US biopharmaceutical company Verastem Oncology has appointed member of the board of directors Brian Stuglik as CEO. Stuglik has over 30 years’ experience of pharmaceutical development, product strategy and commercialisation in oncology.
Acrylamide is a water-soluble substance with the simple chemical formula C3H5NO. It is regarded as a hazardous chemical because it adversely affects the central nervous system, male reproduction and development, as well as being carcinogenic in mice and rats. An evaluation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finds that acrylamide is ‘probably’ carcinogenic for humans. However, while there is evidence from epidemiological and toxicity studies to show that acrylamide is carcinogenic in rodents, such evidence is lacking with respect to the health risk in humans resulting from food exposure.
Just as our everyday lives rely on seeing things, so they also depend upon radiation outside the confines of the visible region, the ‘light we cannot see’, as the author Bob Berman calls it. This book represents a fascinating journey across the spectrum of invisible light, from the discoveries of the past to the applications of the present.
Nimbolide, a terpene-derived natural product from neem trees, was known to have medicinal value, but unknown reasons, until a group centered at UC Berkeley, and involving Novartis, set about target elucidation.
UK-based energy group BP and US agricultural trader Bunge have agreed to form a 50:50 biofuels joint venture in Brazil. The new company will be an integrated sugarcane ethanol producer, with 11 biofuels mills in Brazil located across the southeast, north and midwest regions.
Glasgow-based scientific software company DeepMatter, which focuses on big data and digitising chemistry, has launched DigitalGlassware, an online portal at https://public.deepmatter.tech, which allows scientists to interact with data originated from chemistry lab experiments using the company’s proprietary cloud-based technology.
The race is on, particularly in Europe, to build battery production capacity to take advantage of what is likely to be a massive switch to electric powered cars and other light duty vehicles, Sean Milmo reports.
While the hot topic of the circular economy is uppermost in the minds of many in the chemicals sector (See p30), the circularity of the industry, better known as its tendency for ‘boom and bust’, has not been a topic for discussion, or indeed action, in recent years.
A new catalyst to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen directly to methanol has been unveiled – potentially paving the way towards a more sustainable method of manufacture.
Ever smaller and more powerful electronics can accentuate problems of heat generation and lead to devices like phones and computers over-heating.