biotechnology

The Bio-Boom: Building a biotech company in Silicon Valley

The Bio-Boom: Building a biotech company in Silicon Valley

As I drive up to San Francisco on US-101, I look to my right, and see large complexes with unfamiliar names – Mission Bio, Kezar Life Sciences, Ultragenyx. Drive into Stanford and you might pass Varian Medical Systems, Genencor International, or Stanford Genome Technology Center. The Bay Area landscape is still covered with large tech companies and countless tech startups, but the map is increasingly dotted with biotech startups. Big players, too, are constantly moving in. DuPont, in addition to owning Genencor, just opened their DuPont Silicon Valley Innovation Center in 2018 in Sunnyvale. Apple is making constant strides in healthcare – so much so that Tim Cook even said, “I do think there will be a day we look back and say Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind has been in healthcare.” And believe it or not, Google’s DeepMind is leading the field in protein engineering. 

A revolution is brewing, and the game is changing.

That much was evident at Stanford’s AI in Healthcare panel featuring a few of the faces at the frontlines of the biotech startup industry.


Everyday Health Sensors: How Accurate are They?

Everyday Health Sensors: How Accurate are They?

If you cracked open a dictionary and looked up the word “couch potato” prior to me coming to Stanford, my name would have been written all over the page. So when I joined Stanford Women in Rugby and realized I could only run .2 seconds until fading from existence, I decided to start running everyday. I own an Apple Watch (thanks Costco sales!) and love tracking how many miles I have run and how many calories I burn from it. But I started to wonder just how much should I believe my watch…

Where Academia Meets Bio-Innovation: An Interview with Professor Youseph Yazdi

Where Academia Meets Bio-Innovation: An Interview with Professor Youseph Yazdi

What do investors look for in medical device start-ups? What value do they provide to entities like CBID, a biodesign research center and provider of a cutting-edge master’s program in biodesign? To gain more insight into where academia meets bio-innovation, I spoke to Professor Yazdi.

CRISPR Technologies at Stanford

CRISPR Technologies at Stanford

Short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”, CRISPR is a DNA-based system that allows the user to have unparalleled control and precision in genome editing. CRISPR applications are constantly being refined as new research, particularly from Stanford, helps increase our understanding of this system.