Where Einstein Meets Edison

Genomic Sequencing for Low-Cost Diagnostics

Genomic Sequencing for Low-Cost Diagnostics

Mar 28, 2010

Just as he rolls out of bed and before brushing his teeth, MIT PhD student Lawrence David uses a cotton swab to save a sample of the bacteria in his mouth.  When he gets to his lab, he stores this sample alongside the other saliva and feces samples he has been collecting for the last eight months.  Later in the day, he will collect stool samples.  David and...

Squeezing Big Bucks Out Of Small Protein Scaffolds

Squeezing Big Bucks Out Of Small Protein Scaffolds

Mar 2, 2010

Direction of evolution in the bio-therapeutics market diverges with an emphasis on downsizing. The biotherapeutics market grows larger each year, with no signs of attenuation. In 2008, the top biologics, Enbrel, Remicade, and Rituxan, each recorded over $5 billion in sales. The primary indications for approved protein therapeutics to date have been various...

The Power of Paper: Elegant Solutions in Diagnostics

The Power of Paper: Elegant Solutions in Diagnostics

Feb 28, 2010

Elegant Solutions in Diagnostics. Paper is a ubiquitous material, fundamental to our natural ability to communicate thoughts and document our past. Its origins can be traced back to ancient China (second century AD)1, and the value of paper as a carrier of information still permeates all aspects of society. In recent years, the intrinsic properties of paper –...

Building Binary Corporations

Building Binary Corporations

Feb 28, 2010

A novel approach to creating sustainable technology platforms for the developing world through profit / non-profit partnerships. A sick child wanders through a village somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa holding his mother’s hand. Years ago this mother and child walked for days to get to a hospital for a diagnosis, but today they travel only to...