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CPhI and P-MEC India

India Report Expected to Offer Insights into Booming Market

India’s pharmaceutical market is forecast to become the sixth largest in the world by 2020 with profits reaching $55 billion, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation. In particular, generics are a large portion of this market. Currently representing 72 percent of India’s pharma revenues, the demand is largely a direct result of countries around the world seeking to reduce healthcare costs. As the newly elected Indian government enacts healthcare...

Development of the next generation of synthetic extracellular matrices for 3D cell culture

Dessert for organ regeneration - von Prof. Dr V. Prasad Shastri, Aurélien Forget

Imagine that you are dining at a Japanese restaurant and at the end of the meal, the waiter serves you this beautifully ­laid out and decorated dessert. Besides being brightly colored and simply delicious, some of these desserts might remind you of what is called “pudding” in western cuisine. Believe it or not, these Far Eastern sweet deserts are made of agarose, a polysaccharide extracted from red algae, which has been used as a cooking ingredient...

Efficiency gains in day-to-day lab work

Innovating with the customer - von Dr Oliver Mell

At this year's analytica, Merck Millipore's exhibition was all about the customer. The life sciences division at Merck KGaA positions itself as a strategic partner, dedicates its work as one of the three leading R&D investors for products in the life sciences industry to furthering progress in this highly forward-looking sector.

Near-infrared spectroscopy in pharmaceutical analysis

Good vibrations - von Dr Alfred Steinbach, Staphanie Kappes

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is based on the absorption of ­radiation by matter. Not only does the versatile technique allow ­­the parallel identification of substances (active agents, excipients, ­contaminants), it is also suited to monitor processes such as blending, granulation, and drying.

Raman spectroscopy for biologists and clinicians

Photons on duty for health - von Dr Karin Schütze

Spectroscopy the bugbear for medical students and technicians: Asked by biologists or clinicians what exactly we are doing at CellTool® we originally answered, that we are developing a unique spectroscopic microscope system that enables easy cell analysis based on Raman spectroscopy. The two “non-words” in the world of biomedical scientists namely spectroscopy and Raman immediately caused to raise hackles and one could see how interest vanished....

The potential and limits of Raman spectroscopy methods in medical diagnostics

Quick, comfortable diagnosis - von Prof. Dr Jürgen Popp

As the proportion of elderly people in the population continues to rise, we are facing the growing challenge of providing affordable and ­sustainable healthcare systems. An impending collapse of these ­systems can be avoided only by developing new methods and ­equipment that enable disease to be detected and tackled as early ­as possible. Ideally, this would be no later than the occurrence of initial disease-driven changes at a molecular level.

The utility of the chloroplast genome in verifying food authenticity: a case study looking at Ecuadorian fine/flavour cocoa

Fine flavours - von Luise Herrmann, Prof. Dr Markus Fischer

Chocolate and other cocoa-based products have long been popular foodstuffs, associated as they are with ­pleasure and enjoyment of the finer things in life. If we think for a minute about the product design, the choice ­of packaging – and also the price – of some dark chocolate brands, we can see how these are promoted as premium products, just as is the case for other foods such as wine or coffee. Accordingly, consumers often find that cocoa-based...

L&M int. 2 / 2014

The articles are publishes in issue L&M int. 2 / 2014. Free download here: download here