Meghana Keshavan

Meghana Keshavan

Meghana has spent the last year-and-a-half writing about biotech and healthcare for the San Diego Business Journal. Previously, she's worked for Reuters, Crain’s Detroit Business, the Detroit Free Press and WDET, a Detroit-based National Public Radio affiliate. Meghana studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University and spent five years as a self-described "research peon in a schizophrenia genetics lab."

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This Thanksgiving, envy the dolphin: They have an on/off switch for diabetes

This Thanksgiving, envy the dolphin: They have an on/off switch for diabetes

November 27, 2014 1:30 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s a bummer to modulate your calorie intake at Thanksgiving but sadly, most of us fear the fat pants – and, for the diabetics in particular, the carbo-loading. If only…


Why regular cancer screening might be overkill

Why regular cancer screening might be overkill

November 26, 2014 1:00 pm by | 1 Comments

The number of cancer diagnostics companies these days seems innumerable, each hawking a new way to screen some subset of the populace for a grave disease. Their argument? Early diagnosis…



Building viruses that kill cancer cells: BeneVir gets $2M, waiting on $10M more

Building viruses that kill cancer cells: BeneVir gets $2M, waiting on $10M more

November 26, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Immunotherapy is at the forefront of cancer care; however, most cancers evolve the ability to dodge the body’s defenses. Maryland startup BeneVir is developing immunotherapy viruses that rid the body…


We’re in the century of medical robots

We’re in the century of medical robots

November 25, 2014 1:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Boston Consulting Group put together a slick series of infographics that track the evolution of robotics since the 1950s. The graphs show that robotics didn’t really make waves in the life…


Fat-detecting sensor could help diagnose heart disease

Fat-detecting sensor could help diagnose heart disease

November 25, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

MedCity News has partnered with BioCrossroads to provide coverage focused on Indiana’s next generation of growth and innovation in life sciences. A small sensor that can directly measure the fat levels…


Using 3D printing to customize heart aneurysm surgery: Aortica nabs $7M, new CEO

Using 3D printing to customize heart aneurysm surgery: Aortica nabs $7M, new CEO

November 25, 2014 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Aneurysms are most notorious when they occur in the brain, but these balloon-like arterial bulges are highly deadly in the heart as well. These swellings slowly expand over time, asymptomatically,…


FBI “very excited” about rapid-fire DNA profiling tech from Integenx

FBI “very excited” about rapid-fire DNA profiling tech from Integenx

November 24, 2014 11:00 am by | 1 Comments

A device from Bay Area startup Integenx can conduct DNA profiling in just 90 minutes with its new device, the RapidHIT – and looks like the FBI’s chomping at the bit…



Which supplements are snake oil, and which are solid?

Which supplements are snake oil, and which are solid?

November 24, 2014 6:00 am by | 2 Comments

People pop prescription pills with an air of caution, but many look at supplements in a different light: They’re icing on the cake, and who knows? Maybe that echinacea will…


3-D printed microbots are the new drug dealers

3-D printed microbots are the new drug dealers

November 21, 2014 5:00 pm by | 1 Comments

Here’s another tech to file in the “boundless possibility of 3D printing” category: Two Swiss engineering professors are developing microscopic robots that will work inside the body to transport cargo…


Personalized cancer drugmaker Blueprint Medicines rakes in $50M Series C

Personalized cancer drugmaker Blueprint Medicines rakes in $50M Series C

November 21, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Blueprint Medicines recently announced a $50 million Series C round, meant to advance its two lead candidates through clinical trials in 2015 and fund the company’s proprietary kinase discovery platform…


DNA laser printing to make vaginas smell like peaches? Cambrian Genomics gets $10M

DNA laser printing to make vaginas smell like peaches? Cambrian Genomics gets $10M

November 20, 2014 3:25 pm by | 11 Comments

It’s not just peach-scented vaginas – Bay Area startup Cambrian Genomics also purports to make manure smell like bananas, says CEO Austin Heinz. The startup says it uses the rapid-fire…


Report: California life sciences industry showing substantial growth

Report: California life sciences industry showing substantial growth

November 20, 2014 1:17 pm by | 0 Comments

With hubs like the Bay Area and San Diego abuzz with fresh activity, Golden State leads the country in life sciences everything, according to a new report. The California Healthcare…


This is what patient-centered care looks like these days…

This is what patient-centered care looks like these days…

November 20, 2014 8:30 am by | 1 Comments

With docs buried in EHRs, scanning tablet-ready genomics information and monitoring the various (interoperable!) devices – all the while tracking, say, their own Facebook feeds – how much actual attention…


BioNano Genomics – a gene mapping startup focused on individual structural variations – gets $53M

BioNano Genomics – a gene mapping startup focused on individual structural variations – gets $53M

November 20, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

In this era of personalized medicine, individualized gene mapping is key – which is why San Diego startup BioNano Genomics’ Irys System just attracted a robust infusion of cash. The…


Rectally administered drug delivery mechanism gets NSF backing

Rectally administered drug delivery mechanism gets NSF backing

November 20, 2014 6:30 am by | 0 Comments

There’s an upside to administering drugs in the backside. For patients unable to swallow, a cheaper and less infection-prone alternative to IV drugs is actually infusion through the derrière –…