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The legacy of Steve Jobs is breathtaking. In many ways, he remade our expectations and experience of technology. In many ways, that is, he remade our path to the future. As researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs who dedicate our lives and careers to innovating in our own fields, I think we have a special appreciation for this remarkable man and his accomplishments. And we have a special opportunity, perhaps even an obligation, to learn from the aspects of his character that allowed him to achieve what he did. It feels like a fitti...

There’s an undeniable excitement when a new technology really hits its stride, and that excitement pretty much sparkled all over John Boyce’s third Consumer Genetics Show. There was the A-list of academic and corporate speakers. There was the participation of the full range of stakeholders, from regulatory experts, genomics CEOs, and academic leaders to cancer patients (the affordable $20 entrance fee helped). There was the fact that John is one of the most well-networked people in our business, and he’s got a Midas touch when it come...

Once again, the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center scored a direct hit with their Early-Stage Life Sciences Conference VII. Partnering with the Merck Research Labs, they lined up an impressive array of new companies loaded with pedigreed, serial entrepreneurs from Harvard, MIT, Genzyme, Hologics, and other leading academic centers and corporations. Each of the sixteen companies had ten minutes to pitch their newco to investors and the biotech community – which gave the proceedings a kind of mini- JP Morgan Life Sciences Conferen...

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