Blogs for March 2017

Regenerative Medicine using iPSCs: Setting Your Research Up for Success

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 09:10

Fabrizio Rinaldi, PhD, Scientist in Stem Cell Research and Development, Bio-Techne
Tim Manning, PhD, Proteins Product Manager, Bio-Techne

As induced pluripotent stem cells continue progress towards cell therapy use to treat neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, vision impairment, and heart repair, there are critical questions and steps for maintaining cell quality and consistency that need to be considered. This webinar is designed to get researchers thinking about the best ways to control the quality and consistency of a stem cell therapy as it begins its therapeutic transition. The first part of the webinar introduces methods and tips to efficiently validate and assess variability across human iPS cell lines, a critical step for controlling quality within iPS cell translation. The second half...

Luminex® High Performance Assays 101: Consistency

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 15:46

Luminex HP Assays 101 - Consistency

Consistent assay performance is critical for research. Without reliable performance how can you be sure which results to trust when analyzing data and coming up with conclusions? From experiment to experiment, project to project, and graduate student to graduate student, you’ll never have to worry about consistent performance with our Luminex High Performance Assays. Here’s why:

Rigorous Validation Testing

All Luminex High Performance Assays undergo extensive validation testing. We test for sensitivity, intra-assay precision, and inter-assay precision to ensure assay linearity for validated sample types. Spike recovery values for individual samples in validated sample types are also tested to ensure specificity. Review our High...

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
Stem Cells in the News

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.


Luminex® HP Assays 101 – Sensitivity Matters

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 13:49
cartoon phd lab data

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...

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...

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
cartoon phd lab vial closeup

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