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…


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…


MedCity Capsules: A database for healthcare business intelligence

MedCity Capsules: A database for healthcare business intelligence

April 22, 2014 6:36 am by | 0 Comments

For so many of you, daily news is only the beginning of keeping track of what happens in the business of healthcare. Capsules will enhance what MedCity News does for you and help healthcare do business better by providing a place to track the industry’s players and issues every day.


What does Oculus Rift have to do with cancer? For this grandmother, it was ‘so therapeutic’

What does Oculus Rift have to do with cancer? For this grandmother, it was ‘so therapeutic’

April 22, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Here’s another addition to the list of potential health applications for Oculus Rift. Last fall video game artist Pri Firstenberg got ahold of an early version of the virtual reality…


What will it take for wearable technology to reach a tipping point?

What will it take for wearable technology to reach a tipping point?

April 21, 2014 7:25 pm by | 0 Comments

Alex Le is the co-founder and vice president of product of Heyday, an automatic journaling app. Take a quick survey of the wearable industry today and the only thing that’s…


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…