Biochip mimics how the body produces platelets so they could be made in a lab

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Biochip mimics how the body produces platelets so they could be made in a lab

April 21, 2014 5:52 am by | 0 Comments

When you hear about blood shortages, that doesn’t just mean there’s a shortage of donated red blood cells. It could also mean platelets, a blood component that Sven Karlsson described…


Entrepreneurs: VCs want to see (now more than ever) that you’re a good money manager

Entrepreneurs: VCs want to see (now more than ever) that you’re a good money manager

April 23, 2014 1:07 pm by | 1 Comments

A financial investor, two venture capitalists and a corporate venture investor had different perspectives but all agreed on one thing at the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum on Tuesday – the…


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…



Designers crowdfund a walker revamped ‘for people, not patients’

Designers crowdfund a walker revamped ‘for people, not patients’

April 22, 2014 12:23 pm by | 0 Comments

A person who needs to use a walker to get around shouldn’t have to be hunched over such a clunky, medical-looking device every day. That’s what inspired Jennifer Harris and…


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…


Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

April 21, 2014 12:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Akhil Saklecha has seen many a startup stumble over the process of getting physician adoption of new technology. If a company fails to get physicians on board early in…


Indie rocker’s Kickstarter for glove that turns motion into sound has healthcare potential

Indie rocker’s Kickstarter for glove that turns motion into sound has healthcare potential

April 21, 2014 8:26 am by | 0 Comments

In the near future, medtech may take a cue from rock music. Indie musician Imogen Heap and her team of scientists and designers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise 200,000…


Device company with focus on Type 2 diabetes treatment raises another $150K

Device company with focus on Type 2 diabetes treatment raises another $150K

April 18, 2014 10:54 am by | 1 Comments

Minnesota medical device company MetaModix has raised $150,000 in equity between three undisclosed investors, according to a regulatory filing made with the SEC. The startup, which is working to develop…



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…


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…


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…


If everyone has so many ‘solutions,’ why hasn’t anything in healthcare been solved yet?

If everyone has so many ‘solutions,’ why hasn’t anything in healthcare been solved yet?

April 16, 2014 12:16 pm by | 1 Comments

Neil Versel Twitter LinkedIn MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America…


Healthcare writer Bruce Japsen watching transformation of coverage in private, public sectors

Healthcare writer Bruce Japsen watching transformation of coverage in private, public sectors

April 16, 2014 12:10 pm by | 0 Comments

Bruce Japsen Twitter LinkedIn MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America…


Mayo’s James A. Rogers: It’s a great time for startups

Mayo’s James A. Rogers: It’s a great time for startups

April 16, 2014 11:56 am by | 0 Comments

James A. Rogers Twitter LinkedIn MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising…


Stanford BioDesign spinout raises $644K Series A round for mini-laparoscopy tools

Stanford BioDesign spinout raises $644K Series A round for mini-laparoscopy tools

April 16, 2014 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

Chicago medical device startup Miret Surgical has raised a Series A round of $644,750 in equity for further product development, CEO John Avi Roop said. The 4-year-old Stanford BioDesign spinout is at…