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Can AI Tools, $76M Lead BlackThorn to Targeted Psych Drugs?

It’s notoriously tough for experimental psychiatric drugs to succeed in clinical tests. BlackThorn Therapeutics wants to show that an AI-driven, precision approach can make it easier, and today it’s added another $76 million to get the chance to prove it. The new Series B round will give San Francisco-based BlackThorn—a startup spun out of the […]

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With Yale Tech and $12M, Artizan Aims for Root Cause of Gut Disease

A number of startups are targeting the gut microbiome as a way to potentially treat disease, but identifying specific microbes at the root of illness is a challenge. Although software that analyzes troves of biological data helps, the trillions of gut microbes make the research like looking for a needle in a haystack, says James […]

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Janssen Reaches $250M Deal for Rights to Arrowhead’s Hep B RNAi Drug

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals is licensing one of its drug candidates, a hepatitis B treatment, to a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson in a cash and stock deal valued at $250 million up front. The agreement announced Thursday comes one month after Pasadena, CA-based Arrowhead, which operates its laboratories in Madison, WI, reported encouraging early […]

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Care2Rock, Moneta, Yoshi, CipherLoc, Charles Schwab, & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news from Xconomy Texas. —Many businesses have used the Internet to pair buyers and sellers. Austin’s Care2Rock is doing that for music lessons. The social entrepreneurship startup uses WebRTC technology, which is open-source software that enables video chatting without having to download software like Skype, according to a […]

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Synthetic Bio Startup Senti Raises $53M to Program Cells to Treat Disease

Getting software to perform a new task is a matter of rewriting its code. This approach can also apply to biology, according to Tim Lu, CEO of Senti Biosciences. Tweaking a cell’s genetic code can give it therapeutic capabilities that adjust to the severity of a disease and also limit the treatment’s side effects. “This […]

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CertaDose, Preparing to Sell First Product, Adds $5M and J&J Grant

San Antonio — CertaDose, a medical device maker with a syringe that is meant to cut down errors when giving doses of drugs to children, has raised about $5 million in early stage funding and hopes to begin selling its first product this year. CertaDose also announced in December a grant from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, […]

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JLABS Takes Stock of Its Experiment in Life Sciences Innovation

What began as a kind of business experiment in innovation has acquired a life of its own. The idea in 2011 was to create a space at what was then Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical research and development facility in San Diego for an “innovation center,” a place where 18 to 20 life sciences startups could […]

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A4L Lands $25M for Imaging Tech that Reads Heart’s Electric Signals

Electricity regulates the beats of a healthy human heart, telling its chambers when to contract. Though the role of electrical signals in heartbeats is well understood, Analytics 4 Life says they can offer much more. The startup has closed $25 million in financing to test a medical device meant to read the heart’s electrical activity […]

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Harvey Roundup: JLabs, Silicon Labs, Co-Working Refuges, & More

[Updated: 9/1/17 1:59 pm. See below.] Houston—The waters are starting to recede from Tropical Storm Harvey, but the work to get Houston and southeast Texas back up to speed is only starting. To help with that, technology communities across Texas are offering aid in the form of free co-working space, discounted rides, a corps of volunteers, […]

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After 3-Year Partnership, DePuy Acquires TRS Scaffolding Technology

In 2014, Plymouth, MI-based biotech startup Tissue Regeneration Systems (TRS) began collaborating with DePuy Synthes Products, a company under the Johnson & Johnson umbrella making orthopedic products, such as the devices used in joint replacements. This week, DePuy formalized that relationship with the announcement that it has acquired TRS’s FDA-approved, 3D-printed scaffolding technology that enables […]

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