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AACR 2019 Roundup: Notes from a Weekend of Early Stage Cancer Results

[Editor’s note: Alex Lash co-authored this report] The American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting is wrapping up in Atlanta today. The conference typically focuses on early research and clinical work, not the big trials that can change the way doctors practice medicine and that compete for headline space at conferences like the American Society […]

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What Sean Parker Shares with Einstein and the Labradoodle’s Inventor

Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, just joined a group that’s a favorite topic of history listicles: He’s an innovator who has become abashed by the breakthrough he helped to create. Parker, in an interview with Axios on Wednesday, said Facebook’s founders consciously exploited “a vulnerability in human psychology,” by luring users into an addictive engagement […]

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Bio Roundup: Nobel Pursuit, Fundraising Fruit, A Rhythmic IPO & More

The 2017 Nobel Prizes with a biomedical bent were announced this week. Three researchers shared the physiology and medicine prize for their work shining light on the circadian rhythms that govern the wake-and-sleep cycles of all organisms. That basic research is working its way into applications such as drugs that help regulate our body clocks. […]

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Biotech Roundup: CRISPR’s 1st Trial, IPO Insiders, Zika & More

It’s a week for the history books. The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last night, triggering worldwide financial fears and, perhaps, a breakup of the U.K. itself. Closer to home, Cleveland (pictured) celebrated LeBron James & the Cavaliers’ historic comeback that brought the city its first sports title in over 50 years. […]

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Federal Oversight Group Has Complaints But Says Yes To CRISPR Trial

[Updated, 6/21/16, 5:40pm. See below.] Despite worries about conflict of interest, a National Institutes of Health committee that oversees the use of gene therapy and other cutting edge biomedical technologies voted today to let researchers move ahead with a landmark clinical trial. Depending on timing, it could be the first to use the gene editing […]

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West Coast Biotech Roundup: Theranos, Medivation, Juno, and More

Sean Parker, who made billions of dollars investing in Napster and Facebook, hosted a big party this week with Lady Gaga, John Legend, and a lot of movie stars. Oh, and Parker pledged $250 million to create a cancer immunotherapy center in his own name that will coordinate research between six academic centers spread across […]

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LinkedIn: The Missing Manual Worth Reading

I picked up The Start-up of You, the new book published this week by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and journalist-entrepreneur Ben Casnocha, with some trepidation. I feared that the title was intended literally—that this would be one of those dreary business books that spends seven chapters twisting reality to fit its gimmicky metaphor. (I’ve got […]

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Terry Cross: Michigan Needs to Break Down Its Proverbial Silos

It’s Oscar weekend folks! Come Sunday, we’ll know if a stammering King outshines a boozy U.S. Marshal or whether a crazy ballerina edges out a lesbian mother. God, I love the movies! But one actor won’t be taking home any hardware because…well, he wasn’t nominated. And that’s a damn shame because he was really good, […]

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$9M for Causes

Causes, the Berkeley, CA-based philanthropy startup co-founded by former Facebook executive Sean Parker, said this week that it has raised $9 million in new funding. The mezzanine round was led by Menlo Park’s New Enterprise Associates and included angel and super-angel investors Marc Benioff, Ron Conway, Karl Jacob, Dustin Moskovitz, Keith Rabois, and Founders Fund. […]

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Twitter Plea Helps Baydin Get Seed Money from Angel Investor Dave McClure; Startup Moving to the Valley Next Month

So an entrepreneur helps out a prominent angel investor when the latter needs a ride, and gets a seed investment as a result. It sounds like something you might see in a movie. But it’s a reality for Baydin, an e-mail technology startup out of Boston (but soon to be based in the San Francisco […]

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