EDITOR & PUBLISHER
BIOQUICK® ONLINE NEWS
BioQuick® Online News LLC is dedicated to the timely reporting of key life science and medical advances from around the globe. BioQuick is a wholly independent publication and presently has readers in over 160 countries. BioQuick also has a Japanese-language edition, directed by Yoshimitsu Obata, MS, in Tokyo. BioQuick has received prestigious APEX Awards for Publishing Excellence in nine consecutive years: 2010-2018. BioQuick currently offers over 6,000 fully accessible articles on major life science and medical advances of the last ten years, and a total of over 900,000 page views in that time. A particular topic can be easily looked for using the publication’s powerful search engine. Recently, BioQuick has had the pleasure of serving as a media partner for a number of major scientific events, including the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) Virtual Annual Meeting 2021 (Jan 25-27), the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Virtual Annual Meeting 2020 (July 20-22), the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2020 (Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California) (Jan 21-24), the American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) Annual Meeting 2019 (Asilomar/Monterey, California), the 2016 Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference (San Francisco, California); and the 2016 International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Meeting (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). BioQuick is actively seeking additional advertising and sponsorship. BioQuick is a registered trademark of Michael D. O’Neill.
“I think BioQuick News is actually quite informative in summarizing some key new findings that can be followed up in more detail by the user. I also like that it can disseminate information on meetings and conferences that would be useful for the general scientific community.”
–Saumya Das, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics
Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
Massachusetts General Hospital
Advisor, American Association of Extracellular Vesicles (AAEV)
Co-Chair, AAEV Annual Meeting 2023
“Mike and I worked together for many years as colleagues at Applied Biosystems. He is a highly experienced science writer with extensive contacts. His articles continue to provide valuable information to life science researchers and we use his writing services as an important resource for our life science research support business in Japan.
— Yoshi Obata, CEO, BioAssociates, Inc.
BIOASSOCIATES-JAPAN & BIOQUICK NEWS
BioAssociates, Inc. is a business creation and marketing support company, exclusively focusing on the Japanese Life Science and biotech businesses. The company provides business consulting and marketing solutions which are most appropriate for Japanese markets. Available services include market research, marcom localization, advertising on the BioMarket.jp web portal, and market development. The BioMarket.jp website is an innovative biotechnology website for Japanese life science researchers: this popular portal can promote (biomarket.jp) biotech-related products and services to Japanese life science researchers. Please contact BioQuick editor Mike O’Neill if you need marketing support in Japan.
MEETINGS COVERED BY BIOQUICK NEWS (2023-2013)
International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting 2023 (Seattle, Washington)
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2023 (Orlando, Florida)
Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) Virtual Annual Meeting 2021 (Jan 25-27)
International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Virtual Annual Meeting 2020 (July 20-22)
Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2020 (Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California) (Jan 21-24)
American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) Annual Meeting 2019 (Asilomar/Monterey, California)
Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2019 (Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California) Jan 20-23 (Media Partner)
American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) Annual Meeting 2018 (Baltimore, Maryland)
Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2018 (Silicon Valley,Mountain View, California)
American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) Annual Meeting 2017 (Asilomar/Monterey, California)
Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2017 (Duke)
International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting 2017 (Toronto)
Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2017 (Silicon Valley, Mountain View, California)
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting 2016 (San Francisco)
World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics 2016 (Jerusalem)
American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting 2016 (Vancouver)
International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting 2016 (Rotterdam)
American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) Annual Meeting 2015 (Marco Island, Florida)
International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting 2015 (Washington, DC)
American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) Annual Meeting 2014 (Asilomar/Monterey, California)
International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting 2013 (Boston)
EDITOR & PUBLISHER MICHAEL D. O’NEILL
BioQuick is edited and published by long-time science writer& editor Michael D. O’Neill. Mike has over 30 years experience in science writing and editing, including editing and writing for BioBeat Online Magazine, an award-winning magazine published by Applied Biosystems. He holds a master’s degree in Immunology & Microbiology from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology (highest honors) from SUNY@Purchase. Mike also studied English at Yale University. Over the years, Mike has won numerous industry awards for science and medical writing, as well as for news and feature writing. He is available for freelance assignments.
In college at SUNY@Purchase, Mike’s academic advisor was plant biologist and Biology Department Chairman Curtis Williams, who had previously been at The Rockefeller University and is credited with inventing gel immunoelectrophoresis. Mike also studied genetics under famed geneticist Lee Ehrman, also previously at The Rockefeller University, and a one-time graduate student of Theodosius Dobzhansky at Columbia University in New York City. Among other seminal accomplishments, Dobzhansky published “Genetics and the Origin of Species” in 1937. This work has been described as “one of the major works of the modern evolutionary synthesis, the synthesis of evolutionary biology with genetics.”
While at SUNY@Purchase, Mike did his senior thesis based on his work performed in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Faanes, at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Laboratory. Dr. Faanes was a tumor immunologist who came to New York from the University of Minnesota when Dr. Robert Good became the director of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
After college, Mike attended graduate school in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Duke University, where he worked first in the laboratory of immunologist Dr. Linda Gooding, just down the hall from the office of famed scientist/physician and HLA pioneer Dr. Bernard Amos. Mike later worked in the laboratory of immunochemist Dr. Eugene Day. Dr. Day’s focus at that time was the investigation of experimental allergic encephalitis (EAE) in rats that was brought on by injection of myelin basic protein. This was an animal model for human multiple sclerosis. Mike’s master’s thesis at Duke was written on the RNA virus Q-beta bacteriophage and its key enzyme Q-beta replicase.
Mike’s review committee for his thesis defense included Duke molecular biologists Dr. Jack Keene and Dr. Deborah Steege, immunologist Dr. Peter Cresswell, and immunochemist Dr. Eugene Day.
After a year teaching high school AP biology and chemistry in the San Frncisco Bay area, Mike moved on to a variety of publishing and writing-related positions. In 1990, he began work at Applied Biosystems, Inc. (ABI) in Foster City, California. Mike worked for 15 years at this prominent biotech company, which had introduced the first commercially available automated protein sequencer and the first commercially available automated DNA sequencer.
At ABI, Mike began as a technical writer and very shortly became a science writer and editor, working on feature articles describing major scientific advances that were achieved using technology from ABI. He then served as editor of the Biosystems Reporter, ABI’s four-color, quarterly print publication that had a circulation of over 80,000 customers and prospects.
At ABI, Mike had the distinct pleasure of becoming familiar with the superb science of Dr. Michael Hunkapiller, an inventor of both the first automated protein sequencer and the first automated DNA sequencer, and head of ABI. Dr. Hunkapiller had earned his Ph.D. at Cal Tech under Dr. Leroy Hood.
Later, Mike became editor of BioBeat Online Magazine, ABI’s first-ever online publication on scientific advances enabled by ABI technology. This included, most prominently, the sequencing of the human genome.
After Applied Biosystems, Mike worked at Clontech Laboratory as a technical writer and then at Exelixis (a developmental cancer drug company) as senior editorial manager.
Over the years, Mike has conducted interviews with such science luminaries as Dr. Francis Collins, now director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for her work on telomeres; Dr. Uta Francke, past president of the American Society of Human Genetics; Dr. Svante Paabo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Dr. Stephen O’Brien, Chief of the Lab of Genomic Diversity, National Cancer Institute; Dr. Hal Dietz, Director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research at Johns Hopkins; and Dr. William Haseltine, then CEO of Human Genome Sciences. Mike has also written a promotional piece for Dr. Stanley Prusiner, the discoverer of prions and sole winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Very recently, Mike has become extremely interested in the secreted sub-cellular vesicles known as “exosomes.” He is particularly interested in the enormous clinical potential that exosomes may have. Mike covered the annual meeting of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) that was held in Boston in 2013. He wrote up a daily blog during this meeting for the ISEV web site and also published a story on the meeting in BioQuick. In October 2014, Mike covered the annual meeting of the American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (ASEMV) held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, California. A detailed report on this meeting, including summaries of all the oral presentations (over 60 in number), was published in BioQuick. A number of additional articles on life science advances involving exosomes have been published in BioQuick.
Currently, Mike produces BioQuick Online News and also carries out various freelance assignments on scientific topics.
One of the powerful principles that guides much of Mike’s work is the profound genetic adage, “Treasure your exceptions.”
In the fall of 2015, Mike gave an invited presentation in Chiba, Japan, based on an article he wrote describing market trends in the clinical adoption of LC-MS technology.
More recently, he covered the May 2016 annual meeting of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as the official Society reporter.
Mike’s father, Michael J. O’Neill, served as a U.S. Army war correspondent in North Africa and Italy during World War II (awarded a bronze star for battlefield reporting), and began his civilian career as a reporter for United Press International (UPI) in Madison, Wisconsin. He later covered the White House and managed the Washington, D.C. bureau of the New York Daily News. While in Washington, Michael J. O’Neill authored the NY Daily News front-page story on the funeral of assassinated president John F. Kennedy. This story featured the famous front-page picture of Kennedy’s young son John-John saluting his dead father as the casket passed. Michael J. O’Neill also wrote freelance stories for Medical World News magazine during this time. Ultimately, he became Managing Editor and then Executive Editor of the New York Daily News, which, during his tenure, was the largest-circulation newspaper in the United States.
Mike’s mother, Mary Jane Kilcoyne O’Neill, began her career as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press in her teens, and ultimately became Executive Director of the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, headquartered in New York City.
BioQuick is actively seeking additional advertising and sponsorship.
BioQuick is a registered trademark of Michael D. O’Neill.
HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE STUDENT ADVISOR
Julie Qian (Sophomore, The Athenian School, Danville, California)
HEAD OF DIGITAL INTELLIGENCE & ANALYTICS
Judith Gosse (Principal, Judith Gosse Graphic Design & Illustration)
Jade Lewis (Principal, Jade Lewis Interiors LLC)
Juliet Parisi (Vice-President, Art Works Eagan–AWE)
FREELANCE SCIENCE WRITERS
Rachel DeRita (PhD), Director, Extracellular Vesicle Core Facility, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Goldman (PhD), Professor of Biology, Former Biology Department Chair, San Francisco State University
Sally Pasion (PhD), Associate Professor of Cell & Molecular Biology, San Francisco State University
Yolanda Watson (MS), Assistant Principal, Klein Independent School District, Houston, Texas
SCIENCE WRITING INTERN
Sara Malmanger, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of 2020
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BioQuick News is dedicated to the memories of Mike’s father, Michael J. O’Neill, who urged his copy editors at the NY Daily News to “make the copy sing,” of his mother, Mary Jane Kilcoyne O’Neill, who began her newspaper career at the age of 11 in Detroit, and of Mike’s 7th-grade English teacher Mr. Joyce, who drilled into Mike the knowledge of, and the appreciation for, the 16 uses of the noun.
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