Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up.

Study: Reflexion Health Virtual Therapy System Reduces Rehab Costs

Xconomy

The study, which evaluated Reflexion’s system for patients after total knee replacement surgery, was conducted in conjunction with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), part of the Duke University School of Medicine.

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Economic Study Ranks San Diego Near Top in Genomics Innovation

Xconomy

An economic impact study of San Diego’s emerging genomics industry counted 115 genomics-related companies operating in the region that directly employ over 10,000 people, and drive about $5.6 After previewing a glimpse of the study’s findings last month , Brady provided.

Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals

Xconomy

Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. startupsThe San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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I grew up believing that human behavior was 20% nature, 80% nurture. There have been many studies done on the topic including looking at twins raised in separate families. There have been studies of adopted children to their natural parents versus the parents that raised them.

What Can You Learn from the 4-Hour Workweek?

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Let me start by saying I’m a huge business book cynic. But Net had told me that he picked up some valuable lessons from the book, so I thought, “WTF? They can travel the world, take classes in interesting subjects, spend time with loved ones or start new hobbies.

Why 2020 Is Pivotal for Microbiome Drug R&D (Or Maybe 2021, Given COVID-19)

Xconomy

The start of a potentially big biomedical breakthrough is blooming within all of us. Drug research aiming to turn bacteria into microbiome therapies now spans programs aiming to address gut disorders, autism, cancer, and more.

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Oncolytics Bio Tacks On Cancer Combo Study with Merck KGaA, Pfizer

Xconomy

There’s a speed dating game of sorts happening as pharmaceutical companies that have approved cancer immunotherapies are testing their medications in combination with experimental drugs in hopes of reaching more patients.

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Cirius Therapeutics Raises $40M to Expand Ongoing Liver Study

Xconomy

A $40 million transfusion led by Frazier Healthcare Partners and Denmark’s Novo A/S is bringing fresh life to a Michigan biotech working to advance a new experimental drug for treating a type of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Bio Roundup: mRNA Vaccine Data, Rise of Rallybio, Roche’s Protein Play & More

Xconomy

As the nation started to reopen this week following two months of closed businesses and stay-at-home orders, public health officials and economists cautioned that society won’t truly return to anything resembling a pre-pandemic normal without a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Bio Roundup: Clinical Trials Paused, New MS Drug, Kallyope’s Cash & More

Xconomy

Fallout from the spread of COVID-19 infections led several companies to declare this week that they would stop enrolling patients in clinical trials or postpone studies that have not yet started. Finding and enrolling patients for clinical trials is always challenging.

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Bio Roundup: Goodbye Belviq, LogicBio on Hold, Revolution’s IPO & More

Xconomy

Post-marketing studies aim to identify side effects not observed in the first three phases of testing. This week, results of such a study led to the market withdrawal of weight-loss pill lorcaserin (Belviq). But the post-marketing study revealed a higher incidence of.

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Countering Cybersecurity Turnover: 57 Companies That Do It Best

Xconomy

What does it take to keep highly skilled cybersecurity employees? Salary and benefits are table-stakes.

Start With a Business Blog as Your Website

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your business and gaining valuable online exposure, ultimately bringing in more customers. Anchor blog in your domain name. Leverage blog content.

Bio Roundup: Bosley’s Editas Exit, Bridge Bucks, CRISPR Crime & More

Xconomy

After guiding the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing startup from scientific breakthrough toward the development of a potential cutting-edge medicine, slogging victoriously through a legendary patent fight , and reaching the cusp of an historic clinical trial , the well-traveled Bosley is cutting out, the company said Tuesday. In a week of big personnel moves, none was more surprising than Editas Medicine CEO Katrine Bosley’s departure.

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Bio IPO Madness: Six Biotech Startups Raise $568M in 24 Hours

Xconomy

Eidos will use the cash to fund studies of AG10 , a drug in mid-stage testing for transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis, a progressive and fatal condition caused by the.

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7 Recommendations For Building Your Brand With A Blog

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned from experience: Lead with your blog.

Doing the Right Things is More Important than Doing Things Right

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Yesterday I wrote a post about top-down versus bottom-up thinking. So they create a task list of all the marketing activities an organization can do: press releases, web site updates, customer case studies, blog posts, daily Tweets, Facebook fan page, attending conferences, etc.

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X·CON 2018: Photos From Three Innovation Days in November

Xconomy

View the Slideshow On November 4-6, Xconomy organized a meeting of the minds—an elite gathering of leaders in technology, business, healthcare, education, and energy—to discuss and demonstrate the key trends in their fields, heading into next year.

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With Big Takeda Deal at Launch, Can Ambys Keep Control of Its Future?

Xconomy

The startup, Ambys Medicines, has formed an unusual, broad alliance with Takeda. A new biotech has debuted today aiming to make a variety of treatments for deadly liver diseases.

Beta Bionics Secures $63M as AI-Driven “Pancreas” Heads to Key Tests

Xconomy

Beta Bionics, a startup developing a medical device that monitors and manages blood sugar levels in diabetes patients, has closed $63 million to back late-stage clinical tests of its AI-powered technology.

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Bio Roundup: Biogen’s Strategy, Drug Price Convo, NASH News & More

Xconomy

Biogen’s (NASDAQ: BIIB ) earnings call this week was the first since its Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab failed in a Phase 3 study and eviscerated the company’s shares. But he also pointed to moves the company has made to shore up its multiple sclerosis franchise and add drug candidates in other therapeutic areas. The road to every new drug approval is littered with the remains of earlier failures. Biopharmaceutical companies don’t like to talk about the failures.

7 Keys To Utilizing A Blog To Drive Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned from experience: Lead with your blog.

Bio Roundup: NASH News, Merck Strikes, Digital Tokens & More

Xconomy

Intercept (NASDAQ: ICPT ) reported interim data from a Phase 3 study showing its drug, obeticholic acid (OCA), reduced liver scarring in NASH patients. The growing epidemic of the fatty liver disease known as NASH, which has no FDA-approved treatment, has led to a frenzied race among drug companies. This week, one company, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, solidified its lead. But how much will being first to the finish line mean when all is said and done?

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Bio Roundup: Amarin’s Stunner, Lung Cancer News, Data Dumps & More

Xconomy

While other groups tested other fish oils and found no evidence of concrete cardiovascular benefits , Amarin pressed on with a massive study, bleeding cash for years. Amarin said this week that the REDUCE-IT study showed Vascepa lowered the risk of heart disease, marking a. Six years ago, a biotech called Amarin won FDA approval of a prescription fish-oil pill, Vascepa, because it could lower triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood.

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Aiming At P53, Cancer’s Hard Target, PMV Pharma Raises $74M

Xconomy

PMV Pharmaceuticals is the latest startup to load up with cash in an attempt to home in on one of the toughest targets in cancer biology: the tumor suppressor protein known as p53. The new cash will help PMV push into human clinical studies, though in its statement the startup didn’t say when those studies might begin.

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No Self-Editing: Biohacker Josiah Zayner Can’t Stop Living Out Loud

Xconomy

Of the various forms of the technology, CRISPR-Cas9 is the easiest to use, and it’s already showing up in summer camps and school science labs near you. A handful of drug companies have either begun or will soon begin human clinical studies of medicines that directly alter a patient’s genes. Gene editing has arrived.

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Biolinq Adds $4.75M to Advance Glucose Monitoring Biosensor Patch

Xconomy

Biosensor startup Biolinq said Thursday it has raised $4.75 million from new investors, including the New York-based Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, following the results of a clinical study of its experimental biomarker monitoring device. The San Diego startup.

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Kick-Start Your Consulting Startup With Your Blog

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned from experience: Lead with your blog.

Orbiting Organoids: Research in Space to Unveil New Neurodegeneration Insight

Xconomy

More than 250 miles above the Earth’s surface aboard the International Space Station, a first-in-kind study of neurodegenerative disease is expected to reveal never-before-seen cell interactions.

Bio Roundup: An Alzheimer’s Head-Scratcher, OUTBio, GSK & Gilead Shakeups  

Xconomy

Eisai and partner Biogen released the highly anticipated details of an Alzheimer’s disease study they had already deemed positive, after an initial failure. In one sense, the study was the success they have claimed. The devil is in the details, and key clinical trial results made that abundantly clear this week. A high dose of the drug appeared to have a positive impact on patients, compared to placebo.

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Bio Roundup: RIP Roger Tsien, Novartis CAR-T Wheel, Zika News & More

Xconomy

Just last month, a startup Tsien cofounded announced a round of funding to push ahead with a fluorescent technology that aims to help surgeons cut out tumors without removing healthy tissue. —Healthcare giant Novartis (NYSE: NOV ) is breaking up its cell and gene therapy R&D group , laying off roughly 30 percent of staff. A man who helped shed light—fluorescent light—on biology died far too early, at the age of 64.

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Angel Funding Advice

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Good idea & plan: You must start with a good idea and a PowerPoint deck (my outline is here , scroll down mid way). And a great product starts with the founder. If you can’t get product released and validated then do user studies. Quick caveats: having fewer investors (3-5) is better than many investors (10-15) and PLEASE make sure you hire a great lawyer who has experience in doing start-ups to avoid pitfalls that will make VC harder down the line.

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Edtech Venture Funding Down in 2016, But Still Tops $1B

Xconomy

A recent study by EdSurge , an edtech information firm, shows venture funding for U.S. While we’re looking at venture deal numbers from the past year , let’s consider the education technology industry, which isn’t broken out by sector in the general reports I’ve seen.

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ORIC Pharma Plans IPO to Test Therapies for Drug-Resistant Cancers

Xconomy

The company’s lead drug, ORIC-101, is under evaluation in Phase 1b studies in combination with enzalutamide (Xtandi) in prostate cancer and.

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Bio Roundup: GOP Vote-a-Rama, Immunotherapy Setbacks, Pharma Revamps

Xconomy

Two failed cancer studies this week provided a fresh reminder how little researchers and clinicians understand about immunotherapy’s vagaries: why it works for some people and not for others.

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Can AI Tools, $76M Lead BlackThorn to Targeted Pysch Drugs?

Xconomy

The new Series B round will give San Francisco-based BlackThorn—a startup spun out of the Scripps Research Institute in 2013—the backing to run human tests of two experimental treatments. The other, for autism, could start a Phase 1 study in 2020.

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Bio Roundup: IDO Fallout, Express Scripts Dumps Amgen, Isaly Out & More

Xconomy

Here’s a case study of how fast things can change in biopharma. This week, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and AstraZeneca all curtailed plans to run additional studies with IDO blockers, adding to a recent, similar decision from Newlink Genetics. For a few years, a type of cancer drug called an IDO inhibitor was all the rage, a promising path to expanding the reach of immunotherapy. Major drug makers were dealing, too.

Every Consultant Needs a Blog More Than a Website

Startup Professionals Musings

Blogging has come a long way in the past few years, from a social release for narcissists, to today’s required vehicle for promoting your consulting business and gaining valuable online exposure. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned from experience: Lead with your blog.

Biotech Roundup: CRISPR’s 3rd IPO, Gender Diversity, Buyouts & More

Xconomy

Our presidential candidates were either recovering from pneumonia or talking up their health records. New documents came to light that showed the sugar industry paid for studies downplaying the ties between sugar and heart disease. Meanwhile, there was yet another twist in the ongoing Duchenne muscular dystrophy drama, more biotech buyouts, new startups, and the filing of a long anticipated IPO.

Bio Roundup: DIY Biohacking, PCSK9 Data, Solid Setback & More

Xconomy

Regeneron made the move after data from a heart study suggested its drug might reduce the risk of death in those who have recently suffered a heart attack or stroke, and are at high risk of having. Drug prices are top of mind for many patients. Some of them have to cut back on basic needs just to pay for treatments that seem to rise in price each year. That made a recent announcement by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals particularly unusual.

Roche Gains Place in NASH Race with Purchase of Jecure Therapeutics

Xconomy

Roche is acquiring San Diego startup Jecure Therapeutics, with hopes of turning Jecure’s early research into a drug or drugs that treat the liver disease NASH.

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Bio Roundup: Ex-Kiters Say Allo, NASH Cash & Data, Alkermes No & More

Xconomy

We’ll start this week with biotech deals, one featuring a couple of CAR-T heavyweights who have re-emerged after selling Kite Pharma for $12 billion. The FDA didn’t smile upon a big submission of depression studies from Alkermes, while those fighting liver disease got a mixed slate of data as a big medical conference looms. Happy Friday, everyone.

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