New collaboration deal gives Celgene option to acquire Forma Therapeutics of Watertown
One year after it struck an agreement to collaborate with New Jersey-based Celgene Corp. to make drugs that regulate the level of proteins in cells, Forma Therapeutics of Watertown said it has reached a second deal to work with Celgene across a range of therapeutic areas. The new deal gives Celgene an exclusive option to acquire Forma at some time in the future. Read More
Crowdfunding Seal of Approval?
Dragon Innovation planning new services for hardware entrepreneurs
Dragon Innovation employees Beth Macdonald, Thos Niles, and Scott Miller.
Dragon Innovation is getting ready to dip its toe — tail? — into some new businesses. The Cambridge firm already runs a highly-curated crowdfunding site to help consumer electronics startups raise money. It helps entrepreneurs estimate the costs of actually building a product, and locate factories all around the world to crank it out. (Among its better-known clients are smartwatch-maker Pebble and Coin, which is developing a next-gen payment device.) Dragon CEO Scott Miller is also a partner at Bolt, the hardware accelerator program in Downtown Crossing. Read More
Hub of the Startup-verse
The shift of startups and VC to the City of Boston, by the numbers
Map from the Boston TechScene project showing tech startups in the City of Boston (http://techscene.at/boston)
If you even casually follow the startup community in the Boston area, you can’t miss the fact that the City of Boston itself has become more of a focal point for the community in recent years. A large number of startups, particularly those in tech, have moved into neighborhoods such as the South Boston Seaport/Innovation District and Leather District/Downtown. Some have crossed the river from Cambridge, while others have arrived from Boston’s suburbs (or from other parts of the country or world altogether). Read More
Red Sox partner with Sapient to make high-tech appeal to young fans
Sapient aims to help the Red Sox increase fan engagement with digital tools like the HypeMeter that it created for ESPN's coverage of the X Games.
The Red Sox have among the most passionate followers in the sporting world. There’s just one problem: They’re getting old. As the team opens another season at Fenway Park on Friday, it is also launching a new effort to increase fan engagement through digital channels, including social media and streaming video, with an eye toward adding younger members to Red Sox Nation, both kids and young adults alike who may be more facile with a smartphone than a baseball bat. Read More