April 12, 2013
Regarding Jeffrey A. Rosenfeld and Christopher E. Mason's April 7 Sunday Opinions commentary, " Who owns your DNA? Not who you think. ": The patents for which Mr. Rosenfeld and Mr. Mason criticized my company were essential to developing diagnostic tools that have been used by more than 1 million women to understand their hereditary risks of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. We did not patent human genes from anyone's body. Rather, our patents protect synthetic molecules created in the lab. This is no different than...
March 10, 2013 |
Short takes on the week's announcements and deals. Acquisitions Gaithersburg-based Oil Price Information Service , which publishes spot prices for refined petroleum products, said it has acquired Brooklyn Park, Minn.-based GasBuddy, a Web site that lists gasoline prices. Terms were not disclosed. Sterling-based cloud computing storage company IceWeb said it will acquire Kansas City, Mo.-based data center and Internet service provider Computers and Tele-Comm. Terms were not disclosed.
February 24, 2013 |
LAST WEEK a group of technology titans announced the establishment of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences , a $3 million award for each scientist honored, more than twice the sum of the Nobel Prize. The award comes at a time when the life sciences are in the middle of a scientific revolution no less awe-inspiring than the splitting of the atom. The founders of the prize include Art Levinson, chairman of both Apple and Genentech; Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google; and Yuri Milner, a Russian...
February 17, 2013 |
There is a new law firm on the block. Cooley, the Silicon Valley-based law firm best known for technology and life sciences work, moved into the Warner Building in downtown D.C. last month — a space once occupied by Howrey, the esteemed Washington law firm that dissolved and filed for bankruptcy in 2011. The move is more than a little symbolic. If Howrey was the quintessential Washington law firm , building its roots around the federal government, Cooley represents a...
November 7, 2012 |
Learning CPR was the best part of Anne Selby's day on Oct. 26. For her classmate Daniel Aguilar, it was learning how to operate robotic limbs. Anne said when she grows up, she wants to be a nurse or a teacher. Daniel said he wants to be a mechanic. The seventh-graders at Forest Oak Middle School viewed Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day, which took place at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, as an exciting learning experience outside the classroom. The adults who made it...
August 12, 2012 |
Steve Dubin left Martek Biosciences last November, nearly a year after selling the Columbia firm for $1.1 billion to Royal DSM , but you might not know it from looking at his schedule last Wednesday. The former chief executive spent his entire day with the company, though now his title is consultant. Dubin and former Martek President David Abramson created SDA Ventures shortly after their departure from the nutrition firm to advise Royal DSM and other companies in the sector on...