Weekend takeaway: A design for life sciences

2 Jun 2017

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From the world’s biggest pharma giants to life sciences entrepreneurs, here is your essential sci-tech reading for the weekend.

1. Ireland is a home for 24 of the world’s top biotech and pharma companies

Life Sciences Week on Siliconrepublic.com kicked off with a breakdown of the top players in the industry that have made a home for themselves in Ireland.

2. Ireland on the cusp of a Pentium-like era in life sciences

Ireland is reaching a ‘Pentium chip’ moment as the future of medicine becomes all about precision. The nation is in the right place at the right time.

3. Lust for life sciences: 24 start-ups that will send investor pulses racing

Future Human

These are the 24 Irish life sciences-focused companies that should be on every healthy investor’s radar.

4. Ireland’s unique population could cure a world of health problems

It’s in the genes, according to Daniel Crowley of Genomics Medicine Ireland.

5. From AAV to CRISPR: Era of hacking our bodies is just beginning

Methods such as CRISPR have started a new revolution in the human body, one in which the very fabric of our being can be altered at whim.

6. ‘There is a tsunami of healthcare challenges descending on society’

The future of healthcare is hard to predict, though what’s fairly certain is that treasure troves of data will soon change the game.

7. DCU scientists discover new role for opiates in DNA binding

Opiate drugs such as morphine are well known for their pain-relieving properties. But could these poppy-derived chemicals also be useful for binding DNA when we want to deliver genes into cells? 

8. Dublin faces many challenges in bid to be new EMA host, but can it win?

Can Ireland establish itself as one of the most influential centres of medicine in Europe, if not the world? The Government appears to think so.

9. Ireland a ‘phenomenal place’ to develop drugs of tomorrow

Ireland is the land of a thousand welcomes, relentless begrudgery, lush greenery and, perhaps, pharma research.

10. TSSG researchers provide new hope for Alzheimer’s patients

Researchers at TSSG in Ireland’s south-east are conducting research into rewiring the brain to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years