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Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative gives $68M to fund Human Cell Atlas projects

Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative gives M to fund Human Cell Atlas projects An ongoing global project to map the human body cell by cell has receive a $68 million shot in the arm from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. It will support dozens of individual projects contributing to the eponymous atlas of human cells. The Human […]

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Neurobehavioral health company Blackthorn pulls in $76 million from GV to treat mental disorders

Neurobehavioral health company Blackthorn pulls in million from GV to treat mental disorders There are numerous challenges to finding effective treatments for mental disorders. However, Blackthorn Therapeutics, a neurobehavioral health company using machine learning to create personalized medicine for mental health, is betting its technological approach to finding drugs that work will […]

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What top VCs look for in women’s fertility startups

What top VCs look for in women’s fertility startups A number of promising women’s health tech companies have popped up in the last few years, from fertility apps to ovulation bracelets — even Apple has jumped into the subject with the addition of period tracking built into the latest edition of the […]

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Samsung is ditching plastic packaging

Samsung is ditching plastic packaging Samsung Electronics said Sunday it will replace plastic packaging used for its bevy of products from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances and wearables with paper and other environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics. Samsung will start making the switch in the first half of the year. […]

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Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt

Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the […]

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China is funding the future of American biotech

China is funding the future of American biotech Silicon Valley is in the midst of a health craze, and it is being driven by “Eastern” medicine. It’s been a record year for US medical investing, but investors in Beijing and Shanghai are now increasingly leading the largest deals for US life science […]

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uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing

uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy million in Series C financing 23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your intestines carry the right kind […]

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Apple’s Watch isn’t the first with an EKG reader but it will matter to more consumers

Apple’s Watch isn’t the first with an EKG reader but it will matter to more consumers Apple’s COO Jeff Williams exuberantly proclaimed Apple’s Watch was the first to get FDA clearance as an over-the-counter electrocardiogram (EKG) reader during the special event at Apple headquarters on Wednesday. While Apple loves to be first […]

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Interview with Priscilla Chan: Her super-donor origin story

Interview with Priscilla Chan: Her super-donor origin story Priscilla Chan is so much more than Mark Zuckerberg’s wife. A teacher, doctor, and now one of the world’s top philanthropists, she’s a dexterous empath determined to help. We’ve all heard Facebook’s dorm-room origin story, but Chan’s epiphany of impact came on a playground. […]

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George Church’s genetics on the blockchain startup just raised $4.3 million from Khosla

George Church’s genetics on the blockchain startup just raised .3 million from Khosla Nebula Genomics, the startup that wants to put your whole genome on the blockchain, has announced the raise of $4.3 million in Series A from Khosla Ventures and other leading tech VC’s such as Arch Venture Partners, Fenbushi Capital, Mayfield, […]

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