9 07, 2024

Qkine and StemCultures collaborate to provide new solutions for precision stem cell culture

2024-07-09T16:09:20+00:00July 9th, 2024|animal-free, Blog, News, Press Release, protein engineering, protein science, quality, Resources, stem cells|

Specialist bioactive growth factor protein manufacturer Qkine today announced a new partnership with StemCultures, a life sciences company dedicated to developing innovative reagents that enhance the quality and efficiency of cell growth and differentiation in culture.

20 09, 2021

Revenge of the Organoids – Super Scientist saves the day

2021-09-20T20:15:43+00:00September 20th, 2021|#qkinetechtip, organoid news, protein engineering, Resources|

Can Super Scientist give you your organoid mojo back? Are your growth factors the reason your experiments fail? Can you use engineered or niche-specific growth factors to improve your organoid culture? Super Scientist flies in with easy fixes and questions to ask yourself - do you need to ditch the conditioned media, play around with growth factor combinations, switch noggin and gremlin, or be bold and explore new engineered proteins.

26 07, 2021

Qkine and Enantis sign licensing deal for hyperstable FGF2-STAB®

2021-07-26T08:14:57+00:00July 26th, 2021|animal-free, cellular agriculture, News, Press Release, protein engineering, protein science, stem cells|

Qkine and Enantis have concluded a global licensing deal for Enantis’s patented FGF2-STAB® technology. FGF2-STAB® is a hyperstable form of FGF-2 (bFGF), a core reagent for stem cell culture. FGF2-STAB (FGF2-G3) does not degrade in culture media for enhanced weekend-free stem cell culture media and advanced chemically defined systems, such as those needed in the cultured meat industry.

10 03, 2021

pioneering proteins launch

2021-03-12T13:00:44+00:00March 10th, 2021|News, protein engineering, protein science|

We are proud to launch our Pioneering Protein range! A range of modified proteins have been carefully developed by world leading academic laboratories, licenced through Cambridge Enterprise, and then manufactured to our high purity and bioactivity standards, bringing together academic innovation with high level manufacturing purity. Folloistatin-resistant activin A (FRACTA) has been developed by our [...]

26 08, 2020

Implementing animal-free recombinant proteins into stem cell supply chains

2022-02-07T13:06:59+00:00August 26th, 2020|animal-free, protein engineering, quality, stem cells|

Implementing animal-free recombinant proteins into stem cell supply chains Most industries today are under pressure to switch to more ethical and sustainable animal-free alternatives, and now the trend is coming to stem cell labs. As stem cell applications accelerate towards the clinic, novel drug discovery platforms are rapidly scaled, and [...]

15 06, 2020

Video: Growth factor purity and its implications for stem cell culture

2020-12-08T15:54:08+00:00June 15th, 2020|protein engineering, protein science, quality, stem cells|

Presentation by Luana Ferrara, Senior Protein Scientist Video script Slide 1: Introduction  Hello! My name is Luana Ferrara and I am a senior protein scientist at Qkine. In this short video, I’ll be presenting a comparative analysis of the purity of recombinant Activin A from different suppliers and highlighting why it's important to consider the biochemical quality of growth factors for your stem cell culture.   Slide 2: The role of [...]

8 05, 2018

Building next generation growth factors for organoid-driven precision medicine: a protein engineering project co-funded by Innovate UK

2023-06-05T13:48:57+00:00May 8th, 2018|News, organoid news, protein engineering|

We were delighted to be awarded Innovate UK funding to address issues of quality and availability of growth factors for use in organoid technologies. The Qkine R&D team are applying a combination of protein expression, refolding optimisation and structure-guided protein engineering to improve the biological properties and quality of proteins such as R-spondins, TGFβ1, members of the BMP and FGF family proteins.

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