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If Biotech Goes Belly Up, There's Always the Landlord Thing to Fall Back On

Here's an article from the Boston Globe reporting on the Biogen Idec Innovation Incubator, a program led by Rainer Fuchs that just signed up its first tenant. "Biogen Idec is trying a new approach: setting up an incubator to help biotech start-ups get off the ground by providing them with funding, technical expertise, and office and laboratory space," according to the story. "After spending more than a year getting the incubator ready, Biogen Idec plans to disclose today that it has signed up its first tenant, Escoublac, a new company based on research from a Columbia University researcher."


The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.