Get ready for “citizen science” to transform bioscience. In mid-October, 28-year-old Eri Gentry opened BioCurious, a nonprofit public-use biology laboratory in Sunnyvale, Calif., with 2,400 square feet of “hacker space for biotech.” Similar community labs are sprouting up elsewhere, too. Do-it-yourself biologists are setting up shop in garages, basements, and hacker spaces worldwide. Executive Director Gentry and five co-founders raised $35,000 for the BioCurious lab on Kickstarter.com (a site that enables anyone to raise money from the public for creative projects).
“We like to hack hardware and software, why not hack our bodies?” says Tim Chang, a self-quantifier and Silicon Valley investor who is backing the development of several self-tracking gadgets.
Video-game players have solved a molecular puzzle that stumped scientists for years, and those scientists say the accomplishment could point the way to crowdsourced cures for AIDS and other diseases.
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MIDAS is extremely pleased to announce the inaugural Beyond Digital Health Manchester 2011 event, at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
With NHS budgets falling and demographic pressures on services increasing, the areas of eHealth, mHealth, personalised medicine and remote diagnostics are attracting increasing interest as solutions that could potentially transform the delivery of healthcare whilst keeping budgets in balance, Beyond Digital Health Manchester 2011 will take a look at these technologies from the perspective of businesses, investors, policy makers and service deliverers, emphasising the potential for collaboration between businesses and researchers and across sectors. Industry players and innovative SMEs will demonstrate their work, and relate their view of opportunities in this market. Universities and public bodies such as the Technology Strategy Board will highlight sources of funding for further research and development.
Anita Mathew was the Lifescan executive demonstrating the meter at the Apple event. Now, more than two years later, Mathew has left Lifescan and founded a startup called Glooko that has developed and brought to market a similar technology. Glooko, which has no affiliation to Lifescan, recently began selling a cable direct-to-consumer on Amazon for $40 that connects six of the most popular glucose meters including Lifescan’s to iPhones. The cable enables users to log their glucose data in a no frills app that is considered a Class I device under FDA’s MDDS guidelines.
RunKeeper announced a $10 million round of investments led by Spark Capital, which has also invested in Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, with participation from another new investor, AOL co-founder Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures. Return backer OATV, the venture arm of O’Reilly Media, also participated in the new round. The Boston-based startup, which now has 14 employees, plans to use the funding to grow its ranks and build out its product offering.