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Synthetic biology: A call for a new culture of responsibility

From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists –  By Ali Nouri, Shahram Seyedin-Noor (General Partner, Civilization Ventures), December 7, 2018 –  In 1980, the World Health Organization declared the official eradication of smallpox. This was one of modern medicine’s crowning achievements—the elimination of a virus estimated to have killed more than 300 million peop...

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Rocket Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) and Fast Track Designations for RP-L102 Gene Therapy for Fanconi Anemia

From Business Wire –  NEW YORK--Nov. 27, 2018-- Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCKT) (“Rocket”), a leading U.S.-based multi-platform gene therapy company, today announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) and Fast Track designations to RP-L102, the Company’s lentiviral vector (LVV)-base...

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Evonetix "Highly Commended" at Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2018

From Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2018: Evonetix Highly Commended –  The winners of the 2018 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards were unveiled at a ceremony at the Hilton City Centre Hotel hosted by editor Paul Brackley, who chaired the judging panel for the awards. HIGHLY COMMENDED, Startup of the Year Award: Evonetix Evonetix, based on Chesterf...

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Silicone Valley Bank: Trends in Healthcare Investments and Exits 2018

A recent report by SVB highlights Civilization Ventures on page 19 –  Almost any way you look at it, 2018 was a record year for life science and healthcare companies. We saw new levels of venture fundraising, total investment values, acquisitions and initial public offerings. Highlights in 2018 include: US healthcare venture fundraising reaches $9.6 billion —a record.US and EU VC ...

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Blood Test to Detect Prenatal Genetic Defects to Soon be a Reality

A recent article on BillionToOne –   A unique healthcare innovation by a young Indian scientist has the potential to radically change how prenatal genetic testing is done to identify fetal abnormalities. FIT interviews Sukrit Silas, a PhD from Stanford and the Chief Science Officer at BillionToOne, a Y Combinator Company. They’ve developed a ...

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Evonetix named Best Synthetic Biology Company at OBN Awards

From Evonetix  –  EVONETIX LTD (‘Evonetix’), the Cambridge-based company pioneering an innovative approach to scalable and high-fidelity gene synthesis, has received the award for “Best Emerging Synthetic Biology Company” at the 10th Anniversary of the Oxford Bioscience Network (OBN) Awards, in recognition of the Company’s novel gene synthesis technology, and its potential t...

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Press Release: Diabetes Prevention Program Helps Hurricane Harvey Survivors

From Omada Health – Stamford, Conn. — Oct. 10, 2018— Americares has launched a new digital diabetes prevention program to improve the health of low-income patients in hurricane-impacted communities. The health-focused relief organization is partnering with digital medicine company Omada Health to enroll Texas patients from free clinics in a year-long diabetes prevention program.  “Un...

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The DNA data storage machine that’s the size of a school bus

From MIT Technology Review: The DNA data storage machine that’s the size of a school bus –    by Antonio Regalado In a world awash with data, DNA is a hugely compact way to store it. The data on every iPhone, PC, and server rack on the planet could fit in a Jacuzzi’s worth of genetic letters, for example. It’s also incredibly durable: DNA can last for ...

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