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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Profile of a successful mhealth app: Made for iOS, connects to other APIs, sells as a service

Profile of a successful mhealth app: Made for iOS, connects to other APIs, sells as a service

May 19, 2014 5:55 am by | 3 Comments

There are more than 100,000 mobile health apps, by one research firm’s count, but the great majority of them get downloaded fewer than 50,000 times and don’t bring in more…


An obesity treatment that looks like a pill but acts like a device takes in $12M from investors

An obesity treatment that looks like a pill but acts like a device takes in $12M from investors

May 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 5 Comments

A young Boston company thinks it has what could be a safe, effective and noninvasive way to help overweight and obese people drop those dangerous extra pounds. Investors including PureTech…



Analysis: More transparency (especially for employers & docs) could save healthcare $100B

Analysis: More transparency (especially for employers & docs) could save healthcare $100B

May 15, 2014 12:05 pm by | 1 Comments

Although the need for healthcare price transparency for consumers seems to get the most attention, cost information will likely have a bigger financial impact when it’s made accessible to other…


Janssen Labs expands its no-strings-attached incubator model to new San Francisco digs

Janssen Labs expands its no-strings-attached incubator model to new San Francisco digs

May 14, 2014 2:14 pm by | 0 Comments

A new 30,000-square-foot incubator opening later this year in South San Francisco aims to make starting a life science company as quick and capital-efficient as starting a tech company. The…


Oculus + Kinect + Novo Nordisk = A diabetes education game set in a virtual patient’s body

Oculus + Kinect + Novo Nordisk = A diabetes education game set in a virtual patient’s body

May 14, 2014 5:47 am by | 1 Comments

Novo Nordisk teamed up with UK digital healthcare agency emotive to put together a neat diabetes education tool that allows healthcare professionals to get a glimpse inside the body of hypothetical patient.


SolveBio scores $2M to clean up & index genomic data for developers

SolveBio scores $2M to clean up & index genomic data for developers

May 13, 2014 1:01 pm by | 1 Comments

Now that the $1,000 genome has arrived, the healthcare industry has wasted no time putting the mass amount of genomic data being generated to work. Hospitals and companies are building…


Ex-Genzyme CEO’s new company looks to rare diseases for insight into treating Parkinson’s

Ex-Genzyme CEO’s new company looks to rare diseases for insight into treating Parkinson’s

May 12, 2014 5:20 pm by | 0 Comments

Scientists suspect there’s a connection between many common neurodegenerative diseases and malfunctioning lysosomes, or processing centers in human cells that break down proteins and eliminate debris. Now a new company…



A small dose of medical meth might go a long way in limiting post-TBI brain damage

A small dose of medical meth might go a long way in limiting post-TBI brain damage

May 12, 2014 5:50 am by | 2 Comments

A mistake made by a PhD student in a University of Montana lab nearly a decade ago is now on the brink of mid-stage clinical trials as a potential treatment…


Ignoring these fundamentals could make it hard to scale a digital health startup

Ignoring these fundamentals could make it hard to scale a digital health startup

May 9, 2014 4:52 pm by | 1 Comments

Digital health is a popular business these days, but it’s also a tricky one. In theory, remote monitoring and engagement products have the potential to drive long-term cost savings, but…


Convergence is arriving in the home health market, and it should give revenues a boost

Convergence is arriving in the home health market, and it should give revenues a boost

May 9, 2014 5:51 am by | 1 Comments

Revenue from home healthcare devices and services could more than double by 2018, market research firm IHS Technology says, as those products and services become richer in features. Traditional home…


A CT scan might cost $307 — or $2,747, depending on where you go (infographic)

A CT scan might cost $307 — or $2,747, depending on where you go (infographic)

May 8, 2014 12:41 pm by | 0 Comments

With access to claims data from a number of self-insured companies and insurance plans, healthcare price transparency company Change Healthcare has some interesting insight into who’s charging what for which…


BioTime commits $5M to spinoff working with Mount Sinai on big data-powered mhealth products

BioTime commits $5M to spinoff working with Mount Sinai on big data-powered mhealth products

May 8, 2014 5:57 am by | 0 Comments

In a decidedly vague announcement Tuesday, regenerative medicine company BioTime’s subsidiary LifeMap Sciences said it’s spun off a mobile health company. LifeMap Solutions will “make health easier to measure and…


Pfizer joins the microbiome movement, enlisting Second Genome for obesity study

Pfizer joins the microbiome movement, enlisting Second Genome for obesity study

May 7, 2014 5:55 am by | 0 Comments

Scientific understanding of the microbiome – the ecosystem of bacteria in the gut – has matured to the point where the pharmaceutical industry recognizes it as a critical part of…


Dermatologist’s virtual visit startup secures $2.9M to expand into more states this year

Dermatologist’s virtual visit startup secures $2.9M to expand into more states this year

May 6, 2014 4:39 pm by | 0 Comments

A Pennsylvania dermatologist has rounded up some new capital to grow his mobile telehealth startup. Iagnosis, co-founded and led by Dr. Mark Seraly, has closed $2.85 million in angel funding….


Parents’ digital cameras may be a helpful new tool in early detection of pediatric eye cancer

Parents’ digital cameras may be a helpful new tool in early detection of pediatric eye cancer

May 6, 2014 11:31 am by | 1 Comments

Using thousands of baby photos, some off-the-shelf software and the help of his colleagues, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor University is on a personal mission to develop a better way to detect early signs of pediatric eye cancer.