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Blueprint Initiative Spins Out New Company; Inaugural Product to Launch in May

NEW YORK, April 21 (GenomeWeb News) - Mount Sinai Hospital's Blueprint Initiative has spun out a new company that will soon release its first informatics product, the hospital said earlier this week.


The company, Unleashed Informatics, was created in part with a CA$1.2 million ($970,000) grant from Sun Microsystems of Canada. Together with Blueprint it will unveil its inaugural hardware and software platform at the Bio-IT World Conference in Bostonnext month.


"At the same time, Blueprint's commitment to developing leading-edge, open-source standards-based, and freely available public databases like BIND remains as strong as ever," Christopher Hogue, Blueprint's principal investigator and acting CEO of Unleashed Informatics, said in a statement.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.