Bris­tol My­ers blasts off with SpaceX to study bio­man­u­fac­tur­ing in space

The launch of SpaceX’s Drag­on space­craft from Cape Canaver­al last night had more on board than just sup­plies for the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. It al­so con­tained re­search ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing some from Bris­tol My­ers Squibb.

BMS’ project to study the crys­tal­liza­tion of bio­ther­a­peu­tic com­pounds in mi­cro­grav­i­ty is one of about 20 re­search projects on board, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion Na­tion­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry. The BMS re­search will in­ves­ti­gate how the crys­tal­liza­tion process could im­prove bio­man­u­fac­tur­ing and even­tu­al­ly pro­vide de­liv­ery of high­er dos­es of pro­teins.

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