Diagnostic smartphone apps are proliferating. No, these apps don't somehow turn the phone into a needle for drawing blood; instead they monitor stuff we take for granted, like talking or the movement of our eyes.
Proponents of DNA printing have heralded it as a way to do everything from bringing alien life back from Mars to delivering vaccines in the event of a pandemic. And the technology has attracted GlaxoSmithKline and Roche, both of which have taken an interest in Cambrian Genomics.
BioNano Genomics has restocked its coffers to fund an assault on the genome analysis sector. The San Diego, CA-based genome mapping firm raised a $53 million war chest from Novartis' venture fund and other investors to accelerate uptake of its Irys DNA analysis device and accompanying software.
Amid growing demand for portable, low-cost diagnostics, Indian startup Swasthya Slate is developing a device that could help reduce costs and improve outcomes for patients in developing countries.
Boston Scientific's Synergy bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stent is on track for FDA approval after the successful Evolve II clinical trial, experts said, citing data released yesterday at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.
With a brand-new $156 million Gates Foundation grant in hand, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative has signed on Switzerland-based Mymetics to develop and produce virosome-based vaccine formulations for a malaria transmission-blocking vaccine candidate.
As the diagnostics industry explores innovative ways to monitor and contain bacterial infections, Illumina is joining forces with French diagnostic outfit bioMérieux to develop a next-generation sequencing system that can identify infectious bacteria in service labs and hospitals.
Investors shouldn't expect any major change in the R&D game plan set up by the recently departed CEO Chris Viehbacher. Sanofi says it will stay committed to Viehbacher's "open innovation" strategy, relying heavily on partners like Regeneron to produce next-gen drugs needed to keep up its revenue.
Federal regulators are proposing a rule that would require makers of drugs and medical devices to publicize the results of thousands of clinical trials, regardless of whether they succeed, part of a global move toward transparency in R&D.
Amid growing efforts to quell the deadly Ebola outbreak, diagnostic giant Illumina is teaming up with U.S. government officials and Broad Institute researchers to help scientists in West Africa track the virus in real time and develop new tools to prevent its spread.