Insulin startup Thermalin gets JDRF support for an ultra rapid-acting insulin for T1D

Insulin startup Thermalin gets JDRF support for an ultra rapid-acting insulin for T1D

April 23, 2014 9:00 am by | 1 Comments

Insulin startup Thermalin Diabetes has earned itself an esteemed new partner in its quest to develop formulations of insulin that will give people with diabetes tighter control over their blood…


Can Pfizer build a better psoriasis treatment with rheumatoid arthritis drug?

Can Pfizer build a better psoriasis treatment with rheumatoid arthritis drug?

April 23, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that a drug discovered and developed at its Groton laboratories has proven effective enough against plaque psoriasis that it plans to formally request regulatory approval for…



Florida Blue predicts higher 2015 premiums due to Obamacare insurance provisions

Florida Blue predicts higher 2015 premiums due to Obamacare insurance provisions

April 23, 2014 7:45 am by | 1 Comments

Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured — one of…


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…


GE Healthcare is developing operations command centers to cut waste and boost efficiency

GE Healthcare is developing operations command centers to cut waste and boost efficiency

April 23, 2014 6:02 am by | 1 Comments

No matter how many times I see these numbers about waste and inefficiency in hospitals, they are still shocking. Mike Swinford of GE Healthcare shared these stats Tuesday at the…


Three ways to increase your startup’s chances of getting acquired by GE Healthcare

Three ways to increase your startup’s chances of getting acquired by GE Healthcare

April 23, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Cultural fit, bundling potential and a focus on work force optimization. If your healthcare startup meets all or even two of these criteria, you’ll have a better than average chance…


Allergan said it will ‘carefully consider’ buyout offer from Valeant

Allergan said it will ‘carefully consider’ buyout offer from Valeant

April 22, 2014 9:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Allergan Inc., the Irvine company that makes popular wrinkle treatment Botox, acknowledged Tuesday that it has received a buyout offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. The company said the offer…



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…


Obamacare incentives spark unlikely healthcare partnership for after hours care

Obamacare incentives spark unlikely healthcare partnership for after hours care

April 22, 2014 4:00 pm by | 0 Comments

At Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill hospital, the “EMERGENCY” sign glows bright in the dusk above the emergency-room entrance. Some 18,000 people sought help here last year. Right next to…


Nielsen: Smartphones used by more than half of Americans aged 55+

Nielsen: Smartphones used by more than half of Americans aged 55+

April 22, 2014 3:42 pm by | 0 Comments

Don’t look now, but the transition to a mobile-centric computing culture in the U.S. is now certified. Let’s check some new data points that represent several crossed Rubicons in the…


Maker of Botox wrinkle treatment attracts $45.6B bid from activist investor Ackman and Valeant Pharma

Maker of Botox wrinkle treatment attracts $45.6B bid from activist investor Ackman and Valeant Pharma

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Activist investor Bill Ackman and his unlikely Canadian partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., unveiled details of their bid for Irvine pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc., which makes the popular Botox wrinkle…


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…


Antitrust ruling against Idaho hospital merger could slow consolidation nationally

Antitrust ruling against Idaho hospital merger could slow consolidation nationally

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm by | 0 Comments

NAMPA, Idaho – When Idaho’s largest hospital system bought the state’s largest doctor practice in 2012, the groups expressed hope that the deal would spark a revolution in delivering better-quality…


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…


The challenge of switching from entrepreneur to CEO to scale your business

The challenge of switching from entrepreneur to CEO to scale your business

April 22, 2014 7:45 am by | 2 Comments

There is a belief in the business world that founders can’t scale. That is, to put it another way, a company’s growth curve will eventually outstrip the capabilities of its…