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Prenatal Testing Firm BillionToOne Closes $15M Series A Financing

From Genome Web NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BillionToOne, a Bay Area startup developing a molecular counting technology for noninvasive prenatal testing, said today that is has closed an oversubscribed $15 million Series A financing round.Hummingbird Ventures and NeoTribe Ventures led the investment round, with participation from Y Combinator, Civilization Ventures, Fifty Years, 500 Startups Istanbu...

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Prellis Biologics raises $9m

From Mass Device Prellis Biologics has raised $8.7 million in a new round of equity financing, according to a recently posed SEC filing.The San Francisco-based company is developing ultra-fast high-resolution holographic laser printing technology intended for use in creating human organs and tissues, according to its website.Prellis Biologics offers a number of products based around vascul...

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This 'Shark Tank' Founder Valued His Company at $11 Million With No Sales. Here's Why Mark Cuban Invested $550,000

From Inc.By Emily Canal Entrepreneur Ryan Bethencourt brought a dog food company with a crazy valuation to Shark Tank. One Shark called him 'probably a genius.' Dogs can be vegans too.That's the premise of vegan dog food company Wild Earth, whose founder Ryan Bethencourt brought a pair of real dogs to his Shark Tank pitch on Sunday. The Berkeley, California-based company creates ...

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Will This New Robot That Helps You Take Pills Have a Better Fate Than Jibo?

From BostInno: Will This New Robot That Helps You Take Pills Have a Better Fate Than Jibo? “Pillo, tell me about yourself,” Emanuele Musini, CEO of Boston-based robotics startup Pillo Health, orders.It’s a bright Monday afternoon, and the three of us—myself, serial entrepreneur Musini and, well, Pillo The Robot—are chatting in a meeting room at WeWork on Melcher Street. Musini and ...

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uLab Aligner Treatment Planning Software Reaches Significant Milestone

From Orthodontic Products Online: uLab Aligner Treatment Planning Software Reaches Significant MilestoneuLab Systems, Redwood City, Calif, the creator of an orthodontic aligner movement planning software, announced that it has passed a significant commercial milestone with over 6,000 cases completed in just 6 months.uLab launched its pilot program with a select group of orthodontists last ...

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Civilization Ventures: Holiday Event to Celebrate Women in Science

Celebrating Women Leaders in HealthcareCivilization Ventures and First Republic Bank’s Tech and Venture Team hosted a holiday event celebrating female founders' unique opportunities and challenges.An investor and founder panel was followed by cocktails and appetizers. The audience is a co-ed group of founders and investors.Linda AveyPrecise.ly, Co-founder and CEO; 23andMe, Co-founder Abril Estr...

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What do Bollywood and Rocket Pharma have in common? Possibly a Grammy.

Gaurav Shah, CEO of Rocket Pharmaceuticals, is a man of many talents. In his spare time, he joins his wife, Falguni Shah, on stage to perform her music in Hindi, English, and Gujarati under the stage name of Falu. Gaurav is featured on her most recent album, Falu's Bazaar, which was recently nominated for a Grammy. Falu composes her own music and lyrics in a style she calls Indie Hindi, a ...

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Prellis Biologics, Inc. Announces Vascular Tissue Blanks™, a Series of Ready to Use, Pre-Vascularized Tissue Scaffolds for Complex 3D Cell and Tissue Cultures and Transplantation

From Business Wire:Tissue engineering company Prellis Biologics launched the first ever line of pre-vascularized 3D (three-dimensional) tissue scaffolds today. The scaffolds are biocompatible and can be used by researchers to grow any cell type in 3D formats 1000x larger than 3D spheroids. For the first time, therapeutics can be tested on accurate, easily replicated, fast to set-up mo...

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BioPrinting with Alzheimer’s Stem Cells May Lead to Improved Drug Testing & Treatment

From 3DPrint.com: BioPrinting with Alzheimer’s Stem Cells May Lead to Improved Drug Testing & Treatment Alzheimer’s studies give many of us hope, whether we have a relative or friend suffering from the dreaded disease—or simply because we are hoping that a cure will be there if we begin to experience symptoms of the most common and crushing form of dementia. As bioprinting becomes valua...

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Synthetic biology: A call for a new culture of responsibility

From Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsBy Ali Nouri, Shahram Seyedin-Noor (General Partner, Civilization Ventures), December 7, 2018 In 1980, the World Health Organization declared the official eradication of smallpox.This was one of modern medicine’s crowning achievements—the elimination of a virus estimated to have killed more than 300 million people in the 20th century. That’s ...

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