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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Why telemedicine’s slow climb to adoption isn’t quite over yet

Why telemedicine’s slow climb to adoption isn’t quite over yet

July 16, 2014 3:16 pm by | 0 Comments

Is a strategy that’s been in practice for at least two decades really innovative? Telemedicine has been a bit of a tortoise among health information technologies, making its way slowly…


New business models & a metaphorical punch in the mouth: 10 gems from Converge day 1

New business models & a metaphorical punch in the mouth: 10 gems from Converge day 1

July 15, 2014 6:11 pm by | 0 Comments

A health system CEO imagined what education and care will look like in his system in 10 years. Investors explained how new models of early-stage funding are paving opportunities for…



Spray-on bacteria is one company’s surprising idea for curing skin conditions

Spray-on bacteria is one company’s surprising idea for curing skin conditions

May 31, 2014 8:00 am by | 1 Comments

In medicine, the microbiome is most often associated with the gut. But there are millions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live on our skin and in our glands, too,…


Virus that helped eradicate smallpox takes on cancer in startup’s dual-mechanism immunotherapy

Virus that helped eradicate smallpox takes on cancer in startup’s dual-mechanism immunotherapy

May 30, 2014 2:18 pm by | 0 Comments

With a little genetic engineering, the vaccine that was key in helping eradicate smallpox more than 30 years ago could also be key in curing cancer, if a young Cleveland…


Cleveland Cavs owner’s tech accelerator has $125K in funding for digital health startups

Cleveland Cavs owner’s tech accelerator has $125K in funding for digital health startups

May 29, 2014 3:50 pm by | 0 Comments

Tech startup accelerator Bizdom is putting an emphasis on health and wellness for its next session and is on the lookout for a few exciting digital health companies in (or…


4 smaller ACA provisions you might not know about but probably should

4 smaller ACA provisions you might not know about but probably should

May 28, 2014 1:14 pm by | 0 Comments

There’s a reason the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act is thousands of pages long. Much of it, of course, is because of the sweeping changes it makes to the…


Spark Therapeutics’ late-stage gene therapy for inherited blindness takes a $73M step forward

Spark Therapeutics’ late-stage gene therapy for inherited blindness takes a $73M step forward

May 27, 2014 3:55 pm by | 0 Comments

A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia spinout with the potential to be the first to win U.S. FDA approval of a gene therapy is now funded through the rest of development of…



GE, Drive Capital lead $8.5M round for bundled payment analytics specialist Aver Informatics

GE, Drive Capital lead $8.5M round for bundled payment analytics specialist Aver Informatics

May 27, 2014 7:43 am by | 0 Comments

Healthcare data analytics company Aver Informatics thinks the next generation of healthcare reimbursement lies in bundled payments, and now Drive Capital and GE Ventures have backed up that hypothesis too….


A mosquito-dissecting robot could help bring the coveted malaria vaccine closer to reality

A mosquito-dissecting robot could help bring the coveted malaria vaccine closer to reality

May 23, 2014 3:18 pm by | 0 Comments

Biotech company Sanaria has spent the last decade working on a malaria vaccine that in early tests has shown tremendous potential to protect people from the deadly infection transmitted by…


In California biotech deal, startup Viking Therapeutics snags 5 programs, $2.5M

In California biotech deal, startup Viking Therapeutics snags 5 programs, $2.5M

May 22, 2014 4:01 pm by | 0 Comments

A San Diego biotech startup focused on treating metabolic and endocrine disorders has picked up a portfolio of drug candidates and a $2.5 million investment from Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND). Viking…


Modernized, personalized care plans draw investors into Filament Labs’ $1M seed round

Modernized, personalized care plans draw investors into Filament Labs’ $1M seed round

May 22, 2014 1:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Filament Labs, one of a handful of digital health startups leveraging smartphones to connect patients and their doctors during the last mile of care, will be able to build onto…


WebMD’s next steps toward a better patient experience: Build digital relationships, make data personal

WebMD’s next steps toward a better patient experience: Build digital relationships, make data personal

May 21, 2014 2:11 pm by | 2 Comments

Thanks in part to digital technology, patients are taking control of their healthcare in a way they never have before, said WebMD CEO David Schlanger. Yet, almost half of Americans…


Cleveland Clinic partners with HealthSpot to expand the reach of its doctors

Cleveland Clinic partners with HealthSpot to expand the reach of its doctors

May 20, 2014 4:37 pm by | 0 Comments

Telemedicine company HealthSpot and Cleveland Clinic are launching a joint venture intending to use telehealth technologies to reach more patients. “Together we will be researching the vast amount of new…


FDA approves Gauss Surgical’s app that turns iPads into real-time surgical blood loss monitors

FDA approves Gauss Surgical’s app that turns iPads into real-time surgical blood loss monitors

May 20, 2014 8:31 am by | 0 Comments

A system that uses an iPad camera and cloud analytics to help anesthesiologists monitor how much blood a patient is losing during surgery has gotten the FDA’s OK for use…


A high school freshman’s software for studying cancer genes wins top Intel science fair prize

A high school freshman’s software for studying cancer genes wins top Intel science fair prize

May 19, 2014 2:56 pm by | 0 Comments

He’s only 15, but Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winner Nathan Han may be on his way to making some important advances in cancer research. His winning invention is…