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COMMENTARY | CAROL MALYSZ

Expanding waiver of intellectual property protections could jeopardize US biotech dominance

US leaders, including Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, must stand up for the US biotech industry as the WTO considers expanding a waiver of intellectual property protections to include COVID diagnostics and therapeutics.

Somerville and Seattle scientists use A.I. to design proteins from scratch

The field, known as de novo protein design, is attracting biologists and programmers alike, including teams at tech giants Alphabet, Meta, and Microsoft.

Study shows Alzheimer’s drug ‘moderately’ slowed cognitive decline

Despite the results, the death of a second patient in the trial may raise concerns about the experimental medicine made by Biogen and its Japanese partner, Eisai.

Boston mRNA startup raises millions to test its targeted cancer therapies

A $97 million funding round comes as anticipation builds for companies to prove that the COVID-19 vaccines were not one-hit wonders for mRNA technology.

MIT scientists invent technology to replace broken genes or upload new ones

The researchers behind the new gene editing technique also founded the secretive Watertown biotech company Tome Biosciences.

A new coronavirus variant has taken over, sparking concerns of a winter surge

So far, COVID cases don’t seem to be rising, but scientists aren’t sure if that will last. And several studies suggest that new booster shots don’t trigger strong immunity to the new variant.

Boston biotech Jnana raises $107 million and strikes second collaboration with Roche

Jnana also struck its second drug discovery collaboration with the pharma giant Roche that will earn the startup $50 million upfront plus potential milestone payments that could exceed $2 billion.

Head of MassBio trade group is out after serving just over a year

The abrupt leadership changes come at a sensitive time for MassBio, which lobbies for the state’s biotechnolology industry, a pillar of the Massachusetts economy.