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NIH/NSF Funded Start-Ups Highlighted at #BIO2014

Posted by Jill Roughan June 26th, 2014 .
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Traditionally, BIO has been focused on bringing well-established biotech and pharma companies together.  This year, the organizers wanted to shake things up abit and allow NIH/NSF funded SBIR companies, some of which have zero revenue, to showcase their business and have an opportunity to talk with investors and C-level execs about their work and vision for the future.   This all occurred at the INNOVATION Zone in the Exhibitor Hall throughout the conference. There were more than 50 companies presenting with a focus on drug discovery, diagnostics, biofuels and many other platform technologies.

Image 1: Innovation Zone at @BioConvention Exhibitor Hall

Image 1: Innovation Zone at @BioConvention Exhibitor Hall

There’s still time to meet with the companies.  Below are some highlights to give you a taste of the cutting-edge technology that was presented:

PhylloTech developed a method to produce large amounts of protein from tobocca plants that is not only cost efficient but environmentally safe compared to traditional methods.  

Privo Technologies developed a topical wafer for the treatment of oral cancer.

Humanetics developed an oral suspension pill that patients can take to protect them from the harmful effects of radiation therapy and diagnostic procedures.

Kiyatec developed a 3-D cell-based phenotypic models of cancer to allow for better testing of therapeutics targets.

Novasentis developed the world’s first digitally controlled catheter.

CytoVale developed a rapid label-free diagnostic platform to clinically validate hundreds of patient samples with 85% sensitivity and specificity.

Sharklet developed the worlds first texture designed to inhibit bacterial contamination.  This is predominantly useful for tubing sets used in hospital settings where bacterial infections contribute to 10,000 deaths a year.

Phi Optics developed a label-free, non-invasive quantitative live cell imagining.

Image 2: Daniel Pfaff (left) and Danielle M. Stacy, PhD (right) present their company, PhylloTech, at #BIO2014 Innovation Zone.

Image 2: Daniel Pfaff (left) and Danielle M. Stacy, PhD (right) present their company, PhylloTech, at #BIO2014 Innovation Zone.

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Future of Cancer Therapeutics: #BIO2014

Posted by Sandeep Pingle June 25th, 2014 .
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It has been four decades since the initiation of President Nixon’s “War on Cancer”, but never have the signs for victory looked so encouraging. This is an exciting phase in cancer research, so much so that some in the field are even using the “c” word. Cure!

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Bioethics in Drug Development: BIO2014

Posted by Sandeep Pingle June 24th, 2014 .
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Consider a case where a patient has a disease with high mortality and no effective treatment available. A new experimental drug is now being tested in a clinical trial. However, this is a randomized clinical trial, which means that it will have a treatment group and a placebo group (that does not get the actual drug).

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Bioethics of Compassionate Use of Drugs: BIO2014

Posted by Sandeep Pingle June 24th, 2014 .
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BIO2014 begins! The much-awaited 2014 BIO International Convention kicked off with a day of special sessions on Monday, June 23rd, 2014.

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#BIO2014 Opening Reception: What A Night!

Posted by Roberta Alexander June 24th, 2014 .
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BIO 2104 is finally here in San Diego! Today was the first day of the convention, and the day ended with a fabulous Opening Reception on the USS Midway. The Midway is one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in the United States Navy and operated from September 1945, just after World War II ended, until 1992, when it was decommissioned and docked in the San Diego bay. The aircraft carrier certainly deserves a visit, but a party of this kind should really not be missed. The party, sponsored by the State of Georgia, was truly amazing. Once BIO attendees got to the Midway, either walking along the bay, like I did, or with one of the shuttles from their hotels, they could have not wished anything more. The party started with a band playing, even before guests entered the ship. But the real party was on the main deck of the aircraft carrier with its 29 restored aircrafts and beautiful views of the bay and of the city. Bartenders were happy to serve you anything you asked for, and many food stations on the deck of the carrier served delicious food. From pasta and breadsticks, to barbeque and macaroni and cheese, to salmon and roasted vegetables, to cookies and donuts, the food was delicious. But nice food and free flowing drinks are almost to be expected at a reception. What was unique on the Midway was the entertainment. BIO attendees were graced by bands playing and by talented dancers in costumes from the 1950s swing dancing on the stage. The acrobats were fantastic; dressed in military attire, they were jumping and jumping, and my jaw dropped a few times watching their show. At around 9 pm, spectacular fireworks concluded this amazing party and, regrettably, people started to hop the shuttles back to their hotels, thinking of what a great time they had on their first day in America’s finest city.

Image 1. A band of sailors welcomes the attendees as they arrive at the USS Midway

Image 1. A band of sailors welcomes the attendees as they arrive at the USS Midway

Image 2. Guests and servers on the main deck.

Image 2. Guests and servers on the main deck.

Image 3. A group of performers dressed to honor Rosie the Riveter.

Image 3. A group of performers dressed to honor Rosie the Riveter.

Image 4. Singing and swing dancing the night away!

Image 4. Singing and swing dancing the night away.

Image 5. The acrobats: what a show!

Image 5. The acrobats: what a show!

Image 5. Last but not least, the fireworks!

Image 5. Last but not least, the fireworks!

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