Seattle-based startup Rodeo Therapeuticsis raising more cash for its work on tissue repair and regeneration. The company has reeled in another $4.3 million, according to a new regulatory filing, adding to an investment round that also included a $3.7 million cash infusion late last year. Rodeo, which raised a $5.9 million Series A round in 2017, declined to comment on the new funding.…
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Seattle has often been touted as an emerging life sciences town, but a recent CBRE report shows how promising the city really is for the industry. Seattle ranked No. 1 as an emerging life sciences hub, making it a prime candidate to become a leader in the life sciences. According to Los Angeles-based CBRE Group Inc.’s “Markets Positioned for ‘Century of…
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Blood Clots: What Cancer Patients Need to Know

When Don Stranathan’s left leg became swollen after a long day of shoveling granite for a buddy’s new bocce ball court, he didn’t think much of it. He even joked about it on Facebook. “Typical me, I posted a pic and said, ‘I worked so hard, my leg’s all swollen,’” said the 66-year-old metastatic lung cancer patient from Santa Rosa,…
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Sue Biggins grew up in rural Rhode Island in the Foster–Glocester school district that was notorious for being the first in the state to have school canceled for snowfall. She did her undergraduate work at Stanford University followed by a PhD at Princeton with Mark Rose. She then went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of California, San…
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The heart is one of the least regenerative organs in the human body — a big factor in making heart failure the number one killer worldwide. What if we could help heart muscle regenerate after injury? Physician and scientist Chuck Murry shares his groundbreaking research into using stem cells to grow new heart cells — an exciting step towards realizing…
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A new male birth control pill passed tests of safety and tolerability when healthy men used it daily for a month, and it produced hormone responses consistent with effective contraception, according to researchers at two institutions testing the drug. The Phase 1 study results were presented March 24 at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans.  Stephanie Page, a professor…
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Earlier Detection for a Deadly Lung Disease

Just to the left of Dr. Guang-Shing Cheng’s office computer is a photo of a smiling young woman. It’s been there for more than a year, always in the background as Cheng writes emails and research proposals and notes in patient records. It’s been there ever since the young woman, one of the first patients Cheng treated in Seattle, died. Cheng couldn’t…
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At the turn of the century, Dr. Qiang Tian signed on as a postdoctoral fellow with legendary scientist Dr. Lee Hood. He was in for a wild ride. In 2000, Hood co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), where Tian became the institute’s first-ever postdoc. In the nearly two decades since, Tian ascended to become a senior research scientist at ISB and…
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When starved for nutrients such as nitrogen, algae accumulate copious amounts of energy-rich lipids, which can be harvested and used as biofuel. Algae-based biofuel has the potential to serve as a sustainable replacement for fossil fuels. However, for biofuels to become a commercially viable solution, it is essential to more than double the total amount of lipids accumulated within algae. “This is…
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