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CRISPR, Intellia, Caribou and ERS Genomics provide update on CRISPR/Cas9 U.S. patent

Friday, February 17, 2017

CRISPR Therapeutics, Intellia Therapeutics, Caribou Biosciences and ERS Genomics provided an update on the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) decision on the motions filed by the University of California, the University of Vienna and Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, UC), on one hand, and the Broad Institute, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (collectively, Broad), on the other, in the interference proceeding relating to CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology.

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IBM Watson Health, Broad Institute launch research initiative

Friday, November 11, 2016

IBM Watson Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have announced a research initiative aimed at discovering the basis of cancer drug resistance. The five year, $50 million project will study thousands of drug resistant tumors and draw on Watson’s computational and machine learning methods to help researchers understand how cancers become resistant to therapies. The anonymized data will be made available to the scientific community to catalyze research worldwide.

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C4 Therapeutics completes core scientific leadership team

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

C4 Therapeutics (C4T) has announced details of the leadership team recruited to develop a new class of broadly applicable small molecule drugs for degrading disease-relevant proteins for therapeutic benefit. The leadership team includes Isabel Chiu, Ph.D., as senior vice president of Translational Sciences and Alliance Management, Stewart Fisher, Ph.D., as senior vice president of Discovery Sciences, Tim Heffernan, Ph.D., as senior vice president of Biology, and Christopher Nasveschuk, Ph.D., as vice president of Chemistry.

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NIH awards $55M to build million-person precision medicine study

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The NIH has announced $55 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to build the foundational partnerships and infrastructure needed to launch the Cohort Program of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program is a landmark longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more U.S. participants to improve our ability to prevent and treat disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics.

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Arxspan, Broad Institute partner on information management tools

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Arxspan, a cloud-based solutions provider based in Massachusetts, has entered into an agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for use of its ArxLab cloud-based suite of biological and chemical discovery information management tools. The partnership will support the institute’s efforts to electronically manage and share both biological and chemical research information internally and with external collaborators. The ArxLab suite of tools will be used for managing the institute’s electronic laboratory notebook, compound and assay registration, scientific analysis and search, biological visualization, and inventory management functions.

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International diabetes research knowledge portal opens

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Researchers funded by the NIH and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) have expanded a recently launched online library, called a knowledge portal, which allows open-access searching of human genetic and clinical information on type 2 diabetes. Individual data will remain confidential. The portal includes information from several major international networks, collected from decades of research.

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Grants to help target genomic variants

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Six new grants from the National Institutes of Health will support researchers to develop new computational approaches for searching among millions of genomic variants to find those that make a difference in disease susceptibility or in other traits. The awards are for three years each, and total about $13 million, pending the availability of funds. They are administered by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Cancer Institute, both parts of NIH.

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