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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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…


Health IT venture capital report: Consumer-focused tech is capturing more early-stage deals

Health IT venture capital report: Consumer-focused tech is capturing more early-stage deals

April 15, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

As early as February, analysts were saying that it would be a good year for healthcare IT companies looking for venture capital. Communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital echoed that…


Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

April 14, 2014 3:56 pm by | 1 Comments

Connecting patients with clinical trials that they’re eligible for, and keeping them engaged once they enroll, has sparked many a digital health company. And for good reason: Clinical trials cost…


A virtual pet dragon with an inhaler teaches kids how to manage asthma in Wellapets’ new app

A virtual pet dragon with an inhaler teaches kids how to manage asthma in Wellapets’ new app

April 14, 2014 12:14 pm by | 0 Comments

When I was in grade school, kids got in trouble for playing with their Giga Pets and Tamagotchis in class. While a smartphone is more likely to be the culprit…


Healthcare is still a people-first (not technology-first) business, says Verizon mHealth leader

Healthcare is still a people-first (not technology-first) business, says Verizon mHealth leader

April 14, 2014 5:19 am by | 1 Comments

As a former registered nurse and diabetes nurse educator, Julie Kling saw firsthand that patients weren’t always receiving the kind of care they deserved. That’s what drove her to the…


Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

April 12, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Digital health is finally coming of age. Young companies are making waves, but they’re also under more scrutiny by everyone from investors to the FDA. Healthcare experts and entrepreneurs will…