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The University of Maryland, Baltimore is now participating in Horizon's "Targeting Cancer Consortium," in which the company supplies its gene-engineering platform to academic researchers, who create cellular disease models that Horizon in-licenses and sells to drug makers.

NKT licensed the IP from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. As a result, each of the Harvard Med-affiliated institutes has been awarded an undisclosed equity stake in the company.

The deal is a result of a nearly three-year research partnership between Aphios and LSUHSC-S, and is the latest product of a concerted effort at LSUHSC-S to ramp up collaboration between its faculty and industry.

The deal brings to six the number of academic institutions from which Fate has licensed IP related to using small molecules to induce pluripotency in stem cells for therapeutic effect, drug discovery, and matched cell-replacement therapies.

The patent, called “Fragment Complementation Assays for G Protein-Coupled Receptors and Their Signaling Pathways,” solidifies Odyssey’s position in complex-based assays, and adds depth to its IP coverage in these two areas, an Odyssey official told CBA News this week.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.