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Lucky Us! How New Medicines Are Cheating Death

March 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Patient Power lung cancer town meeting

I am meeting people who have the good fortune to be sick at a time when there are truly breakthroughs to give them back better health. When you meet scores of people like this, you feel grateful to the often unseen researchers who made this happen.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: The Uberization of Healthcare - A Silly Extrapolation

March 3, 2015 by David Davidovic

Yes, healthcare is, in many ways, like the taxi industry: big, unreliable, unpredictable, price-obscure, highly analog, and lacking good data. However, the vast majority of the ideas coming out of these start-ups are no uber ideas! The ideas worked on by healthcare start-ups are interesting but not disruptive. And that is okay – just don't compare them to Uber.[read more]

Precision Medicine or Personalized Medicine: What’s in a Name?

February 16, 2015 by David Avitabile

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From now on I'll be using Precision Medicine when talking about industry-related topics, and Personalized Medicine when we're talking about patient-focused topics. It this all just semantics? To a small degree, yes. But words mean things, and clarity is important. Especially for a writer.[read more]

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Robot Scientists Offer New Drug Discoveries, Improved Research Efficiency

February 12, 2015 by Travis McKnight

Some deep-learning machines already developed, like Eve, an artificially-intelligent 'robot scientist', are helping medical researchers make drug discoveries faster and much cheaper, according to an article published in the Royal Society journal Interface.[read more]

New Test Claims It Can Tell If You Will Develop Alzheimer's

February 10, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

blood test for Alzheimer's?

Would you want to know if you are going to develop – or are already in pre-symptomatic early stages of – Alzheimer’s disease? When there is currently no known cure and only marginal progress in symptomatic treatments, what good or harm comes from knowing? This hypothetical is one step closer to being your reality.[read more]

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Sequencing the Insurance Genome

February 5, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

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The President's Precision Medicine Initiative makes a lot of promises. But with all of the focus on the tech and modernity of personalized care, the importance of the policy challenges seems to be missing—undermining the very significance any potential success the new initiative might have enjoyed.[read more]

Immuno-oncology: The Challenging Road Ahead

February 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Oliver Press

Experts say there is tremendous promise in stimulating a patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer. A few new drugs are already on the market in this area for conditions like advanced melanoma and some subtypes of lung cancer. But there’s a caution just now: even when experts say they are “excited,” it can be a rough go for patients.[read more]

AstraZeneca Doubles Down on Personalized Medicine

February 3, 2015 by David Avitabile

This week, AstraZeneca made a major announcement about its commitment to personalized medicine. AstraZeneca announced that it had established four research agreements to develop new "genetic scissors" technology that promises to allow the development of more effective and precisely targeted treatments.[read more]

Wearable Tech, CES2015, and the Quantified Self of Healthcare

February 2, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

Scanning the innovative horizon for healthcare delivery and medical marketing, CES2015 was a digital bellwether for wearable technology and other patient-based (consumer) devices. By one tally the CES show had about 300 health and biotech exhibitors, an increase of 35 percent over the 2014 show.[read more]

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Big Data, Small Insights and Incalculable Benefits for Patients

January 27, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

Every day I hear commentary about how exciting big data is in all its glory and the plentiful applications it has in helping improve people’s health. And it does. But amidst all this big data and excitement over the depths of analysis it can provide, it’s important to remember the value of smaller scale, more qualitative research.[read more]

Interview with Sailesh Chutani, CEO of Mobisante

January 27, 2015 by Tim Gee

Mobisante ultrasound system

My first exposure to Mobisante and their disruptive diagnostic ultrasound system was the mHealth Summit in November of 2010. I recently got Sailesh Chutani, co-founder and CEO of Mobisante, on the phone and we discussed their product strategy — a software based diagnostic ultrasound that runs on a variety of consumer electronics platforms.[read more]

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Scope of Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery: Current State of Application and Future Potential

January 26, 2015 by Varsha Jain

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The use of nanotechnology for developing efficient drug delivery systems has remained a topic of interest for many years now. Here are a few highlights that give testament to the fact that nanotechnology can be the true enabler of highly efficient drug delivery systems.[read more]