A group of bioengineers have developed a noninvasive, portable device that resembles a finger-worn, pulse oximeter to count white blood cells. They have three workable prototypes that are being tested with chemotherapy patients to track their immune system in real-time. The researchers aim to have an initial beta product that it can support via crowdfunding in 2017, with a product on the market potentially in 2019.
The higher rents rise in the Boston/Cambridge biotech hub, the hotter its rep as the go-to life sciences cluster in the U.S. A new survey from the property analysts at JLL, or Jones Lang LaSalle, ranked Beantown as the top biotech cluster in America, followed by Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, San Diego and New York City.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.