Alexan­dria Launch­Labs opens, J&J an­nounces more col­lab­o­ra­tions

→  New York City has a new in­cu­ba­tor, Alexan­dria Launch­Labs. The space, the plan for which was an­nounced about one year ago, opened this week. The start­up in­cu­ba­tor award­ed a $100,000 En­tre­pre­neur­ship Prize to one of its 13 star­tups, Neochro­mo­some, which de­signs and syn­the­sizes full chro­mo­somes rather than in­di­vid­ual genes.

J&J In­no­va­tion has had a busy start to the year. In ad­di­tion to lead­ing the $900 mil­lion round for Grail and part­ner­ing close­ly with Pro­tag­o­nist, the phar­ma gi­ant has racked up more than 20 al­liances since the start of 2017. Out­lin­ing its new set of col­lab­o­ra­tions, J&J says it has al­so forged a part­ner­ship with UC San Diego on NASH re­search. And on the ne­glect­ed dis­eases front, J&J is open­ing up its li­brary of mol­e­cules to re­searchers to pick through for promis­ing leads.

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