Genentech writes a check and PatientsLikeMe agrees to share “de-identified” data for 5 years

Genentech writes a check and PatientsLikeMe agrees to share “de-identified” data for 5 years

April 12, 2014 9:05 am by | 0 Comments

The most extensive collaboration between the patient social network and a drug company to-date is likely to be just the first of its kind. PatientsLikeMe, the largest online network for…


Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

April 12, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Digital health is finally coming of age. Young companies are making waves, but they’re also under more scrutiny by everyone from investors to the FDA. Healthcare experts and entrepreneurs will…



Travel the world on a treadmill (and beat the boredom) with a virtual reality exercise app

Travel the world on a treadmill (and beat the boredom) with a virtual reality exercise app

April 12, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

If tech startups like Paofit have their way, people will no longer be able to cite boredom as an excuse not to exercise. Paofit is combining high-definition video with avatars…


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…


Obama: Sebelius’ service was extraordinary

Obama: Sebelius’ service was extraordinary

April 11, 2014 1:24 pm by | 0 Comments

President Obama said in remarks at the White House that Kathleen Sebelius told him in March that she was going to step down as the secretary of the Department of…


A healthcare analytics expert’s advice to entrepreneurs: Know how to operationalize

A healthcare analytics expert’s advice to entrepreneurs: Know how to operationalize

April 11, 2014 11:46 am by | 0 Comments

One of the hottest areas for innovation in healthcare IT right now is data analytics, a topic Pamela Peele knows well. She’s the chief analytics officer of the UPMC Insurance…


Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

April 11, 2014 11:32 am by | 0 Comments

Kathleen Sebelius is leaving her post as Secretary of Health with a mixed legacy because she wasn’t able to effectively meet the enormous challenges of the role. Could anyone? It’s…



3 key items of unfinished business Burwell will inherit with Sebelius’ exit

3 key items of unfinished business Burwell will inherit with Sebelius’ exit

April 11, 2014 10:17 am by | 0 Comments

With the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and the expected nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the role of Health and Human Services secretary, the Obama administration has the chance to…


‘Molecular tweezers:’ A potential new strategy for fending off Alzheimer’s?

‘Molecular tweezers:’ A potential new strategy for fending off Alzheimer’s?

April 11, 2014 5:52 am by | 0 Comments

Rather than trying to break up clumps of proteins that characterize many brain diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, Gal Bitan and his team are trying to stop them from…


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Here are the most memorable tweets

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Here are the most memorable tweets

April 11, 2014 5:30 am by | 0 Comments

The White House announced Thursday evening that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Barack Obama will nominate Sylvia Burrell, director of the Office of Management and Budget…


Lancet studies: Nostrils, vaginas built from patients’ own tissues are working well after implantation

Lancet studies: Nostrils, vaginas built from patients’ own tissues are working well after implantation

April 11, 2014 4:25 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (AP) — Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. Windpipes, bladders,…


10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

April 10, 2014 10:11 pm by | 0 Comments

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thur…


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…


JNJ, BioCrossroads invest in Hoosier pharma startup at work on potential hepatitis B cure

JNJ, BioCrossroads invest in Hoosier pharma startup at work on potential hepatitis B cure

April 10, 2014 5:26 pm by | 0 Comments

An Indiana University spinout attracted investors from Johnson & Johnson Development Corp. and BioCrossroads with novel drugs to treat, and even potentially cure, patients with hepatitis B. Assembly Pharmaceuticals received an undisclosed…


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…