How bullish are big drugmakers on cancer immunotherapy these days? Take a read from the deal Novartis announced today with Berkeley, CA-based Aduro Biotech, which is getting a nine-figure check from the Swiss drug giant for an immunotherapy approach that... Read more »
[Updated 3/30/15, 12:25 p.m. See below.] The ease and prevalence of online shopping can make it hard for many consumers to see physical stores as anything other than show rooms.
One Austin, TX, company, eyeQ, is attempting to... Read more »
Given the bevy of food delivery apps available on the market, including DoorDash and the $40 million Series B it announced yesterday, it begs a question: Who’s going to make the app to help you decide which delivery service to choose?... Read more »
Peter Diamandis is, I think it’s fair to say, an optimist.
After all, how many other space-obsessed kids ended up founding an International Space University? Or inaugurated an XPRIZE, to inspire a new generation of passenger spacecrafts?
But Diamandis’s current obsession... Read more »
The big news this week is that Ignition Partners, an active investor in business-focused startups, is gearing up for another venture fund that could come in at $200 million. We’re also tracking a new investment in Lighter Capital, WISErg’s Series B,... Read more »
Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, led the group of 18 scientists who published a letter last week in Science magazine calling for urgent discussions on efforts to change the DNA of sperm, eggs, and embryos—known collectively as the... Read more »
Three bits of funding news from Colorado-based startups:
Impact fund backs Schoolrunner: Schoolrunner, a three-year-old edtech startup in Denver that claims its software delivers “moneyball for schools,” closed a $1.5 million seed round with an investment from the Colorado Impact... Read more »
I hear and see a lot of startup ideas, but few have impressed me like Arborlight’s LightWell indoor lighting product. Imagine very real-seeming daylight illuminating the center of a windowless office building, as if a skylight and clear weather were... Read more »
[Updated, 3/30/15, 8:20 am ET, see below] For those looking to get away from the broader biotech indices’ plummet this week (the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NASDAQ: IBB) fell 7 percent), we’ve got your comfort food here: a feature... Read more »