From microscopic transistors in laptops’ core processors to clay bricks that can withstand hurricanes, the innovative, real-world applications of ceramic materials are widespread and on the rise.1 Ceramics play crucial roles in a wide range of industries. Perhaps the most significant drawback to these materials is the complexity and high […]
Occasionally, chemical reagent production can be as complicated and difficult as the cutting edge medical or materials research it is eventually used in. Production may require catalysts, high temperatures or pressure, all of which can be costly and chip away at the bottom line, causing headaches for labs and industry […]
When it comes to the research and development process for life sciences products—from small molecule drugs to biologics to medical devices—time is of the essence. Speeding up the R&D process is in the best interest of the both the company and the patient. On the most basic level, getting a […]
Where can life science companies go operationally to maintain or create a competitive advantage? This question has been a constant in the industry since its inception, but recent advances in older technologies like Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and the appearance of promising newer technologies like the Internet of Things […]
In September 1987, twenty-four countries agreed to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which called for countries to cut down on their use of ozone-depleting chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).1 These chemicals were commonly used as coolants for air conditioning and refrigeration, propellants in aerosol spray […]
Despite the rising demand for pesticides worldwide, companies are facing increased pressure from regulatory agencies to demonstrate the environmental and health safety of these products. To meet market demand, firms will need to adopt solutions that enable continual advances in crop protection products while also keeping costs down.
Times have certainly changed for the gas and oil industry. Long gone are the days of the economic boom fueled by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. Plummeting prices of crude oil have caused global market volatility, resulting in companies having to downsize. This decrease in workforce, combined with the […]
Our burgeoning global population has placed pressure on food suppliers to boost crop production in order to ensure that people are kept fed and healthy. At first glance, a simple solution to this dilemma would be to plant more crops to keep pace with demand. Unfortunately, such a strategy would […]
As technology advances, so does our ability to collect data from experimental assays and procedures. But the more data we collect, the more important it becomes to manage the information effectively. The sad reality is that we can easily get overwhelmed by the large volume, finding ourselves unable to use the accumulated knowledge to our advantage. However, the ability to access and mine huge swaths of data is necessary to drive advances in various industries. Let’s look at the Human Genome Project as an example. Because of this multimillion dollar collaborative effort, we now know the exact sequence that encodes human DNA. With that information, scientists can unlock the mechanisms behind specific biological processes in the body, in the hopes of developing therapies for various diseases and conditions.
It looks like the global agricultural industry has a weed control problem. More specifically, it has run into the same difficulties that hospitals and medical professionals currently face. Much like how the overuse of antibiotics has led to superbugs, farmers’ dependence on herbicides has led to chemical-resistant weeds. These herbicide-resistant […]