Stephanie Baum

Stephanie Baum

Stephanie Baum is the East Coast Innovation Reporter for MedCityNews.com. She enjoys covering healthcare startups across health IT, drug development and medical devices and innovations deployed to improve medical care. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and has worked across radio, print and video. She's written for The Christian Science Monitor, Dow Jones & Co. and United Business Media.

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Cancer immunotherapy developer Juno adds fresh capital to close $176M Series A

Cancer immunotherapy developer Juno adds fresh capital to close $176M Series A

April 24, 2014 2:09 pm by | 0 Comments

Underscoring the hot investment prospects of cancer immunotherapy, Juno Therapeutics has secured additional funding from investors to close its Series A at $176 million, according to a company statement. The…


How can patients and doctors collaborate to boost patient adherence?

How can patients and doctors collaborate to boost patient adherence?

April 24, 2014 7:01 am by | 1 Comments

The frustrating and costly issue of patient adherence has been the subject of more panel discussions than I can count. In the latest variation, TEDMED held a Google Hangout this week examining the Patient Activation Measure



8 things about crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and investors to consider

8 things about crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and investors to consider

April 23, 2014 7:34 pm by | 0 Comments

Crowdfunding is growing at a pretty frenetic pace based on some startling stats Andrew Dix of Crowded Media Group offered as part of a series of discussions on crowdfunding at…


Frenzy of pharma deals resembles 2008, but goal is leaner, more focused businesses

Frenzy of pharma deals resembles 2008, but goal is leaner, more focused businesses

April 23, 2014 7:01 am by | 0 Comments

Between Pfizer and AstraZeneca deal rumors followed by a strategic portfolio exchange by GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis and an offer for Allergan this week, it feels like a deal frenzy is…


FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

April 22, 2014 5:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Washington routinely comes in for criticism that it doesn’t do enough to support the U.S. medical device industry. But a new FDA proposal would establish for medical devices the equivalent…


With multilayered deal, GSK and Novartis play to their strengths

With multilayered deal, GSK and Novartis play to their strengths

April 22, 2014 11:23 am by | 0 Comments

Update below It’s all change with Big Pharma this week. A series of deals between GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) and Novartis has reshaped both businesses in a move that will shift…


What does Verizon’s report on data breaches reveal about healthcare?

What does Verizon’s report on data breaches reveal about healthcare?

April 22, 2014 6:57 am by | 1 Comments

One of the healthcare industry’s biggest issues is a lack of visibility and it seems to be an impediment to improving security. That was one of the findings of Suzanne…



ProNAi raises $60 million to advance treatment to combat lymphoma

ProNAi raises $60 million to advance treatment to combat lymphoma

April 21, 2014 6:16 pm by | 0 Comments

Cancer drug developer ProNAi Therapeutics, which developed a nucleic acid-based DNA-interference technology to cause cancer cell death, has added nine new investors in an oversubscribed Series D round. The latest…


Could radar imaging technology to detect falls offer better alternative to cameras, wearables?

Could radar imaging technology to detect falls offer better alternative to cameras, wearables?

April 21, 2014 2:40 pm by | 0 Comments

An engineering professor wants to take a form of radar detection for the military and apply it to the aging-in-place population. The goal is to develop a better way to…


Here are five different approaches to crowdfunding for biotechnology

Here are five different approaches to crowdfunding for biotechnology

April 21, 2014 8:19 am by | 1 Comments

The impact of federal budget cuts compounded by the challenges of securing funding for biotechnology companies has led to a growing trend of drug development. Scientists are turning to crowdfunding…


Mobile health apps from EHR to diabetes picked as Webby award honorees

Mobile health apps from EHR to diabetes picked as Webby award honorees

April 18, 2014 5:54 pm by | 0 Comments

As part of the annual Webby Awards this year,  11 mobile health apps were chosen as honorees. They include behavioral health apps from the Veteran’s Administration, a diabetes app from…


Wikipedia seen as useful tool to predict flu outbreaks, researchers find

Wikipedia seen as useful tool to predict flu outbreaks, researchers find

April 18, 2014 3:29 pm by | 0 Comments

The tradition of predicting flu and tracking disease outbreaks has tended to fall exclusively on the shoulders of the Centers for Disease Control. Healthcare entrepreneurs have sought to supplement that…


7 interesting findings about seniors’ Internet use from Pew Research

7 interesting findings about seniors’ Internet use from Pew Research

April 18, 2014 1:11 pm by | 2 Comments

Senior Americans’ grasp of the Internet and mobile devices is more complex than most people may realize, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. About six in 10…


Report: Biotech attracts $1B in venture capital funding, medical device deal size trends higher

Report: Biotech attracts $1B in venture capital funding, medical device deal size trends higher

April 18, 2014 5:30 am by | 1 Comments

On the surface, the first quarter venture capital funding report by National Venture Capital Association and PriceWaterhouseCoopers looks like another downward trend for venture capital deal flow in the life…


Opko acquires early stage digital inhaler device co. to pair it with respiratory drugs

Opko acquires early stage digital inhaler device co. to pair it with respiratory drugs

April 17, 2014 3:00 pm by | 0 Comments

As pharmaceutical companies look for ways to add value to their drugs to solve problems like adherence, many see digital health as an important part of that strategy. Respiratory drug…