Jul 30 | Bio-IT World News Brief | The Yaniv Erlich lab at MIT's Whitehead Institute, famous for its pioneering work in "genome hacking," has released an app to help lab technicians with complex pipetting procedures.
Jul 30 | Bio-IT World | Emulate is not the first company to test the drug industry’s readiness for organs-on-chips, but after five years incubating at Harvard’s Wyss Institute, it’s entering the field with big industry partners, a plug-and-play product suite, and a toehold at the FDA.
Jul 29 | Bio-IT World | 23andMe announced this morning a two-year grant of almost $1.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand development of the company’s database and research engine, and its participation in a large-scale GWAS study of Parkinson's disease.
Jul 28 | Computerworld | Attackers can target Amazon EC2 instances by exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software, Computerworld is reporting. Researchers have found new variants of a Trojan program for Linux that launches denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks running on EC2 instances.
Jul 28 | Bio-IT World News Brief | For the first time, the FDA has accepted an application for a generic version of a biologic drug under the new regulatory pathway established by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2010.
Jul 25 | Bio-IT World News Brief | Cypher Genomics yesterday announced a sales deal with Illumina and added a host of new players to executive board positions.
Jul 23 | Bio-IT World | Ted Stanley, the philanthropist whose 2007 gift of $100 million formed the basis of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, has pledged an additional $650 million to the center.
Jul 22 | Bio-IT World Contributed Commentary | In the fall of 2012, when Knome launched the knoSYS 100 “genome supercomputer”, the company envisioned that every next-generation sequencing platform would one day sit alongside an analysis and interpretation engine. Silicon Mechanics stepped in to make that vision a reality.
Jul 21 | Reuters | Roche is staying out of the pharma merger and acquisition fray, the CEO said. "We're sticking to our previous strategy... [of] small acquisitions and partnerships."
Jul 21 | Bio-IT World News Brief | Berry Genomics has chosen Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology as the platform on which Berry hopes to secure Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) regulatory approval for clinical applications. The combined "system" is in late stage CFDA testing, the Chinese company says.
Jul 18 | Bio-IT World | The Pistoia Alliance received a Best Practices Award at this year's Bio-IT World Conference & Expo for its work on HELM, a project that establishes a standard notation for complex macromolecules that are too large to sketch out atomically, but too heterogeneous to express as chains of RNA or amino acids. The project will aid interoperability across the industry, as pharma companies increasingly rely on strange, hybrid biochemistry in creating new therapeutics.
Jul 18 | Bio-IT World | In a paper published yesterday in the open access journal eLife, George Church and colleagues discuss the potential for "gene drives" that alter the genomes of whole wild populations using CRISPR gene editing technology, and weigh the risks and public interests surrounding such initiatives.
Jul 16 | Bio-IT World News Brief | Illumina today announced its acquisition of Myraqa, a consulting firm specializing in the regulatory strategy surrounding in vitro diagnostics, particularly companion diagnostics.
Jul 16 | New York Times | Google and Novartis have announced a partnership for Novartis to license Google's smart contact lens that could measure a wearer's blood sugar levels.
Jul 15 | Computerworld | IBM is gaining cloud ground with its SoftLayer product, Big Blue says, reporting 6,000 new customers in the last year and $1.2 billion invested in data centers.
Jul 15 | Bio-IT World News Brief | Transcriptic today launched the Transcriptic Platform, their own cloud-based programmable system for defining and executing experimental protocols. The company says the platform can create a 10-fold productivity advantage for researchers working on molecular and cell biology.
Jul 14 | Bio-IT World | The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), China's gene sequencing powerhouse, has released a set of reference genes for the human gut microbiome, in a catalogue that is substantially larger and covers a greater diversity of human populations than any previous resources.
Jul 14 | Technology Review | Illumina has been chosen as the "preferred partner" for the UK's 100,000 genomes project. Genomics England chose Illumina to do the sequencing, and said that fewer than five other companies bid for the job.
Jul 11 | Bio-IT World News Brief | This Wednesday, American Gut, the crowdsourced project that has now sequenced gut microbiota samples from over 3,000 volunteers, released both a round of results and its own analytical pipeline.
Jul 10 | Bio-IT World | Today, the leadership of the Human Brain Project circulated a document responding to this Monday's open letter to the European Commission, in which neuroscientists aired concerns about the aims and decision-making processes behind the HBP.