Reports + Research
TSRI Launches App to Provide Genetic Risk Info for Heart Disease
The MyGeneRank app uses an individual’s genetic data from 23andMe to provide an “estimated genetic risk score” for coronary artery disease. Within the app, the user can adjust behavioral risk factors to see the influence of lifestyle habits on their overall risk. Researchers are interested in using surveys and Apple HealthKit data to determine if this info helped influence lifestyle modifications and statin use.
Impact Biomedicines Closes $90 Million Financing
After positive Phase 2 data, Impact Biomedicines closed a $90 million structured financing with Oberland Capital to “advance the development, global supply chain build out, and future commercialization of fedratinib.” The drug is a small molecule JAK2 kinase inhibitor that is being developed initially for the treatment of myelofibrosis (MF) and polycythemia vera (PV).
Poseida Therapeutics Awarded $19.8 Million CIRM Grant
Here’s also an interview with recently-elected CIRM President and CEO Maria Millan.
Two Major Bills Affecting Life Sciences Signed into California Law
Both bills (SB 17 and AB 265) are aimed at drug pricing. The California Life Sciences Association has provided information on both bills and next steps as guidance on implementation.
Going Viral: Vaccines and Viruses in the News This Week
Synthetic Genomics signs two separate collaborations to develop next generation vaccines for animal (livestock) health with Ceva Sante Animale and next generation vaccine and therapeutics for human and animal health with Arcturus Therapeutics.
TSRI researchers explain why growing the influenza vaccine in chicken eggs may make the vaccine less effective. The researchers are studying other vaccine production methods to investigate how to replace the egg-based system.
Read + Listen
POW! Podcast of the Week
Oliver Sacks was one of my favorite authors. If you don’t know of him, watch Awakenings (Robin Williams did a very accurate portrayal of him), and then listen to this podcast from Radiolab: Oliver Sacks: A Journey From Where to Where.
BOW! Book of the Week
And read this book by Dr. Sacks: Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood. One of my favorite passages is seeing, through his eyes, the evolution of the periodic table into its final from.
It’s Happening Here
Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum will take place in downtown San Diego.
Join Cantor Fitzgerald and Banyan Biomarkers for an inside look at raising capital with an investment bank. The lunchtime event is called Fast Forward: A Startup’s Guide to Investment Banks.
Save the date for a first look at the 2018 California Life Sciences Industry Report.
Biocom Annual “Celebration of Life” Dinner will take place November 16. The James Bond-inspired event, “Dare to be Extraordinary,” will feature Scott Hamilton and Karolyn Smith as the dinner speakers.