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…


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…



How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

April 15, 2014 6:27 am by | 0 Comments

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tokyo University’s RIKEN and Japanese medical research firm NEXT 21 K.K. have developed a 3D printer that uses ink from the…


Beware Pollyanna entrepreneurs: GE Healthcare Global Health Services CEO is a fan of balanced pitches

Beware Pollyanna entrepreneurs: GE Healthcare Global Health Services CEO is a fan of balanced pitches

April 15, 2014 5:30 am by | 0 Comments

GE Healthcare has been a major force in supporting innovation in healthcare. One example is a three-year collaboration with Startup Health that began last year as part of its Healthymagination…


What is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

What is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

April 14, 2014 1:41 pm by | 0 Comments

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 based startups. The event…


Giraffe Friend is a wearable to help you sit up straight

Giraffe Friend is a wearable to help you sit up straight

April 14, 2014 9:36 am by | 0 Comments

Statistics show that we spend over half of our waking hours sitting – mostly hunched over in front of a computer for prolonged periods of time or slouching on the couch…


Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

April 14, 2014 6:33 am by | 5 Comments

Anger vibrates from every element of a new social media campaign aimed directly at Johnson & Johnson. Johnson and Johnson Hurts Women is the web site address. The logo features…



Listen to your audience,  MedStartr CEO advises crowdfunding entrepreneurs

Listen to your audience, MedStartr CEO advises crowdfunding entrepreneurs

April 14, 2014 5:45 am by | 0 Comments

Crowdfunding is one topic that will be a part of the conversation at the upcoming MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum from April 22-23  in Chicago. The event spotlights emerging innovation and…


Indianapolis one of top 5 markets in nation for warehouse space and manufacturing

Indianapolis one of top 5 markets in nation for warehouse space and manufacturing

April 13, 2014 6:26 am by | 0 Comments

With the economy looking up, Bob Smietana decided last year to move forward with his company’s first industrial project in the Indianapolis market since the recession.
Chicago-based HSA Commercial is building a $7 million, 220,000-square foot speculati…


Need a spare body part? Staples offers 3D printing service in Los Angeles and NYC

Need a spare body part? Staples offers 3D printing service in Los Angeles and NYC

April 12, 2014 2:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Could an office supply store bring 3D printing to middle America? Staples surely thinks it can, and this week jump-started a trial program offering 3D printing services in New York…


And the Wearables Championship for healthcare technology goes to: ZOLL Medical

And the Wearables Championship for healthcare technology goes to: ZOLL Medical

April 12, 2014 5:45 am by | 0 Comments

Life Vest by ZOLL Medical has walked away with the Wearables Championship for healthcare technology over Reemo by Playtabase. The matchup of 16 healthcare-focused wearable technologies and at least once…


What should be a healthcare startup’s prize for good work? [Hint: It's not necessarily money]

What should be a healthcare startup’s prize for good work? [Hint: It's not necessarily money]

April 10, 2014 7:25 pm by | 0 Comments

If you were to ask most early-stage companies what they’d consider to be a decent prize from a group of investors for a well pitched device or service, they’d probably…


Jack Young of Qualcomm Ventures shares his biggest pitch pet peeves

Jack Young of Qualcomm Ventures shares his biggest pitch pet peeves

April 10, 2014 3:50 pm by | 0 Comments

Healthcare investment conference MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum wants to bring active investors and corporate business development executives together to invest in promising Midwest based startups. The event is set for April…


Indiana diagnostics startup seeks $750K to validate colon cancer monitoring test

Indiana diagnostics startup seeks $750K to validate colon cancer monitoring test

April 10, 2014 10:57 am by | 0 Comments

“MedCity News has partnered with BioCrossroads to provide coverage focused on Indiana’s next generation of growth and innovation in life sciences” An Indiana life sciences company looks at metabolites as…


Creating health: avoiding the trap of lazy superiority

Creating health: avoiding the trap of lazy superiority

April 10, 2014 10:00 am by | 0 Comments

I’m finding it hard to start this post because I have to start with an admission. It’s an admission of laziness, of presumed superiority. In many ways I have slipped…