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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley Built The DNA Sequencing Market. Now He’s Stepping Down


Jay Flatley is stepping down as chief executive of Illumina ILMN +1.77%, the largest maker of the DNA sequencing machines that have transformed the study of biology and the invention of new drugs. He will be replaced as chief executive by Francis deSouza, an executive Illumina hired from Intel INTC -0.41% in 2013 and who was […]

Former FDA chief speaks out…

Peggy Hamburg poses for a portrait in Washington, Friday, March 11, 2016. (Drew Angerer for STAT News)

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg has a reputation for turning beleaguered government agencies around. Named the youngest-ever health commissioner for New York City in 1992, at age 36, Hamburg helped slow the spread of AIDS, boosted childhood immunization rates, and reversed a crippling tuberculosis epidemic. Seventeen years later, as commissioner of the US Food and Drug […]

Development of immuno-oncology drugs — from CTLA4 to PD1 to the next generations


Nature Reviews Drug Discovery – March 11, 2016 – Since the regulatory approval of ipilimumab in 2011, the field of cancer immunotherapy has been experiencing a renaissance. This success is based on progress in both preclinical and clinical science, including the development of new methods of investigation. Immuno-oncology has become a sub-specialty within oncology owing […]

CRISPR hits the courts


By SHARON BEGLEY @sxbegle MARCH 8, 2016 – It will be a clash of biological titans that could predict a Nobel Prize and bring a massive payday to the winner. On Wednesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office will begin an “interference proceeding” that will determine whether the University of California or the Broad Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of […]

Gene-edited ‘micropigs’ to be sold as pets at Chinese institute

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Cutting-edge gene-editing techniques have produced an unexpected byproduct — tiny pigs that a leading Chinese genomics institute will soon sell as pets. BGI in Shenzhen, the genomics institute that is famous for a series of high-profile breakthroughs in genomic sequencing, originally created the micropigs as models for human disease, by applying a gene-editing technique to […]