Deanna Pogorelc

Deanna Pogorelc

MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.

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Insulin startup Thermalin gets JDRF support for an ultra rapid-acting insulin for T1D

Insulin startup Thermalin gets JDRF support for an ultra rapid-acting insulin for T1D

April 23, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Insulin startup Thermalin Diabetes has earned itself an esteemed new partner in its quest to develop formulations of insulin that will give people with diabetes tighter control over their blood…


Designers crowdfund a walker revamped ‘for people, not patients’

Designers crowdfund a walker revamped ‘for people, not patients’

April 22, 2014 12:23 pm by | 0 Comments

A person who needs to use a walker to get around shouldn’t have to be hunched over such a clunky, medical-looking device every day. That’s what inspired Jennifer Harris and…



What does Oculus Rift have to do with cancer? For this grandmother, it was ‘so therapeutic’

What does Oculus Rift have to do with cancer? For this grandmother, it was ‘so therapeutic’

April 22, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Here’s another addition to the list of potential health applications for Oculus Rift. Last fall video game artist Pri Firstenberg got ahold of an early version of the virtual reality…


Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

April 21, 2014 12:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Akhil Saklecha has seen many a startup stumble over the process of getting physician adoption of new technology. If a company fails to get physicians on board early in…


Biochip mimics how the body produces platelets so they could be made in a lab

Biochip mimics how the body produces platelets so they could be made in a lab

April 21, 2014 5:52 am by | 0 Comments

When you hear about blood shortages, that doesn’t just mean there’s a shortage of donated red blood cells. It could also mean platelets, a blood component that Sven Karlsson described…


How about this obnoxious germ alarm as a reminder for workers to wash their hands?

How about this obnoxious germ alarm as a reminder for workers to wash their hands?

April 19, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Safeguard, Procter & Gamble’s largest global personal care brand, has created a seriously loud handwashing reminder in a bid to keep people using public bathrooms from spreading so many germs….


A no-surgery solution for eardrum repair? Tulane team’s gel patch could be applied in-office

A no-surgery solution for eardrum repair? Tulane team’s gel patch could be applied in-office

April 18, 2014 5:32 am by | 0 Comments

A New Orleans startup focused on healing holes in the eardrum without surgery has found early validation and funding from two business plan competition wins within the last week. Tympanogen…



Healthbox expands with $7M, 3 new services for startups & innovation-hungry providers

Healthbox expands with $7M, 3 new services for startups & innovation-hungry providers

April 17, 2014 4:32 pm by | 1 Comments

Healthbox is combining $7 million in new funding with learning from the seven startup accelerator programs it’s run over the last two years to expand its offerings for entrepreneurs and…


ASCO at work on a scoring system to weigh cost vs. potential benefits of pricey cancer treatments

ASCO at work on a scoring system to weigh cost vs. potential benefits of pricey cancer treatments

April 17, 2014 12:03 pm by | 0 Comments

Cancer doctors and patients need a better way to weigh the potential benefits of new targeted cancer treatments against their costs, especially those that carry a price tag north of…


One Medical scoops up another $40M fresh off addition of telehealth, corporate programs

One Medical scoops up another $40M fresh off addition of telehealth, corporate programs

April 17, 2014 10:14 am by | 1 Comments

Concierge primary care practice One Medical Group has raised more than $117 million in capital with the addition of a new $40 million round announced today. That’s a lot of…


Space institute funds eye tracking to detect brain injury, drugs + apps platform

Space institute funds eye tracking to detect brain injury, drugs + apps platform

April 17, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Houston said it’s provided funding to two promising early-stage technologies that take novel approaches to problems both on earth and in space. First…


FDA makes adverse drug event data public, but this health IT startup makes it useful

FDA makes adverse drug event data public, but this health IT startup makes it useful

April 16, 2014 3:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Four times a year, the FDA releases data about all of the adverse drug events that have been reported to the agency over a three-month time period. Drug companies are…


A finger sensor & app could make Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring more scalable

A finger sensor & app could make Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring more scalable

April 16, 2014 10:07 am by | 0 Comments

Thanks in part to a $1.5 million grant from NIH, Great Lakes Neurotechnologies thinks it can make its Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring technology more scalable and flexible by taking it…


Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

April 16, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Mayo Clinic has put its money and its brains behind a new mobile health startup that wants to give everyday consumers access to a personal health assistant to help them…


Octava Pink, a blood test for breast cancer, aims for fewer false positives & negatives

Octava Pink, a blood test for breast cancer, aims for fewer false positives & negatives

April 15, 2014 2:07 pm by | 0 Comments

As the gold standard for breast cancer screening has come under scrutiny in recent years, a new class of imaging devices, antibody tests and gene tests to detect breast cancer…