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Bio Roundup: Merger Drama, FDA Trauma, Big IPOs, CRISPR Fights & More

It was a busy week. If we had to choose a theme, it was all about getting together. Two huge drug companies, AbbVie and Allergan, said they’d be better as one. Two more huge drug companies, Celgene and Bristol-Myers Squibb, learned they would have to leave a big product behind if they want to merge. […]

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Can AI Startups Compete with Tech Giants?

If you happen to be a world-famous futurist, inventor, and entrepreneur, what would compel you to take a corporate job? That was one of the questions that I discussed with Ray Kurzweil recently at Synergy Global Forum in New York. Kurzweil was among a large group of luminaries who shared their ideas on innovation and […]

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Five Questions For … AT&T Connected Health Foundry Chief Nadia Morris

Houston—For Nadia Morris, the key is balance. An artist by temperament, she has successfully pursued a more technical career as a software engineer. (One measure? Morris has more than 20 patents in network security and mobile app development.) As the head of innovation at AT&T’s Connected Health Foundry at the Texas Medical Center, Morris is […]

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Milestones of Innovation 5: Stephanie Kwolek and Kevlar

Let’s hear it for Stephanie Kwolek, a determined, observant, and playful chemist who died last year at the age of 90. She is the inventor-heroine of an artificial fiber stronger than steel called kevlar, which has saved thousands of soldiers and policemen from fatal bullet wounds and is used in everything from cellphones to skis. […]

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Crowd Deluges San Diego’s First Mini Maker Faire: An Xconomy Slideshow

Organizers of the San Diego Mini Maker Faire were unsure what kind of a turnout they would get for the city’s first day-long festival of invention, held Saturday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds just north of San Diego. By Friday, only about 300 people had registered online and organizers fretted that they might not get […]

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Gates Backs Intellectual Ventures Spinout: Antenna Maker Kymeta

Updated 11:20 am, see final paragraph Intellectual Ventures, the patent-licensing firm headed by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, has spun out a new company that promises to make fast broadband Internet available almost anywhere. The new company, named Kymeta, is the second to emerge from Intellectual Ventures. It debuts amid continued criticism that Intellectual […]

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From MIT Entrepreneur to Tea Party Leader: The Thomas Massie Story

Buried in the news of the past month, which was admittedly a busy one, was a press release headlined: “Geomagic Acquires Sensable 3D Design and Haptics Businesses.” As far as I can tell, no media outlets besides Xconomy picked up on this deal or its historical—and now, political—significance. Woe is them. That’s because “Sensable” would […]

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Nathan Myhrvold: Patent Wars “Vindication” for Intellectual Ventures

The mobile computing revolution and the latest waves of big consumer Web companies have put more muscle behind the patent wars in technology—from Steve Jobs declaring he would spend Apple dry to kill Android, to Yahoo reprising its role as IPO-eve litigant by hitting Facebook with a lawsuit. It’s surely made money for lots of […]

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Microsoft’s Future Factory Shows Off its Latest Ideas

In Rick Rashid’s eyes, the biggest reason to have a huge corporate research division isn’t to feed a conveyer belt with fancy new products. Instead, the head of Microsoft Research says, basic research serves as more of an insurance policy, something to keep a company alive in a constantly evolving industry. “We’re really here to […]

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Entrepreneurial Walk of Fame Looking Real-September 16 Launch Targeted

It’s an idea people love the instant they hear it: movies stars have their Walk of Fame out in Hollywood, so entrepreneurs should have one, too—and what better place than right here in Kendall Square, the most fertile, concentrated ground for entrepreneurship in the world? Last August, Xconomy was first to report on the idea […]

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