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Rice, UH Startups Pitch: Bedsores, Erectile Dysfunction & More

Houston—Not all of the startups that participate in a pitch day are actually viable companies. But, usually, each startup founder will take a place on stage extolling the virtues of their technologies, the unaddressed markets, and ask for mentors, industry connections, and money. Samantha Lewis, co-founder of SpecMobile, took a different tack. The Rice University […]

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Bio Roundup: Obamacare Persists, FDA Approves, Vertex Wows & More

The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act took a major hit this week from Senate GOP holdouts who said the Better Care Reconciliation Act either tore down Medicaid too much or left too much of the ACA in place. A straight-up repeal, floated by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, was also shot […]

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Merck Alzheimer Drug Is Latest To Fail In A Big Study

Another Alzheimer’s drug has failed a major test. Merck (NYSE: MRK) reported late Tuesday that its pill verubecestat was not helping people with significant Alzheimer’s symptoms. The drug maker announced that it halted its EPOCH study early because an oversight group said there was “virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect.” Verubecestat is […]

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Texas Roundup: HTC, Indigo, DEC, Rakesh Agrawal, Piko, & Top of 2016

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news from Texas. —The Houston Technology Center has tapped Lori Vetters, a longtime commercial banker and civic leader, to become its next CEO. Vetters takes over the 17-year-old incubator from Walter Ulrich, a business consultant who led the center for nearly a decade. During that time, the innovation […]

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Beyond Success: Failure’s Importance in Building Viable Startups

Houston—Entrepreneurs are a mobile bunch, quickly moving from one startup to another as opportunities play themselves out and others emerge. So in speaking to Houston entrepreneur Rakshak Talwar, I was struck by his answer to my question about what he’s doing with a new artificial intelligence startup he’s joined. “I can show them what not […]

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Recommended Read: Fishkin on What Went Wrong at Moz

When I profiled Moz and its co-founder Rand Fishkin a few years back, the story focused on the Seattle-based company’s “TAGFEE” culture—the first letter of which stands for “transparent.” Fishkin and his successor as CEO, Sarah Bird, have gone well beyond what most privately held tech companies do in that regard, regularly penning in-depth blog […]

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Five Questions For … Nick Kennedy, Founder of Dallas-Based Rise

Dallas — Texas is a far-flung state with metro-city populations that are about 200 miles away from each other. Because of that, tech innovation circles tend to largely stay amongst themselves, with the occasional meetup at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin. As a way for people around the state to get to know each […]

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West Coast Bio Roundup: Google/Insel, SeaGen, Avalon, Alector & More

It’s not specific to the West Coast, but anyone who needs to catch up on the week’s events should read the British Medical Journal’s re-analysis of a long-criticized study, dubbed Study 329, of the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil) in an adolescent population. It took place in the 1990s, run by SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Paroxetine was […]

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Failure:Lab Offers Empowerment Through Personal Tales of Woe

Failure: We’ve all experienced it, and, in the startup world, failure is often seen as a necessary step on the path to success. But if it’s such a universal experience, why are we so reluctant to talk about it? Wouldn’t we all feel a little better if we knew our friends and neighbors struggle just […]

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West Coast Biotech Roundup: Gilead/AbbVie, Juno, Auspex, Bina & More

It was a very good year for the Bay Area’s Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD), which saw its new hepatitis C treatments— sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and Harvoni (a combination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir)—make big inroads and help cure patients, even as the price tag of the drugs raised ire. Hackles were up not just among longtime industry watchdogs like […]

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