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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.


Compassionate Use: An Analysis of the Ethical Frameworks of Expanded Access Programs

Expanded Access Programs allow severely ill patients with no alternative treatment options immediate access to FDA-unapproved investigational new drugs outside of clinical trials. Also referred to as compassionate use, EAPs are meant to create fair medical access for those in extreme need of the treatment. Unfortunately, due to inconsistent application and variations in modern interpretation of medical responsibility, EAPs fail to embody fairness, resulting in ethical inefficiencies in its implementation.

Art as Healing: Creative Expression in Mental Illness

Art as Healing: Creative Expression in Mental Illness

A thorough dig into psychosis literature (everything from the Schneiderian first-rank symptoms of schizophrenia, a set of symptoms recognized and used by physicians worldwide, to acts of madness in King Lear) reveals that one of the biggest challenges of understanding any type of mental illness, and psychosis in particular, is finding the ability to empathize.