drug discovery

Qrativ, a joint venture of Mayo Clinic and Nference, seeks new treatments for rare diseases by coupling Mayo research with publicly available genomic data sets.

The companies will share bioinformatics and NGS expertise to speed the identification of diseases, accelerate drug discovery, and find "genomic shields."

TwoXar will work with Stanford's Asian Liver Center to identify and validate computationally-derived drug candidates that target hepatocellular carcinomas.

Cyclica will soon begin testing a commercial version of its services software this summer ahead of a full launch planned for next year.

The partners will generate and analyze disease-specific gene expression data to identify likely drug candidates for rare skin diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, Insilico Medicine will integrate unspecified data assets and the staff of Belgian bioinformatics company InSilico Screen.

TwoXar will use the funds to expand its engineering and commercial teams and  support partnerships focused on drug candidates for metabolic and neurological diseases.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Microbiome company Second Genome today announced a deal with Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Biotech aimed at microbiome drug discovery.
Second Genome also announced it raised an additional $6.5 million in Series A financing.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MyoKardia, a San Francisco-based drug startup, has been launched with $38 million in Series A financing from Third Rock Ventures.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.