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July 31, 2023

Tackling Obesity: A New Wave of Drugs are Changing the Narrative on Losing Weight

Healthy weight gain has preoccupied humanity for centuries, with obesity being the dominant health concern of modern times. While there have been many attempts over the course of history to manage weight gain, from ancient use of herbs and plants to modern-day surgical interventions, a sustainable and long-term solution has remained elusive. But recent advances in our scientific understanding of obesity’s root causes have produced breakthroughs in our ability to treat and manage the disease.

January 9, 2023

Kidney Dialysis Technologies: Innovations, Challenges and Opportunities

Several Innovations have emerged in the field of portable kidney dialysis that promise to make dialysis easier, more convenient and improve patient outcomes. We discuss the macro-trends in the dialysis market and highlight some of the technologies enabling this shift.

October 1, 2022

Innovations for Next Generation X-ray Imaging

Since their discovery in 1895, X-rays have given us the power to “see” inside everything from buildings to the inner workings of the human body. Successive advancements to improve x-ray imaging have sparked exponential changes in a range of industries, especially in healthcare. However, there has always been a trade-off between dose and image quality: low radiation doses are safer but result in reduced quality images, while high doses are toxic and damaging. Here, we highlight innovations in a diversity of fields in the quest to develop advanced X-ray imaging systems that provide the holy grail of high-resolution and low radiation dose in a scalable device.

July 1, 2022

RNA Therapeutics - the Promise, the Challenges and the Future

The recent success of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has reignited research interest in RNA therapeutics. Given that RNA therapeutics are expected to advance and play an integral role in the development of novel drugs for human diseases in the future, we discuss the impact and challenges this technology will have.

April 1, 2022

Renewable Energy in the Spotlight

The world has been pushing for the energy transition from carbon-heavy fossil fuels like oil and coal to clean energy sources so as to reduce the threat of climate change. But since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, dependence on Russian gas has inspired a sudden push for energy independence via renewables, especially in Europe. We discuss the recent trends in energy and investing in technologies to power our future.

January 6, 2022

SPAC Investing: Strong fundamentals will prevail

Last year was a boom year for SPAC deals, but public equity markets have been rocky since the beginning of 2022. There are numerous headwinds for SPACs, including a PIPE market in hibernation, high redemption rates and many SPACs trading down. SPAC investor interest is waning. Times are extremely tough right now for SPACs searching for targets, and many deals have failed to reach fruition.