Alex covers the life sciences with an emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining Xconomy, he ran biopharma coverage at the Elsevier publication Start-Up and wrote for its sister publications In Vivo and The Pink Sheet. Alex covered the first dot-com boom with CNET News and the Industry Standard and co-founded the high-tech satire magazine In Formation. In between (and sometimes during) staff jobs, he has also written for publications including Wired, ReadyMade, Popular Science, Architecture, SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Chow, and Business 2.0. He lives in his hometown of San Francisco with his wife and daughters, plays baseball in a 30-and-over league, and grows lettuce in the summer fog.