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Stem cell biotech company Novoheart and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced they would be partnering to develop the first test tube model of human heart failure, also called heart-in-a-jar. The companies said they would use...
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s embattled co-founder and CEO, isn’t just interested in creating the biggest ad machine and political platform in history. He also wants to fix and accelerate the rate of scientific discovery. In...
Blackstone, which last year started up a life sciences investing arm, is pouring $400 million into a venture with a Swiss pharmaceutical firm to develop and commercialize a gene therapy for bladder cancer. Blackstone’s...
A recent number of studies and funding rounds offered a glimpse into what the new wave of quantum biology research may offer and how the new generation of innovative solutions may take shape. Mursla,...
Medicare may not be getting the best prescription drug deals it can, meaning senior citizens using the plan are overpaying, a new study suggests. Private insurance companies adopt cheaper generic drugs at a faster...
Private equity firm GHO Capital Partners, reflecting European investors’ bullishness for healthcare, topped expectations by raising almost $1.1 billion for its second fund.  The total, surpassing GHO’s $885 million goal, is a record for...
Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma cultivated sympathetic writers and funded think tanks as part of an aggressive media campaign aimed at countering negative stories about its blockbuster opioid, ProPublica reported. For nearly 20 years Purdue...
There’s no question that global warming is already affecting global health. As natural disasters displace millions of people, higher average temperatures encourage the spread of disease.  About 7 million people die annually from pollution exposure, says the...
It has been an exciting week for quantum biology enthusiasts, with two separate studies suggesting new ways to leverage quantum principles in life sciences applications. Researchers from the Quantum Nanophysics Group at the University...
KKR, which last month said profit slipped on costlier dealmaking, proposed buying Walgreens Boots Alliance as the private equity firm pushes deeper into healthcare.  The potential deal, reported by Bloomberg News based on unidentified...
A lawsuit filed by the Trump administration against Gilead Sciences is the most direct action taken to date to bring down the high cost of HIV prevention pills – a critical component of the government’s plan to...
The transplantation of pig organs into humans moved a step closer to reality after investors upped their bets, pouring in $100 million, on the work of biotechnology company eGenesis. The Cambridge, Massachusetts company uses...
This content is brought to you in partnership with HLTH. Last week, more than 6,000 attendees — from executives, investors and startups to policymakers, pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers — gathered at the MGM...
A controversial drug that treats the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease might become the first medication for the disease in 17 years to win regulatory approval. Biogen Inc. said it plans to submit a...
Key Takeaway: With concerns about the privacy of genetic data rising, Nebula Genomics has developed a Blockchain-based genomic marketplace, where users decide who gets access to their...
Amazon and JPMorgan Chase, working with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, are rolling out employee healthcare plans, the latest example of big tech making unlikely alliances in an effort to carve out territory in healthcare.
Google, scouting out opportunities at the intersection of digital technology and healthcare, is paying $2.1 billion to buy Fitbit, which will permit it to leverage its tech expertise and expand in the rapidly growing wearables market.
Researchers successfully edited the genome of strains of rice grown in Southeast Asia and West Africa to block a pathogen that ravages yields of the staple crop, the latest example of gene modification that may reduce hunger...
As concerns rise about the growing percentage of U.S. drugs manufactured in China, U.S legislators are seeking measures to bring more of the industry back onshore. During a congressional hearing Wednesday, regulators and lawmakers...
Alphabet pushed further into healthcare with a joint venture that aims to sell life insurance for people diagnosed with diabetes.  The Google parent as well as tech rivals including Apple and Amazon are seeking...
Walgreens, still dealing with the fallout from opening Theranos Wellness Centers inside its stores, is pulling back further on in-store clinics.  Walgreens Boots Alliance by year’s end will close 150, or 40%, of the...
Key Takeaway: DeadHappy’s wisecracks, animations and black humor on social media seek to get younger people talking about death and buying life insurance. Venture funds are smiling.
Google says it wants to be more than just a search engine for breast-cancer patients -- a point  CFO Ruth Porat makes in a blog post in which she discusses her own struggles with the disease.
Key Takeaway: The world’s biggest tech firms, including Alphabet, Amazon and Apple, are using cutting edge digital technologies to build the future of healthcare, a more than...
Good ultrasound images of the heart can be especially elusive; the heart is a perpetually moving target, tucked behind the thick walls of the chest. San Francisco-based startup Caption Health is aiming to make heart sonograms more...
Pacemakers, insulin pumps and other medical devices using software called IPnet contain potential flaws that make them vulnerable to cyber attacks, the Food and Drug Administration has warned.The agency is working with medical device makers to determine...
Artificial intelligence examining medical images can correctly identify diseases with greater speed and accuracy than doctors, raising the possibility that automated diagnosis may soon be common in parts of the world where specialists are scarce.
Global warming is doing more in Australia than sparking a health crisis. It’s changing the way some investors think about where to place their money.   Labeled an “irreversible” health crisis by the Australian Medical...
While the number of microbiome-focused products and investments rises, the science remains in a nascent stage, and expectations for the industry may be ahead of reality, according to speakers at a Bard College symposium on Thursday.
When Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last week asked Twitter users to reveal their most absurd medical bill, thousands of comments poured in. One poster said she was billed $600 for her son who had...
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