, and a greater appreciation for the potential implications and benefits of cell and gene therapy innovation.