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A review of life science current events reported by MedCity News this week: Klout’s top social media influencers in medicine. We created Klout’s list of the Top 10 social media influencers in medicine after last week’s top KLout healthcare influencers. What’s the difference between that and healthcare? At first glance, the medicine list includes almost […]

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

Klout’s top social media influencers in medicine. We created Klout’s list of the Top 10 social media influencers in medicine after last week’s top KLout healthcare influencers. What’s the difference between that and healthcare? At first glance, the medicine list includes almost exclusively MDs, and it has a decidedly more international flavor.

Canaan new venture fund dedicates $200 million for life science investing. Canaan Partners has announced a new $600 million fund of which one-third will be dedicated to medical device, biopharmaceuticals and diagnostics investing. About a quarter of the investments will likely be outside the United States, primarily Israel and India. Most of the investments will be in early and seed-stage companies.

Time will tell how Medtronic CEO will optimize medical device innovation. At the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco on Monday, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak once again laid out his three-pronged effort to rejuvenate medical device maker Medtronic (NYSE:MDT): improving execution, optimizing medical device innovation and quickly expanding its global footprint. Of the three, the biggest challenge will be in optimizing innovation because Ishrak wants to tie it to economic value, and in doing so, will be seeking a major culture change at the company.

Mobile health is dead. Call it digital health every time. I purged one phrase from my vocabulary this year: new media (I now start with “digital”). What’s so new about 10-year-old blogs? Now, I’m nixing another phrase and you should, too. The term is mobile health. Let’s always call the medical revolution digital health, dump the mobile and keep moving forward.

Medtronic pines for medical device innovation in Israel. How important is Israel to Medtronic’s future? Very.

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