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GSK’s new way, a medical mart breakdown, nursing stress (Weekend Rounds)

Among the life science current events from last week: Pharma has “lost its way,” says Deirdre Connelly; an industry breakdown of medical mart tenants; a new way to cut nursing stress; and medical device wake up calls.

A review of life science current events reported by MedCity News this week:

GSK’s Connelly: Pharma has ’lost its way;’ executive offers her prescription. “In a morning keynote address to the Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress meeting in Washington, D.C., Deirdre Connelly acknowledged that pharma companies once took doctors on trips and plied them with pads, pens and other gifts. She added that the industry has relied on a business model of sending multiple sales representatives to a single doctor to make sales.”

Cleveland medical mart tenants: A breakdown by industry The initial list of tenants for Cleveland’s medical mart includes organizations from a wide variety of industries, with the heaviest concentration in furniture, design, information technology and nonprofits.

Reducing nurses’ stress is aim of Kent State, Donna Karan program. Kent State University‘s College of Nursing and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation are collaborating on a program that seeks to reduce nurses’ job-related stress and burnout through yoga and other Eastern practices. The program, called Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, includes training in yoga, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative caregiving.

Venture capital reports offer a wakeup call for medical device industry. “Investment has slipped, U.S. dominance is eroding, and nimbleness in emerging markets poses a long-term threat to United States as the leader in developing new innovative medical devices. Marching orders are clear and unsurprising. We need more innovation, talent, financial incentives, investment, and sleeker and faster regulation. The question is, even if can do all or most of these things well, will it be enough to compete with the speed of growth in countries like China, India, and Brazil?”

Mayo Clinic names 17 members to social media advisory board. A blogging pediatrician, a Second Life librarian and an Australian med student and are among the people who will help round out the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media advisory board. The announcement brings the number of board members to 30, which is five more than the center initially planned to appoint. Additional members were added because of the quality of candidates it received through its “crowdsourced” recruiting effort.