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Austin medical device company Luminex announces layoffs

Austin-based medical device company Luminex said Monday it has laid off more than 50 employees as part of a restructuring plan related to its acquisition of Nanosphere last year.  Company spokeswoman Christine Valle said the reorganization is “companywide”...

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How Austin's XBiotech aims to revolutionize drug discovery

This could be the year for XBiotech. Or not. The Austin-based drugmaker is poised to learn as soon as next month whether European regulatory officials will allow its lead cancer drug to be sold commercially. XBiotech says its mission is to revolutionize...

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Austin's StudioSIX5 introduces digital memory boxes to help with Alzheimer's treatment

The idea came when Dean Maddalena and his team noticed that something was missing. Something that made him sad. Maddalena is president of StudioSIX5, an Austin design that specializes in interior architecture and design for senior living communities...

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Austin's Mirna Therapeutics' stock plummets more than 20 percent

Mirna Therapeutics, an Austin-based drug development company, said last night that it had to abruptly close its Phase 1 study for its lead cancer drug because of "severe adverse events" associated with patients who were given the drug.  "The company...

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You say you're a Clinton supporter. But your biometric data says you aren't.

Even though she’s already decided to vote for Donald Trump, Austin resident Diana Welsch was eager to watch last week’s televised Commander-in-Chief forum, which featured the two major party candidates fielding questions about military issues.  But...

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Austin's Apollo Endosurgery to merge with San Diego company

Austin-based medical device company Apollo Endosurgery says it will become a publicly traded company by merging with a San Diego biotechnology firm. Apollo, which makes the Lap-Band gastric bypass device, is merging with Lpath Inc., a publicly traded...

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Shocking wearable tech: LifeVest saves San Marcos man's life during cardiac arrest

On May 13, a hot day in San Marcos, a garment saved Roger Hunt's life. He was in his sprawling, wooded backyard, walking with two friends through the workshop he built himself. The visitors were a father and son advising him on mortgage and property...

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How an Austin company is playing a role in the fight against Zika

Austin-based biomedical company Luminex Corp. says it has received an emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell a newly developed test for the Zika virus.  In partnership with Rockville, Md.-based GenArraytion, Luminex...

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Talking selfie elbow and other ergonomic dangers with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio, it was time to discuss the ergonomics of technology, and what happens when our gadgets cause to suffer from eye strain, "Text neck," carpel tunnel or the dreaded "Selfie elbow?" In the segment, we talk about...

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It's a done deal: Zimmer Biomet completes its purchase of Austin-based LDR Holding Corp.

Zimmer Biomet said Wednesday it has completed its $1 billion purchase of Austin-based LDR Holding Corp.  LDR Holding, which was founded in 2000, develops surgical technologies for patients suffering from spine disorders. The company employs 200 people...

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