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In Brief This Week: Becton Dickinson, Corning; Empire Genomics; Emergent Technologies; Octa Phillip Bioscience Managers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson this week completed the sale of its Discovery Labware business to Corning for approximately $720 million in cash. The sale excludes BD's Advanced Bioprocessing platform.


Empire Genomics has opened a new clinical lab facility at its headquarters on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in upstate New York and expects to create more than 50 new jobs within the next five years. The firm also introduced this week its multiple myeloma test for aiding physicians in therapeutic guidance.


Emergent Technologies said this week that it has launched a life sciences business incubator in Austin, Texas, to help entrepreneurs and early-stage firms. The incubator will provide lab and office space, conference and meeting facilities, tech support, and access to advisors for business planning and strategy, research, IP and licensing, and partnering initiatives.


Octa Phillip Bioscience Managers announced a first close on its second fund, the Asia Pacific Healthcare Fund II, intended to support the healthcare and life sciences sector in Australia. Thus far, the fund has attracted A$55 million (US$57 million) from Australian institutions IOOF and MIESF. Octa Phillip said that the fund will remain open for investment for 12 months from this first close.


In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.