Andrea Ippolito: MIT Hacking Medicine wants to develop a hack-in-a-box

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Andrea Ippolito: MIT Hacking Medicine wants to develop a hack-in-a-box

July 15, 2014 6:24 pm by | 0 Comments

MIT Hacking Medicine is much in demand as hospitals look for new ways to solve long-standing problems with a diverse group of brainstormers keen to share ideas. A few weeks…


New test from Transplant Genomics will spot organ rejection as soon as it starts

New test from Transplant Genomics will spot organ rejection as soon as it starts

July 14, 2014 5:39 pm by | 0 Comments

It was Dr. Stanley Rose’s own kidney transplant that sparked the idea for Transplant Genomics, a company that’s finding a better way to test early on for organ graft rejection. “As…


REBIScan is building a better mousetrap for diagnosing “lazy eye” in kids

REBIScan is building a better mousetrap for diagnosing “lazy eye” in kids

July 10, 2014 4:31 pm by | 0 Comments

Children with “lazy eyes” and other vision disorders could be more accurately diagnosed with technology from Cambridge medical device firm REBIScan, according to a recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. REBIScan’s Pediatric…



Device for kids with congenital stenosis receives $1 million in government backing

Device for kids with congenital stenosis receives $1 million in government backing

July 10, 2014 3:56 pm by | 0 Comments

Fitting corrective medical devices to a growing child is highly complex — particularly when they’ve got congenital cardiovascular conditions. Boston startup 480 Biomedical is developing a self-expanding scaffold that can be resorbed by…


Biotech and the World Cup: Some uncanny similarities

Biotech and the World Cup: Some uncanny similarities

July 7, 2014 3:31 pm by | 0 Comments

There are some distinct parallels between the World Cup and the biotech biz, or so says Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture in an entertaining but spot-on recent blog post. As we…


Race tight for genital herpes vaccine: Agenus, Genocea announce positive data

Race tight for genital herpes vaccine: Agenus, Genocea announce positive data

July 2, 2014 5:32 pm by | 6 Comments

Looks like competition’s tight between two Boston-area biotechs in their race to develop a next generation genital herpes vaccine, evidenced perhaps by the neck-and-neck release of some rather positive clinical…


Leader of MIT Hacking Medicine is teaching startups how to disrupt healthcare

Leader of MIT Hacking Medicine is teaching startups how to disrupt healthcare

July 2, 2014 5:57 am by | 0 Comments

Like most people with an engineering background one of the things that intrigues Andrea Ippolito is solving problems. The co-leader of MIT Hacking Medicine particularly likes using hackathons to find…


Physicians Interactive acquires patient community MedHelp, marking entry to consumer market

Physicians Interactive acquires patient community MedHelp, marking entry to consumer market

June 25, 2014 9:26 am by | 0 Comments

Two mobile health companies — one a clinician-facing business and the other a patient-oriented healthcare forum — have taken different approaches to patient engagement in healthcare. Physicians Interactive’s acquisition of…



PatientsLikeMe rolls out clinical trial collaboration tools to help patients work with pharma

PatientsLikeMe rolls out clinical trial collaboration tools to help patients work with pharma

June 18, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Patients don’t much care for the way clinical trials are designed. That was one of the findings of a patient-centered survey that reinforced PatientsLikeMe’s plan to roll out a group…


Joslin adds new unit using digital health to advance diabetes management tools

Joslin adds new unit using digital health to advance diabetes management tools

June 10, 2014 2:51 pm by | 0 Comments

In a bid to to collaborate with industry partners to develop digital health tools for diabetes management, Joslin Diabetes Center has added a technology translation division, according to a company…


Biogen hemophilia A drug gets greenlight from FDA

Biogen hemophilia A drug gets greenlight from FDA

June 6, 2014 4:43 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it approved Biogen Idec Inc’s long-lasting hemophilia A drug, Eloctate, adding another product to the company’s nascent portfolio of…


Ex-Merck exec’s new microbiome startup has a pill that works like a fecal transplant against C. diff

Ex-Merck exec’s new microbiome startup has a pill that works like a fecal transplant against C. diff

June 6, 2014 2:35 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – An infectious disease expert and former head dealmaker at Merck & Co is racing against his ex-employer and other drugmakers to develop a treatment for a germ that…


Qstream uses competitive gaming to beat clinical inertia in hospitals, sharpen pharma sales staff

Qstream uses competitive gaming to beat clinical inertia in hospitals, sharpen pharma sales staff

May 22, 2014 6:45 am by | 1 Comments

A competitive game could help physicians and nurses bring patients’ blood pressure levels down faster, according to a study published in Circulation. The idea is to encourage medical professionals to…


Boston startup with silk osteoarthritis treatment seeks up to $750K in seed round

Boston startup with silk osteoarthritis treatment seeks up to $750K in seed round

May 21, 2014 6:30 am by | 0 Comments

Silk is one of the hottest materials and shows much promise for medicine, particularly in targeted drug delivery. Cocoon Biotech, a Boston-based startup, wants to build on that promise with a…


An obesity treatment that looks like a pill but acts like a device takes in $12M from investors

An obesity treatment that looks like a pill but acts like a device takes in $12M from investors

May 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 5 Comments

A young Boston company thinks it has what could be a safe, effective and noninvasive way to help overweight and obese people drop those dangerous extra pounds. Investors including PureTech…


Janssen Labs expands its no-strings-attached incubator model to new San Francisco digs

Janssen Labs expands its no-strings-attached incubator model to new San Francisco digs

May 14, 2014 2:14 pm by | 0 Comments

A new 30,000-square-foot incubator opening later this year in South San Francisco aims to make starting a life science company as quick and capital-efficient as starting a tech company. The…