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Aspyrian Therapeutics Raises $8.5M for New Tumor Immunotherapy

January 26, 2015 – 11:25 pm | Edit Post
Aspyrian Therapeutics Raises $8.5M for New Tumor Immunotherapy

San Diego-based Aspyrian Therapeutics, founded in 2010 to advance technology that uses near-infrared light to activate an immune response targeting certain types of tumors, has raised almost $8.5…

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Innovation Outlook for 2015: Tackling Big Data Variety

January 26, 2015 – 9:16 am | Edit Post
Innovation Outlook for 2015: Tackling Big Data Variety

In 2015, look for the innovation community to be talking about Big Data Variety: the problem, how to fix it, how to make money off of it. Companies have invested roughly $3-4 trillion on enterprise…

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From Yeast, Yumanity Looks to Give Rise to Critical Neuro Drugs

January 26, 2015 – 1:30 am | Edit Post
From Yeast, Yumanity Looks to Give Rise to Critical Neuro Drugs

Two weeks ago, in a sixth-floor room in San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Market Street, Tony Coles, Susan Lindquist, and Kenneth Rhodes met with one financier after another in a…

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West Coast Biotech Roundup: Zymeworks, Lee Hood, Sue Biggins, Nektar

January 22, 2015 – 1:48 pm | Edit Post
West Coast Biotech Roundup: Zymeworks, Lee Hood, Sue Biggins, Nektar

The news flow has been slow since the end of this year’s J.P. Morgan madness. The week in life sciences was dominated by President Obama’s call for a national precision medicine…

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Two Generations of Geneticists, Two “Precision Medicine” Wish Lists

January 21, 2015 – 3:04 pm | Edit Post
Two Generations of Geneticists, Two “Precision Medicine” Wish Lists

In late 2012, President Obama awarded Leroy “Lee” Hood the National Medal of Science for a lifetime of achievements, including the invention of machines that made the historic Human…

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Alnylam CEO: More Cash in Hand Is to Fuel Expansion From Within

January 21, 2015 – 12:03 pm | Edit Post
Alnylam CEO: More Cash in Hand Is to Fuel Expansion From Within

Biotechs keep cashing in. The latest is Cambridge, MA-based Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY), which is entering the most critical juncture in its 13-year history as it tries to enter the…

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Crowdfunding is Banging on Biotech’s Door. Will We Let It In?

January 21, 2015 – 4:30 am | Edit Post
Crowdfunding is Banging on Biotech’s Door. Will We Let It In?

In the summer of 2013, the medical device startup Scanadu made headlines around the world when Scout, its handheld medical diagnostic tool for consumers, raked in an astounding $1.6 million on the…

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Crowdfunding is Banging on Biotech’s Door. Will We Let It In?

January 21, 2015 – 4:30 am | Edit Post
Crowdfunding is Banging on Biotech’s Door. Will We Let It In?

In the summer of 2013, the medical device startup Scanadu made headlines around the world when Scout, its handheld medical diagnostic tool for consumers, raked in an astounding $1.6 million on the…

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What President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative Might Include

January 21, 2015 – 2:04 am | Edit Post
What President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative Might Include

In case you missed it, President Obama used his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to call for a national “precision medicine” initiative. But, as often happens in these Halloween…

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In the Jiu-Jitsu Match of Biotech Risk, a Reminder of Other Paths

January 20, 2015 – 4:07 pm | Edit Post
In the Jiu-Jitsu Match of Biotech Risk, a Reminder of Other Paths

Risk makes for great headlines. I’m guilty as charged. My first column for Xconomy questioned whether biotech venture capitalists were losing relevance, running away from risk in an inherently…

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