Baebies Appoints Former Medtronic CEO and Illumina Ventures Founding Partner to Its Board of Directors

Baebies, Inc., a company focused on advancing newborn screening and pediatric testing, today announced that William A. Hawkins and Nicholas Naclerio, PhD have joined the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Hawkins is the retired Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, a world-renowned innovative medical technology company. Dr. Naclerio is the Founding Partner of Illumina Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm strategically aligned with Illumina, Inc.

Richard West honored with CEO of the Year Award

Richard West, CEO of Baebies, Inc was awarded with the 2016 Life Sciences CEO of the Year Award from Triangle Business Journal. The Triangle Business Journal hosted the 2016 Life Sciences Awards on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina. The Life Sciences Awards recognize both individuals and research organizations that are breaking ground in this field. There are more than 600 life sciences companies in North Carolina, and the majority of them are either headquartered or have a significant presence in the Triangle, according to Triangle Business Journal.

Very Early Treatment for Infantile-Onset Pompe Disease Contributes to Better Outcomes

This collaborative study out of Taiwan compared the impact of very early (by 10 days of age) to early (by 1 month of age) initiation of enzyme replacement therapy on long-term health outcomes in patients with infantile onset Pompe disease (IOPD), a lysosomal storage disorder. The authors conclude that starting enzyme replacement therapy just a few days earlier may improve long-term outcomes for IOPD patients.

Baebies, Inc. Raises $13 Million in Oversubscribed Round of Financing

Baebies, Inc. today announced the completion of a round of equity financing totaling $13 million. The oversubscribed round of financing included key investors Rex Health Ventures, DUMAC, LLC (managers of the Duke endowment), Cunning Capital, Triad, LLC, the Duke Angel Network and a loan from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Many of Advanced Liquid Logic’s (ALL) former investors including Charleston Angel Partners, and Baebies’ executive team, also invested.

Pompe Positive – What’s Next?

Dr. Priya Kishnani, advocate and expert on Pompe Disease, summarizes the diverse clinical presentations of both the infantile and late-onset of Pompe Disease. Her webinar also accentuates the significant difference that early screening and diagnosis can make in a patient’s outcome.

Pompe Disease – Clinical Outcomes

In this webinar, Dr. Priya Kishnani, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at Duke, emphasizes the necessity to identify Pompe Disease early through NBS (newborn screening). Dr. Kishnani mentions the significant benefits to beginning ERT (enzyme replacement therapy) as soon as possible and how responsiveness to therapy changes with age and severity of condition onset.