Arch Venture Partners Vizgen Raises $37M in Series B Financing The Harvard spinout will use the proceeds to commercialize its Merscope technology for spatial transcriptomics and increase manufacturing capacity. Vizgen Launches With $14M Series A Financing The firm, cofounded by several Harvard University researchers, is commercializing a single-cell spatial transcriptomics technology called MERFISH. Gene Editing Firm Homology Medicines Raises $43.5M in Series A Funding The new company hopes to turn recombinant adeno-associated virus-based gene editing, which has minimal off-target effects, into new therapies. Codiak BioSciences Launches With $80M Financing to Develop Exosome-Based Products The new firm will be based in the Boston area and is co-founded by MD Anderson Professor Raghu Kalluri and Broad Institute Director Eric Lander. Non-Profits, Investors Worry About Proposed Washington State Tax Surcharge Increase Leroy Hood called the bill short-sighted and said that over the long-term it could potentially reduce the attractiveness of starting up companies in the Seattle area. Jan 21, 2010 Decode Assets Sold to Saga Investments; Relaunched as Private Company Jan 15, 2010 Court Approves Sale of Decode Assets to Saga Investments Apr 22, 2009 UMich Spinout Lycera Nets $36M in VC Cash; Taps NYU Immunologist for New Research Program Premium Mar 4, 2009 Fate Therapeutics Bolsters Academic Stem-Cell IP Portfolio with Whitehead Institute License Premium Breaking News Children With Autism May Have Underdeveloped Gut Microbiomes, Metagenomic Analysis Finds Kiromic BioPharma Acquires InSilico Solutions Bio-Rad Laboratories, 10x Genomics Settle IP Lawsuits, Sign Global Cross-Licensing Agreement Scope Fluidics Obtains CE Mark for PCR-Based SARS-CoV-2 Panel MeMed COVID-19 Prognostic Test Receives CE Mark ERS Genomics Licenses CRISPR IP to Japan SLC The Scan Dropped Charges The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal. More Kids The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children. PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more. Purnell Choppin Dies Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.