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This week’s Reviewer in the Spotlight is Alexandre Lucas, founder, and manager of the We-Met functional biochemistry platform that aims to provide the latest innovative technologies and technical support in functional biochemistry. An experienced researcher specializing in protein biochemistry, Alex tells us about the importance of science communication and reveals the lab equipment that has made all the difference in his work.
I am the founder and manager of the We-Met functional biochemistry platform, which I founded in 2015. We have a team of three people working in the field of protein biochemistry. We bring and develop various innovative technologies around western blotting, ELISAs, and metabolism. As a platform, we are working on many scientific domains such as cardiology, neurology, vascular, diabetes, cosmetics, and more recently, on COVID.
I had always been drawn to biology in school. It was only towards the end of my studies and after my first professional experience with Dr. Jérôme Basquin in structural biochemistry at EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany) that I turned to protein biochemistry. My passion for new technologies and biochemistry naturally led me to the creation of a technological facility at the service of the scientific community.
Scientific communication is essential, both between scientists but also towards the general public. Between scientists, it brings new ideas and debates that are essential to research. On a platform like ours, this communication is essential because it allows us to promote our new approaches and develop our techniques.
User feedback is essential for not only the equipment but also the methodology. The scientific opinion provides a solid basis and also allows for a constructive discussion on the different characteristics of a piece of equipment and the possible problems encountered. This can help create a network of users who can discuss the product and its applications.
My favorite piece of lab equipment is our automated western capillary device: Jess by ProteinSimple (Bio-Techne). It is a technology that has introduced a real technological leap to the western blotting method by making it more reproducible, faster and less expensive. Finally, it is a technology that is part of a more eco-responsible range because it consumes fewer chemicals.
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I would like to continue to develop new approaches to allow a better understanding and better analysis of proteins in various pathologies. Several projects have led us to carry out exciting and promising clinical studies for future treatments such as, for example, multiple sclerosis or COVID.
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