Gyrolab Spin Blog

May 23, 2019 9:36:37 AM

Fighting the obesity pandemic

Novel approaches include bifunctional peptide-based drugs

 

scale-lowObesity has become a devastating pandemic, with 108 million obese children and 604 million obese adults worldwide in 2015, and the problem is increasing (1). The result is an escalation in serious conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia and several cancer forms, mainly gastrointestinal. Obesity is very difficult to treat through life style changes and surgery has become the most effective and long-lasting route to sustained weight loss, although it is only available to a small subset of individuals, and is both costly and risky. The search for more widely applicable treatment has driven the development of peptide-based pharmaceuticals that can meet key challenges of obesity, including control over satiety, blood sugar and LDL cholesterol levels.   

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Topics: solid-phase peptide synthesis, Obesity, immunoassay, Symphony peptide synthesizer, GLP-1, Diabetes, Gyrolab system


Jul 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Does your antibody have the right affinity?

The value of affinity determination in assay development and throughout drug development

Affinity curve

The drive to lower drug dosage, improve healthcare and reduce costs has lead to the search for therapeutic antibodies with high target affinity. As a consequence, optimizing and monitoring the specificity and affinity of drug candidates to the target molecule has become critical in the development of therapeutic antibodies – from early screening of hybridomas or recombinant antibodies from phage display libraries, to affinity maturation and antibody engineering to improve the efficacy, safety and manufacturability of the final antibody drug product. Characterizing affinity is also important when selecting reagents for quantitative assays or assessing drug product activity in manufacturing release tests. The question is, how can high affinity be measured in the best possible way?

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Topics: Pharmacokinetics, Affinity, Affinity in solution, immunoassay


Apr 25, 2018 2:22:39 PM

How to overcome disease-specific matrix interference

Minimize incubation times with flow-through immunoassays

dropMatrix interference can be a major challenge in the development of immunoassays to study a number of disease states. Kathi Williams and her colleagues at Genentech Inc., USA, experienced considerable problems with matrix interference when developing an ELISA for Phase III studies of a humanized monoclonal antibody when a new patient group was introduced. The solution was to transfer the assay to the Gyrolab platform that, thanks to its flow-through technology helped minimizing matrix effects by reducing the incubation times with the capture reagent antibody.

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Topics: matrix, Pharmacokinetics, immunoassay, clinical trial, Phase III studies, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease