Ansa Biotechnologies, a California-based start-up focused on updating DNA synthesis technologies, is advancing toward the launch of a customizable DNA synthesis service, stemming from the development of a novel synthesis method.

Merck Manuals, a comprehensive digital medical reference for healthcare professionals and consumers, announced that its professional content is now accessible within Microsoft Teams. 

Microsoft Corp. plans to roll out a version of the company’s cloud-based software that will be modified to suit the needs of healthcare organizations.

Microsoft announced AI for Health, a new $40 million program which is part of the AI for Good initiative that will leverage artificial intelligence technology to “empower researchers and organizations addressing some of the world’s toughest challenges in health.”

As the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference entered the final day for 2020, a few topics rose to the top as trending, including the relative lack of big deals.

Microsoft announced that GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley was nominated to the company’s board of directors.

Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Microsoft Corp said they have entered a seven-year agreement to research and develop new methods of delivering healthcare services through digital devices.

Intouch Solutions’ Sean Hartigan and Heartbeat’s David Sakadelis say their pharma clients are skittish about the use of chatbots and AI, with an understanding of these technologies more influenced by the grim future of Skynet in the “Terminator” movie franchise rather than the reality of where AI is right now.

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have experienced incredible growth since 2013, when the first Oculus Rift VR headset hit the market and provided a whole new sense of what was possible.

Amazon’s Dash – a tiny brand-emblazoned device that took “one click” to the extreme – may be the ultimate example of how a company has been able to use technology in such a way as to make a particular choice practically invisible to the customer.