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  • SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million

    SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million

    Since the advent of accelerators, venture capitalists have competed to lock in deals with the best startups in a given batch. Entrepreneur turned investor Sean O’ Sullivan thought it would be better to develop a venture firm that owned and ran its own accelerators. Today that firm, SOSV, has closed its third fund at $150 million to back startups that are admitted to and have graduated… Read More

  • The biotech empires of Silicon Valley and Europe Crunch Network

    The biotech empires of Silicon Valley and Europe

    As biotechnology gains prominence among investors, two hubs have emerged as hotbeds of innovation for the resurgent industry. While the two-square-mile patch of South San Francisco bustles with more than 70 biotech firms, including Genentech, Amgen and Exelixis, an equally influential geography has grown along the Lemanic Arc of Switzerland and into the heart of Basel, where pharma… Read More

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    Ava promises to clone high-end wines without using any grapes

    Ava promises to clone high-end wines without using any grapes

    You’ve heard of turning water into wine, but Alec Lee and his founding team of bioengineers have taken to their San Francisco laboratory to turn molecules into wine. “We create the wine without any grapes, yeast or any kind of fermentation,” Lee, the founder of Ava Winery, told TechCrunch. Ava does this by analyzing molecular profiles of select wines and reconstructing them… Read More

  • Watch the Indiebio Demo Day here

    Watch the Indiebio Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Indiebio’s Demo Day this Thursday, July 14th from San Francisco. Backed by SOSV, Indiebio is the largest life sciences accelerator to date. Indiebio provides each startup in the accelerator with $250,000, lab space, and expert mentors including 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and father of the Human Genome Project, George Church. IndieBio’s third… Read More

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    A Look Inside Silicon Valley’s Wild Biotech Accelerator IndieBio

    Silicon Valley breeds the kind of people that create computers that fit in the palm of our hands, electric cars that can go hundreds of miles on a single charge and plans to launch tiny satellites across the globe to bring everyone in the world Internet access. Biotechnology is now taking shape alongside those other big ideas, thanks to reduced costs in robotics, machine learning and… Read More