May 31, 2023


It's the Technology

New startups, fundings, mergers, clinical trials, partnerships – GeekWire


A protein (purple) interacting with a modest molecule, a prospective drug (green), visualized in Attraction Therapeutics’ DragonFold instrument. (Attraction Impression)

Here’s a rundown of lifetime sciences and well being information across the Pacific Northwest this week.


  • DNA sequencing corporations TwinStrand Biosciences, centered in Seattle, and Singular Genomics have paired up to establish ultra-delicate exams to detect uncommon gene variants. One application is detection of “minimal residual disease” in cells and tumor DNA in the bloodstream.
  • Seattle’s Umoja Biopharma and TreeFrog Therapeutics are combining know-how to make new cell therapies from human induced pluripotent stem cells, blank-slate cells that can be nudged into unique mobile kinds. Umoja has a way to convert these cells into therapeutic immune cells, and TreeFrog can increase them in big amounts.  

American Society of Medical Oncology (ASCO) abstracts:

Scientific trials:

  • Men and women from age 6 months to 49 decades will be assessed in a analyze inquiring how effectively COVID-19 vaccines defend versus health issues, specially in youngsters, and how the immune system responds right after an infection. The multi-heart research will enroll 3,500 people in the Seattle and Portland regions.
  • Cell remedy company Sonoma Biotherapeutics has the environmentally friendly light-weight from the U.S. Foods and Drug Administration for an early-stage demo of its biologic SBT115301. SBT115301 is intended to eradicate hugely active immune cells current in autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, in preparation for cure with cells derived from immune-calming “regulatory” T cells.


  • Researchers at Seattle Children’s Investigation Institute and their colleagues assessed isoflurane, a widespread anesthetic. The gas inhibits a key protein intricate in mitochondria, the cell’s vitality-manufacturing factories, leading to results on neurons.
  • Baker, head of the UW’s Institute for Protein Style, and his colleagues penned a evaluation posting in Character exploring how to style and design economical enzymes from scratch.

New manufacturing heart:

  • Swiss biomanufacturing giant Lonza has expanded its facility in Bend, Ore., incorporating a new center centered on increasing supply of oral or inhaled smaller molecules.

Closed for business:

  • Washington condition attorney normal Bob Ferguson gained $500,000 for men and women who had compensated for unproven stem cell treatment plans from a corporation that ran the Seattle Stem Cell Centre, which is no for a longer period permitted to current market this sort of therapies.

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