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Mobile tech vet pioneers DNA analysis methods

Semiconductor technology has been at the heart of multiple DNA sequencing systems under development. Chris Toumazou, a veteran of the mobile phone industry, has been one of the forces behind

Eric Schadt leading biotech computing charge in NYC

In the biotech game, New York City doesn't hold a candle to Boston or San Francisco. But if anyone can change that perception, perhaps it's Eric Schadt, the chief scientist of Pacific Biosciences (

Kansas U. nails bioinformatics faculty members for part in plagiarism

Kansas University has cited two members of its bioinformatics faculty in connection to multiple instances of plagiarism in published work, prompting one of the staffers whose students were

Oracle takes on translational research hurdles

Electronic health records contain lots of data on patents and their disease states, yet bringing that information into the hands of drug researchers has been a big challenge. Oracle ($ORCL) is taking

Former Intel chief pushes for faster clinical research

Andy Grove is a well-known critic of the slow pace of innovation in drug development, and he's taken some lumps from other critics who say his statements seem to be out of touch with the...

Genome Inst. at Washington U. axes 54 jobs

One of the key genomic research centers in the country is downsizing because of a reduction in federal funding. The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis has pink slipped 54...

Ingenuity Systems aims to streamline genetic analysis

A major challenge in gene research is drawing meaning from the huge amounts of genomic data generated in experiments. As bioinformatics firms develop products to aid in analyses of such data,...

Gates-funded computer model tackles vaccine woes

Vaccines spoil quickly under certain conditions and leave people who are vulnerable to disease without jabs. Now computer models developed at the University of Pittsburgh could help planners avert...

Digital CRO Clinipace grabs $15M round

Clinipace Worldwide, a growing CRO with proprietary clinical trials software, has fueled the expansion of its business with a fresh $15 million Series C round. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital led...

NextDocs expands to West Coast

Here's more evidence of NextDocs's rapid growth: The King of Prussia, PA-based firm, a provider of document-management software for life sciences, has staked a claim on the West Coast with the

PacBio reaches for cloud tech amid biz slump

Pacific Biosciences ($PACB) wants to offer users of its sequencing machine new cloud computing capabilities amid struggles to hit sales targets for its cutting edge system for quickly and cheaply...

Brain Resource scores $10M, opens SF office

Brain Resource ($BRRZY), an Australian provider of web-based products for brain research, has landed in San Francisco with $10 million to ramp up its presence in the research, patient care and...

NIH backs tech linking trial data, patient records

The NIH has awarded San Diego-based Parity Computing a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to create software that can automatically link clinical trial results and patient records to...

Computational analysis points to potential HIV targets

Computer geeks are hot on the trail of HIV. Building on the knowledge that HIV needs certain human proteins to spread, a group of researchers used a specialized algorithm to analyze networks of

BGI birthing 'big data' journal with publishing vet

BGI creates large volumes of data when sequencing genomes for scientific researchers, forcing the China-based company to tackle the challenges of storing and analyzing huge datasets. The firm, one of

U.K. mulls drug-reaction reports on Twitter, Facebook

As healthcare agencies aim to boost reporting of adverse drug reactions, the U.K.'s MHRA is considering whether to allow docs to use smartphone apps, Twitter and Facebook to report such events,...

Video gamers uncover AIDS drug targets

Don't be too quick to dismiss video games as a waste of time. Players of the online science game Foldit have pieced together the structure of an enzyme that could provide new targets for AIDS

Computer-based therapy relieves fears

Know any good computerized therapists? Researchers think they might have found one, showing in a small trial that an application that delivered cognitive bias modification (CBM) helped treat people

BioData scoops up assets of competitor LabLife

The field of lab management software outfits just got smaller. Israel-based BioData has gobbled up the assets of struggling rival LabLife, a Cambridge, MA, firm that had gained thousands of

Biomatters sets up U.S. beachheads

Biomatters, a New Zealand-based scientific software company, said that it's setting up its first U.S. offices in Newark, NJ, and San Francisco. The U.S. shops open after the company saw 297% growth