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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

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.