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Cluster: Biotechnology

Cluster: Biotechnology

A cluster of topics related to biotechnology.

Biotechnology is the use of technology to modify or manipulate living systems or parts of living systems for the generation of useful products, biological processing or to acquire knowledge. Products manufactured or processed using biotechnology are found in agricultural, pharmaceutical, food, chemical and biofuel industries. Biotechnology is also used in waste treatment.

Biotechnology fundamentals

Biotechnology is used to modify living systems or parts of living systems based on knowledge about essential parts or processes which allow living things to grow, reproduce, use resources and respond to their environment.

Biotechnology tools

Biotechnology tools have been developed in research areas such as molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, microbiology, cell biology and agriculture.

Mapping Projects

Mapping projects serve as reference manuals to living systems by showing the organization of components within living organisms. Mapping projects promote the sharing of biological information.

Large biopharmaceutical companies

Therapeutics companies

The following companies are using biotechnology in disease research and in development and production of medicine or therapies for a range of injuries or illnesses.

Allergy

Diabetes

Herpes

Software

Delivery system

Kidney disease

Pain treatment

Dermatology

Cancer

Rare disease

Therapeutics targeting RNA splicing

Multi-drug resistant bacteria

ADHD treatment

Depression and anxiety

Autoimmune

Respiratory and pulmonary disease

Cardiovascular disease

Contract research companies

Regenerative medicine

Neuromuscular disease

Alzheimer's, neurological and neurodegenerative diseases

Infertility

Eye disease or injury

Bone repair

Eating disorders

Antibacterial products

Aging

In vitro diagnostics (IVD) and molecular diagnostics companies

Biotechnology is used by IVD companies to develop tests that detect diseases in vitro, meaning outside the body, from human samples like blood, urine and tissue have been developed using biotechnology. Molecular diagnostics are a subset of tests within IVD which detect DNA and RNA in order to assess health. Examples are detection of disease-causing gene mutations or presence of viral DNA or RNA. Detection of proteins using antibodies is considered separate from molecular diagnostics but falls under IVD. In addition to molecular diagnostics and immunoassays, the IVD market also includes clinical chemistry, hematology analyzers and microbiology culture.

Genetic Testing for Disease Risks

Genetic ancestry testing

  • 23andMe
  • Ancestry
  • HomeDNA
  • Living DNA
  • Gene-by-Gene provides Family Tree DNA
  • Gene-by-Gene runs the Genographics Project labs which uses the National Geographic Geno DNA Kit
  • African Ancestry
  • Full Genomes
  • DNA Tribes

Imaging technology and bioanalytics

Biotechnology companies that provide research tools

The following companies that produce instruments, kits, reagents and computer software for basic and applied biological research.

Microfluidics

Sustainable and biodegradable materials

Food industry

Agriculture (Ag biotech)

Biofuels

Wetware

Biotechnology in conservation

Other biotechnology companies

Trade Associations

Biotechnology investment

Biotech startup support

Consultants in Biotechnology

Research Institutes

Biotech citizen scientist co-working spaces

Conferences

  • Transtech Conference
  • International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Discovery On Target
  • BIO-Europe
  • Biotech Showcase
  • Cell Series USA
  • The American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting
  • The American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting

Biosafety organizations

Timeline

People

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Further reading

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Companies

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Santa Cruz, CA

Nanopore Detection Platform

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