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UW-Madison Spin-Off Company Scores $1M In State Funds
Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle this week announced that the state has awarded a $1 million grant to Stemina Biomarker Discovery, a nascent biotechnology company.
Doyle announced the award at a press conference in the lab of Gabriela Cezar, an assistant professor of animal sciences whose research on embryonic stem cells spawned the company. Cezar serves as CSO and co-founder of Stemina, which is the third Wisconsin company created from UW-Madison stem-cell research.
Stemina is developing a metabolomics platform that screens ESCs to predict drug toxicity (see CBA News, 3/9/07).

Ikonisys Sells Microscopy Platform, Bladder Application
To Michigan Urology Institute
Ikonisys this week announced the non-exclusive sale to the Michigan Institute of Urology of its proprietary Ikoniscope robotic microscopy platform and its oncoFISH bladder application. In conjunction with the Ikoniscope, oncoFISH bladder enables automated testing of cells found in urine specimens to aid in the detection of bladder cancer.
The company said that earlier this year, oncoFISH bladder became the first fully automated oncology diagnostic test to be cleared for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.