New Device to Test Drugs on Thousands of Individual Living Cells

Medgadget | November 04, 2019

Studying how individual cells are affected by chemical compounds, viral infections, and other agents can have profound practical consequences for the development of new drugs and novel therapies for disease. Conventionally, antivirals are studied in terms of how they influence entire cellular cultures, which can lead to researchers missing important events that happen in only some cells. To observe individual cells, lab techs have to manually load individual cells into dozens of plate wells, which is highly laborious and very slow for something that should be done on the order of thousands of cells. Now, researchers at Penn state have developed a microfluidic device that has about 5700 wells that can be filled with individual cells. The cells can be exposed to a virus or other agent, and how each cell responds to that agent can be closely monitored using a microscope. One of the challenges in building the device was being able to successfully load most of the wells with live cells. This was accomplished thanks to a novel trap that allowed the team to make sure that over 90% of the wells get a resident cell. “Other people have tried to study infections in single cells, but they have to manually add cells to 96-well or 384-well plates,” said Wu Liu, one of the lead scientists behind the research. “This is tedious and time-consuming. With our trap and microfluidic device, we can observe more than 5000 single cells at one time.”

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McKesson Collaborates with Vanderbilt Health Rx Solutions to Expand Integrated Pharmacy Services

McKesson Corporation, Vanderbilt Health Rx Solutions | March 18, 2021

McKesson Corporation, a worldwide healthcare organization, reports another cooperation with Vanderbilt Health Rx Solutions (VHRxS), a public chief in specialty pharmacy technique and execution, to offer VHRxS's full suite of specialty pharmacy consulting services to McKesson's health system clients. This new, specialized offering from VHRxS will supplement the experience of McKesson, which has offered industry-driving pharmacy services for over 40 years, by bringing the skill of VHRxS, which was established by Vanderbilt University Medical Center to propel the mission of health systems specialty drug stores cross country. The new help will offer altered specialty pharmacy services and development procedures to emergency clinics and health systems in each period of their development. VHRxS's portfolio of strong specialty pharmacy consulting services will help health systems improve patient and supplier fulfillment while making new income transfers by fully coordinating pharmacy services into specialty centers. Scott Miller, president of McKesson Health Systems, shares, “Our teams work closely with customers to understand their challenges and this was a clear need for health systems addressing their specialty pharmacy capabilities. Along with our existing portfolio of services and solutions, this is one more way customers can achieve more for their hospitals and patients by creating new or strengthening existing revenue streams.” McKesson's pharmacy chiefs and the VHRxS group of experienced, involved counsels comprehend the requirements and difficulties of health system specialty drug stores. The groups have profound experience working with health systems altogether phases of development, from creating and carrying out starting specialty pharmacy development methodologies to improving existing activities to arrive at the following level. Jim Hayman, president of VHRxS and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Vanderbilt Health, states, “By collaborating with McKesson, we can better extend our expertise as a leading health system-based specialty pharmacy provider to help our peers. We know from experience that investing in your specialty pharmacy operations boosts patient and provider satisfaction, which reaps seen and unseen benefits many times over.” About McKesson Corporation McKesson Corporation is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information solutions. McKesson partners with pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers, pharmacies, governments and other organizations in healthcare to help provide the right medicines, medical products and healthcare services to the right patients at the right time, safely and cost-effectively. United by our ICARE shared principles, our employees work every day to innovate and deliver opportunities that make our customers and partners more successful all for the better health of patients. About Vanderbilt Health Rx Solutions Vanderbilt Health Rx Solutions (VHRxS) is a national specialty pharmacy strategy and management company founded and operated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Middle Tennessee’s largest private employer and the largest academic medical center in the Mid-South with over 2.5 million patient encounters annually. VHRxS uniquely and effectively addresses the specialty pharmacy needs of companies, hospitals and health systems through building patient-centered, clinically integrated specialty pharmacy programs in collaboration with health system clients and leading employers. Founded on VUMC’s historic global leadership in clinical pharmacology, best-in-class specialty pharmacy operations and employee health plan performance, VHRxS draws on years of hands-on experience creating and executing specialty pharmacy strategies to help clients build successful programs of their own.

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MATRIC to Establish First and Only National Center of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Process Design

The Mid-Atlantic Technology, | March 03, 2022

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