Tools & Techniques

Draper’s devices take on cell therapy’s pain points

Having surveyed more than 60 cell therapy developers on what keeps them up at night, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. is building a suite of microfluidic and acoustic tools to overcome the inefficiencies that...

Gladstone, Xyphos target universal CARs to latent HIV

Xyphos teamed up with the Gladstone Institutes to direct the company’s universal CAR Ts to cells latently infected with HIV, addressing several of the challenges CAR Ts have faced in the indication. Major barriers to...

NASH: how non-invasive biomarkers promise to displace biopsies

Non-invasive biomarkers in NASH are beginning to show where and how they can upstage liver biopsies, with the first impact appearing in patient recruitment. The biggest value will come when they can serve as regulatory...

Driving safely into solid tumors with CAR exosomes

Therapeutic exosomes derived from CAR T cells could avoid the cytotoxic side effects of the engineered cells and overcome barriers in the tumor microenvironment that limit the cells’ efficacy. The obstacles to deploying CAR T...

Yale takes CRISPR beyond editing, turning cold tumors hot

A Yale team has developed a new use for CRISPR as a cancer vaccine that turns cold tumors hot by boosting neoantigen expression, rather than editing genes. In the realm of cancer, CRISPR’s application to...

Vector rearrangement boosts globin-delivering gene therapies

Through vector genome reorganization, NIH researchers have amplified the manufacturing output and β globin delivery for a lentiviral gene therapy for sickle cell disease and β thalassemia. According to Naoya Uchida, gene therapies delivering β...

Broad takes RNA CRISPR into viral infections

The latest CRISPR study from the Broad Institute takes gene editing into infections caused by RNA viruses, using Cas13 -- which is proving to be one of the most versatile of the CRISPR-Cas enzyme family....

Nobel Prize for cell response to oxygen, a two-sided therapeutic target

Cellular responses to oxygen levels, the focus of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, are the targets of both inhibiting and activating therapies in clinical development for multiple diseases. William Kaelin, Peter Ratcliffe...

Biotechs propose solutions to impending shortage of AI talent

Competition for AI talent is about to get fierce as companies across biopharma, and every other sector, begin to deploy machine learning in house. Right now, biotechs are aiming to fill their talent needs through...

Locus co-founders open door to new CRISPR systems

As most gene editing companies remain laser-focused on the well-studied CRISPR-Cas9 system marred in IP disputes, a new study from Locus co-founders shows that an entirely different type of CRISPR system can tune gene expression...

New in vitro multi-organ system offers improved development model, regenerative opportunities

A new way to generate multi-organ systems in the lab could open up options for drug testing models as well as advance the regenerative medicine space. Organoids, miniaturized versions of organs grown in a petri...

Atomwise's JV spree

Drug developers signing up to partner with Atomwise for hit discovery and lead optimization said deal structures made it attractive to take the plunge on the AI company's emerging technology. Last week, Atomwise Inc. announced...

Getting higher-quality hits out of DNA-encoded libraries

DNA-encoded libraries are quickly surpassing traditional high throughput screens as industry’s first stop for hit generation. Now, developers are taking the technology up a notch to get more tractable hits in the output. DNA-encoded library...

Enzymes aim to beat chemistry by creating longer, speedier, cleaner DNA strands

The first new chemistry for DNA writing in 30 years is gathering steam, with enzymatic synthesis startups developing platforms to generate longer, purer DNA strands in record time. While the new players aim to outperform...

Lasker honors creators of Herceptin

This year’s suite of Lasker Foundation awards includes recognition of the scientists that created anti-HER2 mAb Herceptin trastuzumab, one of the first transformative therapies to come out of biotech, and one that remains standard of...