Bio-Techne Marches for Science

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23

Bio-Techne employees are joining the global network of scientists in the March for Science to demonstrate our values of education, communication, and respect for the communities in which we live and work.

We believe in the preservation of scientific integrity, funding for research, and the open network of sharing results with each other and the public.

Join us on April 22, 2017 at the March in D.C. or at your local satellite event. #BioTechneMarches

We will be marching in our Bio-Techne communities:
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN...

Stem Cells in the News - March 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:15

We have captured this month’s most interesting, innovative, and maybe some of the strangest examples of stem cells in the news from around the world.

Stem cell experiments blast into space - PostBulletin
Stem cells from the Mayo Clinic Florida campus were launched into space heading for the International Space Station. Why? The researchers behind the cells would like to see if stem cells can be produced more quickly in a microgravity environment.

Japan gives the green light to clinical testing with donor iPSCs -...

Luminex HP Assays 101 – Sensitivity Matters

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 13:49

Sensitivity is critical for immunoassays so that analytes present at low levels can be accurately measured. Without proper sensitivity, low abundance analytes can be missed completely even if they are present in a sample. Additionally, it can be difficult to compare healthy vs. disease samples since analytes that are overexpressed in disease states are often present at very low levels in healthy individuals. Our Luminex High Performance Assays provide superior sensitivity, and here's how:

Proven Assay Development Expertise

R&D Systems has over 25 years of experience designing, testing, and optimizing immunoassays to ensure the highest level of performance in analyte quantification. Luminex High Performance assays are driven by the same expertise and rigorous quality control that have made our Quantikine...

Bio-Techne Go Everywhere Travel Grant – February Recipient Selected!

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:16

Bio-Techne travel grants

Bio-Techne launched its Go Everywhere Travel Grant Program which awards $1000 USD (or equivalent) to 1 researcher each month to attend the meeting of their choice. This allows the researchers to attend more targeted meetings in their field and provides funding to support both small and large associations to further promote scientific discoveries and conversations.

The recipient of the February 2017 grant is Dr. Abhishek Kashyap from The University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland! 

Dr. Kashyap is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Zippelius at the University Hospital Basel. He has chosen to attend the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: Taking a Place...

Bio-Techne Profiled in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 09:58
diagnostic division instrument process - Anthony Soufflé
Anthony Soufflé •

Bio-Techne was recently highlighted in the Star Tribune’s Sunday Business section. The article highlights Bio-Techne as Minnesota’s largest biotech business, the types of products we produce, and the incredible growth the company has experienced under the relatively new leadership.

Read the full article on Star Tribune.

Luminex® HP Assays 101 – Overcoming Multiplexing Challenges

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 09:02

Assay diluents matter because the simultaneous detection of multiple protein analytes presents many challenges. This includes assay non-specific binding, cross-reactivity, and antibody interference. R&D Systems recognizes these unique difficulties. The diluents provided with R&D Systems Luminex High Performance Assays have been tested and specifically formulated to overcome the challenges listed above that are unavoidable in multiplex assays.

Defining Interference, Non-specific Binding, and Cross-reactivity

Reagents provided in R&D Systems Luminex Assays are carefully designed and tested to minimize assay interference and ensure an optimally functional sandwich immunoassay (Figure 1). Immunoassay interference occurs when a substance within the assay prevents


Why Use Standardized Kits When Differentiating Pluripotent Stem Cells

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 13:35

Standardized pluripotent stem cell differentiation kits, such as the StemXVivo® Differentiation Kits from R&D Systems, offer a number of benefits over both home-brew protocols or the direct purchase of pre-differentiated iPS cells. This post provides a brief discussion of those benefits:

Consistent Method for Assessing Pluripotency – Researchers creating iPS cell lines must verify the pluripotency of their newly generated cells. The teratoma assay and the embryoid body assay are the historical standard for validation. However, they are time consuming and inconsistent. Differentiation kits are ideal for applying a fast and standardized method to pluripotency validation because they...

Bio-Techne Go Everywhere Travel Grant – January Recipient Selected!

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:53

Bio-Techne travel grant

Bio-Techne continues to support the work of researchers worldwide with travel grants awarded to specific conferences throughout the year. In 2017, we launched our Go Everywhere Travel Grant Program which awards 1 researcher each month in 2017 with a $1000 USD (or equivalent) travel grant to attend the meeting of their choice. This allows the researchers to attend more targeted meetings in their field and provides funding to support both small and large associations to further promote scientific discoveries and conversations.

The first recipient of 2017 is Dr. Olalekan Ogundele from Louisiana State University!


Xeno-free, Serum-free, What’s for me? - Mesenchymal Stem Cell Media

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 07:46

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) hold significant promise for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. While the use of MSCs for both translational and basic research requires their efficient expansion, the desired media formulations for growing MSCs can vary by application. Specific formulations of MSC media now exist to address these various applications, including serum-containing, serum-free, xeno-free, and GMP-grade media. For many researchers, deciphering which variant of MSC media best suits their needs can be a daunting prospect. This post is meant to help clarify MSC media nomenclature and provide a quick reference for understanding the various media options and when to use them in your research.

MSC Media...

Bio-Techne's Karen Padgett Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from CiteAb

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 15:22

Karen Padgett Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award CiteAb

Each year, CiteAb recognizes several companies and individuals for their excellence in the research antibody market. This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to Bio-Techne’s own, Karen Padgett. Join us in congratulating her for her dedication and drive she brings to this business.

Karen started Novus Biologicals in the summer of 1996 to be a company that licenses, produces and markets antibodies for niche and emerging areas of research. She successfully ran Novus Biologicals with consistent growth for 18 years out of Littleton, CO. She sold Novus


R&D Systems® Immunoassays and Luminex® Instruments Video

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 08:54

This video describes the strengths of R&D Systems immunoassays and the effective partnership with Luminex to answer your multianalyte questions.

What does Bio-Techne Bring to Regenerative Medicine?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:57

The use of stem cells for regenerative medicine and cell therapy is closer than ever to therapeutic application. As researchers navigate their stem cell research into the translational landscape, maintaining quality and consistency becomes an important issue. That’s where Bio-Techne can help. Bio-Techne, consisting of the prestigious life science brands of R&D SystemsNovus BiologicalsTocris Bioscience, takes pride in its roots as a company devoted to reagent quality and consistency. Because we offer both research and GMP-grade reagents, we can be a resource to researchers and biopharmaceutical companies as they think about out how they are...

5 Tips to Increase the Reproducibility of MSC and iPSC Differentiation

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 13:50

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are being utilized for the development of multitude of regenerative therapies. Establishing standards and practices for characterizing MSCs and iPSCs is an important quality issue for the future of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Simple steps can be taken to improve the quality and efficiency of both MSC and iPSC expansion and differentiation.

Check out this article we wrote on Regmednet that provides 5 tips that could get you the quality and quantity of cells that you desire.

Learn More about Top Researchers with Our New Interview Series

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 03:51

Novus Biologicals is launching an interview series to learn more about the research being done by leaders in a variety of research areas. We also ask what drives these faculty members to do research and why they think their research is important to the general public. Look forward to a new interview each month!

Our first interview features Noboru Mizushima, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Mizushima has made many critical findings in the field of autophagy and is one of the most highly cited researchers in his field. Learn more about Dr. Mizushima and find out what he had to say about his research and where he sees it moving in the future.

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