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11
Nov
2019

Disruption, Fast and Slow

Chris Gibson, the CEO and co-founder of Recursion Pharmaceuticals, may have captured the essence of the difference in mindset between tech VCs and life science VCs, writing in a superb recent article (a response to my previous TR post): “The most consistent thread that differentiates tech and life science VCs is their willingness to project new data onto an industry and imagine resultant...
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5
Nov
2019

Tech VCs and Biotech VCs: Talking Past Each Other on AI Drug Discovery

[Editor’s Note: this is a new column called “Astounding HealthTech” by TR contributor David Shaywitz.] If you want to know the difference between tech venture capitalists and biotech VCs, look at their respective views on AI applications for drug discovery. Many of the most prominent AI drug discovery startups boast exceptionally rich valuations, driven by the enthusiastic participation of tech...
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15
Oct
2019

Turning Synthetic Biology Into ‘Living Drugs’: Synlogic’s Aoife Brennan on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Aoife Brennan. Aoife (it’s pronounced EE-fuh in her native Ireland) is the CEO of Synlogic Therapeutics. The company, based in Cambridge, Mass., is trying to build on years of work at MIT in synthetic biology. The basic idea is to create what the company calls Synthetic Biotics, or what you can call “Living...
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