BioIndustry: Tools To Create Advances That Save Lives

The genome revolution is driving the development of medicine towards innovative and innovative areas. And what is more remarkable, drug production continues to grow. In addition to the chemical-based treatments that we have always known, we currently see a proliferation of highly effective biological therapies.

The creation of these new biological drugs is done through bioproduction, a technique that depends on the production of large quantities of new cells, which are counted in billions or even more. In turn, this requires highly specialized containers, surfaces, and media to perform cell development under precise conditions.

What Corning offers

In our extensive portfolio of products and brands for biological sciences, the drug discovery industry recognizes Corning for its reliability, innovation, and value, both in consumable and non-consumable laboratory devices.

When it comes to creating environments for cell culture, drug researchers get the perfect combination with our innovative containers and specialized surfaces and media. They can save valuable space in the laboratory thanks to the precision layers of our advanced multi-layer containers. Our advanced surface technologies and media provide the optimal environment necessary for healthy and rapid cell growth and, ultimately, a successful biological treatment for a wide variety of diseases.

Our dedication to quality and technology also allows us to offer reliable results to genome laboratories, as they delve into DNA research for the development of new drugs. And since the effectiveness of a treatment depends on how it interacts with other drugs and enzymes in the body, we have a complete line of products for absorption/administration, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME), in addition to in vitro toxicity tests.

Our reputation for quality extends beyond the world of medicines. Researchers in the agricultural products, food, and beverage industry, and also emerging fields such as synthetic biology, turn to us for innovative products they can trust.…

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Bio-industry As An Alternative

The Brazilian Carlos Nobre, the climate change expert who warned about the fires of the Amazon, points out the responsibilities for the fires and proposes an alternative path to the preservation-extractivism dichotomy: genomic research to add value to the rich biodiversity of the region, keeping the forest standing.

There is no doubt that this is not fire due to weather conditions but to the accelerated shift of the agricultural frontier. The large number of fires that we see now is not due to the burning of standing forests, but of already collapsed and dry trees. It is clear that, compared to 2018, the increase in the rate of deforestation in much of the Amazon is notable,” says Carlos Nobre, senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Sao Paulo, former INPE researcher (Institute National Space Research, the organism whose satellite images, dotted with igneous foci, are revealing to the world the magnitude of the environmental catastrophe suffered by the Amazon) and one of the most prominent specialists in global warming.

Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global scientific organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its contribution to environmental protection, Nobre points to the human and political responsibilities of forest fires that are sweeping the green lung of the planet. Between January and August 2019, INPE detected almost 73 thousand fires in the region, 83% more than in the previous year. Jair Bolsonaro’s government pointed to drought – and also, unusually, to environmental NGOs – as a cause of the fires. “It’s not like that. They are man-induced, usually by farmers and ranchers. And the new Brazilian government promotes this model of agricultural development. The president himself, who has called himself ‘Captain Chainsaw,’ encourages him,” says Nobre.

“For years, we have been working for development alternatives whose foundation is the economic potential of the tropical forest; that is, a development that is based precisely on its very high degree of biodiversity. With modern

science and technology, high added value could be generated through the biological assets of the Amazon, which are very rich. Today the most obvious example is acai, the fruit of a species of Amazon palm tree that, fifteen years ago, was a product of local consumption, and today is the center of an industry that generates one billion dollars a year for the region. That is a product of the biodiversity of the Amazon, but there are thousands. That economy can be much more profitable than livestock and agriculture, which there is low productivity, and can be developed with the forest standing, in an environmentally sustainable way.”

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