Equine Diagnostics Development at Maine Biotechnology Services

Strangles Stall Side Diagnostic Streptococcus equi is the bacteria that causes Strangles, a highly contagious equine respiratory disease with enormous economic impact. Eradication has not been accomplished due to the lack of a rapid test allowing for immediate action to quarantine the infected horse and eliminate transmission. To address the need for a rapid diagnostic test for Strangles, Maine Biotechnology Services developed monoclonal antibody reagents specific for Streptococcus equi surface protein, SeM. The resultant matched pair, MAB211P and MAB212P, are intended use in the development of a  lateral flow rapid stall side assay to aid in the diagnosis and management of strangles
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Introducing a New Science Director

Maine Biotechnology Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stephen Pelsue as Science Director. Dr. Pelsue is providing technical expertise and leadership to our scientific team as they work to develop and integrate new tools, technologies, and processes that enhance our ability to address challenging new antibody targets on behalf of our client base. Prior to joining MBS, Dr. Pelsue was an Associate Professor of Immunology & Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Maine, where he ran a research program investigating the development of autoantibodies in autoimmune diseases, particularly focused on Lupus.  In addition to his research program he
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Norovirus GI Outbreak

A recent outbreak of a GI strain of Norovirus is further evidence of the importance of having broadly reactive reagents in diagnostic tests.  Only by having antibodies to both GI and the more common GII groups, can a test fully address both food borne and person to person transmitted outbreaks. Sample the most complete Norovirus antibody panel on the market today.   Norovirus Outbreak at Bali Hai in San Diego August 6, 2015 by News Desk 2 Comments A norovirus outbreak has been confirmed at the Bali Hai restaurant in San Diego at a Shelter Island journalism banquet on July
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Response to the Antibody Reproducibility Crisis

An article from the May issue of  Nature entitled: Reproducibility Crisis: Blame it on the Antibodies was shared and circulated widely in biotechnology forums and social media platforms.  The widespread interest in the article speaks to the commonly shared industry frustration over antibodies not performing well in end use assays. The explosion of genomic and proteomic medicine over the last few decades has indeed created an insurmountable challenge for the antibody retail sales model. The rapid growth of the number of antibody targets of interest, combined with increasingly nuanced desired epitopes, makes having a comprehensive, well-supported catalog nearly impossible.  As
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MBS is exhibiting AACC Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, Georgia July 26-30 2015

MBS is exhibiting at the 2015 AACC Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, Georgia July 26-30.  MBS is celebrating 25 years in business in 2015. Stop by booth #3758 to discuss your antibody and assay goals with our technical sales team or browse our antibody product catalog.  Our mission is to go beyond limited contract services and be a comprehensive partner in antibody and assay method development.  MBS saves customers money and compresses timelines of the most complex projects.  The cornerstone of antibody and assay development at MBS is our technical team approach to project design and planning. The MBS antibody development plan focuses
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25th Year at MBS

(PRWEB) June 09, 2015 Maine Biotechnology Services, a premier provider of antibody based services is celebrating its 25th year in business. In 1990, Dr. Joseph Chandler founded MBS with the intent to be true partners to life science researchers in their pursuit of ideal antibodies for any application. Over the course of 25 years, MBS has delivered on that promise, adding broad and deep technical expertise in antibody and assay related technologies. MBS serves customers in a dynamic marketplace where timely assay performance is paramount to pharmaceutical and diagnostic development. Continual investment into tools, protocols, and process development have kept
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MBS-UNC Partnership Provides Monoclonal Antibodies to Aid in the Diagnosis of Chikungunya Virus

Today, MBS is announcing the release of three monoclonal antibodies to chikungunya virus. All three antibodies detect active strains of chikungunya virus by ELISA Portland, Maine (PRWEB) January 08, 2015 In 2012 Maine Biotechnology Services entered into a partnership with Drs. Mark Heise and Kristin Long of the University of North Carolina Medical School, with the objective of developing monoclonal antibodies to support ongoing research efforts to advance adequate vaccine and rapid detection methods for chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an emerging global infection. Today, MBS is announcing the release of three monoclonal antibodies resulting from that partnership. Inactivated CHIKV was used
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Monoclonal Antibodies to Chikungunya Virus

MBS is pleased to announce that 3 monoclonal antibodies specific to Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) are purified and ready for sampling.  MAB243P, MAB244P and MAB245P were developed in close partnership with Dr. Mark Heise and Dr. Kristen Long of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  Applications for these antibodies include the detection of active virus either in circulation or in mosquito carriers. In addition to recognizing the immunizing vaccine strain 181/25 by ELISA, these clones also show reactivity to a strain originating in Sri Lanka.  Further ELISA data indicates that the antibodies do not cross-react with other alphavirus infections
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Complete Panel of Norovirus Antibodies

Maine Biotechnology Services developed a comprehensive panel of antibodies specific for human Norovirus, including GII.4 2012 SYDNEY STRAIN.  There are currently five known genogroups, of which three cause human disease: GI, GII, and GIV.  According to the CDC, since 2002 GII.4 has been the most common cause of Norovirus outbreaks. All MBS Norovirus antibodies have been tested across a broad range of strains, as reported in the table below. MAB227P demonstrated the ability to block ligand binding in surrogate neutralization assays.  MAB228P, developed against GI.1 1968 virus like particles (VLPs), recognizes additional GI types. MAB242P, the most recently developed antibody, is
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MBS Collaborator in the News – Ralph Baric on Controversial Research Policy

How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist’s Virus Research As cases of a worrisome respiratory virus continue to pop up in the Middle East, scientists who study it in the U.S. are struggling to understand how they’ll be affected by a government moratorium on certain kinds of experiments. One of those researchers is Ralph Baric, a virologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. “Any virus that has pandemic potential, and that’s any respiratory virus that emerges from animals, is a major public health concern,” Baric says. And Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS,
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