Mark Cuban looks to undercut Amazon on prescription drugs

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‘I look at Amazon and say, their margin is my opportunity.’ Given Amazon’s history, there was no small irony in that comment from Mark Cuban (above) at the Code conference in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, when journalist Kara Swisher asked about Amazon’s move into healthcare. The serial entrepreneur, of Shark Tank and Dallas Mavericks fame, wants to turn the tables on the tech giant in prescriptions with his company, Cost Plus Drugs. Read more.

Are plastic alternatives really marine safe? Seattle Aquarium researchers are answering that question with a clever experiment that simulates the belly of a whale. Read more.

Startup helping developers build AI-driven applications for Web3: From movie recommendations to chatbots, artificial intelligence-powered applications are deeply ingrained in the modern web experience. But building those same features for a so-called Web3 business is complex and costly. Spice AI has raised $13.5 million in new funding to make it happen.

Biotech deal: Pharmaceutical giant Roche will acquire Good Therapeutics’ lead program for $250 million, plus future milestone payments, six years after the Seattle startup was founded to design drugs that operate only where needed in the body. The 26-employee Good Therapeutics team will remain in Seattle, under the new name Bonum Therapeutics. Read more.

Life sciences data intelligence startup acquired: Bend, Ore.-based Amplion, whose software sifts through company information and public databases for data that can be used by commercial customers, has sold its assets to Science and Medicine Group.

Redfin CEO stars in Netflix show: Glenn Kelman is one of the real estate pros on Buy My House, a new reality TV show in which homeowners try to get industry experts to make the best offer for their property. Read more.

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