City Council member, UPMC talking community benefits agreement
UPMC went before the Pittsburgh City Council seeking a change to the institutional master plan that would allow it to build the specialty hospital there. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Meet the tech company trying to improve treatment of autism and other childhood brain disorders
The Redwood City company's software takes a wider look, tapping a variety of sources including real-time sensor data, to try to map out treatments for neurological disorders. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Maryland reinstates suspended medical marijuana business after judge's ruling
A Dorchester County medical marijuana company that had its preliminary business suspended in 2016 is getting a second chance to do business in Maryland. MaryMed LLC was among the 15 companies that received pre-approval from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in 2016 to open up a marijuana growing business in the state. The company also won pre-approval to host cannabis processing and dispensing operations. But those pre-approved licenses wer e denied, as the majority owner of MaryMed faced… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Doggone it: Wedgewood Pharmacy acquires Arizona competitor
The combined animal health compounding company will have more than 500 employees, and serve 40,000 prescribers and hundreds of thousands of animal-owners. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Highmark, PNC recognized among 'best places to work for disability inclusion'
The Disability Equality Index report released earlier this month listed Pittsburgh-based companies Highmark Health and PNC Financial Services Group as two of the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”  The index, a joint enterprise between American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network, recognized 126 companies for “truly prioritizing the inclusion of people with disabilities.” Two key components the index considers are the placement… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anna Ayers Source Type: news

SSM names new chief operations officer
SSM Health has named Steve Smoot as chief operations officer, effective Monday. Smoot, who succeeds former COO Chris Howard, will oversee all of SSM Health’s hospital, medical group, and other major business operations in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, health system officials said Tuesday in a release. In his 20 years working in the health care industry, Smoo t has had experience with operational transformation, physician partnership, philanthropy and community service. His most… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Outpatient surgical facilities
These Birmingham medical facilities performed the most outpatient surgeries during 2017, according to information gathered from facility representatives and BBJ records. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
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Methodist expanding ambulatory surgery hospital as demand rises
Hospital officials are keeping a close eye on the need for additional space. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Advocate Aurora Health plans $950 million refinancing
Advocate Aurora Health Care plans to consolidate and refinance $950 million in Aurora Health Care debt for its Wisconsin properties. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Miromatrix lands $15.7M for organ-growing tech
Miromatrix Medical Inc., a biotech company whose long-term goal is to grow human organs using a patient ’s own cells, has closed on a $15.7 million round of funding. Participating investors include a multibillion-dollar health care company that Miromatrix CEO Jeff Ross declined to name.  Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix plans to put the capital partly toward further development and testing of its te chnology, which was first developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The company strips… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Miromatrix lands $15.7M for organ-growing tech
Miromatrix Medical Inc., a biotech company whose long-term goal is to grow human organs using a patient ’s own cells, has closed on a $15.7 million round of funding. Participating investors include a multibillion-dollar health care company that Miromatrix CEO Jeff Ross declined to name.  Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix plans to put the capital partly toward further development and testing of its te chnology, which was first developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The company strips… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Children ’s of Alabama providing telephone-based mental health education
Children ’s Hospital of Alabama has opened a Psychiatric Intake Response Center to help patients and providers navigate the mental health care system.  The PIRC, which was created in conjunction with the Anne B. LaRussa Foundation of Hope, has therapists on staff that asses risk factors and answer questi ons about mental health concerns. They also provide community resource information and safety planning for future crises.  The PIRC, located in Birmingham's Children’s Emergency Department,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

3D-printed corneas could save millions ’ vision
Photo by Victor Freitas on Unsplash British scientists have 3D printed the first human corneas, yielding a potential fix to the worldwide shortage of corneas for implantation.  The Newcastle University researchers created a bio-ink using stem cells from a healthy donor cornea mixed with alginate and collagen. They used a simple, low-cost 3D bio-printer to extrude the bio-ink in concentric circles to form the shape of a human cornea. It took less than 10 minutes to print. The proof-of-concept research was published in May in Experimental Eye Research. “Many teams across the world have been ...
Source: Mass Device - July 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Biotech Blog Optical/Ophthalmic Research & Development Transplants Fight for Sight Newcastle University Source Type: news

This is why Chinese tech giant Tencent is interested in RTP bioscience firm
Ties to Chinese technology giant Tencent and San Francisco-based venture capital firm ARTIS Ventures are propelling Locus Biosciences to the next level.   Research Triangle Park-based Locus caught the attention of Tencent and ARTIS last year – that is, when it came to substantial investments from both companies.  Last summer, Locus secured a $5 million convertible note, with Tencent Holdings leading the financing round that also included the N.C. Biotechnology Center. And later in the year,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Sure, these corporate workforces make the big bucks, but do they deserve it?
Quite often, a CEO will say a company ’s greatest asset is the people that work there, either as a point of pride or a way to motivate the troops. So much hay has been made about how much companies need to pay to lure workers and keep them in the corporate fold amid the expensive environs of San Francisco. And a lot has been written recently about the median pay of tech workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s because of a new federal law this year that requires public companies to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Patrick Chu Source Type: news

This San Francisco entrepreneur wants to create the Craigslist for home care
Startup Kindly Care is using its $5.4 million Series A funding round to kick start a national expansion of its marketplace. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kevin Truong Source Type: news

All that sharing on social media could jack up your health insurance rates
Data brokers and the health insurance industry have teamed up to consume personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans — with little public scrutiny. They are tracking race, education, TV habits, marital status, social media activity, bills and online ordering, among others. Then they feed it into algorithms that generate predictions about health, NPR reports. Those assessments could raise your rates, NPR report s, though insurers argue that they use the data to uncover health issues… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
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TriHealth, St. Elizabeth partner on health insurance plans
TriHealth and St. Elizabeth HealthCare are partnering with Mutual of Omaha and Lumeris to launch new Medicare Advantage health insurance plans for seniors in Greater Cincinnati. The new offering will be available for the 2019 plan year. Medicare is a federal health insurance program. Seniors can get such benefits through the government or Medicare Advantage plans offered by private companies approved by the federal agency, which pays the companies. Sometimes called MA pl ans, Medicare Advantage… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

UnitedHealth matches earnings target, raises outlook
UnitedHealth Group Inc. lifted its earnings outlook for the year after beating Wall Street expectations for the second quarter.   Reuters has an early report on the Minnetonka-based insurer's numbers: The company earned $2.92 billion, or $2.98 a share, in the second quarter, up from $2.28 billion, or $2.32 a share, in the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings were $3.14 per share, above the $3.04 estimate from analysts . Revenue rose 12 percent to $56.1 billion, roughly in line with estimates. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

New Clearwater CEO says this year is about innovation
Steve Cagle took over as CEO of Clearwater Compliance in May after the retirement of Bob Chaput. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Clinics prescribe too many antibiotics, study finds
Urgent care centers and retail clinics are five times more likely to prescribe antibiotics during a visit than medical offices and nearly half of prescriptions at urgent care are given to patients that don ’t need them, a new study found. The research, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Utah and The Pew Charitable Trusts and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that almost half of patients - 45.7 percent - seeking treatment for upper… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Activists plan to march to UPMC public hearing
Advocates against UPMC's plans to build three specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh over the next five years are planning to march Tuesday to the City Council hearing about one part of the plan at UPMC Mercy. The City Council scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday a hearing into a change in the master plan at UPMC Mercy for a new Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital, one of the three hospitals UPMC wants to build. Activists said they will hold a news conference and then march from UPMC headquarters at the US Steel … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Moderna's $110M Norwood site built with expansion hopes
Biotech unicorn Moderna Therapeutics is already planning for the future, though company officials admit their efforts to steer human cells to create disease-fighting proteins is still in the early clinical stages. The Cambridge-based company on Tuesday opened its new 200,000-square-foot Norwood site, where manufacturing, preclinical and clinical work will be conducted. The Upland Road site includes an additional 13 acres on which Moderna could essentially double its footprint, setting the stage… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

World-renowned husband and wife team join local transplant org
In less than a month, the UT/Methodist Transplant Institute has added two highly regarded professionals in the transplant field. The Transplant Institute named Dr. Daniel Maluf as surgical director of liver transplantation. He will also be a professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and director of live donor transplantation for the institute. “He is internationally known for hi s work in live donor liver transplantation, as well as his research in genomics,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Meet the tech company trying to improve treatment of autism and other childhood brain disorders
The Redwood City company's software takes a wider look, tapping a variety of sources including real-time sensor data, to try to map out treatments for neurological disorders. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

LabCorp discovers 'suspicious activity' on IT server over weekend
Burlington-based LabCorp (NYSE:LH) says it detected suspicious activity on its information technology network over the weekend. On Monday, the bio-tech giant said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that officials "immediately took certain systems offline as part of its comprehensive response to contain the activity." "This temporarily affected test processing and customer access to test results on or over the weekend. Work has been ongoing to restore full system functionality… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Margaret Moffett Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare awards $2 million to Arizona nonprofits
This latest round of grants is in addition to the more than $2 million the United Health Foundation has committed in philanthropic grants in Arizona since 2015. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Pfizer begins late-stage testing of Spark's hemophilia B gene therapy
Pfizer Inc. said Monday it has started late-stage clinical testing of an experimental gene therapy treatment, originally developed by Spark Therapeutics in Philadelphia, for patients with hemophilia B. The transfer of the gene therapy program to Pfizer from Spark is now complete, the companies said. Under the terms of a product license agreement signed in December 2014, Pfizer has now assumed sole responsibility for all subsequent pivotal studies, all regulatory activities, manufacturing and gl obal… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

UAB researchers make big discovery on diabetes research
Researchers at the UAB ’s comprehensive Diabetes Center have discovered a safe and effective therapy to reduce insulin requirements and hypoglycemic episodes in adult subjects with recent onset Type 1 diabetes by promoting the patient’s own beta cell function and insulin production – the first such discovery to targ et diabetes in this way.  The findings reveal that regular oral application of verapamil, a common blood pressure medication, also enabled patients to produce higher levels of their… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

First Coast's fastest growing companies of 2018 - The HCI Group
The HCI Group has become a regular amongst Jacksonville's fastest-growing companies, making its fifth consecutive appearance on the Fast 50 list. That growth isn't slowing anytime soon, according to CEO Ricky Caplin. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Will Robinson Source Type: news

Suburban rehabilitation hospital acquired for $27 million
Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital in Kyle has been purchased by The Sanders Trust LLC, a health care real estate investment company based in Birmingham, Ala., for $27 million. The two-story, 54,400-square-foot hospital is leased by a joint venture between Post Acute Medical, Seton Healthcare Family and Medcore Partners. It has 40 beds and is located at 5980 Kyle Pkwy., about 20 miles south of Austin. In addition to medical rehabilitation management, the hospital prov ides physical therapy,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Birmingham Business News staff Source Type: news

EvergreenHealth names replacement for retiring CEO Bob Malte
Dr. Amy Beiter is moving from Arizona and will start at EvergreenHealth on August 22. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Coral Garnick Source Type: news

Nashville health-tech company buys data-analytics firm, changes name
Post-acute care relationship-management firm PlayMaker Health, formerly PlayMaker CRM, is beefing up its data-analytics technology. PlayMaker, which has 53 Nashville-area employees, announced Monday it has purchased Charlotte-based ViaDirect Solutions, according to a news release. Terms were not disclosed. ViaDirect provides market intelligence and data analytics in the post-acute health care industry. ViaDirect principal Joh n Kiehl will join PlayMaker as head of its data-analytics strategy, while… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Vienna biotech Cel-Sci faces delisting threat on heels of lawsuit win
Key story highlights: Cel-Sci Corp. has received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange that its stock could be delisted if it fails to meet the exchange's requirements. The Vienna biotech must submit a plan by Aug. 13 to maintain its listing — and must regain compliance by Jan. 14, 2019. The company reported shar eholder equity of less than $6 million and net losses in its five most recent fiscal years, with total market capitalization falling below $50 million. Cel-Sci Corp. said it has… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Vienna biotech Cel-Sci faces delisting threat on heels of lawsuit win
Key story highlights: Cel-Sci Corp. has received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange that its stock could be delisted if it fails to meet the exchange's requirements. The Vienna biotech must submit a plan by Aug. 13 to maintain its listing — and must regain compliance by Jan. 14, 2019. The company reported shar eholder equity of less than $6 million and net losses in its five most recent fiscal years, with total market capitalization falling below $50 million. Cel-Sci Corp. said it has… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Revised earnings report shows bigger losses, lower revenues at Glouco med-device company
Losses were $1.5 million more than originally reported, accorded to the company's restated annual report filed with the SEC. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Colorado medical device company raises $22 million
A Westminster company specializing in bone-grafting technology said it's raised $22 million in financing. Cerapedics, an orthobiologics company, said the financing was led by family investment fund KCK Group. The money, company officials said, will accelerate the development of Cerapedics' i-Factor peptide enhanced bone graft. "This financing will allow Cerapedics to further invest to increase physi cian access to i-Factor and to build clinical evidence for new indications," said Valeska Schroeder,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

ProPharma acquires European company
Overland Park-based ProPharma Group has acquired a Netherlands company that provides compliance, technical support and other services to the pharmaceutical industry. ProPharma, which announced the deal in a Monday release, did not disclose the price or other terms of the deal to acquire Xendo Holdings BV. ProPharma provides compliance consulting to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies worldwide. It employs about 100 people in the metro area. T he acquisition will include Swedish… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Russell Gray Source Type: news

Why investors injected $62 million into a Peninsula biotech targeting a deadly lung disease
Pliant Therapeutics expects to have 50 employees by the end of the year and is recruiting for its first clinical trial. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Health care technology provider acquires local IT company
The two businesses provide complementary services. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Josh Heck Source Type: news

Children's Hospital maker space to use STEAM-inspired problem-solving
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will unveil Matt's Maker Space, where patients will be able to engage in STEAM-related problem-solving to both learn and distract them from their illnesses. The space is named to honor 12-year-old Matt Conover who died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and the hospital will host an event at 1 p.m. Tuesday to celebrate its opening with community partners Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Sen. John Heinz History Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, Mt. Lebanon Schoo l District… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Stacey Federoff Source Type: news

Adding to the nest: Eagles and IBC sign 6-year partnership
The Philadelphia Eagles and Independence Blue Cross have signed a six-year agreement that includes the Philadelphia-based health insurer serving as the football team's official health insurance partner and the presenting partner of Eagles training camp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited about our partnership and look forward to collaborating on new programs and health initiatives that strengthen the quality of life for residents across the Greater Philadelphia region,"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Luring physicians to rural NC communities requires funding, experts say
Luring doctors to rural counties requires cash and community. That ’s a takeaway from a series of speakers at Energizing Rural North Carolina Friday, tackling what they see as a critical issue when it comes to economic development: Rural healthcare. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lauren K. Ohnesorge Source Type: news

Orlando Health to buy 25 acres for future expansion
Orlando Health has entered into a contract with EHOF Acquisitions II LLC to buy 25 acres in Osceola County. The $3.8 billion nonprofit health care provider expects to close on the property at 8011 Osceola Polk Line Road in Davenport by early 2019. The organization has not yet announced its purpose for the site. Master development and infrastructure-related activities for the site are expected to begin t his fall. “This superior site, just south of Central Florida’s bustling tourist corridor… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ryan Lynch Source Type: news

Safety fears over revolutionary gene-editing tool Crispr/Cas9
Wellcome Sanger Institute scientists tested the effects of Crispr on both mouse and human cells in the laboratory. The findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Why investors injected $62 million into a Peninsula biotech targeting a deadly lung disease
Pliant Therapeutics expects to have 50 employees by the end of the year and is recruiting for its first clinical trial. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Biotech Entrepreneur, 29, Raises $32 Million To Use AI To Develop Drugs For Parkinson's, ALS
Alice Zhang was a graduate student at UCLA when she decided that there was a tremendous opportunity to speed up the process of drug development. " We could start taking the guesswork out of drug discovery. " (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Genome damage from CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing higher than thought
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) Scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought. This has safety implications for future gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9 as the unexpected damage could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.The study in Nature Biotechnology revealed that standard DNA tests miss finding this genetic damage, and that caution and specific testing will be required for any potential gene therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
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