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Stem Cell Therapy Company Formed, Staked to $225M

A pharmaceutical company and health care venture investor are forming BlueRock Therapeutics, a biotechnology enterprise to design regenerative medicine treatments with stem cells. . . . → Read More: Stem Cell Therapy Company Formed, Staked to $225M

Commercial Genome Service Launches Based on Open Data

A start-up software company is offering genetic analysis services for research and precision medicine that comply with open standards and access Google’s genomic data sets. . . . → Read More: Commercial Genome Service Launches Based on Open Data

University Spin-Off Developing Sepsis Drug

A spin-off enterprise from University of British Columbia is licensing a cholesterol-lowering drug from drug maker Novartis to develop a treatment for sepsis and other severe infections. . . . → Read More: University Spin-Off Developing Sepsis Drug

Robo-Bacteria Engineered for Cancer Drug Delivery

A biomedical engineering team designed a technology for precise deployment of drugs to tumors with bacteria modified to deliver their cargoes. . . . → Read More: Robo-Bacteria Engineered for Cancer Drug Delivery

University Spin-Off Developing Chemical ID Devices

A start-up company is licensing research from labs at Harvard University to make portable devices that quickly identify the chemistry of liquids. . . . → Read More: University Spin-Off Developing Chemical ID Devices

Microneedle System Designed for Drug Monitoring

Researchers designed a device that measures drug concentrations in patients with tiny microneedles on the skin rather than frequent invasive blood tests. . . . → Read More: Microneedle System Designed for Drug Monitoring

Fast, Inexpensive Test for Water Bacteria Developed

E. coli bacteria (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

18 May 2016. A team at York University in Toronto designed a water-testing kit connecting to a smartphone that makes testing for water-borne bacteria faster and less expensive. The Mobile Water Kit, from the lab of engineering professor Sushanta Mitra, is described in a . . . → Read More: Fast, Inexpensive Test for Water Bacteria Developed

Trial Shows Pain Drug Effective as Heroin Treatment

Heroin powder (Drug Enforcement Administration)

7 April 2016. A clinical trial in Canada shows a drug already in use for chronic pain can serve as a substitute maintenance treatment for people addicted to heroin. The findings of the trial, conducted by University of British Columbia in Vancouver and other institutions in Canada, appear 6 . . . → Read More: Trial Shows Pain Drug Effective as Heroin Treatment

Quick Tests for Mosquito-Borne Viruses Being Developed

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22 March 2016. A Canadian company is developing diagnostic tests that it says can detect in 1 minute antibodies in blood indicating the early-stage presence of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses. The company bioLytical Laboratories in Richmond, British Columbia says its proof-of-concept studies show the feasibility of these quick, point-of-care tests . . . → Read More: Quick Tests for Mosquito-Borne Viruses Being Developed

Vibration Technology Developed to Diagnose Back Pain

(Michael Dorausch, Flickr)

11 March 2016. Researchers at University of Alberta adapted engineering technologies using vibrations to develop a new way to diagnose spinal problems causing back pain. The team led by Alberta physical therapy professor Greg Kawchuk reported results of tests comparing its technology to MRI in today’s (11 March) issue of the . . . → Read More: Vibration Technology Developed to Diagnose Back Pain