Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the enzymatic method of replicating DNA sequences, is used to detect and amplify a specific DNA sequence. Reverse Transcription PCR (RT-PCR) combines the reverse transcription of RNA into complementary DNA (cDNA) with DNA amplification using PCR. RT-PCR uses RNA as a template and starting material for nucleic acid amplification. RT-PCR is […]
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, much of our attention at SDi has been on technologies that have benefited in the wake of the pandemic. The few bright spots in an otherwise dismal market have been technologies used in clinical diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a dire need for a vaccine that can effectively immunize populations and stop the spread of the disease. Consequently, many pharma companies around the world are participating in the race to develop a vaccine. Governments are also supporting these activities with public funding and by expediting the regulatory process for […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact across all areas of analytical instrumentation, from small academic labs to large pharmaceutical production. Environmental testing labs have been no exception, with many having to focus on COVID-19 testing or having to furlough staff. Environmental testing is conducted by a variety of industries, including utilities, government regulators, […]
As drug discovery and research efforts for COVID-19 therapies have inherited the spotlight in pharma and clinical labs around the world, interest in automated liquid handlers and robotics that can handle the workload has been increasing rapidly. This should not be surprising, as large-scale testing is needed to process thousands of patient samples every day […]
The 2020 SDi Global Assessment has been updated for the first time in the publication history of the report in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2020 SDi Global Assessment Report contains insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global instrumentation industry. With this completely updated report and a new add-on item, the Global Quarterly Datastream, your company can leverage […]
As COVID-19 has spread from its origins to almost every corner of the world over the past six months, it has engendered major changes around the globe. The virus has caused a global slowdown due to lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, and reduced production levels, while also stimulating a vaccine race among pharmaceuticals and biotech companies. […]
The world has been justly preoccupied with the spread of COVID-19 throughout the world and its effects on human health. From a science standpoint, the life science and analytical instrumentation industry has responded to help combat the disease, by supporting research into better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease. From a business perspective, there […]
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen many industries upended by drastic changes in demand. The effects of this could easily be seen in any grocery store at the initial onset of various lockdown orders. While bundles of toilet paper and canned foods were disappearing from store shelves, another hot commodity was hand sanitizer. […]
As of April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions and killed more than one hundred thousand people, requiring lockdowns and social distancing measures that, in turn, greatly hurt the profitability of many industries. The pharmaceutical industry is no exception to the economic downturn, despite its activities being more important than ever.
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