DIYBio is a hot term these days, as more so-called citizen scientists gain access to biotechnology tools and “biohacker” lab spaces. But how about DIY drug discovery? Independent scientist Ethan Perlstein is trying to prove it’s possible.
After a year bootstrapping... Read more »
Summer in Seattle is usually a joyous season, but with the big West Coast news this week, a gloom more typical of the city’s winter months settled over the biotech community. Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) said it would shut down its... Read more »
There’s a certain irony that in a time when smartphones can tell who we are by scanning our fingerprints or taking a picture of our face, we still rely on usernames and passwords—a strategy developed in the age of the mainframe—to... Read more »
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals placed a bet on Avalanche Biotechnologies earlier this year with a wide-ranging partnership. Now, it appears public investors are jumping on the Menlo Park, CA-based company’s bandwagon too.
Avalanche, which is developing gene therapies for severe eye diseases,... Read more »
Human Longevity, the San Diego startup founded by human genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, says it has recruited Franz Och, a 42-year-old expert in machine learning and language translation, to develop new ways to rapidly interpret raw genomic and proteomic data.... Read more »
Traditionally, batteries have had few uses in commercial buildings. But a handful of companies are reinventing batteries, making them connected devices that can cut utility bills without an upfront investment.
Santa Clara, CA-based Green Charge Networks said Tuesday it has raised... Read more »
Airware is a drone company that won’t be selling any drones. And it’s not alone: as the emerging market for commercial drones takes shape, a number of startups plan to earn profits by developing software and services for unmanned air vehicles... Read more »
Bloom Energy has found a surprising financial partner—utility Exelon—to fund installation of its walk-in freezer-size fuel cells.
The Sunnyvale, CA-based company said on Tuesday that Chicago-based Exelon will provide financing for Bloom’s generators, called “energy servers,” at commercial sites such as... Read more »
The other day, I found a video on the website of the Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit foundation. It was part of an HBO documentary series produced a few years ago by Maria Shriver to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease.
The... Read more »
Online real estate marketplace Zillow made good on the rumors today, announcing the $3.5 billion all-stock purchase of its major rival, San Francisco-based Trulia.
The news was mostly sunshine and synergy in the corporate announcement and New York Times coverage... Read more »