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Foldit strategies uncovered, spotlights open R&D breakthrough

Foldit deserves its own chapter in the ongoing saga about the open R&D movement in life sciences. And if you had any doubts before-- even after players of the online protein-folding game cracked...

Y Combinator alum Comprehend lands $1.2M seed round for clinical data analytics

Comprehend Systems has some financial firepower behind the upstart's big plans to alter clinical research data analytics. The Palo Alto, CA-based firm formally announced that it has brought in $1.2

Medidata impresses with Q3 results, stock gets bump

Medidata Solutions came through with upbeat financial results for the third quarter, showing some oomph in its business of providing software for clinical researchers. The New York-based firm ($MDSO)...

Scientists building 'computer operating system' for synthetic biology

It's a truism that the pace of progress is easier to predict in information technology than in biology. Why? Living organisms are complex and not easily manipulated, for starters. But now an...

Selventa and Linguamatics team on mining details in journals

As drugmakers try to keep up with many key findings in scientific journals, personalized healthcare group Selventa and software firm Linguamatics have joined forces to streamline how important data...

Pfizer to pay big bucks for scouring databases for trials subjects

Thirteen hospitals in New York could see major investments in electronic patient records pay off in spades. Pfizer ($PFE) and four other large drug companies aim to pay the hospitals $50,000 to...

Creator of video game Foldit talks about making proteins 'toy-like'

There's been a tremendous amount of interest in making video games tools for learning rather than distractions from homework. But how does one get youths as riveted to a video game about...

Accelrys stock price dips on 3Q earnings

R&D software maker Accelrys ($ACCL) has taken a bit of hit today after reporting financial results. The San Diego-based firm has sought growth through acquisitions over the past year and a half,...

Big $125M genome center set to start in the Big Apple

As protesters occupy Wall Street, top academic groups in New York are getting ready to open one of the country's biggest genome centers in the city. With an expected price tag of $125 million,...

Suspected anti-Parkinson's gene spotted in 23andMe database

A genetic finding has triggered research that could lead to a new weapon against Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder in dire need of new therapies. And the discovery has come from a...

10 mobile apps in Life Sciences

By Jennifer Levin Let's face it, drug developers could use the efficiency that mobile apps promise. With many big market opportunities across the life sciences industry, many firms have either

PLoS tackles bioinformatics for beginners

As computers become increasingly integrated into biological studies, the online journal PLoS Computational Biology has started publishing new articles targeting high school educators who are...

McGill U. teams with eVision to speed clinical trial starts

It's a notoriously slow process to get the regulatory sign-offs needed to begin human clinical trials in North America, and sometimes developers opt to take their studies to overseas sites where...

J&J links up with Foundation Medicine for cancer genomic test

Foundation Medicine, a provider of cancer genomic tests and online test data access, has inked a collaboration pact with Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) pharma R&D unit to find biomarkers with...

TrialReach rounds up $1.2M for online trial recruitment

Sponsors and contract research outfits know all too well the pain of finding qualified patients for clinical research, as delays in recruitment can stall a program's development progress....

Big prize in genomics might reside in bioinformatics

Even with a one-cent price tag, a single sequenced genome doesn't provide much value to those in pursuit of personalized treatments. Yet when thousands of genomes are sequenced, there's a...

Microsoft donates open source bio project to Outercurve

The Outercurve Foundation has beefed up its open source tools for bioinformatics software. Microsoft, the primary backer of the nonprofit, has given Outercurve its .NET Bio library and API. The .NET...

MIT cell biologist named head of $2B NIH unit

The NIH has named Chris Kaiser as the new director of its National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the $2 billion institute that funds research in a range of fields including genetics and...

Indiana U. zeros in on supercomputing for new genome analysis center

There's a new national hub to aid researchers trying to make sense of tsunamis of genomic data. With a new $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University is starting...

$5M for web-based clinical tech firm goBalto

Investors have pumped dollars into goBalto. The San Francisco-based start-up, which provides "cloud" software for clinical research, has raised $5 million in equity financing, according to...