FDA Develops Tool to Simulate Immune Response to Biologics

                                                                                          Issue # 3029 | September 20th, 2019      





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FDA Develops Tool to Simulate Immune Response to Biologics

Researchers at the US FDA have developed a new computational tool to predict whether the body will mount an immune response that blocks the activity of biological drugs. Specifically, the tool, dubbed TCPro, simulates how the body's CD4+ T cells will respond to biotherapeutics, and predicts whether the body will produce anti-drug antibodies. The FDA says its researchers validated the test by comparing its predictions for 15 protein therapies against reported clinical data for those same products. Learn More




Ginkgo Nets Another $290M to Program Cells Like Computers

Ginkgo Bioworks has raised another $290 million to expand the breadth of a technology that tinkers with a cell's genetic code and reprograms it-like programming a computer. Boston-based Ginkgo uses a combination of software and robotic systems to design organisms. It started out making microbes engineered to secrete a compound, like a chemical used in a flavor or a fragrance. But Ginkgo now has broader ambitions. The company says its synthetic biology approach can help with life sciences research and potentially replace a slew of conventional manufacturing practices that are more expensive or unsustainable. With this latest round, the company is now reportedly worth close to $5 billion. Learn More




Chinese Biotech Firm to Launch First U.S. Facility 

WuXi Diagnostics, a one-year-old joint venture between New WuXi Life Science Investment Limited and Mayo Clinic, has confirmed that it plans to open a "research and diagnostic testing development facility" in downtown Rochester, Minnesota ... "to accelerate esoteric diagnostic product development, and bring more personalized and accurate clinical diagnosis services for global patients." The new facility will be located on the third floor of the new One Discovery Square complex on the corner of Fourth Street and Second Avenue Southwest. This follows a WuXi Diagnostics building permit filed in Rochester in April for a $543,000 tenant space project. Learn More

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1973   Billie Jean King Triumphs in "Battle of the
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On this day in 1973, in a highly publicized "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, top women's player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men's player. Riggs, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn't handle the pressure of the game and that even at his age he could beat any female player. The match was a huge media event, witnessed in person by over 30,000 spectators at the Houston Astrodome and by another 50 million TV viewers worldwide. Learn More
 
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Why Being Respectful to Your Coworkers is Good for Business


Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success -- and your company's bottom line. Learn More