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Xconomy 10/17/2019 09:00
Nuance Communications’ plan to lighten the clerical burden on physicians is coming into focus, and it involves an assist from tech giant Microsoft. Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN), the 27-year-old speech recognition technology pioneer, in February revealed it’s developing a device that would sit in exam rooms and listen to conversations between doctors and patients. The system’s […]
Xconomy 10/17/2019 07:00
Cell therapies are made by tinkering with a patient’s immune cells so that they can better recognize and destroy cancer cells. These drugs give patients another treatment option for certain cancers that haven’t responded to anything else. ArsenalBio CEO Ken Drazan aims to take cell therapy even further. Arsenal is developing technology that adds capabilities […]
Xconomy 10/16/2019 09:51
Alexion Pharmaceuticals is acquiring Achillion Pharmaceuticals for $930 million, a deal that could strengthen its position providing treatments for a rare blood disorder. According to financial terms announced Wednesday, Boston-based Alexion (NASDAQ: ALXN) will pay $6.30 per share of Achillion (NASDAQ: ACHN) stock, which is an 80 percent premium to Achillion’s closing stock price on […]
Xconomy 10/11/2019 11:05
Brain and neurological disorders are among the toughest conditions to diagnose and treat, but new approaches and technologies are on the horizon that could change how researchers and clinicians approach them. Join Xconomy on Tuesday, Nov. 19 for our life science forum at QB3 at UCSF Mission Bay. The event features scientists, entrepreneurs, and biotech […]
Xconomy 10/11/2019 10:50
Poseida Therapeutics said Thursday that Kerry Ingalls has joined the company as its chief operating officer, and that he is tasked with overseeing its global manufacturing operations. Ingalls most recently oversaw clinical and commercial manufacturing for Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) at its headquarters in Thousand Oaks, CA; he has also held leadership roles at other Amgen […]
Xconomy 10/09/2019 06:00
Five years ago, the big tech incubator Y Combinator started to welcome life sciences companies into its sizable startup classes, which had previously nurtured entrepreneurs in information technology almost exclusively. That opening to biotech startups in 2014 was controversial at the time. Some observers simply wondered what kind of guidance a deeply tech-focused accelerator could […]
Xconomy 10/09/2019 06:00
It’s time to catch up on some of the latest happenings across Wisconsin’s innovation communities: —Shine Medical Technologies said it struck a deal to receive $50 million in financing from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management. The money will support the ongoing construction of Shine’s medical isotope production facility in Janesville, as well as Shine’s […]
Xconomy 10/08/2019 16:37
Lon Cardon, chief scientific officer at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ: BMRN) for the past two years, has been promoted to a newly created position: chief scientific strategy officer. San Rafael, CA-based BioMarin says the new role is responsible for building the company’s drug pipeline. Before joining BioMarin, Cardon worked at GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) as senior vice […]

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