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"Nonsense Mutation" Therapy

Medical scientists at PTC Therapeutics (S. Plainfield, NJ) have entered into trials an oral drug therapy aimed at treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other genetic conditions caused by “nonsense mutations.” Nonsense mutations inactivate gene function and are known to cause anywhere from five to 70% of the individual cases of most inherited diseases, such as cystic fibrosis (10%) and Hurler’s syndrome (70%). The drug, PTC124, is designed to bypass the mutations. “As these preclinical data demonstrate, the broad potential of PTC124 lies in its specificity and unique mechanism of action, which has the potential to address the underlying cause of a broad range of genetic disorders due to nonsense mutations,” said Stuart W. Peltz, PhD, president and CEO of PTC Therapeutics. For more information, click here

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NASA Tech Briefs FREE Webinars

Benefits of PXI Express for Next-Generation Testing June 20, 2007, 2:00 pm Learn the capabilities, benefits, and features of PXI Express as a platform for next- generation test systems and instrumentation during this FREE NASA Tech Briefs webinar sponsored by Geotest-Marvin Test Systems, Inc. Based on PCI Express and CompactPCI technology, PXI Express offers significant performance and bandwidth improvements when compared to current PXI systems, while preserving compatibility with over 1,200 existing PXI products. This flexibility means that PXI Express products will provide engineers with the bandwidth and performance required by tomorrow's applications, while maintaining compatibility and interoperability with today's PXI products and applications. Virtual Testing at the CAD Stage with Simulation Software June 27, 2007, 2:00 pm In order to successfully compete in the global marketplace, your product design process needs to be the best in its class, delivering innovative products of the highest quality, at the lowest cost, with the shortest possible design cycle time. Sponsored by Noran Engineering, Inc., NASA Tech Briefs presents a FREE webinar that examines how progressive engineering departments are accomplishing this by using analysis software at the CAD design stage to virtually test parts and validate structural, thermal, and dynamic performance before they make the first article. To register for these FREE webinars, click here.

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Nano Conference Call for Papers

The National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC), being held November 14-15 at the Boston Marriott Copley place, is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology. Presentations on exciting new technologies and their commercial applications are currently being accepted in the following four disciplines: Advanced Materials, Bio/Medicine, Electronics, and Energy & Environment. The submission deadline is May 15, 2007. To submit your abstract, click here.

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Current Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from May's first-time advertisers. Applied Image (Rochester, NY) manufactures a wide variety of standard products, including test targets, image evaluation arrays, microscopy standards, stage micrometers, and sinusoidal targets. Read more here. Fujinon (Wayne, NJ) is a manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. Read more here. Intercon 1 (Baxter, MN), a division of Nortech Systems, develops and distributes camera cables and assemblies for machine vision applications. Read more here. Shimadzu Scientific (Columbia, MD) offers the research-grade UV-3600 UV-VIS-NIR equipped with three detectors to ensure high sensitivity over the entire measurement range. Read more here. SIMULIA/Abaqus Inc. (Providence, RI) develops advanced finite element analysis solutions for routine and sophisticated linear, nonlinear, explicit, and multi-body dynamics problems. Abaqus is part of Dassault Systèmes' SIMULIA brand. Read more here. Sony Electronics (Park Ridge, NJ) offers the XCI-V3, an industrial smart camera that features a complete PC with a CCD camera in a networkable package that sets up and integrates easily. Read more here. TRUMPF Inc. (Farmington, CT) offers equipment and services in the areas of fabricating machinery, OEM lasers, and laser marking. Read more here. TURCK (Plymouth MN) is a manufacturer of inductive proximity sensors, capacitive proximity sensors, connectors, cables, cordsets, fieldbuses, and automation controls. Read more here. White Electronic Designs Corp. (WEDC, Phoenix, AZ) offers advanced microelectronic and display solutions for both government and business applications. Read more here.

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Technology Business Brief

Revolutionary Pressurized Door/Window This technology creates a door closure system for a round pressurized vessel that requires no doorframe structure to maintain doorframe rigidity. Structurally, the door and opening can weigh almost the same as a similar section that does not have a door. For more information, click here. The Technology Business Briefs portray licensing or selling opportunities intermediated by NextTechs. NextTechs Technologies, LLC is a Global Technology Investment Bank engaged in technology offers and needs intermediation in over 41 industries and 141 research disciplines. Search NextTechs' Technology Portfolio here.

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White Papers

Modeling Skin with the Realistic Skin Model (RSM) This technical publication from Breault Research Organization (BRO) describes the tissue phantom Realistic Skin Model(TM) (RSM) in ASAP BIO. It details the features inherent in the design of the RSM, including background information on the model, dialog options, and relevant default characteristics of the model. Automated 3D Surface Contact for Nastran FEA This white paper details Noran Engineering's NEiNastran V9 finite element analysis (FEA) software for engineering analysis and simulation. This newest version includes a powerful new feature that allows automatic surface contact generation (ASCG) between discontinuous bodies.

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CAD/CAE Products

Autodesk, Inc. (San Rafael, CA) now offers Autodesk Inventor 2008 software, the latest release of its 3D mechanical design application. The new release features DWG intero- perability, AliasStudio interoperability, sheet metal design tools, ribbon cable design tools, and sketch productivity tools. For more information, click here. Dassault Systèmes (Paris, France) offers CAVA (CATIA Automotive extensions, Vehicle Architecture), its latest Business Process Accelerator (BPA) for the automotive industry. Today's automakers must comply with multiple government-regulated standards and norms, and CAVA ensures legal conformity of the car architecture during the entire creation process. For more information, click here. Informative Graphics Corporation (Scottsdale, AZ) announced the latest release of its MYRIAD(R) 3D/2D CAD viewer that offers a single interface for multiple 3D and 2D CAD formats. The 3D viewing features include multi-plane cutaways/cross sections, 3D measurement, interactive explode, part identification, and part details. For more information,

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