Disease Prevention Related 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|

Oxitec, a Pioneer of Insect Control Solutions, to be Acquired by Intrexon for $160M

It’s been an impressive year for Intrexon, which recently made multiple announcements to expand its leadership in synthetic biology. Earlier this year, the company acquired Okanagan Specialty Fruits (the agricultural company behind the world's first non-browning apple), Actogenix (which engineered [...]

Can Oxitec End Mosquito-Borne Diseases with Genetic Tools?

Mosquitoes are much more lethal than their size may suggest. Mosquito-borne diseases -- malaria, dengue, chikungunya --  cause nearly 1 million deaths globally every year. These deaths are totally avoidable if we implement tools that control mosquito populations. Chemical control [...]

By | September 28th, 2014|Agriculture, BioPharma & Healthcare, Crop Protection, Disease Prevention, News|