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Biotech Companies Make a Clean Sweep of TCA Quick Pitch Competition

October 7, 2016

Biotech startups outperformed their high-tech rivals to win all three prizes at the 10th annual Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch Competition. The final of the competition was held on October 6 at Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, giving ten finalists the chance to deliver a two-minute pitch to a packed room of potential investors.

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Biotech Startup Stories: nanoComposix

October 7, 2016

This is the next in our series of interviews with the people behind emerging life science organizations to learn what makes them successful. nanoComposix is a nanoparticle engineering company based in San Diego. Richard Baldwin, Chief Scientist of nanoComposix, sat down with LSN to tell us about how the company has leveraged the SBIR grant program and partnered with external companies to fund their R&D pipeline.

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This Week in Science – October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was presented to Yoshinori Ohsumi this week for his research on “self-eating” cells, scientists plan to create a quality control ranking system for antibodies, and a new study found that neuron density in the brain is linked to length of your yawn.

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Inside the Lab: How to Market to Graduate Students

September 30, 2016

It’s easy to disregard graduate students. Sure they don’t always present well, typically strung out on caffeine and donned in sweatpants. But despite their rough edges, they can be quite endearing. In fact, tell them a periodic table pun (like, “My favorite type of liquor is halo-gin.”) or simply buy them a beer and you’ll have their hearts forever.

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This Week in Science – September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

This week in science: researchers develop a way to create synthetic bones from 3-D printer that could mend fractures, Kite Pharma plans to go into phase III with CAR T-cells after releasing impressive phase II data, the world welcome its first baby boy born from three parents.

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Combating Superbugs with CARB-X

September 29, 2016

Heather Shane runs the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X) at the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI). This program provides funding and business support to startup companies who are developing innovative solutions to solve antibiotic resistance. I asked Heather about how the program works and why antibiotic resistance is such a big problem.

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Transition Tales with Martina Felderman, Scientist

September 28, 2016

This is the next in our series of interviews with Life Science professionals who transitioned from the bench to industry. Martina Felderman transitioned from being a postdoc to working as a scientist at Synthetic Genomics. LSN sat down with her to find out how she made the jump and what advice she has for scientists who are interested in moving to industry but staying in research.

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Biotech Startup Stories: Echo Laboratories

September 27, 2016

Echo Laboratories has developed the world’s first hybrid microscope that can easily convert from an upright to an inverted configuration. We recently sat down with Echo Lab’s CEO, Eugene Cho, to find out how he turned an innovative idea into reality.

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The Hive Program: Scientific Support for Early-Stage Biotech Companies

September 26, 2016

Elsevier R&D Solutions provides scientific databases and other resources that help scientists access information and collaborate with experts throughout the drug discovery and development process. They are launching the Hive Project in September 2016 which offers five early-stage biotech companies free access to a range of Elsevier’s products. I sat down with Christy Wilson, Senior Director of the Pharma and Biotech Segment of Elsevier R&D Solutions to get more information about the Hive Project.

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This Week in Science – September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

This week in science: The water bear genome has been sequenced, a new discovery in stem cells could aid in future treatments, and researchers just tripled their knowledge on viruses in oceans.

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