Summer by Design: Filling in the gap between academia and industry

Virginia Palomares Cabeza is a fourth-year PhD candidate at the Erasmus Medical Centre (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and the University College Dublin (Ireland). Her interdisciplinary research focuses on investigating the immune responses of allogeneic stem cell implants for bone regeneration. Virginia is passionate about bringing together different scientific disciplines and improving science communication. Outside of the lab, you can find her acting, traveling or playing board games. Some of the Summer by Design students, outside the…

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Breathing new life into gut regeneration with living bandages

E. Coli bacteria. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixaby) At first pass, the skin and the gut are not so different: both are lined with an outer layer of cells that serve as the first line of protection from biological, chemical and physical wear-and-tear. Accordingly, both the gut and skin are subject to tissue breakdown whether it be from invasive bacteria, rapid changes in pH, or physical injury. When it comes to treating the epithelial…

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Right Turn: Trend watching in biotherapeutics

The field of biotherapeutics – treatments produced by, or involving, living cells – is quickly evolving with the popularity and pursuit of new cell therapies. If you’re a student or young professional working in this space, you know this already. But how familiar are you with all the new tools, trends and innovations influencing this field? On September 27 in Toronto, the Clinical Translation Education Group (CTEG*) will be hosting its third training workshop for…

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Right Turn: Recharging

Hi Signals readers, We hope you’ve had a great summer and enjoyed all of our posts so far in 2019. There is still lots to come, but we’re on vacation this week so we can recharge and come back in September full of energy and brimming with fresh ideas. May we suggest you catch up on any posts you’ve missed? See you here next week. Beaker Muppets GIF from Beaker GIFs

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Because we all want to see life-saving cell and gene therapies saving lives

Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay Cell and gene therapies are a game changer for patients. As academics and industry have been saying for years now, these therapies offer the promise of cures for previously incurable diseases and disorders. There were over 1,000 clinical trials underway worldwide at the end of the first quarter of 2019.[1] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 17 products, making it the “leader” in this area so…

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How to advocate for science this fall – using the #VoteScience campaign

Science doesn’t usually get a lot of attention during elections, and we think that this needs to change. That’s why, on August 8th, a coalition of science groups, including Evidence For Democracy, the Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) and the Science & Policy Exchange, launched a national non-partisan #VoteScience campaign to advocate for science during the upcoming federal election. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through some of the #VoteScience actions you can take…

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Science matters. Stand up for science!

Search #VoteScience on Twitter to discover which candidate posted this pro science selfie Canadian science groups and a non-partisan organization that promotes the “transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada” have come together to launch a national campaign before Canadians go to the polls this fall to elect their federal representatives. The #VoteScience campaign, organized by Science & Policy Exchange, Toronto Science Policy Network and Evidence for Democracy, and supported by other science-focused…

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Business of Regenerative Medicine Conference 2019: The rundown

Matthew Mistry is a Market and Equity Analyst at CCRM, where he conducts investment diligence, market analyses, participates in company creation activities and supports strategic business development. He joined CCRM from the Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO) where he was involved in supporting health science companies gain access to private and public capital, providing strategic business advice, investor readiness coaching, and pitch review and evaluation of high potential health science technologies in the province of…

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New tips and tools for “scicomm” courtesy of ComSciConCAN

ComSciConCAN featured pop talks, where attendees had one minute to share their research in an accessible and engaging manner. The audience could raise JARGON or AWESOME cards in response. Credit: Zachary Guy. On July 18th, 50 graduate students (including yours truly!) descended upon McMaster University to attend the first national ComSciConCAN: a three-day science communication event consisting of four panels, six workshops, one keynote and over 25 different experts, with the aim of empowering graduate…

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Five amazing ways redesigning biological cells could help us fight cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world. Julio C. Valencia, NCI Center for Cancer Research, CC BY-SA  Synthetic biology is an exciting discipline that, according to SynBio Canada, “represents a maturation of genetic engineering and biotechnology.” Medicine by Design names synthetic biology as an engineering design principle that will help accelerate breakthroughs in regenerative medicine. So how is synthetic biology having an impact now? The article below, by Chris Barnes and Alex Fedorec…

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