Biotech

Found’s Swathy Prithivi and Atomic’s Jordan Kong on TechCrunch Live

Swathy Prithivi started Found with the goal of improving the journey of weight loss. The company quickly discovered a huge demand and rapidly scaled its operations and expanded throughout the United S

Gilead Sciences to acquire Oxford University biotech spinout MiroBio for $405M

U.S. pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences has announced plans to acquire Oxford University biotech spinout company MiroBio in an all-cash deal worth $405 million. MiroBio is a clinical-stage company f

Concert Bio lands pre-seed round to fix hydroponic farming’s ‘dirty secret’

The startup hopes microbiome-as-a-service will help boost crop yields in greenhouses.

Can a baby’s cry identify neurological disorders? Ubenwa says ‘yes’

When Charles Onu’s cousin was born with birth asphyxia and later developed a hearing condition, the seed for Ubenwa, an audio biometric company geared at identifying neurological disorders in in

Meati Foods sinks teeth into $150M to expand its mushroom-root meat operations

After five years of research, Meati Foods is poised to begin shipping its plant-based meat product later this year.

Cultivated meat company Meatable showcases its first product — synthetic sausages

Meatable, a Dutch biotech company developing cultivated “lab-grown” meat products, has revealed images of its inaugural pork sausage for the first time. Founded in 2018, Meatable is one of

Persephone puts poop to work to explore and heal your gut microbiome

What goes on in that gastrointestinal tract of yours? Well, we have a general idea, but evidence is mounting that the gut and the microbes that live there play an important role in a huge variety of h

Nucleus Genomics lands new funding from Alexis Ohanian to help people assess specific disease risks

Nucleus Genomics, a genetic testing company focused on calculating a patient’s risk of certain diseases, is adding $14 million to their initial seed funding round. With this round the company ha

Manifold Bio’s molecular ‘barcodes’ could break through pharma’s in vivo bottleneck

In the creation of a new drug, there comes a point where you have to finally put the molecule in a real creature — one at a time — and see if it actually does what you think it does. Manifold Bio&

Former Theranos exec Sunny Balwani is found guilty of fraud

Former Theranos COO and ex-boyfriend of disgraced founder Elizabeth Holmes, Sunny Balwani has been found guilty on all 12 criminal charges after a three-month trial. At her own high-profile trial this

Maolac pours new funding into superfood mimicking breast milk health benefits

The company identifies and extracts functional proteins from bovine colostrum and uses them to make milk protein mixtures that could be used for different immune-boosting applications.

FDA won’t require lengthy clinical trials for COVID-19 boosters

Future COVID-19 vaccine boosters won’t have to go through a traditional, lengthy clinical trial process to attain emergency use authorization in the U.S., according to a report in Reuters. An ag

AlgiKnit’s seaweed-sourced materials could mend the textile industry’s toxic habits

AlgiKnit is on a mission to offer more environmentally conscious materials for the heavily polluting fashion and textile industries. The startup is developing materials from seaweeds such as Macrocyst

3 tips for biotech startups seeking non-dilutive capital to weather the downturn

In a downturn, non-dilutive grants or contracts from the government should be seen as more appealing than ever because they provide runway without dilution and make for great headlines.

US Energy Sec. Granholm still ‘bullish’ Congress can ink ‘significant’ climate deal

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said she is still "hopeful, positive and in fact bullish" that Congress can agree on "a significant push into clean energy."

TikTok influencer turned biotech founder has marketing down to a science

Anja Health CEO and founder, Kathryn Cross, knows all too well that banking cord blood stem cells can be life. After losing her brother who could not find a donor in time, Cross founded Anja Health wi

Auxilius lands $10M to help biopharmas manage financial aspects of the clinical trial process

Many of us take prescription medication with little to no understanding of just how long it takes — or how much it costs — to get that drug to market. Conducting clinical trials of a given medicat

Investors salivate over food tech companies perfecting precision fermentation

The technology is not "new," but what has industry followers so excited is the potential for better-quality, more-cost-effective proteins compared to animal-based counterparts.

Meta Pharmaceuticals lands $15M to make autoimmune drugs with AI, new immuno-metabolism tech

Biotech startup Meta Pharmaceuticals sets itself an ambitious goal as it secures its initial investment. The Shenzhen-based company, which sets out to develop treatments for autoimmune diseases with t

Charm Therapeutics applies AI to complex protein interactions, locking down $50M A round

The world of AI-powered drug discovery keeps expanding as the capabilities of machine learning grow. One approach that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago is simulating the complicated interplays
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