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Progress Towards Universal Influenza Vaccine

Influenza vaccines typically coax the immune system to generate antibodies that recognize the head of hemagglutinin (HA), a protein that extends outward from the surface of the flu virus. The head is the most accessible regions of HA, making it a good target for the...

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Its 2022 – Happy New Year!

It is January of 2022 and the Somatek team wishes all colleagues and friends a happy, healthy, prosperous, and peaceful New Year!! Looking back at 2021 Somatek is happy to report another successful year. The business grew again significantly and revenue was up almost...

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The Interesting World of mRNA Vaccines

The Scientist published under the title "Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is There a “Best” mRNA Vaccine?" an interesting summary of the current data on effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. As a somewhat accidental member of #team Moderna this helps to...

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A New Type of Antibody –

For a long time 5 antibody types have been known in mammals, IgG, IgM, IgA, IgE, and IgD, with IgG being the work horse in biotechnology. So it drew our attention that a group at Duke University has described a new type of anti-glycan antibody that binds to a patch of...

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Monoclonal for Alzheimer’s

On Monday FDA approved Biogen’s aducanumab, brand name Aduhelm, through a program called accelerated approval. Aduhelm is the first new medication for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly two decades. FDA’s decision was welcomed by patients and their families as a...

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RNA therapeutics

To those developing treatments for oncology, in the gene therapy space and many other fields it seemed for a long time that RNA-based therapies have many attractive properties but somehow just too many obstacles to overcome. Enter recent break-throughs in vaccine...

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Molecule(s) of the year

Inspired by Time's Man of the Year the AAAS journal Science used to give out an annual Molecule of the Year award. The award was renamed Breakthrough of the Year in 1996. Last December AAAS announced that for 2020 Breakthrough of the Year was “vaccines against...

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