QB3 Garage startups bring in $1.4M in federal healthcare program grants

Seven companies in the QB3 incubator network have combined to bring in a total of $1.4 million in federal grants under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program, a $1 billion provision of the 2010 healthcare reform act.

Zev Gartner & team win grant to study origins of breast cancer

A team led by QB3’s Zev Gartner, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF, has won a $3.2 million grant to develop new experimental models of breast cancer. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Defense, will be awarded over five years.

Microfluidic MRI may someday analyze blood in doctor’s offices

An application of MRI recently reported by QB3-Berkeley researchers Vikram Bajaj and Alex Pines might one day enable compact devices to analyze drug levels in a patients’ blood in the clinic. The technology could also find use in a wide spectrum of industries.

Stellar speakers impress at Global Bio-Entrepreneurship course

QB3’s annual, week-long Global Bio-Entrepreneurship course wrapped up on Friday at UCSF Mission Bay with a panel of consular representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the Netherlands describing how their countries stimulate commercialization in the biotechnology sector.

Allopartis wins $1 million federal small business grant

Allopartis, a biotech startup in the QB3 Garage@UCSF that employs five scientists, has won a $1 million phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Department of Energy. Allopartis is genetically engineering enzymes to digest cellulose.

2010 QB3 Global Bio-Entrepreneurship course kicks off

GloBE opened Monday at the Rutter Community Center on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Thirty-six participants will learn how to adapt Bay Area lessons in bioentrepreneurship to constraints and opportunities in their home countries.

QB3 HIV/AIDS researchers ride for charity

Five professors from QB3 and their colleagues in the HARC Center at UCSF cycled the Marin Century and raised $4,000 for Project Open Hand, a San Francisco charity that provides meals and nutritional counseling to seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Two startups move into the QB3 Garage@Berkeley

Two new companies— Adheren Inc. and Silicon BioDevices Inc.—have moved into the QB3 Garage@Berkeley, the incubator at UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall.

QB3 structural biologists make algorithm available on the web

Ringer samples the electron density in a ring around key atoms in a protein structure determined by X-ray crystallography. If there is more than one peak in the electron density, the protein may have hidden, alternate structures important in enzyme function.

QB3 researchers illuminate operation of molecular gateway to the cell nucleus

The nuclear pore complex (NPC) gates the traffic of all molecules between the cytoplasm and the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. (a) Larger cargos (red) require a transport receptor (green) to pass through the gate. (b) A quantum dot cargo moves through an NPC. Image: Alan Lowe

"Lady Gaga" spins her web in the Garage

QB3 Garage@UCSF startup Refactored Materials has received its first shipment of Nephila clavipes, aka the “golden orb weaver.” Webs spun by the spiders will furnish natural silk to calibrate force sensing equipment. Properly calibrated equipment will help Refactored develop a process to manufacture artificial spider silk.

Mission Bay Capital invests in UCSF cancer therapy spinoff

Mission Bay Capital, the seed venture fund managed by QB3, has invested in the UCSF spinoff company Calithera as part of a $40 million Series A round of venture financing secured by the company.