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Aug 8, 2018

Samumed in $438 Million Deal to Develop Anti-agingTherapies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Today, we were pleased to hear that Samumed, a San Diego-based biotech company working on regenerative medicine, has just raised $438 million towards developing anti-aging therapies.

SAN DIEGO – August 6, 2018 – Samumed, LLC, announced today that it has closed its A-6 Round of equity issuance with $438 million, bringing its total equity raised to date to more than $650 million. The pre-money valuation for the round was $12 billion.

“We appreciate the strong support from our investors,” said Osman Kibar, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Samumed, “and we are now in a fortunate position to both move our later stage programs to commercialization, as well as expand on our earlier stage science and clinical portfolio.”

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Aug 8, 2018

Chip Lights Up Optical Neural Network Demo

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made a silicon chip that distributes optical signals precisely across a miniature brain-like grid, showcasing a potential new design for neural networks.

The human brain has billions of neurons (nerve cells), each with thousands of connections to other neurons. Many computing research projects aim to emulate the brain by creating circuits of artificial neural networks. But conventional electronics, including the electrical wiring of semiconductor circuits, often impedes the extremely complex routing required for useful neural networks.

The NIST team proposes to use light instead of electricity as a signaling medium. Neural networks already have demonstrated remarkable power in solving complex problems, including rapid pattern recognition and data analysis. The use of light would eliminate interference due to electrical charge, and the signals would travel faster and farther.

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Aug 8, 2018

Ichor Therapeutics Announces The Formation of Grapeseed.bio

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Ichor Therapeutics, a life science company in Lafayette, New York, is one of the big players in the world of rejuvenation biotechnologies. Since its founding in 2013, it has been growing and expanding its portfolio of companies working on therapies against the diseases of aging; on August 1, 2018, Ichor announced the formation of its strategic fund, Grapeseed.bio.

What is Grapeseed.bio

This new fund and accelerator program is meant to provide young life science startups with seed funding up to $100,000, technical training, mentorship, and full access to Ichor’s large research laboratory.

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Aug 8, 2018

Happy to announce our support for Kelsey Moody’s Grapeseed.Bio an accelerator program for young companies that develop therapeutic interventions for age-related diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

http://grapeseed.bio/uncategorized/ichor-announces-1m-life-s…-syracuse/

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Aug 8, 2018

Can the US stop the scientific brain drain to China?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

The United States is still the preeminent location for scientific research, but this is not a given, and we should not take it for granted. The new policies being implemented by China, and especially their ambition to attract outside talent, could quickly drain the lifeblood of our scientific institutions. Without a determined effort to attract, support, and retain leading researchers, we cannot expect to drive the breakthroughs, technologies, and medicines of the future. Massachusetts has admirably made a strong commitment to biotechnology through the Life Sciences Initiative. But will this be enough to sustain the scientific ecosystem of the entire country?


The United States is in danger of losing its primacy in scientific research.

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Aug 8, 2018

Astronaut Announcement

Posted by in category: space travel

Don’t Miss This! We’re introducing you to the first astronauts who will launch from U.S. soil since the final Shuttle mission in 2011. Join us live starting at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 3 to meet the Commercial Crew astronauts who will fly on The Boeing Company and SpaceX capsules to #LaunchAmerica to the International Space Station.

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Aug 8, 2018

Journal Club July 2018 — CRISPR may cause unwanted mutations

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

The July edition of the Journal Club has us taking a look at a recent paper that casts doubt and concern over the use of CRISPR Cas9 for gene editing.

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The paper we are discussing can be found here: https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.

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Aug 8, 2018

‘Rogue Planet’ Travels Universe Without A Parent Star

Posted by in category: space

This ‘rogue planet’ travels the universe without a star.

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Aug 8, 2018

1 Gram Of This Material Is Worth $6.25 TRILLION Dollars

Posted by in category: materials

The most EXPENSIVE Material in the world, priced at more than 6 TRILLION per gram is…?

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Aug 7, 2018

Robot Spiders Could Help Doctors With Surgery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

These soft robot spiders could change how doctors perform surgery.

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