Life sciences news: Adaptive reveals data on Lyme disease test; mental health startup lands $10M

Seattle Children’s is partnering with Umoja Biopharma to check a brand new CAR T cell immunotherapy in sufferers with sarcoma, a type of bone most cancers. (Seattle Children’s Photo)

Here’s a rundown of the highest life sciences and health information throughout the Pacific Northwest this week.

Adaptive earnings, Lyme disease check: Two months after streamlining its operations and shedding about 100 staff, Adaptive Biotechnologies reported its first quarter earnings this week. The firm pulled in $38.6 million, up 0.5% from the year-ago quarter. It additionally revealed data on its T-Detect check for Lyme disease, saying it was twice as delicate for detecting the disease as present exams (54% vs 30% detection). Adaptive expects the check to be prepared for the 2022 Lyme season, which usually peaks in the summertime. 

Startup information: Seattle-based Heard, which helps ease the executive load for mental health suppliers, raised $10 million. Another new startup, Asha AI, launched an app to assist the aged with medical care.

Amazon reimburses journey bills: Amazon advised staff it would reimburse as much as $4,000 of journey bills yearly for workers who want to hunt medical care, together with abortions, greater than 100 miles from their residence. The information of Amazon’s new profit got here simply earlier than Politico revealed a narrative a few leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that might overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Read on extra life sciences and health information within the Pacific Northwest this week.

— Adaptive Biotechnologies experiences $38.6M in Q1 income because it repositions following job cuts

— Seattle startup Heard raises $10M to ease administrative load for mental health suppliers

— Asha AI app, which helps aged handle their care, amongst startups pitching at life science occasion

— Amazon to reimburse worker journey bills for abortions and different medical remedies

— Seattle Police Department testing mind stimulation headband as a part of wellness analysis effort

— Kelp need assistance: Paul Allen’s basis, enviros and entrepreneurs step as much as save a necessary seaweed

Asha AI CEO Rashmi Joshi, left, and lead designer Dayton Kelly on the Life Science Innovation Northwest 2022 assembly. (GeekWire Photo / Charlotte Schubert)

More biotech information:

The funding agency that just lately made a $773 million supply to purchase Zymeworks has introduced on Alan Barge as an advisor. The former head of oncology at AstraZeneca provides biopharma clout to All Blue Capital’s non-binding bid. The agency’s different investments are primarily tech companies like Lyft and Pinterest.Seattle-based Umoja Biopharma launched a brand new CAR T cell immunotherapy trial at Seattle Children’s for sufferers with osteosarcoma, a sort of bone most cancers. The firm’s strategy tags tumor cells with a molecule known as fluorescein. Patients are handled with therapeutic CAR T cells that in flip acknowledge fluorescein.Athira Pharma’s billionaire investor Richard Kayne continued his push to oust CEO Mark Litton, proffering a substitute: Ronald Krall, former chief medical officer of GlaxoSmithKline. Kayne is in search of a board seat together with ex-Novartis CFO George Bickerstaff, and beforehand stated the board “erred in unexpectedly changing” earlier CEO Leen Kawas. Kawas resigned final fall after an investigation of data integrity in papers she co-authored and has since launched an funding fund with Kayne. Meanwhile, NPR’s BiotechNation podcast chatted with Litton in regards to the firm’s strategy to growing Alzheimer’s disease remedies, and STAT News highlighted its use of EEG data to evaluate scientific responses.  


Fred Hutch researchers George Laszlo and Roland Walter are growing anti-cancer medicine that ship radiation to particular cells. In their newest examine they showcase brokers that focus on leukemia cells by way of an antibody and ship a linked radionuclide.The 1000’s of genetic variants linked to autoimmune disease have been honed right down to these most definitely to have an impact. Researchers on the Brotman Baty Institute and different establishments pulled out 60 gene variants by assessing their affect on gene exercise in T cells.Each cell within the physique comes from one other, and now UW researchers have traced the origins of cells within the mouse mind by how mutations collected in parental cells are handed on. The authors used single-cell RNA sequencing to detect such mutations.

Book tour:

Bill Gates spoke with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah about his new guide, “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.”

Health tech:

UW Medicine scientific affiliate professor Hillary Liss and Seattle doctor Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest have been acknowledged with a expertise award from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the Institute for Technology in Health Care. The pair assist the health of incarcerated folks with HIV in King County by a telemedicine partnership. Health advantages platform firm Accolade has teamed up with Rx Savings Solutions, which offers suggestions to decrease prescription drugs prices and different companies. The partnership comes after a latest announcement that Accolade will lose long-time buyer Comcast, which represents lower than 10% of the corporate’s income. Accolade reported $310 million in income for its fiscal yr 2022, an 82% enhance from the earlier interval. Its inventory has been buying and selling at all-time lows.

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