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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]

Why Healthcare Needs Continuous Transformation

January 15, 2015 by Matt Gretczko

When I enter a hospital now, outside of being concerned for the welfare of the person that is seeking clinical care, I often find myself analyzing the environment around me. Are there opportunities to improve? Is that medical device from a client of mine? Is the doctor board-certified?[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]

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Congenital Hearing Deformities at the Brink of a Breakthrough

January 12, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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The team at University College of London has created an exact replica of a human ear with the help of 3D scanning and printing technology, and while the procedure has already been tested on rats with successful results, human testing is projected to begin soon. It's a procedure that could mark the end of microtia in humans.[read more]

Surgical Sealants and Glues in the Balance of Wound Closure

January 5, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

Sealants and glues are emerging as important adjunctive tools for sealing staple and suture lines, and some of these products also are being employed as general hemostatic agents to control bleeding in the surgical field. Manufacturers have also developed surgical sealants and glues that are designed for specific procedures.[read more]

Disruptive Innovation or "Woo"?

December 15, 2014 by David Harlow

The term "disruptive innovation" gets bandied about quite a bit, and in recent weeks and months, it has been applied to the designs of Patrick Soon-Shiong and Elizabeth Holmes on changing medicine and health care. The former is focused on cancer diagnostics and treatments, the latter, on blood tests.[read more]

Personalized Medicine and a Cure for Cancer

December 10, 2014 by David Avitabile

Personalized medicine

Leading cancer doctors, researchers and members of the life sciences community are excited about the possibilities of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. Immunotherapy, where the body's own immune system is enlisted to fight cancer, is an example of the kinds of advances being made in personalized medicine.[read more]

What's Next for "Chronic" Cancer Patients?

December 8, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

This is a pivotal time for many, many people living with blood-related cancers like chronic leukemias, multiple myeloma, lymphomas and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). We have been calling most of these “chronic cancers” lately, because new medicines have been coming out this year with many more in late stages of research.[read more]

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Prefilled Syringes: A Ready Answer to Saving Billions of Dollars and Mitigating Medical Errors

December 2, 2014 by Varsha Jain

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Within the $70 billion plus global market for injectable drugs, one specialty segment – the prefilled syringe – has garnered noteworthy popularity since the 1980s. Given that prefilled syringes have seamlessly adapted to contemporary medical demands, their popularity doesn’t come as a surprise.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]