One of our key tenets at Xconomy is to provide a deeper treatment of the most important or telling news of the day, month, or year. To that end, we like to look back on our top stories of the quarter and remind you of some of the headlines.
A lot happened in technology and life sciences in the first quarter of 2015. In fact, there’s so much going on, we don’t try to cover it all. But in each story I’ve picked below, we strive to give readers something they couldn’t get elsewhere—historical or market context, exclusive access, a unique perspective on strategy, or the broader implications for technology, business, or society.
The stories span the efforts of startups, big companies, universities, and venture capital firms, across the fields of software, hardware, life sciences, and energy. At their core, they speak to the successes and struggles of people and institutions trying to compete in business. And together, they provide a snapshot of local innovation for a global audience.
The main themes: Therapies for the brain and mental health are on the rise; private companies are raising huge growth-funding rounds; Big Pharma continues to make deals with biotech startups; and the biggest tech companies in the world are hiring locally.
Here are Xconomy Boston’s top 20 stories of the first quarter, in reverse chronological order:
The Web giant’s local site lead is recruiting recent grads to come to Boston.
A story full of twists, turns, and life-and-death results.
Progress in solving one of the great medical problems of our era.
Mixing apps and virtual reality with drugs to treat the brain.
Another billion-dollar tech valuation comes to Massachusetts.
What does the intelligence community want from this Harvard spinout?
Autism is the target of an increasing number of startups and R&D projects.
Employers can measure their employees’ behavior; what will they do with it?
A scoop on a quiet drug effort from one of Boston’s anchor tenants.
A non-compete dispute gets ugly—and Apple is working on cars?
A young startup taps into the emerging market for music-based rehabilitation.
Where AI is showing up now: job searches, marketplaces, and virtual assistants.
The founding head of the Harvard Innovation Lab goes west.
Remember that first blizzard, pre-Super Bowl? Feels like 5 years ago.
Startup bucks the traditional biotech model, tries to shake up drug discovery.
Biggest tech company in the world expands in Kendall Square, but won’t talk.
Interesting Big Pharma-startup partnership in a season full of them.
Billion-dollar deal in cancer diagnostics and treatment, based locally.
How to get profitable without VC money: don’t give anything away.
Biggest funding in history of private biotech companies; keep an eye on this one.