Nicoya – Improving Human Life by Helping Scientists Succeed https://nicoyalife.com Publication quality binding kinetics & affinity data on your benchtop. Thu, 09 Sep 2021 19:02:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://nicoyalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Nicoya-Favicon-150x150.png Nicoya – Improving Human Life by Helping Scientists Succeed https://nicoyalife.com 32 32 The role of SPR in immunotherapeutic research https://nicoyalife.com/blog/the-role-of-spr-in-immunotherapeutic-research/ Fri, 27 Aug 2021 20:18:45 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=17527 Read on to learn about the insights that Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) can provide for immunotherapeutic research. Introduction According to John Hopkins Medicine, almost 40 percent of the population of the United States will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Despite this staggering statistic, the advancements being made in cancer research and treatments have […]

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Analyzing binding kinetics: Which method is best for your next SPR experiment? https://nicoyalife.com/blog/analyzing-binding-kinetics-mck-sck/ Wed, 23 Jun 2021 20:51:39 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=16885 Read on to learn about the two most common approaches for measuring binding kinetics, multi-cycle kinetics (MCK) and single-cycle kinetics (SCK), and how to select the right one for your interaction.

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Nicoya receives over $1.9M in funding to continue the development of a portable, saliva-based COVID-19 test https://nicoyalife.com/blog/nicoya-portable-covid-19-diagnostic-test-additional-fund/ Mon, 29 Mar 2021 19:15:14 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=14726 The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has tipped the scale in favor of winning the battle against the pandemic, but the war is far from over. Diagnostic tests, along with vaccines, are required to stop outbreaks and end the pandemic, as these tests are key to identifying potential infection vectors. As we move toward gaining normalcy […]

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Cryo-EM and SPR: Complementary technologies providing structural and functional insights toward advancing coronavirus research https://nicoyalife.com/blog/covid-19-research/cryo-em-and-spr-complementary-technologies-providing-structural-and-functional-insights-toward-advancing-coronavirus-research/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:18:54 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=14636 How did two cutting-edge technologies ultimately enable researchers to develop COVID-19 vaccines at an unprecedented rate?  The development of COVID-19 vaccines is a seminal discovery of this decade. The most remarkable feature of this achievement was the unprecedented rate at which the vaccines were developed. A major time-consuming bottleneck in vaccine development is the identification […]

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4 Ways To Reduce Non-specific Binding in Surface Plasmon Resonance Experiments https://nicoyalife.com/blog/4-ways-reduce-non-specific-binding-spr/ https://nicoyalife.com/blog/4-ways-reduce-non-specific-binding-spr/#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.nicoyalife.com/?p=843 Improve the quality of your SPR data with these optimization strategies If you aren’t familiar with Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR),check out our article on What is SPR? before continuing. What is non-specific binding? During an SPR experiment, there are many experimental parameters that must be controlled in order to optimize the performance of the system […]

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OpenSPR Binding Data Reveals a Potential Mechanism for the Treatment of Depression https://nicoyalife.com/blog/openspr-binding-data-reveals-a-potential-mechanism-for-the-treatment-of-depression/ Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:38:45 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=14553 Introduction Depression is becoming more and more common worldwide, with approximately 1 in 30 people being affected by the illness[1]. Resulting from a combination of genetic, social and psychological factors, depression impacts one’s quality of living and can range in severity, from affecting their motivation for daily tasks to being completely debilitating. Modern medicine’s impact […]

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Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors: A Comprehensive Guide for Scientists https://nicoyalife.com/blog/spr-sensor-guide/ https://nicoyalife.com/blog/spr-sensor-guide/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:15:00 +0000 https://www.nicoyalife.com/?p=1109 Getting ready to plan for your surface plasmon resonance (SPR) experiments? Great! So, you probably already know the value of using SPR technology and how it is becoming more affordable and accessible for researchers everywhere. We believe that SPR will become a standard technique available in every biochemistry lab. If you have yet to discover the advantages of surface plasmon resonance, visit our blog post 6 advantages of surface plasmon resonance. The first step in planning for your SPR experiment is to determine which type of SPR sensor chip is right for your application. The type of sensor chip required depends on your ligand, which needs to be immobilized to the sensor chip before you can measure the interaction between your ligand and analyte. There are two categories – covalent or capture coupling-based sensor chips. Today, you will learn the differences between the two and the advantages and disadvantages associated with both.

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7 Tips for Scientific Researchers Working Remotely https://nicoyalife.com/blog/7-tips-for-researchers-working-remotely/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:22:21 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=14160 Working remotely can be difficult to navigate, so we’ve created a guide to help you stay healthy, motivated and productive during this time. Amid all of the economic and social changes that the coronavirus pandemic has caused globally, there has been a notable shift in the way that people work. In an effort to practice […]

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Nicoya receives over $290K in funding to develop a portable COVID-19 diagnostic test https://nicoyalife.com/blog/nicoya-covid-19-diagnostic-test-2/ Tue, 16 Jun 2020 02:19:27 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=14194 We’re developing a solution to make COVID-19 testing accessible to everyone. Many economies around the world are in the midst of planning for their reopening, after months of global shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many lessons that are being learned worldwide, frequent and widespread testing has been widely accepted as an effective […]

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Ways to Get Research Funding During COVID-19 https://nicoyalife.com/blog/research-funding-covid-19/ Thu, 14 May 2020 16:09:15 +0000 https://nicoyalife.com/?p=14128 In support of COVID-19, North American government agencies are funding research grant opportunities. Find which grant will work for your research. COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of being proactive when it comes to curbing the impact of widespread illness and disease. To find solutions to human diseases and fully understand how a virus exerts its […]

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