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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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Helmet for treating depression being used in Austin

Danny Pyka, an Austinite who worked for Mercedes-Benz for about 10 years, had been suffering from depression for so long and so severely that he was certain his suicidal thoughts would eventually lead to the end of his life. "It was just miserable...

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Austin's Blue Goji adding VR to its fitness games

Blue Goji, an Austin company that's been working on marrying unused workout equipment in the home with apps that promote fitness, is now stepping up to virtual reality. The company says it's developing about five games, to be available by the end...

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Austin startup that links patients with clinical trials scores new funding

Tom Dorsett got the idea for ePatientFinder after looking into clinical trials for his daughter, who was born with a large port-wine stain birthmark. Their medical specialist didn't know of any,  so Dorsett began searching online and found that over...

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