Sarah Buhr

Life sciences startup Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches

Life sciences startup Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches

 Avro, a life sciences startup in Y Combinator’s current batch, is banking on a method to deliver medications to populations unable to swallow or chew — it will administer them through the skin. Starting with allergy medications, the startup is developing skin patches that release drugs commonly used in seasonal allergies for children. The patches […]

 Sarah Buhr

Swiss pharma company Roche is buying Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion

Swiss pharma company Roche is buying Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion

 Roche, the global pharmaceutical company from Switzerland, today announced it will scoop up Flatiron Health, a startup analyzing real-time oncology data to help cancer patients and doctors, in a $1.9 billion deal. Flatiron has also confirmed the deal to TechCrunch. Read More Start the conversation, or Read more at TechCrunch

 Sarah Buhr

With $250 million, Peter Diamandis’ new startup is all about taking stem cells from placentas

With $250 million, Peter Diamandis’ new startup is all about taking stem cells from placentas

 Stem cells derived from a human placenta hold the key to unlocking a myriad of potentials in regenerative medicine and are the focus of X-Prize and Singularity University founder Peter Diamandis’ new endeavor. Called Celularity, the startup is a spinout from Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company creating gene therapies. Diamandis teamed up with Dr. Robert […]

 Sarah Buhr

Human sequencing pioneer George Church wants to give you the power to sell your DNA on the blockchain

Human sequencing pioneer George Church wants to give you the power to sell your DNA on the blockchain

 The blockchain is the buzziest thing on the internet these days and now MIT professor and godfather of the Human Genome Project George Church wants to put your genes on it. His new startup Nebula Genomics plans to sequence your genome for less than $1,000 and then add your data to the blockchain through the […]

 Sarah Buhr

This company will tell you which vitamins and supplements to take based on your DNA

This company will tell you which vitamins and supplements to take based on your DNA

 Nutrigene believes your genes may hold the secret to what you might be missing in your diet. The company will send you tailor-made liquid vitamin supplements based on a lifestyle quiz and your DNA. Read More Start the conversation, or Read more at TechCrunch

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Safe Catch Tuna is a startup on a mission to eradicate the risk of mercury poisoning from your fish

Safe Catch Tuna is a startup on a mission to eradicate the risk of mercury poisoning from your fish

 Bay Area startup Safe Catch Tuna has developed a patented technology to detect mercury levels in a variety of fish and pledges that its own brand of tuna products have the lowest levels of any brand. Read More Start the conversation, or Read more at TechCrunch

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The creator of Snoo, the $1200 high tech bassinet just came out with a baby swaddle

The creator of Snoo, the $1200 high tech bassinet just came out with a baby swaddle

 “Five second” baby swaddle Sleepea (pronounced “sleepy”) is a sleep sack for your little one promising to be more efficient and effective than the other swaddles on the market. This is the second product to debut from Happiest Baby founder Dr. Harvey Karp, the creator of the Snoo, a $1200 robot bassinet that rocks and […]

 Sarah Buhr

Amazon’s new healthcare company could give smaller healthtech players a boost

Amazon’s new healthcare company could give smaller healthtech players a boost

 JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have joined forces with Amazon to form a new healthcare company for all U.S. employees. Details are sparse; there’s not even a name associated with the new company. But this is big news for the industry, and it could have ramifications not only for health insurance giants, but also smaller […]

 Sarah Buhr

Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

 Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to The Information, which first reported the news. Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. Read More Start the conversation, or Read more at […]

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Enzyme.com wants to make FDA compliance easier for startups

Enzyme.com wants to make FDA compliance easier for startups

 The FDA approval process can be like navigating a minefield for health startups hoping to get through regulations and begin selling to the American public. YC company Enzyme.io hopes to help these small businesses by automating the process for them. Biomedical engineer Jared Seehafer came up with the idea through his own experience consulting with health […]

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