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Biotech's Boston blitz is making lab space harder--and costlier--to come by

The growing biotech hub in the Boston area has attracted drug developers virtual and multinational to set up shop near the bay, but the boom in demand is threatening to outstrip inventory, according to the Boston Business Journal.

UPDATED: Boston Children's Hospital debuts 'Baby MEG' brain imaging system

Boston Children's Hospital has unveiled a new magnetoencephalography system that records, measures and maps electrical activity in an infant's brain which could be critical in understanding a number of disorders, including epilepsy.

Christoph Westphal launches another biotech, with the help of some wealthy friends

Proving once again that Christoph Westphal has some of the best connections in the biotech industry, the controversial entrepreneur has pieced together a $40 million financing round for his new startup Flex Pharma. And he did it by tapping a long lineup of investors, including some high profile individuals in the Boston area.

GSK's new Boston collaboration chief goes 'anti-pharma' as he prowls for partners

GSK vet Jason Gardner is the newly named VP for R&D in the greater Boston area, in charge of a small but growing team of specialists at a brand-new satellite facility that will help coordinate not only the 25-or-so ongoing scientific collaborations with groups like the Harvard Stem Cell Institute but also biotech partnerships with the likes of Epizyme.

GE Healthcare moves to Boston area, to hire more than 220

Further concentrating life science powerhouses around Boston, GE Healthcare Life Sciences will open a new U.S. headquarters in Marlborough, MA. It's expected to house more than 500 employees, including at least 220 new hires.

Startup brings together some of Boston's top biotech brains and bucks

Put a scientific discovery in the lab together with experienced biopharma executives and high-profile investors focused on new ideas in Cambridge, MA, and you get Lysosomal Therapeutics, a newly hatched biotech venture which plans to follow the genetic underpinnings of Gaucher disease into the clinic with an experimental therapy that can also address Parkinson's disease.

The top 15 cities for biotech venture funding

Anyone looking to start a biotech company should pay close attention to this list. Venture groups, entrepreneurs and increasingly Big Pharma have been concentrating their money and their attention in a few key places, only occasionally straying from the beaten path when funding a high-risk drug development effort.

U.K. group looks to ignite a Boston-style biotech comeback

Right now, the stars are all aligned for the Boston biotech hub. It has the venture capital, leading academic and industry researchers, an experienced cast of serial biotech entrepreneurs and a strongly beating heart of innovation in Cambridge that has attracted the rapt attention of the world's biggest pharma companies.

Merck R&D adopts its rivals' game plans in global overhaul

When Merck announced a massive shakeup of its R&D operations, the pharma giant left out any pesky details. But Wall Street Journal writers Peter Loftus and Jonathan Rockoff have come up with some of the first key brushstrokes of what they termed a "radical overhaul."

Global biopharma hub strategy doomed Novartis' outlying R&D facility

Over the past 5 years, the main arteries of drug R&D have pointed straight to the world's biggest biopharma hubs. As hubs have grown, outlying R&D operations have been steadily trimmed away.