BMS Reports: Jack Andraka at the MPSG

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* click on the photo (courtesy of Max Planck Science Gallery) for the full video transcript

When a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer in less then six month after being diagnosed, Jack Andraka, then 13, got really angry. He got so angry that, instead of playing basketball with other kids, he went on to consult every open source there is: Google, Wikipedia and open access scientific literature to understand the price of living (and dying) of pancreatic cancer. ...

BMS Reports: WHS 2013

universities allied for essential medicines, UAEM, fridolin steinbeisSocial Responsible Licensing (SRL) - A New Approach to Open Innovation (full video): a catchy name for a policy shifting workshop held at the World Health Summit (WHS) 2013. The workshop brought together four prominent figures from social, academic, political and industrial sectors who addressed the concern that publicly funded research of health sciences should affect all people in need:

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, President of the Board, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), United States

Peter H. Seeberger, Director, Department of Biomolecular Systems, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

Spring Gombe Global Health Policy Consultant, Switzerland

Anders Haugland, Chief Executive Officer, Bergen Teknologioverføring AS, Norway

The workshop was organized by UAEM and moderated by two young leaders: Fridolin Steinbeis (photo), UAEM Europe Coordinator, and Clara Matthiesen, UAEM Board President Denmark. ...

BMS Retreat: Carbohydrate Vaccines

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On the photo: The Ringberg Castle entrance and the view over the Bavarian Alps.

Biomolecular Systems are proudly reporting from its first scientific retreat: Chemistry and Biology of Carbohydrate Vaccines. Held at the Schloss Ringberg, from October 14 - 18, 2013, the retreat gathered about 60 participants: BMS students, faculty and invited speakers. The topics emphasized the medical application and synthesis of carbohydrates and pointed towards the steps necessary to produce and implement a fully synthetic carbohydrate vaccine. The Ringberg Castle is one of the peculiarities of the Max Planck Gesellschaft and an architectural testimony of the eternal interplay of Genie und Wahnsinn of two dedicated masons: Duke Luitpold in Bavaria and his friend and artist Friedrich Attenhuber. ...

BMS Spin-off: GlycoUniverse

Sugar is life

GlycoUniverse successfully launched at Biotechpark Berlin-Buch

GlycoUniverse, carbohydrate synthesizer, automated synthesis of carbohydrates GlycoUniverse GmbH & Co KGaA is a technology spin-off of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces headed by Prof. Dr. Peter Seeberger in Potsdam-Golm. Registered on 10th October 2013, the company deals with the automated development and synthetic production of complex sugars and is seeking customers and collaboration with leading scientific institutes in Europe and world-wide. ...

BMS Interview: Prof. Mike Organ

In 2005, Prof. Mike Organ and his likeminded flow-chem associates at the York University, Toronto, Canada, developed a group of palladium catalysts to speed up alkyl-alkyl cross-coupling reactions and aminations. Just a year later, this super stable multi-purpose chemical accelerators were picked up by a US$ 1.7 billion life science giant, Sigma-Aldrich, and marketed as PEPPSI (pyridine-enhanced precatalyst preparation stabilization and initiation). While giving an insight into PEPPSI throughout Germany, Prof. Organ visited the Biomolecular Systems, where he held a guest lecture on his catalysts based research and shared with us a few thoughts about the state of the German industry and the importance of a quite different kind of coupling: that of basic research and research translation.


  1. You live a dream of every scientist – seeing his research applied. How does it feel? What is the application of PEPPSI? ...