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Virtual Reality Therapy Company Gains $5.1M in Early Funds

Scene from VR program

A company in the U.K. developing automated treatments for phobias using immersive virtual reality is raising £3.2 million ($US 5.1 million) in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Virtual Reality Therapy Company Gains $5.1M in Early Funds

Infographic – Countries with Fastest Internet Speeds

Chart: Internet speeds by country

In this weekend’s infographic, we offer a report from the Worldwide Broadband Speed League, a year-long compilation of 163 million Internet speed tests in 200 countries. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Countries with Fastest Internet Speeds

Univ. Spin-Off Developing A.I.-Boosted Heart Monitor

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A new enterprise in the U.K. is developing a wearable heart monitor that diagnoses irregular heart rhythms with artificial intelligence using cloud-based algorithms. . . . → Read More: Univ. Spin-Off Developing A.I.-Boosted Heart Monitor

Scientists, Investors Form $100M+ Tech Venture Fund

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A group of entrepreneurs and leading scientists in the U.K. unveiled a venture investment fund that plans to back start-up companies developing a wide range of ground-breaking technologies. . . . → Read More: Scientists, Investors Form $100M+ Tech Venture Fund

Genentech Gains Modular Engineered Antibodies in $5B Deal

Natural killer cell

A developer of synthetic antibodies that invoke the immune system is partnering with the biopharmaceutical company Genentech to design new therapies for blood-related and solid tumor cancers. . . . → Read More: Genentech Gains Modular Engineered Antibodies in $5B Deal

A.I., Imaging Shown to Predict Immunotherapy Success

Computational biology illustration

Researchers in France developed a system for computing data from CT scans and genomic analysis to predict the success for therapies that invoke the immune system in patients with solid-tumor cancers. . . . → Read More: A.I., Imaging Shown to Predict Immunotherapy Success

Graphene Extended for 3-D Printing, Medical Devices

Graphene piece inside a flower

Two recent studies describe methods for fabricating the material graphene into complex shapes with 3-D printing, as well as showing graphene can likely degrade inside the human body. . . . → Read More: Graphene Extended for 3-D Printing, Medical Devices

New Antibiotics Discovered in Stomach Peptides

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Researchers in Italy and the U.S. found a potential source of new antibiotics in derivatives of peptides used by the digestive process in the stomach. . . . → Read More: New Antibiotics Discovered in Stomach Peptides

Pfizer, Biotech Partner on RNA Flu Vaccine

3-D print of influenza virus

A biotechnology company in Germany and drug maker Pfizer are developing a vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza using messenger RNA that instructs cells on production of proteins. . . . → Read More: Pfizer, Biotech Partner on RNA Flu Vaccine

FDA Clears Fertility Awareness App for Birth Control

Natural Cycles app and device

A mobile app for determining a woman’s fertility state on any given day was cleared for marketing in the U.S. as a birth control method. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears Fertility Awareness App for Birth Control