DURHAM, NC—Jaguar Gene Therapy, a company that develops breakthroughs in gene therapy for larger patient populations suffering from severe genetic diseases, is building a commercial manufacturing facility in Durham. CEO Joe Nolan said the proximity to the Process Sciences Laboratory in Cary, access to local universities, and a talented workforce helped influence the company’s decision to open the 174,000-square-foot facility in Research Triangle Park.
ST. LOUIS, MO—Roy Vagelos, a renowned physician-scientist and pharmaceutical executive, has given a gift of $15 million to the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University in St. Louis. The money will go toward funding programs in the life sciences.
COLUMBUS, OH—Researchers at The Ohio State University have been able to link exposure to the heavy metal cadmium with degradation in Vitamin D in the body. In children, this causes a heightened allergic response. The study’s senior author, Prosper Boyaka, professor and chair of veterinary biosciences at The Ohio State University, says this is even more problematic because cadmium has a half-life in the body of at least 15 years.