Syncona has once again proven its commitment to gene therapy start-up, Freeline Therapeutics with a £85 million investment from the £88 million series B funding round. Freeline’s main focus is on gene therapy for Haemophilia B and Farby disease and this latest cash injection ensures Syncosa’s majority stake in the startup.
In a necessary effort to help curb the antibiotic-resistance issue, Pizza Hut’s efforts to extend the human-relevant antibiotic-free chicken from only their pizzas to all their chicken products, must be praised even though KFC has committed to achieving the same goal by the end of this year.
In 2015, Apple initiated HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) a protocol that helps identify a callers’ location using various data such as wifi access points, GPS and cell phone towers. This has now been further developed by RapidSOS to send the data via secure channels to emergency call rooms.
The rhinovirus, otherwise known as the cold virus, is considered as the causative agent of asthma. Nearly 80% of all asthma attacks are caused by this cold virus, of which children are mostly affected. This viral asthma leads to chronic lung disease which in turn could be life-threatening.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has included ‘gaming disorder’ as a serious mental health condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Gaming disorder is officially considered to be serious since excessive priority is given to gaming over other everyday activities.
As China's leading event for the pharmaceutical industry, CPhI China strives to provide a platform for local, regional and international buyers, manufacturers and suppliers to meet, do business and drive research and development in the Chinese pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
Chief executive Dr. John Thompson, stated that the company also plans on targeting angel investors and a number of high-net-worth individuals in the new funding round. According to another report, AuriGen won a €2.5m funding boost from the EU-backed Horizon 2020 SME funding scheme amidst a lot of competition just last week.
A new risk assessment tool combining gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 with stem cells using disease modeling techniques has been developed by a team of scientists at the Stanford University Cardiovascular Institute. The tool has facilitated the modeling of individual patients’ heart in a lab and enabled undertaking of tests to ascertain whether or not signs of diseases are displayed by cardiac cells, as per a statement by the American Heart Association.
A new robotic system called OSCANN Desk has been developed by researchers at Spain’s Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and start-up AURA Innotive Robotics. The system has been designed for the accurate analysis of eye movements in order to detect neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is kind of lung disorder where the person may have difficulty in breathing which worsens over time. An irritation or inflammation in the lungs causes the air sacs to lose their elasticity, which leaves the air trapped in the lungs when you exhale. If this lasts too long, it could lead to a group of lung diseases (Chronic bronchitis and Emphysema) known as COPD.
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