Doctors mark diagnostic milestone, use DNA test in race to crack bacteria mystery

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Doctors mark diagnostic milestone, use DNA test in race to crack bacteria mystery

June 7, 2014 7:02 am by | 0 Comments

A team of doctors pressed for time used DNA testing to diagnose a rare bacterial infection in a 14-year-old boy with encephalitis.  The case, written up in the New England…


New $1M seed fund puts money behind startups using Alzheimer’s biomarker research

New $1M seed fund puts money behind startups using Alzheimer’s biomarker research

June 26, 2014 11:23 am by | 0 Comments

A $1 million seed fund is being launched at the University of Wisconsin, with an initial aim of nudging its Alzheimer’s disease research a little closer to the bedside. Half…


GE, Drive Capital lead $8.5M round for bundled payment analytics specialist Aver Informatics

GE, Drive Capital lead $8.5M round for bundled payment analytics specialist Aver Informatics

May 27, 2014 7:43 am by | 0 Comments

Healthcare data analytics company Aver Informatics thinks the next generation of healthcare reimbursement lies in bundled payments, and now Drive Capital and GE Ventures have backed up that hypothesis too….



Breath is the new blood for startup working on quicker, earlier detection of hospital infections

Breath is the new blood for startup working on quicker, earlier detection of hospital infections

April 30, 2014 6:15 pm by | 0 Comments

On any given day, about one in every 25 hospital patients acquires an infection. Preventing those infections is ideal, but hospitals don’t seem to be doing a great job of…


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…


Tired primary care doctors are voting with their feet

Tired primary care doctors are voting with their feet

April 1, 2014 6:15 am by | 0 Comments

Janis Finer, 57, a popular primary care physician in Tulsa, Okla., gave up her busy practice two years ago to care full time for hospitalized patients. The lure? Regular shifts,…


Epic veteran sees an opening in developing customized apps for providers

Epic veteran sees an opening in developing customized apps for providers

February 21, 2014 2:20 pm by | 0 Comments

One of a group of healthcare startups on display at the Startup Showcase at the HIMSS conference in Orlando next week is Branch2. It’s the second healthcare IT startup launched…


UW spin-off’s first venture round enables clinical trials for 2 DNA vaccines for prostate cancer

UW spin-off’s first venture round enables clinical trials for 2 DNA vaccines for prostate cancer

February 4, 2014 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

A University of Wisconsin professor’s cancer vaccine spin-off has locked in its first venture round to carry two potential prostate cancer treatments through early-stage clinical trials. Madison Vaccines Inc. began…



Nestle joining forces with biotech company to study diet and disease link

Nestle joining forces with biotech company to study diet and disease link

January 7, 2014 8:00 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Nestle SA is set to enter a biotechnology partnership with Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) to study the relation between diet and disease, the Wall Street Journal reported. The…


Wisconsin medical center merges with network of hospitals and clinics

Wisconsin medical center merges with network of hospitals and clinics

December 31, 2013 3:24 am by | 0 Comments

Minn.– Continuing a recent trend in hospital consolidation, Wisconsin’s Amery Regional Medical Center is merging with the Bloomington-based HealthPartners network of hospitals and clinics. The agreement is effective Wednesday. Financial…


Wisconsin may delay switch from Medicaid to health insurance exchange

Wisconsin may delay switch from Medicaid to health insurance exchange

December 4, 2013 7:03 am by | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Wednesday are expected to consider delaying by three months a plan to shift thousands of people from a state Medicaid program onto the federal…


AAIPharma keeps its CFO after Cambridge Major Laboratories merger

AAIPharma keeps its CFO after Cambridge Major Laboratories merger

December 3, 2013 2:50 pm by | 0 Comments

AAIPharma Chief Financial Officer Eric Evans has been named to the same post of the combined AAIPharma Services and Cambridge Major Laboratories. The two companies merged in late October when…


Scott Walker’s Medicaid maneuver to help him run for president

Scott Walker’s Medicaid maneuver to help him run for president

November 19, 2013 5:49 am by | 0 Comments

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who appears to be laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run, is getting attention for his entitlement reform. He is one of 25 Republican governors…


Politico: Washington gridlock guarantees Sebelius’ job security

Politico: Washington gridlock guarantees Sebelius’ job security

October 23, 2013 3:20 pm by | 0 Comments

Despite Representative Paul Ryan‘s (R-Wis.) call to see HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius‘ job on the chopping block, the idea of an impossible confirmation hearing keeps her safe. The Obamacare website…


Wellbe snags $1.4M to build step-by-step digital roadmaps through hospital episodes of care

Wellbe snags $1.4M to build step-by-step digital roadmaps through hospital episodes of care

October 22, 2013 1:03 pm by | 0 Comments

A digital health startup working with hospitals to help their patients navigate through an episode of care has loaded up with $1.4 million from investors in a Series A round….


Pharmacist wants to crowdfund $25K for OTC gel that stops a nosebleed in one minute

Pharmacist wants to crowdfund $25K for OTC gel that stops a nosebleed in one minute

October 18, 2013 12:10 pm by | 0 Comments

No more sitting with the school nurse, five Kleenex, head tilted back during recess. A startup with University of Wisconsin ties has launched a $25,000 Indiegogo campaign to bring over-the-counter…