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Venture Deals, Dollars Fall in Q4 2019; Biotech Stays Hot

Global venture capital investing

Venture capital deal-making in the U.S. declined in the fourth quarter of 2019, but biotechnology start-ups remained the most sought-after investment targets of any sector. . . . → Read More: Venture Deals, Dollars Fall in Q4 2019; Biotech Stays Hot

UPMC to Invest $1 Billion in Medical Enterprises

UPMC lab

UPMC, the medical center affiliated with University of Pittsburgh, plans to invest $1 billion in life science advances, with spin-off companies as part of its strategy. . . . → Read More: UPMC to Invest $1 Billion in Medical Enterprises

New Biotech Aims to Bring Down Drug Prices

Pills on money

A biotechnology company launched yesterday that plans to discover and develop therapies faster and at lower cost than many of today’s new drugs. . . . → Read More: New Biotech Aims to Bring Down Drug Prices

Vaccine Developer Gains $11M in Early Funds

Baby with microcephaly

A company designing vaccines delivered with a microneedle patch to prevent infectious diseases is raising $11 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Vaccine Developer Gains $11M in Early Funds

Infographic – Biotech Index Zooms to New High

NBI chart

Since October, the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index rose steadily to a new high for the year, as shown in this weekend’s infographic. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Biotech Index Zooms to New High

Synthetic Bio Cancer Immunotherapy Company Acquired

Natural killer cell

A biotechnology company creating synthetic proteins that invoke the immune system to fight cancer is being acquired by drug maker Astellas Pharma. . . . → Read More: Synthetic Bio Cancer Immunotherapy Company Acquired

Commentary – New Models Needed for Antibiotic Resistance

MRSA bacteria

Many parts of a new model for fighting antibiotic resistance are in development, and the pieces still need to be assembled, but the outline of a precision-medicine rather than mass-produced drug model is beginning to emerge. . . . → Read More: Commentary – New Models Needed for Antibiotic Resistance

Touch Sensor Developer Gains $12M in Early Funds

HaptX glove

A company making gloves that transmit a sense of touch in games and commercial robotics is raising $12 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Touch Sensor Developer Gains $12M in Early Funds

Duke Univ Forms Drug Development Company

Lab jars and beakers

Duke University and life science investor Deerfield Management are forming a new enterprise to develop drug candidates through early development stages. . . . → Read More: Duke Univ Forms Drug Development Company

Report – U.S. Needs Regional Technology Centers

Rochester, New York

Growth patterns in the U.S. show a concentration of technology development in a few cities, with new policies and investments needed to encourage innovation elsewhere. . . . → Read More: Report – U.S. Needs Regional Technology Centers