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Venture Funds, Mergers in A.I. Up Sharply in 2018

Glasses, computer screens

Start-up companies working in artificial intelligence scored sizeable increases in venture financing, and were highly prized acquisition targets in 2018, a new analysis shows. . . . → Read More: Venture Funds, Mergers in A.I. Up Sharply in 2018

NIH Funding Nanodrugs to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Head in hands

A drug that invokes the immune system to block addictive effects of opioid pain drugs and heroin is in early development at Washington University in St. Louis. . . . → Read More: NIH Funding Nanodrugs to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Gates Supporting Infectious Antibody Discovery

Human B-cell

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is enlisting a company that discovers therapeutic antibodies to help researchers develop new drugs and vaccines for serious infectious diseases. . . . → Read More: Gates Supporting Infectious Antibody Discovery

Foundation Studies Robotic Arm-Wrist Assist Device

MyoPro device

A not-for-profit foundation is evaluating a robotic device to help people with spinal cord injuries regain use of their arm, wrist, and hand after a spinal cord injury. . . . → Read More: Foundation Studies Robotic Arm-Wrist Assist Device

Univ. Developing Implanted Islet Cell Bags for Diabetes

Klearchos Papas

Implantable collections of insulin-producing islet cells resembling tea bags, for people with type 1 diabetes, are being developed by researchers at University of Arizona. . . . → Read More: Univ. Developing Implanted Islet Cell Bags for Diabetes

Fox Foundation Supports Parkinson’s Walking Device

VibeForward device

A spin-off enterprise from University of Delaware is developing an electronic vibrating device that fits on the feet or ankles of people with Parkinson’s disease to help them walk. . . . → Read More: Fox Foundation Supports Parkinson’s Walking Device

Biogen Acquires Gene Therapy Company in $800M Deal

Eye exam

A company developing treatments for inherited eye diseases that replace malfunctioning with healthy genes is being acquired by biotechnology company Biogen. . . . → Read More: Biogen Acquires Gene Therapy Company in $800M Deal

Gene Therapy Company Acquired in $4.3B Deal

Retinal gene therapy

Spark Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that pioneered gene therapies, is being acquired by drug maker Roche Group in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. . . . → Read More: Gene Therapy Company Acquired in $4.3B Deal

Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Business newspaper

A new biotechnology enterprise developing personalized treatments that harness the immune system to treat cancer is raising $10.5 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Smart Watch in Development for Respiratory Diseases

Embrace2 smart watch

A watch-like device is being designed to monitor for early onset of respiratory diseases like the flu, well before noticeable symptoms develop. . . . → Read More: Smart Watch in Development for Respiratory Diseases