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April 20, 2021

Lab Week: Celebrating Baebies CLIA Lab Team

Meet the faces behind Baebies CLIA lab including their daily motivation and favorite superheros. Our team provides second tier targeted next-generation sequencing (tNGS) services to newborn screening programs - because everyone deserves a healthy start.

April 14, 2021

Baebies’ FINDER named Medical Design Excellence Awards Finalist

Innovative digital microfluidic diagnostic platform FINDER is named a finalist for the 2021 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) - recognizing significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility.

February 10, 2021

PCR Testing in Minutes with Digital Microfluidics

According to the CDC, the “gold standard” for SARS-CoV-2 testing is reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (or RT-PCR). Digital microfluidics enables ultra-rapid PCR results by utilizing low droplet volume with built-in heaters and sensors on cartridge.

December 21, 2020

Founders’ Report 2020

We express our deepest gratitude to the professionals in public health and medical labs during a tumultuous year with the raging pandemic. At Baebies, we are grateful to have multiple major milestones to celebrate as we reflect on 2020. See our annual Founder's Report.

December 15, 2020

Baebies Wins the 2020 AACC Disruptive Technology Award

Baebies was selected as the winner of the AACC Disruptive Technology Award by a panel of expert judges at the #2020AACC Annual Meeting. During the virtual competition, Baebies presented FINDER®, a diagnostic platform featuring a toaster-sized instrument and disposable cartridge.

Press Release
December 14, 2020

5 Things to Know about Testing with Digital Microfluidics

Digital microfluidics (DMF) technology is a method to programmably manipulate tiny droplets of liquid by electrical control of surface tension (or electrowetting) to perform tests on a disposable cartridge. Learn the unique benefits that DMF brings to diagnostic testing and newborn screening.

October 15, 2020

Baebies Selected as Finalist for the 2020 AACC Disruptive Technology Award

Baebies has been named a finalist for the 2020 American Association for Clinical Chemistry's (AACC) Disruptive Technology Award for FINDER®, a near-patient testing platform. As a growth-stage company developing diagnostic products to provide a healthy start for children everywhere, Baebies FINDER tests for diseases from low blood volume (50 µL) with a turn-around time of approximately 15 minutes after sample introduction.

Press Release
October 9, 2020

Digital Microfluidics in Newborn Screening for Mucopolysaccharidoses

This peer-reviewed publication focuses on the development and practical experience of using digital microfluidic fluorometry (DMF) to screen newborns for MPS I in the USA, as published in the International Journal of Neonatal Screening (2020). Preliminary results of NBS for MPS II and MPS III using DMF are discussed.

July 28, 2020

Evaluation of a near-patient diagnostic platform for G6PD – Webinar

This presentation was given by Dr. Michael Cotten in a livestream on July 24, 2020 hosted by the PAS Summer Webinar Series - Neonatal Hematology & Bilirubin Metabolism regarding the evaluation of a G6PD testing platform that uses 50 µL whole blood samples with turn-around time of 15 minutes.

April 22, 2020

G6PD Deficiency in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sameer Al-Abdi discusses the relationship between COVID-19 and the 350 million people worldwide with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency in a letter to the editor of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy (2020).

April 20, 2020

Lab Week 2020

There has never been a more important time to recognize Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 19-25, 2020) than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Baebies team put together this short message in order to show our appreciation.

January 24, 2020

5 Things to Know: Newborn Screening for Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) are inherited disorders that affect different parts of the body, including the skeleton, brain, skin, heart, and central nervous system. Newborn screening for LSDs enables early diagnosis and can lead to earlier initiation of treatment. Learn more.

December 18, 2019

Founders’ Report 2019

Every company starts with a vision. We founded Baebies with the vision that “everyone deserves a healthy start”. Hear from our founders about key milestones this year and what's to come in 2020.

September 19, 2019

Maggie’s Story | MPS I | Importance of Newborn Screening

(Updated 9/19/2019 with video.) Today is International MPS Awareness Day. We are featuring the story of an MPS I family to help raise awareness and bring light to the importance of newborn screening for this rare disorder. Meet Tracy Rose and her daughter Maggie who live in Chapel Hill, NC. Maggie was clinically diagnosed with MPS I last year just after her first birthday. Learn more in our interview with Tracy.

August 31, 2019

The Faces of Newborn Screening

Newborn screening is one of the country’s most successful public health programs. And who do we have to thank? State newborn screening program staff. The lab managers, scientists, geneticists and others who dedicate their careers to giving babies a healthy start.

August 16, 2019

Global Expansion of Newborn Screening: Interview with Dr. Therrell

Baebies reached out to Dr. Bradford Therrell for his view on the current status of global newborn screening. Read our interview and find out how you can meet Dr. Therrell and the Baebies team at the upcoming International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS) meeting.

July 25, 2019

Support Life-Saving Newborn Screening Act

Congress is currently considering the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019, which continues and expands support for one of our country's most successful public health programs. One of our co-founders provides an update and why this piece of legislation is so important to the continued success of newborn screening and healthy beginnings for 4 million babies born each year.

June 13, 2019

Addressing Punch Conservation with Digital Microfluidics

As public health newborn screening (NBS) programs expand, there is growing concern that the standard volume of dried blood spots (DBSs) collected from each newborn may not be sufficient to perform all screening tests. Digital microfluidics fluorometry (DMF) technology addresses this issue.

May 12, 2019

Comparison of Newborn Screening Platforms for Lysosomal Storage Disorders

As newborn screening (NBS) programs expand to include lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs), prospective results from active LSD screening programs can be used to compare the performance of available screening methodologies. Two FDA-cleared platforms are currently available for LSD enzyme testing from dried blood spot specimens – tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) and digital microfluidic fluorometry (DMF). The emerging clinical results reflect the real world performance of each platform and should be considered alongside the associated costs (equipment, maintenance, personnel, etc.) and workflow of each platform to determine the best fit for each NBS laboratory.

April 4, 2019

Baebies is Global

Expecting families in Qatar will soon have access to screen their babies for lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) including Pompe disease, MPS I, Fabry and Gaucher. Qatar’s newborn screening lab is getting up and running with Baebies SEEKER, the first FDA-cleared and CE-marked newborn screening platform for LSDs.

February 28, 2019

Rare Disease Day: Why Screen Newborns for Disease

Today is Rare Disease Day. Around the world, organizations are recognizing Rare Disease Day through advocacy, events, and education. In recognition, our President and co-founder Vamsee Pamula, PhD discusses the impact of identifying all diseases, including rare diseases, at birth through newborn screening.

January 31, 2019

Second Tier Genetic Sequencing

Second tier testing helps reduce false positive results for newborn screening programs. Second tier genetic sequencing is a good mechanism to understand the baby’s specific case because it can provide genotype differentiated data to improve the quality of referrals and promptly inform treatment decisions. Baebies now offers second tier sequencing in our CLIA-certified for lysosomal storage disorders including Pompe disease and MPS I.

January 31, 2019

Lab Workflow Comparison: NeoLSD vs. SEEKER

When new conditions are added to the newborn screening panel, the lab needs to implement changes to the workflow. When deciding between screening platforms, lab directors have to weigh the impact on existing workflow. For newborn screening of RUSP-approved Pompe disease and MPS I, two FDA-cleared tests can be compared: PerkinElmer NeoLSD on tandem mass spectrometry and Baebies digital microfluidics platform SEEKER. See how SEEKER's workflow significantly saves resources versus the competition.

December 17, 2018

Founders’ Report 2018

Four years ago, we started Baebies with a singular mission to save lives and make lives better for all children. Today, we celebrate the shipment of our 4 millionth test to newborn screening programs. Six states are now using Baebies SEEKER, the first FDA-cleared newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). Our digital microfluidics technology has helped to identify babies with these rare diseases early enough to start treatment before life-threatening symptoms appear. So, what's next?

November 4, 2018

False Positive Rate Comparison: SEEKER vs. NeoLSD

Baebies SEEKER was the first FDA-cleared product for newborn screening of lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) in February 2017. Now that a second product NeoLSD has received clearance, a true clinical data comparison can be made from the 510(k) submissions. The results? NeoLSD’s false positive rates are roughly double those of SEEKER.

October 31, 2018

Newborn Screening – How to Fill the Gap to End Diagnostic Odysseys

Many of the over 7000 rare diseases identified so far are not obvious at birth or may come with confusing, non-descript symptoms. The truth is that some families search for more than ten years for the correct diagnosis, which often translates to irreversible damage or even death for pediatric patients. It is essential to find these babies and ensure that they live their healthiest life by receiving the care they need as early as possible.

October 11, 2018

Georgia’s Story | Newborn Screening | Pompe Disease

When Georgia was first born, her mom Kari was like most moms. She didn’t really know anything about newborn screening. Georgia was identified with Infantile Onset Pompe disease following screening in Missouri. In Kari’s words, find out what newborn screening means for Georgia and her family.

October 4, 2018

CureDuchenne Partners with Baebies to Accelerate Newborn Screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

CureDuchenne, the nation’s leading nonprofit funding scientific research and innovation for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, announced today it has entered into a three-year partnership with Baebies. A growth-stage company, Baebies is delivering innovative products and services for newborn screening and pediatric testing. As a result of CureDuchenne’s investment and partnership, Baebies will add Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common and lethal form of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects young boys, to its expanded newborn screening service. CureDuchenne’s partnership with Baebies, along with the large National Institutes of Health SBIR grant awarded to the organization earlier this year, will significantly advance the identification of newborns with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Press Release
August 2, 2018

SEEKER | Workflow

Watch the lab workflow of Baebies SEEKER, an innovative FDA authorized and CE marked newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders.

July 25, 2018

Not ‘Just Interns’

At Baebies, we recruit interns who work on real business cases. Our interns don’t file papers or make coffee runs. They assist in research and development to help more babies have a healthy start. “Our interns contribute to research projects that lead to commercialized products,” said Lisa Nelson, Senior Scientist at Baebies and direct manager to several current interns. “Similar to hiring staff, we look for interns who are intellectually curious,  self-driven, and passionate about research. These qualities are essential to our mission to save lives, and make lives better for millions of children.” This summer we have 8 interns who are actively working on the expansion of our assay pipeline and on new product FINDER (currently under development).

July 24, 2018

Legislative Wins for Newborns including North Carolina, Colorado

In 2018, Baebies supported advocacy efforts for expanded newborn screening, especially efforts that sought to make the process of adding conditions to states’ menus more efficient. We have also been closely tracking legislative activity across the United States, including 55 bills introduced this year that impacted newborn screening in some way. Baebies especially appreciated the win for newborns in our own home state of North Carolina where a new approach to keeping at parity with the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) was passed.

June 6, 2018

Incidence of 4 Lysosomal Storage Disorders from 4 Years of Newborn Screening

The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL) recently published findings on incidence rates from 4 years of full population newborn screening for Pompe, MPS I, Gaucher and Fabry lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) using the digital microfluidic platform SEEKER. The Missouri program is the longest-running prospective and un-blinded newborn screening and follow-up study of LSDs in the United States. In the first 4 years of LSD screening, the MSPHL identified 133 newborns who were confirmed through diagnostic testing to have one of the four LSDs. The incidence rates for Pompe and Fabry found in Missouri correlate well with results from Taiwan but are higher than recently reported incidence rates in Illinois. Incidence rates for Gaucher and MPS I correlate well to other pilot studies. The MSPHL has not identified any missed LSD cases to date.

June 1, 2018

Celebrating Shipment of 3,000,000th Test!

Baebies is celebrating the shipment of more than 3 million tests which translates to more than 3 million chances for a healthy start. We proudly share this milestone and our growth with babies everywhere.

April 17, 2018

Electrowetting Droplet Operations on a Digital Microfluidic Cartridge

Simple droplet operations of dispensing from a reagent reservoir, droplet transport across electrodes, merging two droplets into a larger combined droplet, mixing the combined droplet, and splitting the droplet are accomplished by strategically applying voltages to electrodes on the cartridge printed circuit board.

March 29, 2018

Baebies Supports Recommendation for Expanded Newborn Screening in NC

At Baebies, our mission drives us to support the acceleration of expanding newborn screening wherever and whenever possible. Baebies was mentioned in a recent report generated by the North Carolina Advisory Council on Rare Diseases called, “Newborn Screening and Early Intervention for the Treatment of Rare Diseases: A Win-Win for Children with Rare Diseases and North Carolina.” North Carolina pioneered universal screening of newborns using tandem mass spectrometry for metabolic disorders, developed at Duke University by Prof. David Millington (Baebies Advisor). The report, published earlier this year, highlights the ecosystem in NC comprising academia (Duke and UNC), non-profit (Research Triangle Institute), and industry (Baebies) that can drive innovations in newborn screening with significant impact for babies around the world.

March 15, 2018

Understanding Enzyme Assays for Lysosomal Storage Disorders – The Influence of Substrate Concentration and Incubation Time (Part IV)

The fourth and final white paper in our series reviews several concepts of enzyme assays for lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). To wrap up the series, Baebies examines all the factors that determine enzyme activity and highlights how enzyme assays can be performed with shorter incubation times without incurring additional cost or compromising assay performance. This is especially significant in the case of newborn screening of Pompe disease, where timely intervention results in better outcomes for the patients.

White Paper
November 30, 2017

Understanding Enzyme Assays for Lysosomal Storage Disorders – Integration of X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy and SEEKER Workflows for Same-Day Referrals (Part III)

The recent additions of two lysosomal storage disorders (Pompe and MPS I) and a peroxisomal metabolic disorder (X-ALD) to the RUSP have led several labs to discuss adding these disorders to their screening panels. Our “Understanding Enzyme Assays for Lysosomal Storage Disorders” white paper series has examined key differences between enzymatic versus metabolic assays on digital microfluidics (FDA authorized) or tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) platforms. The series continues with a focus on the different screening methods for LSDs and X-ALD and how to optimize laboratory workflows when adding X-ALD.

White Paper
November 3, 2017

Understanding Enzyme Assays for Lysosomal Storage Disorders – How to Measure Product Formation (Part II)

Enzyme assays for lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are performed by using either digital microfluidics (FDA authorized) or tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) platforms. Part 1 of the “Understanding Enzyme Assays for Lysosomal Storage Disorders” series outlines the difference between natural and artificial substrates and how they are deployed on each platform. Although MS/MS platforms are often already installed in most labs for metabolic assays, key differences in assay protocols and workflows need to be evaluated to examine if it would be feasible to share the equipment. Part 2 of this series explains this further and examines the time it takes for each method workflow, including the steps and equipment necessary.

White Paper
October 31, 2017

Baebies Announces Completion of $10 Million Series B Financing

Baebies, a growth-stage company that delivers innovative products and services for newborn screening and pediatric testing, today announced that it has secured $10 million in Series B financing in an oversubscribed round anchored by BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd. BOE is a global leader in semiconductor display industry as well as an IoT company providing intelligent interface products and services for information interaction and human health. Baebies also received funding from family offices, with continued support from current investors and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Press Release
October 13, 2017

Understanding Enzyme Assays for Lysosomal Storage Disorders – Synthetic Substrates (Part I)

High throughput testing of multiple lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) from dried blood spots can be performed using digital microfluidics (FDA authorized) or tandem mass spectrometry. Although both methods use “artificial” substrates to perform enzymatic reactions, digital microfluidics runs each reaction at its optimal pH. Download this free white paper to learn key differences between natural and artificial substrates for LSD assays and how they are deployed on each platform.

White Paper
September 28, 2017

What is Infantile Onset Pompe Disease vs. Late Onset Pompe Disease? Baebies interviews Dr. Priya Kishnani

In our discussions with state public health laboratories, Baebies has observed confusion and ambiguity on the difference between Infantile Onset Pompe disease and Late Onset Pompe disease. We interviewed world-renowned expert on Pompe disease, Dr. Priya Kishnani, to disseminate insights into the clinical manifestations of Infantile Onset Pompe disease and Late Onset Pompe disease and to elucidate the significance of newborn screening for Pompe disease to public health laboratories who may be interested in adding Pompe disease to their screening panels. Dr. Kishnani is Division Chief of Medical Genetics and Director of the Y.T. and Alice Chen Pediatric Genetics and Genomics Research Center at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). She also serves as Director of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Program, Biochemical Genetics Training Program and Metabolic Clinic at DUMC.

White Paper
September 8, 2017

Baebies Announces Partnership with Trivitron’s Labsystems Diagnostics to Bring Latest Technologies to Newborn Screening Worldwide

Baebies, a company focused on advancing newborn screening and pediatric testing, today announced that it has signed a bilateral distribution agreement with Trivitron’s Labsystems Diagnostics Oy to deliver a wider range of newborn screening solutions across several global markets. Baebies will distribute Labsystems’ newborn screening products in the U.S. after obtaining regulatory clearance, while Labsystems will distribute Baebies’ SEEKER® platform internationally; SEEKER is FDA authorized and CE marked. SEEKER is a high throughput laboratory solution for newborn screening and is currently configured to perform testing for certain lysosomal storage diseases.

Press Release
September 8, 2017

SEEKER | Days Matter

Baebies SEEKER is an innovative FDA authorized newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders. With SEEKER, time from punch to referral can be as little as one day! Earlier detection and referral can lead to earlier treatment and can dramatically improve the baby's outcome.

September 6, 2017

SEEKER | No Maintenance

Baebies SEEKER is an innovative FDA authorized newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders. SEEKER is a product you can count on from day one, requiring no daily maintenance or upkeep!

August 24, 2017

SEEKER | Ease of Use

Baebies SEEKER is an innovative FDA authorized newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders. SEEKER's ease of use can simplify the newborn screening process in your lab. If you can pipette, you can use SEEKER!

August 10, 2017

SEEKER | Simple Installation

Baebies SEEKER is an innovative FDA authorized newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders. SEEKER installs easily into your newborn screening lab, requiring no renovations or additional equipment. Simply plug it in!

August 1, 2017

SEEKER | Introduction

Introduction video for SEEKER, an innovative FDA authorized newborn screening platform for lysosomal storage disorders. SEEKER is the ideal solution to empower your newborn screening lab and integrates easily into your workflow.

August 1, 2017

Newborn Screening Legislation Expands Test Panels in Several US States

Missouri will be the first state in the US to screen for mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II), otherwise known as Hunter syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), two life threatening genetic diseases. The state is already screening for several LSDs using the SEEKER platform. Florida recently passed legislation that requires the Advisory Council to consider every condition added to the RUSP within 1 year, and if recommended, the NBS lab would be required to screen for that condition within 18 months.

July 31, 2017

Baebies Announces CE Mark for SEEKER, an Innovative Newborn Screening Platform for Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Baebies is pleased to announce that SEEKER, a high throughput newborn screening laboratory solution, now has CE Mark and available in Europe and other countries that recognize CE Mark. SEEKER quantitatively measures the activity of lysosomal enzymes from newborn dried blood spot specimens. Reduced activity of these enzymes may be indicative of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I), Pompe, Gaucher or Fabry disease.

Press Release
June 22, 2017

The Nonequivalent “Equivalent Cutoff”

Newborn screening of lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) can be performed using different methods, workflows, screening algorithms, assay protocols, reagents/kits and instruments, all of which impact the output of the test. “Equivalent cutoff” has been proposed as a method to normalize screening results across LSD screening platforms. In this white paper, we review the validity of the recently proposed “equivalent cutoff” and the critical shortcomings in the effectiveness of this idea, including how it ignores the cardinal rule of newborn screening: to minimize the chance of a false negative result.

White Paper
June 7, 2017

Analytical Range is a Poor Metric for Comparing Newborn Screening Assay Performance

A major goal of any newborn screening laboratory is to adopt screening methods that best identify those at-risk for a particular disorder. Although the term analytical range has recently been presented as a metric for method performance comparison for newborn screening of lysosomal storage disorders, it is a poor comparator of assay platforms. Download our free white paper to learn why Z-factor is the superior metric over analytical range when comparing newborn screening assay performance.

White Paper
February 27, 2017

Baebies Completes First Close on Series B Financing

Baebies, Inc., a company focused on advancing newborn screening and pediatric testing, announced today it has completed a $5 million first close on its Series B financing. The company plans to raise an additional $5 million in the coming months. Baebies received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its SEEKER newborn screening system earlier this month.

Press Release
February 3, 2017

Baebies Receives FDA de novo Clearance for First Lysosomal Storage Disease Newborn Screening Platform, SEEKER

Baebies, Inc., a company focused on advancing newborn screening and pediatric testing, announced today it has received de novo clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for SEEKER. SEEKER quantitatively measures the activity of lysosomal enzymes α-L-iduronidase (IDUA), α-D-glucosidase (GAA), β-glucocerebrosidase (GBA) and α-D-galactosidase A (GLA) from newborn dried blood spot specimens. Reduced activity of these enzymes may be indicative of lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I), Pompe, Gaucher or Fabry, respectively.

Press Release
August 24, 2016

FDA Advisors Back Approval of Baebies’ SEEKER Analyzer for Newborns

An FDA advisory committee unanimously agreed that Baebies’ Seeker analyzer should be approved to detect lysosomal enzymes in newborns. The Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Devices Panel had originally expressed concerns about false positives and negatives associated with the diagnostic test, but it ultimately decided that the benefits outweighed the risk and the Instruction for Use statement could indicate the limitations. Baebies is seeking a de novo classification for the system, which includes the Seeker analyzer, the Seeker 4-plex assay kit, Seeker cartridges, the Spot Logic software and quality control materials. The diagnostic uses digital microfluidic technology to measure lysosomal enzymes associated with Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 1 disease, Pompe disease, Gaucher disease and Fabry disease.

August 18, 2016

Pompe Disease and the Missouri LSD NBS Experience

Tomi Toler, a Genetic Counselor, discusses her experience working with families and children diagnosed with Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs) at Children's Hospital St. Louis, which serves as a referral site for babies identified through Newborn Screening (NBS). This webinar from 2016 includes an overview of the history of LSD screening in Missouri, demographics for identified cases, referral protocols for each condition, and treatment options for LSDs.

July 30, 2016

Baebies to Exhibit and Display FINDER Prototype at 2016 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting

Baebies, Inc., a company focused on advancing newborn screening and pediatric testing, today announced that the company will exhibit and display a prototype of FINDER at the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo. FINDER, currently under development, is a small, innovative and connected testing solution that uses a tiny blood sample to quickly perform time critical pediatric tests.

Press Release
June 30, 2016

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.

Press Release
May 27, 2016

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.

February 1, 2016

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.

July 28, 2015

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.

Press Release
April 15, 2015

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.

April 15, 2015

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.

July 31, 2008

Early Detection of Pompe Disease by Newborn Screening is Feasible

This seminal paper from Taiwan was the first large-scale study to show feasibility of newborn screening for the lysosomal storage disorder Pompe disease. These results formed the basis for the now widespread use of acid α-glucosidase (GAA) enzyme activity measurement for Pompe newborn screening.