Health Tech

Austin biotech company Lung Therapeutics raises $14.3 million

Austin biotech company Lung Therapeutics said Tuesday it has raised $14.3 million to help fuel its quest to develop drugs to treat fibrosis, lung injury and other diseases. The lead investor in the funding round was Bios Partners. Lung Therapeutics...

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XBiotech is officially told ‘No’ in its effort to gain European approval for its lead cancer drug

Austin biotech startup XBiotech finally got an answer from European regulatory officials about whether it  can sell and market its lead cancer drug, Xilonix, in Europe. The answer was no. The company said in a written statement that it plans to request...

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Synlogic buys struggling Austin biotech company in reverse merger deal

Struggling Austin biotech company Mirna Therapeutics has found a buyer.  Cambridge, Mass.-based Synlogic has agreed to take over Mirna Therapeutics in a reverse merger deal. That means Synlogic will receive all of Mirna’s publicly-traded shares and...

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Austin health diagnostics startup EverlyWell collects $2 million for expansion

Julia Cheek got the idea for her healthcare technology startup after having a bad experience with diagnostic testing. After spending $2,000 out-of-pocket for specialty testing, the results were confusing, and Cheek decided to create a better process...

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Yahoo Finance says it has photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch

It’s a scoop, but will anyone care by fall? On Monday, Yahoo Finance posted what it claims are exclusive photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The watch, which is similar in design to the company’s Blaze, was...

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Austin’s ClearData lands $12 million to ramp up health care cloud services

ClearData, which moved to Austin from Arizona last year, has raised $12 million to expand its health care cloud services and software business. Founded in 2011, the company provides cloud computing services to health care companies, helping them store...

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Bookshare’s free ebook library making a difference for Texas students with print disabilities

When he was six years old, Ben Cooper was diagnosed with dyslexia, a disability that can make it more difficult to interpret language and writing. For the next few years, his parents Robbi and Andrew Cooper took on the role of voicing all his reading...

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Streaming tech fail mars Jennifer Doudna genetics keynote at SXSW

Saturday’s South by Southwest keynote, a talk from geneticist Jennifer Doudna, had all the makings of a standout SXSW presentation. It’s about future-looking technology that could affect the lives of literally billions and that is so in its infancy...

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Talking about tech geared toward seniors on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about some of technologies emerging geared toward seniors, from a social network for the over-50 set to assistive ambient technologies such as the ones spotlighted in our story about IBM Research...

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IBM Austin lab looking for solutions to a growing aging epidemic

MERA is four feet tall and has big, searching eyes and large ears. MERA’s not a medical professional but can measure your heartbeat just by looking at you.  “Hi!” MERA chirps happily when you offer a greeting. “I am a health agent and I can also be...

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