Sarah Buhr

Write about the wild new frontier of biotechnology (3D printed organs, one drop blood tests, or hamburgers grown in a lab? I’m your gal), also a bit of politics, gender and diversity and sometimes they put me on camera at TechCrunch to tell you about cool new gadgets and gizmos.

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  • The top biotech stories of 2016

    The top biotech stories of 2016

    Biotech has been very hot this year as one of the fastest growing tech sectors as costs have plummeted, allowing innovation to speed up and bring us exciting innovations in health. But it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for investors. The many Theranos scandals became a primer on what not to do when building a billion-dollar biotech startup and then we had exciting IPOs (and a… Read More

  • Eaze CEO steps down

    Eaze CEO steps down

    Keith McCarty, founder of the well-funded pot delivery startup Eaze, is stepping down from his position as CEO. Instead, the startup’s chief product and technology officer Jim Patterson will take on the role and McCarty will remain on the board of directors “as a strategic advisor on company growth,” says a blog post on the site announcing the change of roles. McCarty… Read More

  • 10 high-tech holiday gifts for your furry friends

    Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub. Have a furry friend and want to spoil them with tech treats? This is the list for you! From cat cams to apps to occupy them while you… Read More

  • Amazon Echo may be listening in on your conversations in your Vegas hotel room

    Amazon Echo may be listening in on your conversations in your Vegas hotel room

    The Wynn Las Vegas hotel is adding an Amazon Echo to every one of its 4,748 rooms. A first for a hotel to do and a great way to market both the hotel and the Echo device. However, it also means, should you stay there, you’ll have a built-in surveillance device potentially listening in on all your conversations whenever you are in the room. Call me crazy but there might be a few guests… Read More

  • Scanadu to shut down support for its Scout device per FDA regulation and customers are mad

    Scanadu to shut down support for its Scout device per FDA regulation and customers are mad

    Medical startup Scanadu informed customers today it will no longer support its Scout device starting May 15, 2017. The reason? Though Scanadu has been working with the Food and Drug Administration to get full approval for this and other devices, it seems Scout didn’t make the cut. Scanadu came out of the X Prize Foundation’s Qualcomm Tricorder competition, but soon broke an… Read More

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    Synthetic biology startup Lygos raises $13 million from OS Fund and IA Ventures to make cleaner chemicals

    Synthetic biology startup Lygos raises $13 million from OS Fund and IA Ventures to make cleaner chemicals

    Lygos uses microbugs to convert low-cost sugar into specialty chemicals used in manufacturing, and is now releasing a technique to make malic acid, an ingredient needed in the mass production of electronics. To do so, the company announced today it has raised $13 million in Series A funding led by OS Fund and IA Ventures, with participation from First Round Capital, Y Combinator’s… Read More

  • Google Ventures-backed Clear Labs gets $13 million in Series B to nip food recalls in the bud

    Google Ventures-backed Clear Labs gets $13 million in Series B to nip food recalls in the bud

    Clear Labs, a genomic data platform hoping to stop E-coli outbreaks in your favorite burrito chain before they start, has pulled in $13 million in Series B funding to build a next-generation sequencing-based (NGS) microbiome test and grow the business. It’s often hard for food manufacturers to know the origins of an infected batch before it goes out to the public. However, Clear Labs… Read More

  • Trakz is a Fitbit with GPS tracking technology for your dog or cat

    We love our pets and want to keep track of them, make sure they’re eating well and getting the exercise they need and U.K.-based Trakz wants to help us do that with technology products for keeping track of your dog and cat. The startup has a GPS and fitness tracking device that can be inserted in your pooch’s or kitty’s collar and a feeding bowl tracker to keep track of how… Read More

  • Zenly lays out its plan to become a must-have social media app

    Zenly lays out its plan to become a must-have social media app

    French-based location sharing app Zenly hopes to be the next Snapchat and co-founder Antoine Martin came onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about how it plans to get there. The original idea came from Foursquare check-ins but Zenly allows users to check-in and share their location with friends and family. Martin spent two to three years with ex-Google and Apple engineers perfecting… Read More

  • Workplace by Facebook seeks work life balance

    Workplace by Facebook seeks work life balance

    Workplace by Facebook officially launched six weeks ago and director Julien Codorniou came onstage at Disrupt London today to talk about how the platform is responding to and building features to reduce interruption at work. Workplace is both a desktop and mobile app much like Facebook, but for your colleagues to socialize and communicate. The platform sports the same features as its friends… Read More

  • Anti-aging pill startup Elysium Health inks at least $20 million in Series B funding

    Anti-aging pill startup Elysium Health inks at least $20 million in Series B funding

    Elysium Health markets a pill formulated with ingredients it says will keep you feeling young and, according to a source close to the matter and documents obtained by TechCrunch, the startup has closed on $20 million in Series B financing at what we’re told is a $157 million valuation led by General Catalyst and participation from an ARCH Venture Partners investor. Reached for… Read More

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    Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

    Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

    Open Bionics is a U.K. startup making bionic hands for patients needing prosthetics and co-founder of the company Samantha Payne came onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to tell us about a new deal between Open Bionics and the National Health Service (NHS) to bring new technologies to amputees. The deal involves a feasibility study with the NHS through SBRI Healthcare to see if… Read More

  • InsideDNA looks deep into DNA to find the best drug targets

    Using a computational platform and your DNA, bioinformatics startup InsideDNA aims to determine the right drug interaction for your body. The startup began three years ago as a cloud-based platform for genomics analysis called InsideDNA Research, which brought optimized storage and reproducible research to scientists through cloud computing. But it soon saw a broader problem in the… Read More

  • Code.org’s third annual Hour of Code includes star athletes and a new sports-themed coding tutorial

    Code.org’s third annual Hour of Code includes star athletes and a new sports-themed coding tutorial

    Jocks and nerds haven’t always gotten along in years past, but Code.org aims to bring them together for the third annual Hour of Code with a sports-themed coding campaign. The campaign, which kicks off today, will feature support from superstar athletes like Kobe Bryant, the Golden State Warriors Draymond Green, Serena Williams, Neymar Jr, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo Vieira from Real… Read More

  • That one time I was tucked in by a startup

    That one time I was tucked in by a startup

    There I was on a comfy gray couch, surrounded by pillows and being handed an eye mask in a reserved office space in downtown San Francisco when, next thing I knew, Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm was tucking me in and spraying a relaxing mist over my body. “Sweet dreams,” said his comms person as the two shut the door. That’s when Tamara began to speak… Tamara… Read More

  • AngelList acquires Product Hunt

    AngelList acquires Product Hunt

    AngelList, the LinkedIn for startups, just bought Product Hunt, the platform where people vote up or down on startup products. Product Hunt declined to comment on the selling price but a source close to the matter tells us it was about $20 million. Recode first reported that same price.  Product Hunt was rumored to be raising its next round for the past several months but, as founder… Read More

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claims more than $100 million in total investment

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claims more than $100 million in total investment

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the counterpart startup to Hyperloop One, which is also building a prototype of Elon Musk’s hyperloop system, says it has raised a little over $108 million dollars to build the tech aiming to zip us from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under half an hour. To be clear, the company has raised a total of $31.8 million in cash from investors… Read More

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    Sean Parker is partnering with the Cancer Research Institute to find a cancer vaccine

    Sean Parker is partnering with the Cancer Research Institute to find a cancer vaccine

    Cancerous tumors carry certain markers called neoantigens and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker wants to use algorithms to find them. To do so, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will work with more than 30 public and private pharmaceutical, biotech, cancer research nonprofits and academic institutions through a partnership with the Cancer Research Institute to use predictive… Read More

  • Period tracking app Clue pulls in $20 million Series B from Nokia Growth Partners

    Period tracking app Clue pulls in $20 million Series B from Nokia Growth Partners

    Clue, an app built on machine learning to track a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, announced it has raised $20 million in Series B funding today. The money comes from several investors with a focus in the healthcare space and was led by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). Other participants in the round include existing investors Union Square Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, Brigitte Mohn and… Read More

  • Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

    Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

    Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in realtime for diabetics. Co-founder Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow back skin that had been damaged while at Northwestern University when she started learning how to treat diabetic feet and thought of making a… Read More

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