Ask A Scientist: Progenitor vs. CD34+ Cells

Progenitor cells and CD34+ cells are often referred to interchangeably as stem cells. While this oversimplification is technically correct, there are many distinctions between the origins, functions, and uses of progenitor cells and CD34+ cells. What is the Difference Between Progenitor and CD34+ Cells? Despite their many similarities, the most significant difference between the two […]

After SLAS2019: Discovery and Technology

We have wrapped up another successful year at SLAS2019. Our Director of Business Development, Ponni Anand, and I just returned, feeling energized and optimistic about this coming year. We enjoyed exchanging ideas and learning about different methods and techniques with researchers and technologists from different parts of the world. For the third year in a […]

Now Available: Research-Grade Leukapheresis Products

If you missed the news in August, Astarte Biologics has merged with Key Biologics to become the leading provider of research- and clinical-grade human immune cells, blood products, and related services to the biopharmaceutical industry. As part of the merger, we are now offering leukapheresis products directly to our customers for use in late-stage immunology […]

Cells in Motion: Astarte Cells in 2018 Journal Articles & Patent Applications

The Astarte team is proud to support scientists around the world in pursuing their research goals, and we get excited every time a customer’s work is published. 2018 was a great year for us and our customers. Review some of the amazing journal articles and patent applications that came out over the past year using […]

SLAS2019 Restaurant Guide: Washington, D.C.

SLAS2019 is back in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center February 2–6, 2019. If this is your first SLAS event, be sure to check out their website to learn about all the conference has to offer. Aside from amazing presenters and exhibitors, you will find a variety of networking opportunities and educational […]

Exploring the Effect of Culture Medium on Experimental Outcomes

The field of biosciences is rapidly evolving. From lab equipment to advances in human immune cell isolation, we rely on new methods and technology to break through our research barriers every day. But in our state of constant evolution, one thing has remained largely unchanged for several decades: culture medium. When you stop to think […]

Immunology for Non-Immunologists: Proliferation Assays

What are Proliferation Assays? Proliferation assays are a category of immune cell activation tests designed to measure cell division. Proliferation assays are some of the most commonly used measures of immune cell activation. Examples include: Tritiated Thymidine Incorporation (3H-thymidine Incorporation) Bromodeoxyuridine Incorporation (BrdU) Tetrazolium Dyes CFSE Dye Reduction CellTiter-Glo® Learn more about each method below. […]

Researcher Spotlight: Chris Tompkins

Astarte’s scientists bring a wealth of immunology research expertise from diverse backgrounds. With extensive experience in a variety of biologics disciplines, our team is an ideal resource for a wide range of outsource research services. From multiplex assays to flow cytometric analyses, Astarte helps you get on with discovery. In this researcher spotlight, we introduce […]

NY-ESO-1-Specific T Cell Lines Now Available for Cancer Immunotherapy Research

After launching our first tumor-specific T cell line (anti-leukemia / WT-1 T cells) in November, we now have another exciting tumor-specific T cell line in our catalog: Anti-NY-ESO-1 T Cells! Applications for NY-ESO-1 Immunotherapies The NY-ESO-1 (New York Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma 1) antigen is restricted to germ and placental cells, with re-expression in tumor […]