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Are Your Blood Samples Collected Ethically?

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If you’ve ever purchased human cells for research, you’ve probably thought about the blood donors: Did my supplier source these samples responsibly? Did they follow ethical practices and recommended guidelines? If these cells were sourced unethically, will I get in trouble for using them? We’re here to give you some peace of mind and tips […]

New Anti HPV E7 T Cells to Aid in HPV Research

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection among Americans and although it can be prevented with a vaccine, only 60% of girls and 50% of boys in the U.S, had started the HPV vaccine series as of 2016.1 Left untreated, HPV can cause cervical, head, and neck cancers among other health complications. […]

Astarte Welcomes Ponni Anand, Research Services Manager

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The Astarte team just got a little bigger! We would like to introduce our newest team member, Ponni Anand, M.Sc., MBA, who will be joining us as a Research Services Manager. Ponni has a diverse background in clinical research, strategic planning, and project management. She has earned an M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry, an M.Sc. in […]

Fred Hutch Shows Success with CAR T Cell Immunotherapy

In a recent interview with KIRO 7, Gary Gilliard, president of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, talked about the success they are having with CAR T cell immunotherapies for some metastatic cancers. The Hutch has long been a leader in immunotherapy research and has made many lifesaving discoveries harnessing the power of the […]

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How Can Studying Antigen-Specific T Cells Help Us Make CAR T Cells More Powerful?

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In the last few years, CAR T cell-based immunotherapies have shown great promise in clinical trials, and scientists are continuing to advance their knowledge with hopes of developing CAR T cell therapies for a range of cancers. CAR T cells are designed to essentially function as antigen-specific T cells, which can be difficult to collect […]

Factors Impacting DMARD Adherence in RA Patients

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Source: healthline.com With well over one million Americans living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, there has been an interest in developing antirheumatic treatments dating back to the 1930s, giving rise to the classification of “disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs” (DMARDs) in the 1970s and 1980s. 1 Of course, any drug or therapy will be most effective when patients adhere […]

10 Reasons to Outsource Immunology Research Services

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Outsourcing research services is a popular practice among pharma and biotech companies of all sizes. For enterprise pharma companies, emerging biotechs, and everyone in between, there is tremendous value in contracting labs to run your research projects. Our infographic outlines ten reasons why the outsource research services model may be the right choice for your […]

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Should I Get CD34+ Stem Cells from Bone Marrow, Cord Blood, or Peripheral Blood?

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You might know that CD34+ stem cells can be sourced from three different locations: bone marrow, cord blood, and peripheral blood. But does it matter which source you use for your CD34+ cells? And do you know the different functions and best use cases for each? We’ll help you find the right stem cell source […]

The Rise of Specialty Drugs and the Impact on Market Growth

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Specialty drugs — often described as “prescription drugs that are difficult to manufacture and require special handling or administration, have limited distribution, target a narrow group of chronic diseases, are costly, and require ongoing clinical support — will drive nearly all of the pharmaceutical industry’s market growth from 2015–2020. Drug Channels projects the total pharmaceutical […]