News Digest #203 – CRISPR at Davos, The Top Eighteen Technologies, and Free Genes

 

Hi all,

How can we use technology and scientific data — evidence-based decisions — faster and more precisely? Last month, five panelists gathered in Davos to explore the possible, plausible and probable impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how some of today’s hottest technologies (CRISPR, gene drives, artificial intelligence) are giving rise to future shock.


Nicholas Thompson, Marcos Souza, Feng Zhang, Mary Cummings, Marc R. Benioff, Peter Thomson. at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, and MBC BioLabs (formerly QB3@953), a life-science incubator, announced they have teamed up to help support and mentor promising startups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

From machine learning to synthetic biology and from solid-state batteries to the microbiome, Lux Research published a report that ranks eighteen technologies that are on track to reshape the world.

DSM and Evonik have created a new company, Veramaris, to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition. In the UK, CustoMem has received a €1.4m grant that will help the company to bring to market its biomaterial, optimised to efficiently capture specific pollutants from waste water.

At SLAS 2018 in San Diego, Labcyte launched a new sample management solution that provides a smarter approach to high-throughput screening, and TTP Labtech launched its dragonfly discovery liquid handling technology that helps scientists reduce drug discovery cycle times.

Finally, BioBricks needs your help: Tell them what useful DNA sequences should be developed for an open biotechnology commons that benefits all people and the planet and they will make them for you!

Regards,

John

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