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Start-up lessons from a researcher

Start-up lessons from a researcher

My company, Xpressomics, was born a couple of years ago when I was conducting post-doc work on hypoxia research and ran into problems when performing gene expression analysis on my microarray data. I felt that the analytics process involved too many steps, required help from bioinformaticians and was too time-consuming. As a biologist I needed a simple solution with up-to-date annotations and requiring no programming skills. From that came an idea to develop a gene expression analytics solution, which by today has evolved into a gene expression search engine.  Read more

A Canadian (un)Curriculum

A Canadian (un)Curriculum

Canada is known for its hockey, maple syrup, the beaver, Canadian goose and apologetic nature (sorry). But our list of accomplishments doesn’t end there. Canadians are also tenacious innovators in the fields of biomedical science and biotechnology. Trailblazing Nobel Prize winners like Michael Smith (Site Directed Mutagenesis) and Sir Banting and Best (insulin) paved the way for our current luminaries like Tak Mak (T-cell receptor), Eric Brown and Gerry Wright (antibiotic discovery). These avant-gardists have two characteristics in common: creativity and acumen.  Read more

The E is silent

The E is silent

I’ve already mentioned Wake Forest and tech transfer, but the picture above was shot on the University of South Dakota campus here in the US. The university, which has the state’s only medical school and an overall enrollment of more than 10,000, is located in Vermillion, SD. The official mascot is a coyote — though pronounciation of the word in South Dakota drops the long “E” at the end, so it rhymes with “oat.” This is common in western parts of the US, and thus, when rooting on the local team in The Dakota Dome, the correct phrase is “Go Yotes.”  … Read more

Changes in University Tech Transfer

Changes in University Tech Transfer

The December issue of Nature Biotechnology will include a BioE feature article investigating changes in university tech transfer in the US. We started thinking about this topic early in 2014 and spent about six months reporting on it, before taking all that information and trying to mold it into publishable form. The result is that we have more than we were able to fit into the article, and I wanted to pass along some tidbits on Trade Secrets.  Read more

Estonia’s Biotech

Tallinn, Estonia

Tucked away in the northeast of Europe, Estonia has been at the forefront of developing digital services for many years. In a country of 1.3 million people, paying for parking spaces with mobile phones has become commonplace, and around 95% of Estonians file their annual tax returns online in 10 minutes.  Read more

The birth of a cluster

The birth of a cluster

Hopefully you read my latest post, and how I practically demanded the appearance of local clusters of biotechnology, with research and innovation throughout the world. There’s a first effort in my country that is proving to be a great framework for this: Redbionova.  Read more