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R&D from the Comfort of an Attic

Despite having seven employees who all work from home, FerroKin Biosciences plans to bring a drug to market in 2015, reports The Atlantic's Quinn Norton. This low overhead model, Norton adds, allows the companies to focus on nice drugs, and the one FerroKin is developing is to treat congenital anemias. "The small industries and biotech freelancers springing up are, in some ways, like the divisions of the old behemoth drug company, but connected only by the tendrils of the Internet, and the relationships that grow so easily there," Norton writes. At the Decision Tree, Brian Mossop agrees that "the future of biotech discovery and development will be crafted in these specialized, small, startup companies." Mossop, though, says that that future is already here.

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.