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Oxitec: Fighting Disease At The Insect Level

Malaria, dengue, chikungunya –deadly diseases from which billions are at risk. Spread by insects such as mosquitoes, attempts to control these diseases usually involve targeting the insect host – using techniques ranging from insecticides to oil spills. But a new [...]

By | December 30th, 2015|BioPharma & Healthcare, Disease Prevention, News|

The House of Lords Report on Genetically Modified Insects

One of the most reliable ways to invite controversy is to discuss the spread of genetically modified traits into ‘wild’ populations, and indeed numerous regulations are designed to minimise this cross-pollination. But what if the spread of certain traits provided [...]

By | December 22nd, 2015|BioPharma & Healthcare, Disease Prevention, News|

From BIOtech to bioTECH: Meet Serial Entrepreneur Randal Kirk, CEO of Intrexon

There will be a lot of synthetic biologists at the upcoming conference, and a lot of entrepreneurs hoping to scale their company to greatness and riches (often these two are combined into the same person). It is, however, a difficult [...]

Pathfinders in Synthetic Biology: Jay Keasling and Kinkead Reiling

An immense number of chemicals and enzymes are currently produced at industrial scales using biological production processes. Citric acid? Millions of tons are produced each year by Aspergillus strains. Rennet for your cheese? That’s most likely from E. parasitica fermentation. [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|BioPharma & Healthcare, Disease Prevention, News|

Intrexon Stock Offering Generates $230 Million

The synthetic biology company Intrexon Corporation recently announced the closing of its public stock offering, which garnered $230 million dollars from the sale of more than 5.5 million shares in the course of a week. This is just the latest [...]

Prokarium Receives Funding from SynbiCITE to Develop Salmonella-derived Vaccines for Chlamydia

Pathogens have perfected the art of manipulating our immune systems, and Salmonella enterica is one of the best. Prokarium is taking advantage of this natural expertise by re-engineering Salmonella into an efficient vaccine platform for a variety of infectious diseases. [...]

By | August 19th, 2015|BioPharma & Healthcare, Disease Prevention, News|