Press Releases

HudsonAlpha and UAB researchers work to identify optimal treatments for the most common form of breast cancer

Komen funds collaborative effort using tumor genomics to identify effective treatments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The most commonly diagnosed form of breast cancer, termed estrogen receptor positive or ER+, accounts for the largest percentage of breast cancer deaths each year.  Research by scientists at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center aims to provide physicians a more targeted approach to treating ER+ breast cancer.

Serina announces partnership with Scripps Research Institute for drug development

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Serina Therapeutics announced today that the company has entered into a research agreement with the Scripps Research Institute for development of polymer-antibody drug conjugates. 

HudsonAlpha awarded grant to improve diagnoses of childhood genetic disorders

NIH study seeks genetic links to answer the “Why?” of unexplained disorders

HUNTSVILLE, Ala -- Even in the absence of a ready solution, knowing why a child faces physical, emotional and intellectual challenges is helpful to physicians and families. Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are using high throughput genomic sequencing to meet major diagnostic needs for childhood genetic disorders through a multi-year grant potentially totaling more than $7.6 million from the National Institutes of Health.

CFDRC developing non-invasive stem cell analyzer technology

Research could have important applications in regenerative medicine and therapeutics
HUNTSVILLE, AL – July 9, 2013 -- CFD Research Corporation has been awarded a two-year $1M contract from the DoD’s Defense Health Program to continue its research into the detection and sorting of stem cells according to their differentiation states.

Cacao genome sequence could have sweet results for growers

HudsonAlpha researchers support chocolate initiative

Photo of cacao outside of a home in an Indonesian villageHUNTSVILLE, Ala -- One of the world’s favorite confections – chocolate – may be improving at its basic ingredient thanks in part to research from the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center. HudsonAlpha, in partnership with MARS, Inc., the USDA, IBM and Clemson, Indiana and Washington State universities, is learning more about the cacao genome and sharing that knowledge to improve the way breeders and farmers harvest the crop.

Brain study identifies genetic link between major depressive disorder and the internal clock in humans

Cellular-level connections provide potential targets for improved diagnosis and treatment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Sleeping, eating, working; humans, as well as many other living organisms, have circadian patterns, regularly occurring, 24-hour rhythms, that are part of normal function.  Dysfunctions in regular patterns – such as insomnia and unexplained fluctuations in appetite, body temperature and/or hormones — are symptoms shared by many patients with depression.   Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, with scientists at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Irvine, Stanford University and Weill Cornell Medical College, collaborated in a study where they found the first direct evidence connecting cellular level activity in the brains of patients with depression to out-of-step circadian rhythms.  These groups have been part of the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium for the past decade.

HudsonAlpha Institute and Carolina Biological partner to help students learn by doing

Carolina Biological to distribute institute-developed science activities

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and BURLINGTON, N.C. -- “Educational outreach at HudsonAlpha aims to deliver creative, hands-on educational experiences that raise student comprehension and build teacher confidence,” said Neil Lamb, Ph.D., director of educational outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The value of educational kits designed by Lamb and his staff at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has been acknowledged by an executed agreement with Carolina Biological Supply Company.  According to Lamb, Carolina will promote and broadly distribute institute-branded, hands-on experiments and resources.

Serina Therapeutics announces exclusive license agreement with The Scripps Research Institute

HUNTSVILLE, Ala  -- Serina Therapeutics, Inc., announced today that the company has entered into a definitive exclusive license agreement with The Scripps Research Institute for “click chemistry” – a facile method of attaching molecules together in a precise and quantitative manner. The nature of the agreement and the financial terms were not disclosed. 

International team works toward sustainable peach

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Advancing work toward sustainable crops and sustainable fuels is among potential outcomes from a project undertaken by the International Peach Genome Initiative. The initiative, including researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, has completed the draft genome of peach, Prunus persica, and published findings in the March 24 edition of Nature Genetics.

iCell now available on Windows 8 platform

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – HudsonAlpha’s iCell is now fully available on the Windows 8 platform, potentially reaching an audience of more than 4 million Windows 8 users worldwide. The new Microsoft system features easier-to-open apps for tablets and PCs, making iCell easier to access on Windows 8 devices.
“It simplifies the process of being able to use the iCell application,” said Adam Hott, Ed.D., coordinator of educational outreach. “This makes iCell more accessible and puts it in the hands of users more efficiently.”