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Biogen taps Google's data analytics skills for MS research

The Google X lab that spawned smart contact lenses and self-driving cars is teaming up with Biogen Idec to unravel patient-to-patient variation in the progression of multiple sclerosis.

AstraZeneca strikes deal with Box as IT revamp continues

Box has added a big-name client just days after pulling off a $175 million IPO. The deal sees AstraZeneca join Allergan and Eli Lilly on the list of major biopharma companies that use Box's cloud content sharing and collaboration tools.

Google, Biogen team up on MS research: report

Looking for some insights into the way that environment and biology influence the development of multiple sclerosis, Biogen Idec will team up with Google to sift through a mountain of data on the topic, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Google goes after med tech, along with other VCs

If venture financing in the med tech sector stays on track through year end it would total about $2.5 billion, up from $2.1 billion in 2013, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association data. 

Google Ventures splashes into life sciences with its $425M purse

Google Ventures is betting more and more on life sciences startups each year, and the well-funded financier tells The Wall Street Journal that's not going to change in the new year.

Autism Speaks to make Google-underpinned genomics database freely available

Autism Speaks has released details of the genome sequencing database it is building on Google's cloud platform. The plan is to sequence the whole genomes of 10,000 people in families affected by autism and make the resulting database freely available to researchers.

23andMe gets regulatory thumbs-up to sell DNA tests in U.K.

23andMe has found regulators in the United Kingdom more amenable to its personal genomics service than the U.S. FDA. The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has given cautious backing to the company's spit test, which has a CE mark clearing it for sale in Europe.

Google's Calico begins search for a head of bioinformatics

A choice bioinformatics position just opened up at Calico. The secretive, Google-backed anti-aging biotech is recruiting a head of bioinformatics to lead the creation of infrastructure and tools for acquiring and processing sequence data.

Google's head of life sciences touts its upcoming wearable, nanoparticle-enabled diagnostic

The head of Google's life sciences team drummed up already-high interest in the company's developmental stage wearable diagnostic. The device will use magnets to "call" diagnostic nanoparticles so small that millions fit within a grain of sand, said life science team leader and Google X lab member Andrew Conrad at the WSJD Live conference

Google steps up Genomics pitch with $25-a-genome storage service

Google is going after your genome. The search giant has spent the past 18 months building its Google Genomics platform and pitching it to researchers as a way to store human genomes for $25 each per year.