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The World in 2025 – Cancer treatments have very few toxic side effects

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Drug development is so much more precise, binding to specific proteins and using antibodies to give exact mechanisms of action, that the debilitating effects of toxic chemicals on patients is significantly reduced.

Just as Big Data is enabling companies to deliver personalized customer experiences, so too is life sciences moving from broad-brush drugs to very accurate and targeted treatments that result in significantly improved patient experiences.

drug developmentThis personalized medicine movement is not new. For several years the pharmaceutical community has been working on therapies that target specific molecules and perform targeted functions. Many drugs are now developed from biotechnology and are aimed at treating specific forms of a disease.

What will be new is the availability of drugs that reduce the complications associated with certain treatments. Drugs in development are becoming so targeted that they can bind to specific proteins and use antibodies to give precise mechanisms of action.

Knowledge of specific gene mutations will be so much more advanced that scientists and physicians can treat those specific mutations. Examples of this include HER2 (breast cancer), BRAF V600 (melanoma), and ROS1 (lung cancer), among many others.

In addition, advancements in antibody production and targeting will significantly improve certain cancer treatments, such as related to the safety and activity of anti- PD-L1 antibodies in patients with advanced cancer.

The impact of these advancements will be that patients in 2025 will have much more targeted drug treatments that result in fewer toxic side effects.

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A correspondent’s guide to reporting on Ebola

Misha Hussain, the Dakar-based correspondent of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been covering Ebola in West Africa, and in early April was the first foreign reporter to reach the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Gueckedou, Guinea. He offers advice to journalists heading to cover the Ebola story.

Read more about how we are committed to supporting the scientific community through our comprehensive, current content and assets that bring treatment options for this global health threat to the forefront.

Promising new research on Parkinson’s disease

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We recently featured a Disease Briefing with new approaches to treating and coping with Parkinson’s disease on the Life Sciences Connect blog. A neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s disease affects more than five million people worldwide. Age-related conditions, like Parkinson’s, will most likely affect all of us at some point as the aged population becomes greater than the newborn population in many developed countries.

Perhaps you, or someone you know, will benefit from the latest therapeutic approaches being explored to treat and prevent this disease.

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The World in 2025 – Petroleum based packaging is history

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Bio-nanocomposites based on nanocellulose make 100% fully biodegradeable packaging pervasive. Petroleum-based packaging products will be no more.

The World in 2025Research is emerging today focused on the use of bio-nanocomposites and nanocellulose for packaging. In 2025, these materials will be staples of choice in the packaging industry.

Nanocellulose is material comprising nano-sized cellulose fibrils with a high length/ width ratio. In layman’s terms, it is pseudo-plastic. Bio-nanocomposites are derived from bio matter, whether biomass or some other plant matter. Advancements in
the use of these elements will, in 2025, provide packaging materials that are fully biodegradeable.

Toxic plastic-petroleum packaging that litters cities, fields, beaches and oceans, and which isn’t biodegradable, will be nearing extinction in another decade. Thanks to advancements in the technology related to and use of these bio-nano materials, petroleum-based packaging products will be history.

Whether for food, medicine, electronics, textiles or consumer products, all packaging will be made from cellulose-derived products.

Additionally, the new cellulosic packaging will play a part in pharmaceutical packaging that is ingested, such as in controlled–release medicines.

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‘When is it OK to take your ex-spouse off insurance?,’ by Bruce Provda

 

 

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The World in 2025 – Digital everything…everywhere

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

From the smallest personal items to the largest continents, everything, everywhere will be digitally connected, and responsive to our wants and likes.

digital everythingThe digital world as we know it today will seem simple and rudimentary in 2025. If you think we’re electronically dependent now, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Thanks to the prevalence of improved semiconductors, graphene-carbon nanotube capacitors, cell-free networks of service antenna and 5G technology, wireless communications will dominate everything, everywhere.

From cars and homes that respond to your every wish and want, to appliances that think for themselves, to interconnected geographies – from the most remote farmlands to bustling cities – we will all be digitally directed. Imagine the day when the entire continent of Africa is completely, digitally connected. That day will happen in 2025.

Carbon nanostructures, and carbon-based nanocomposites in particular, are part of the driving force behind this transformation, and are poised to take center stage in high-energy density and power-density applications. Carbon nanocomposites can be used as supercapacitive electrodes, either in two-or-three-dimensional structures, with high surface area. And, these supercapacitors will be able to store infinitely more energy for later release.

We will live in an ultra-digitally responsive world, where more things are exponentially connected to the Internet than people.

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SWOT highlights – Graphic of the day

Non-insomnia sleep disorders include conditions such as narcolepsy, shift-work sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea and non-24-h sleep/wake disorder, and represent an unmet medical need. Although narcolepsy is a small market with a prevalence of only 0.05% of the general population, it is estimated that only 25% of those affected have been diagnosed. Thomson Reuters analysts have assessed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the therapeutic agents in this area; selected highlights are presented.

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Rosetta’s decade long journey – Graphic of the day

After a ten-year journey, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft became the first ever to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in the mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system. Today’s graphic shows a diagram of Rosetta, lists its specs and shows a timeline of its mission.

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The World in 2025 – Electric air transportation takes off

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Light-weight aerospace engineering coupled with new battery technologies power electric vehicle transportation – on land and in the air.

World-2025_pdf__page_14_of_28_Getting from point A to point B will be significantly different in 2025 from how it happens today.

Cars and airplanes will still exist, but they will be smarter, battery-powered, able to travel longer distances and more light-weight. Advancements in non-carbon-based- fuel sources, including lithium-ion batteries, reversible hydrogen storage options, nanomaterials in fuel cells and thin-film batteries will all contribute to this reality.

Distributed power sources that recharge 10 times more than today and store much more energy than current sources will be the norm in transportation vehicles.

Lightweight aircraft and cars will be powered by the new, improved lithium-ion batteries. These aircraft will also utilize new materials that bring down the weight of the vehicle and have motors with superconducting technology. Micro-commercial aircraft will fly the skies for short-hop journeys.

As these new planes will be able to take off and land in much smaller spaces, getting a pilot’s license could become the new rite-of-passage to adulthood in the 21st Century.

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The World in 2025 – Food shortages and price fluctuation are a thing of the past

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Advancements in lighting technologies and imaging techniques, coupled with genetic crop modification, provide an environment ripe for successful indoor crop growth and detecting diseased foods.

World-2025_pdf__page_12_of_28_Simultaneous revolutions in both lighting technologies and imaging techniques will have far reaching effects in the next decade. Advancements in Organic Light Emitting Diodes, LCD and plasma technologies, alongside three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging, will improve year-round crop growth, helping feed the world’s eight billion people and overcoming environmental changes that will affect traditional farming.

In 2025, genetically modified crops will be grown rapidly and safely indoors, with round-the-clock light, using low-energy LEDs that emit specific wavelengths to enhance growth by matching the crop to growth receptors added to the food’s DNA. Crops will also be bred to be disease resistant. And, they will be bred for high yield at specified wavelengths.

Imaging techniques such as three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging will also be able to provide early detection of mal-developing crops and diseased animal proteins before human consumption.

Because there is reduced risk of crop failure, price fluctuations and food shortages will become things of the past.

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