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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Nokia names 11 medtech startups as finalists in $2M Sensing X Prize competition

Nokia names 11 medtech startups as finalists in $2M Sensing X Prize competition

October 21, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

An X Prize competition by Nokia to find companies developing medical sensing technology for diagnostic tools has shortlisted 11 life science businesses. The finals will seek to demonstrate which companies…


In latest smart pill innovation, capsule armed with tiny needles could deploy drug

In latest smart pill innovation, capsule armed with tiny needles could deploy drug

October 21, 2014 7:27 am by | 0 Comments

One pill under development by MIT scientists has produced a pill that would look at home in the prop department for The Knick — a pill spiked with needles designed to deploy medicine more effectively into the walls of the GI Tract.



As pharma looks for leaner models, Novo Nordisk expected to spin out IT business this week

As pharma looks for leaner models, Novo Nordisk expected to spin out IT business this week

October 20, 2014 7:15 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that big pharma has been getting leaner, with companies buying and selling businesses to play to their strengths. Novo Nordisk‘s plans to spin off its IT solutions…


PureTech raises $55M to support medical device, digital health innovation

PureTech raises $55M to support medical device, digital health innovation

October 20, 2014 1:30 pm by | 0 Comments

  PureTech, which has put itself squarely at the intersection of med tech and digital health innovation, has raised $55 million in a growth stage investment round, according to a…


What will Microsoft’s smart watch add to wearables sector?

What will Microsoft’s smart watch add to wearables sector?

October 20, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Microsoft is throwing its wrist into the $2.5 billion smart watch market with a smart watch expected to be launched in the next few weeks, according to a report by…


Report: Funding in runup to biotech and medical device IPOs boosts Q3 investment

Report: Funding in runup to biotech and medical device IPOs boosts Q3 investment

October 17, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The initial public offering window continues to draw a steady stream of investment from venture and private equity investors allocating funding to what’s referred to as the crossover round that…


Group behind wearable fetal monitor prep for clinical trial of smart fabric

Group behind wearable fetal monitor prep for clinical trial of smart fabric

October 16, 2014 8:26 pm by | 1 Comments

It’s been a couple of years since I first spoke with some of the folks who brought industrial engineering, fashion design and OBGYN together. The idea is to solve the…



A commercialization program to create life science spinout companies gets $1M grant

A commercialization program to create life science spinout companies gets $1M grant

October 16, 2014 12:34 pm by | 0 Comments

A few years after it launched a QED Proof of Concept funding program, the University City Science Center has unveiled a new fund for a commercialization program. It’s fueled by…


Ebola virus brings Right to Try legislation into spotlight: As usual, states way ahead of Congress

Ebola virus brings Right to Try legislation into spotlight: As usual, states way ahead of Congress

October 16, 2014 7:00 am by | 1 Comments

The unfolding effort to contain the Ebola virus in the U.S. is revitalizing the issue of giving people access to experimental medication and the ethical wrangling involved in making those…


Welltok raises $25 million to expand CafeWell tools

Welltok raises $25 million to expand CafeWell tools

October 15, 2014 2:51 pm by | 0 Comments

Welltok, which uses gaming and machine learning to help people manage their health, has raised fresh capital as part of an effort to shift the company to be more consumer…


Ready to role play? It could help keep American war veterans healthy

Ready to role play? It could help keep American war veterans healthy

October 15, 2014 10:41 am by | 0 Comments

The usefulness of role playing programs developed to help doctors and nurses nail down their bedside manner for physical exams, therapy sessions and other situations is being expanded to military…


This telemedicine company wants patients to build rapport with doctors

This telemedicine company wants patients to build rapport with doctors

October 15, 2014 8:16 am by | 1 Comments

PlushCare from PlushCare on Vimeo. PlushCare, a San Francisco-based telemedicine company, is veering away from the trend set by rivals in a couple of ways. In a phone interview with…


3D printing has made strides in orthopedics but faces tougher road in organ creation

3D printing has made strides in orthopedics but faces tougher road in organ creation

October 15, 2014 6:00 am by | 2 Comments

Last year, Stuart Williams, the executive director of the Cardiovascular Innovations Institute at the University of Louisville, said the heart would be the easiest organ to bioprint, using a combination…


ONC taps UnitedHealthcare for chief privacy officer

ONC taps UnitedHealthcare for chief privacy officer

October 14, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

A lawyer from UnitedHealthcare’s general counsel team will be the second Chief Privacy Officer for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, according to an emailed statement from Karen…


Luminate Health building new system to send lab results directly to patients

Luminate Health building new system to send lab results directly to patients

October 14, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The deadline requiring labs to provide test results directly to patients if they request them ended this month as part of the Omnibus Final Rule.  Although physicians will still get a…