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What do Insulin, Fine Art, and Beer Foam Have in Common?

The field of medicine that gave us CRISPR – and a growing biopharma city – gets a $27M commitment

100 Results Way Scientific Support Lab (1)The answer: Life Sciences technology. In labs worldwide, technology developed in the Life Sciences industry is used to analyse the proteins in everything from drugs to food and beverages by deciphering their chemical makeup.

Did you know?·The average CAR-T immunotherapy dose weighs less than a postage stamp · A single dose of immunotherapy CAR T cells has been known to kill up to 6.5 lbs of a tumor · Biacore instruments has been listed in over 20 000 publications · Biacore has been used in applications including – Fine art restoration, testing of beer foam proteins, quantifying impurities in wine (that spoil it), to QC of snake anti-serum… · GE has sold more than 300,000,000 HiTrap columns. Placed end to end they would be 1/4 the length of the Grand Canyon · Our contrast media is used in over 1 million patient procedures every week….In 2015, we treated the equivalent of 2 patients every second. · Our technology is in 95% of the world’s insulin · GE products and services are embedded in 90% of FDA-approved biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. · 7/10 top drugs by revenue are biopharmaceuticals · Assembly of the 62 modules that make up KuBio took only 8 days · GE products and services are embedded in 90% of FDA-approved biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. · Since 1959, 4,150, 000 kg/liters of chromatography media have been sold, which is enough for nearly 2 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Did you know?                                                                                                 
· Biacore instruments have been listed in over 20 000 publications
· Biacore has been used in applications including  fine art restoration, testing of beer foam proteins, quantifying impurities in wine (that spoil it), to QC of snake anti-serum
· GE has sold more than 300,000,000 HiTrap columns. Placed end to end they would be a quarter of the length of the Grand Canyon
· GE Life Science’s contrast media are used in over 1 million patient procedures every week. In 2015, they treated the equivalent of 2 patients every second.
· GE products and services are embedded in 90% of FDA-approved biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
· 7/10 top drugs by revenue are biopharmaceuticals
· Assembly of the 62 modules that make up KuBio took only 8 days
· GE products and services are embedded in 90% of FDA-approved biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
· Since 1959, 4,150, 000 kg/liters of chromatography media have been sold, which is enough for nearly 2 Olympic sized swimming pools.

As Tony Kotarski, Properties Project Manager at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, put it, “Life Sciences links lab research to real-world applications.”

Particularly in the medical sector, the Life Sciences business has been accelerating the development and delivery of therapies to patients. “That’s what we’re all about,” added Kotarski. “The tools and expertise we offer help medical doctors make more accurate diagnoses and get the right treatments to patients faster. On the biopharmaceutical side, all of our equipment helps get better medications manufactured more quickly.”

Today, a brand new Life Sciences hub opened in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Five hundred scientists and 40,000 square feet of lab, it is in many ways the headquarters of precision medicine. Just eighteen miles from Boston and close to some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, the site will be a focal point for the ingenuity and skills that shaped the advancements mentioned above. With GE’s corporate headquarters moving, it will also contribute to and benefit from an ecosystem of healthcare, with potential to fuel further business growth.

“World-class lab facilities will showcase the expertise of the Life Sciences community in the Boston area,” said Kotarski. “From the tools used for basic biological research in the lab, all the way through to full-scale biopharmaceutical production.”

“There is a lot of buzz around new developments with CRISPR and cell therapy technology. These are the technologies where we could see the biggest potential outcomes for patients with a wide range of diseases, particularly cancer. There’s an incredible amount of excitement about that.”

In the words of Rosalind Franklin, a pioneer of the Life Sciences industry who helped discover the structure of DNA, “science and everyday life cannot, and should not, be separated.”


Here is a look back on just a few of the stories to come out of the Life Sciences sector:

The Fault in Our Genes: How CRISPR Could Eradicate Genetic Disorders

tumblr_inline_npac6hpGFs1qzgziy_540Each one of your 37.2 trillion cells contains all the instructions to make a complete human. These instructions are governed by a code made up of four letters: A, T, C and G. These are nucleotides, the components of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA.

What would you do with the power to re-write the code that makes you, you?

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MRI* with a Twist Could Show What Life and Disease Really Look Like

RSNA-2014_Main-Image-Dose-WatchIn the last few years, MRI technology has evolved to the point where we can now create a photo-accurate, three-dimensional computer model of a person’s body, then upload it to the cloud to be examined by physicians virtually anywhere on the planet.

But where MRI is challenged, and where Prof Ardenkjaer et al have been breaking ground for the last decade, is at the fundamental level where all diseases operate: metabolism.

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The Internet of Cells: New Company to Scale and Digitize Cell and Gene Therapy Production

Xuri2In the near future, two people with the exact same disease could receive very different treatments, yet see the same results.

That’s because who we are biologically is determined by our genes, the units of DNA that compose everything from our height to our eye color and even our personalities. Our genes live inside our cells and dictate how they work: no two people grow, age or metabolize the same way.

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These Striking Cellfies are the Bee’s Knee

Gary_Sarkis_hero_banner_gif_690We have much to learn from the world of the imperceptibly small.

Scientists at GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences are used to seeing the world from a different point of view. They spend much of their day looking at the building blocks of the world around us, seeing how things work on a microscopic scale.

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Toughest Diseases in the World Meet Their Match: A Factory in a Box

KUBio_animation_1The vast majority of biotech factories are ‘stick-built’ and take years to go from inception to completion. It can then take about another year to get them up and running. Even then, adapting to a quick change in demand – say in the case of an epidemic – would take a long time.

Enter GE’s KUBio, the world’s first modular manufacturing solution based on single-use bioprocessing technology.

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