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Roundup: what are the best biotech news sources?

Being well informed is critical to keeping your edge in the biotech space. Too many trainees keep their nose to the grindstone and don’t see what’s happening in the news (which, for those working in Kendall, is typically happening right across the street). It doesn’t take too much effort to stay up to date, but finding quality sources in the first place can be difficult. So close your Facebook tab, let your PCR go a few more cycles, and get informed for a few minutes every day.

We’ve put together our favorites below; where possible, we’ve provided links for both the content and the RSS feed (if you’re not familiar with RSS, we recommend feedly). In case you don’t know where to start, we’ve also combined many of the RSS feeds below into our own single feed — MBG’s Most Essential Biotech News — which you can access here.

Let us know at biotech@mit.edu or @MITBiotechGroup if we’ve missed your favorite source!

Biotechnology news

  • Xconomy EXOME (website, RSS)
  • FierceBiotech (website)
    • Specifically the Biotech and Pharma subsections, but all parts of the Fierce network are quite good. Poke around to find the pieces most germane to your work
  • Timmerman Report (website)
    • Subscription publication with excellent perspectives, news roundups, and more. Heavy discounts available for students/postdocs. This news sources list was partially inspired by his excellent twitter roundup.
  • STAT news (website)
    • New biotech and health science coverage from the Boston Globe
  • Forbes (website); specifically, pieces by:
  • TheStreet (website, RSS)
    • Excellent biotech/pharma articles, particularly those by senior columnist Adam Feuerstein
  • MIT Technology Review (website, RSS)
    • A broad publication on all manners of technology, but with great perspective on biotech from biomedicine senior editor Antonio Regalado

Blogs

  • LifeSciVC (website, RSS)
    • Bruce Booth’s data-driven perspectives on life sciences VC as a Partner at Atlas Ventures with great “In the Trenches” guest posts
  • SynBioBeta (website)
    • Synthetic biology news related to startups, investing, and policy
  • PlengeGen blog (website)
    • Robert Plenge (former Harvard Medical School professor, now VP at Merck Research Labs) discusses drug discovery/development and human genetics
  • Pharmagellan blog (website)
    • Biotech/pharma consultant with great insight

Research journals and commentary

  • Nature Biotechnology (website, RSS)
  • Science Translational Medicine (website, RSS)
    • Excellent perspectives and discussion alongside first-class research
    • Also hosts Derek Lowe’s illuminating, outspoken, and entertaining blog, In the Pipeline (website, RSS)
  • The New England Journal of Medicine (website, RSS)
    • The premiere medical journal with valuable perspectives, reviews, and podcasts

Finance, regulatory, and business news

Twitter

  • This could be a whole additional article (and it has been), but Twitter is constantly evolving. We recommend finding people you like and seeing who they follow – check out our account for starters: @MITBiotechGroup

 

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