Scott Wooldridge

Scott Wooldridge is a Minneapolis-based journalist who has been covering the health care industry since 1998. After working as a reporter and editor for Minnesota Physician Publishing for more than a decade, Scott began working as a freelance writer in 2013 and founded the Business of Health Blog, a weekly look at the health care industry in Minnesota.

Posts by Scott Wooldridge

Minnesota’s LifeScience Alley reports major growth in investment for early 2014

Investment in Minnesota life science companies saw a significant increase in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report from the state’s largest med-tech association. The Minnesota Life Science Investing Report, Q2 2014, finds a 65% increase in life science investments over the second quarter in 2013, with companies raising $110.5 million in 2Q, […]

Piper Jaffray analyst: Now is a great time for medtech IPOs

Medtech IPOs have performed well in recent years, even outpacing other areas of the health industry, a top analyst said recently. The comments came as part of the MedTech Investing Conference in Minneapolis last week. Other industry executives at the conference also described a generally positive climate for medtech IPOs. In his presentation “Overview of […]

IBM helping fix Minnesota’s health insurance exchange while lawmakers plan audits

MNsure, the health insurance exchange for Minnesota, is scrambling for help with its IT problems, as deadlines for enrollment loom and scrutiny of its troubled rollout continues. MNsure’s board met on Jan. 8 to discuss the latest developments, including an angry letter from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to IBM, one of the program’s vendors, and […]

C-Pulse device designed to help patients with advanced heart failure

A company that has created a unique new therapy for patients with advanced heart failure is hoping to spread the word about its product in 2014, after a year of clinical trials in both Europe and the United States. Sunshine Heart, based in Eden Prairie, MN, raised more than $61 million in 2013, after two […]

Health IT

Minnesota exchange gains customers as executive director resigns

MNsure, the health insurance exchange for Minnesota, has a new leader after executive director April Todd-Malmlov resigned abruptly at an emergency board meeting Tuesday night. Todd-Malmlov had been under fire for taking a nearly-two-week vacation in Costa Rica in November, at a time when the health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act were struggling […]

News

As Medtronic goes international, supply chain becomes top priority

Improved global supply chain management is becoming crucial to an industry squeezed by increased regulation and higher taxes, a panel of medical device experts said recently. The panel discussion, one of the keynote events of the LifeScience Alley 2013 Conference in Minneapolis, was an exploration of how some of the industry’s biggest brands are approaching […]

Devices & Diagnostics

Industry veteran: Design process is changing to start with 3D printers, not manufacturing

A single technological concept that can produce cars, shoes, and human organs represents the “next industrial revolution,” said one of the field’s pioneers at a recent medical device conference. Jon Cobb, executive vice president of marketing for Stratasys, a Minnesota-based 3D printing company, talked about the rapidly-growing technology at Life Science Alley’s 2013 Conference, held […]