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 In case you missed it, the annual international BIO conference was held in San Diego last week. As usual it attracted people from around the world, as well as a variety of headliners. Hillary Clinton spoke for an hour, voicing her support for GMO’s as well as potential government-driven agendas to foster biotech growth. Richard Branson was also a keynote speaker espousing his support for biotech’s role in developing clean energy, as well as support for world heath initiatives, such as new vaccines. Although the BIO conference is perh...

As we all know, it’s location, location, location when thinking about real estate. And in the Biotech world the best companies and labs are always  situated near world class academic institutes and medical centers. Boston has MIT, Harvard, Mass General and Dana Farber while San Francisco boasts Stanford, Cal Berkeley and UCSF Medical Center. And not to be ignored, San Diego is home to  Scripts, the Ludwig Institute, and CALTech. So it follows that these regions have garnered the lion share of biotech venture money and jobs because the...

Some of the best innovations in science have come from the combination of different technologies. For instance, look at the Ion Proton system from Life Technologies which combines core technologies in DNA sequencing and semiconductor fabrication. But there are so many developments in our different fields that it is hard to keep current. One way of trying to keep up to date is to follow a few good websites from innovators and knowledgeable bloggers. Here are a few of my favorites that hopefully will keep you up to date without being ov...

What do self-driving cars and prevention genomics have in common?  Both are projects within Google X, a clandestine facility and offshoot of Google Inc. that aims to advance technology in significant ways. Google X Life Sciences is their latest endeavor and  the Baseline Study is the first project. The focus is in medical genetics to develop a base-line model of the healthy human body, as opposed to mapping diseases, which has been the aim of many previous studies. They are collecting a broad spectrum of data, including how the study...

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