Apple just gained a powerful ally in its push to make ResearchKit a core component of the health research toolkit. The Silicon Valley tech giant has tapped IBM for access to Watson, the data-mining and predictive analytics capabilities of which will be applied to health research.
The fight for top bioinformatics talent is heating up. With 23andMe poaching Robert Gentleman from Genentech, the Roche-owned Big Biotech now finds itself competing with the likes of Google's Calico in its hunt for a replacement. 23andMe broke the news of its latest coup on April 2, by which time Genentech had already been advertising for a replacement for one week. Genentech is searching for someone with at least a 15-year track record in bioinformatics, experience of large-scale scientific software projects and a strong history of developing computational analyses. The stringent requirements leave Genentech picking from a fairly small and hotly contested pool of candidates. Read more >>
Google has given the world a peek at one of the ways in which it thinks algorithms and huge datasets could reshape drug discovery. The work involves trying to make virtual drug screening more efficient using the same ethos Google applies to most problems: More data, more computing power. Read more >>
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PatientsLikeMe has struck a 5-year deal to support R&D at AstraZeneca. The agreement tops off a busy and important 12 months for the patient network, in which it has also expanded relationships with Biogen, Roche's Genentech and Swiss biopharma Actelion.
Large pharma companies are posting 530% more tweets a week than in 2013, a study by Ogilvy Healthworld found. The healthcare communications group tracked the social media activity of 14 large pharma companies for one week per month over three months.
DNAnexus has snagged $15 million from WuXi PharmaTech in a Series D round. The deal will see DNAnexus bring its cloud-based genomics platform to China and pair it with WuXi NextCODE's offering.
Eli Lilly, Novartis and Pfizer have found a new home for the tech they created to improve ClinicalTrials.gov. The group is giving what it has achieved to date to TrialReach, a tech company developing a patient-focused clinical trial discovery platform.
Edico Genome has hooked up with Intel in an attempt to shave more minutes off the time it takes to analyze a whole genome. The partnership brings together Edico's NGS analysis hardware and the Intel Xeon microprocessors that reside in many servers used in genomics.
Quest Diagnostics has teamed up with French human health research institute Inserm to pool and share BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic data. LabCorp has signed up as the first participant in the program, giving it a sizable reach from day one.
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Injectable drug specialist Hospira, which is being bought by Pfizer, blew past analysts' projections for its Q1 earnings today but its manufacturing issues continue to be a drag. The FDA just last week said Hospira had issued a recall of an anesthetic because iron particles had been found in some vials.
Merck execs used their quarterly review today to confirm that the troubled drug Bridion (sugammadex) has once again been rejected at the FDA. This is the drug's third stiff arm at the agency,...