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Healthcare Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, CA
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Big Data -Cloud -IoT-Software -Mobile -Entrepreneurship, Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on April 16, 2014
Life Science Industry gearing up for Innovation: Code-a-thon (Health Technology Forum), TiEcon, EPPIC event
Code-a-thons are fun and also highly productive live events that bring together developers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs, brimming with new and exciting ideas on applications and tools for any given problem. Health Technology Forum in San Francisco was formed with a mission to improve healthcare through technology. In 2013, HTF organized a very successful code-a-thon that focused on serving the needs of the underserved populations. This year again, HTF has organized a code-a-thon to precede (by about a week to 10 days) its annual conference focused around the theme of Pathways to Sustainable Health, on May 20, at Parc 55, Wyndham Hotel, SF. Additionally, HTF has proposed a series of events to follow the weekend code-a-thon challenge, including a unique second phase to enable the winning team to be placed on-site at one or more safety-net hospitals.
So how do code-a-thons help spur innovation? These short and focused events often result in the rapid development of breakthrough concepts and working prototype applications. Code-a-thons highlight a problem in need of a solution. This spotlighting of the problem, with clarity around its challenges and opportunities, helps the problem to remain the primary focus of innovation, and not the technology. This is a good mental discipline for enthusiastic bright innovators who tend to fall in love with their own idea, and often fail to pay heed to the needs of the market. The ideas and technologies that come out of code-a-thons often lead to creation of actual products that can be deployed in the marketplace. Further, if these innovators would receive coaching from stakeholders within the hospital centers then it is inevitable that the positive impact will be enormous and immediate, in creating new innovative solutions, for sustainable healthcare. Few can argue that our healthcare system needs an overhaul, and something that will greatly impact the transformation in the healthcare system is the impact that Big Data will have. For instance, Big Data can help empower patients to be in charge of their own health. From providing access to their medical records, to enabling continuous health monitoring, it will help inform and empower patients to be proactive managers of their own health. Similarly, mounds of clinical and epidemiological data can lead to greater insights in diagnosis and therapeutics of various diseases. The requirements of this particular code-a-thon will be centered around developing and designing the prototype of an app that supports the collection and communication of health care data about key diseases and behaviors. Please stay tuned for more information, and sign up for the code-a-thon and for the annual conference at www.healthtechnologyforum.com and follow them on twitter @healthtechforum. You can follow me on twitter @DarshanaN.
Additionally, mark your calendar for 2 other interesting life science events.
May 16, 17 is #TiEcon 2014, the largest entrepreneurship conference, at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. The Healthcare Track on Day 2 will feature panels on exciting topics like “Harnessing Healthcare Data”, “Engaging Patients of the Future”, “Where the VCs are Investing in Healthcare” and more. Register by May 1, for www.tiecon.org through the link http://tinyurl.com/kr2hkcw as my guest and enter promo code tievalue to get $100 off.
May, 6 EPPIC event – EPPIC frequently spotlights success stories of local entrepreneurs and on My 6 at Cubberley in Palo Alto, will host Dr. Sarvajna Dwivedi, Founder of Pearl Therapeutics which was acquired last year, by Astra Zeneca for $1.15 B. Register at www.eppicglobal.org.
http://www.bio2devicegroup.org is a group that meets every Tuesday, in Sunnyvale and hosts speakers on a wide range of healthcare topics. Pre-registration required for “Second Tuesday of the month meetings” and all other meetings are free and open for walk-ins. For information on any of these events, feel free to send me an email at wd_darshana at hotmail dot com.
Rapid Non-Invasive Treatment for Stroke
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on April 14, 2014
Dr. Mark Borsody, Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Nervive Inc, spoke about stroke healthcare, at www.bio2devicegroup.org event.
Stroke has been a #1 cause of severe disability, #2 cause of death in the world (responsible for more than 5 million deaths, each year), and it is 4th leading cause of death in the US. About 800,000 people in the US have stroke, each year. One American dies from stroke, about every 4 minutes. In fact, stroke is responsible for putting the biggest healthcare burden, worldwide and the burden is likely to increase in the foreseeable future, said Dr. Borsody. Stroke results from “plumbing problem”, in the brain. Ischemic stroke is caused by blockage of a blood vessel due to reasons like thrombosis or arterial embolism. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding of blood vessels of the brain, either directly into the brain or into the surrounding brain tissue.
While treatment options for hemorrhagic stroke are limited, current treatment options for ischemic stroke include intravenous “clot busting” through tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) or through endovascular catheter devices for blood clot retrieval. Worldwide, an estimated 180,000 tPA treatments are done every year and 22,000 clot retrieval treatments are done.
Honing in on the major problem, Dr. Borsody discussed why do so few patients with stroke receive timely treatment. Timely intervention is the key for treatment of stroke. Like all cells in the body, neurons and other brain cells require oxygen and glucose delivered through the blood in order to function and survive. A few minutes of oxygen deprivation can kill millions of neurons. Additionally, stroke can provoke inflammation, swelling (edema), and other processes that can continue the damage for hours or days after the initial attack. However, often treatment of stroke within 60 minutes is very rare due to the time required for patient transportation and in-hospital evaluation. Effective treatment for stroke can be simple, but it needs to be immediate. So how come there aren’t many innovations to bring the treatment to the patient, even to buy them some time?
Nervive’s Vital Flow Stimulator is a simple device that is aimed at targeting the facial nerve behind the middle ear. The objective is to control the cerebral arteries through the facial nerve, which regulates the function of the arteries. It is comprised of 3-4 cm coil placed over the ear. Magnetic fields readily penetrate any tissue and creates electrical currents in neural tissues, leading to axonal and soma depolarization. Early indications are that it is effective in treating ischemic stroke and it is safe in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. This device is moreover, simple enough to use without any special training. Vital Flow complements other therapies and bring exponential benefits of rapid treatments. The device will be inexpensive, portable, and extremely easy to transport in the ambulance. The treatment can be administered within a few minutes. Animal studies show increased blood flow after facial nerve stimulation and improvement in several measures after stroke.
Ending his talk, Dr. Borsody said, Nervive has a strong IP position, the technology is targeting a market with huge potential, and it is substantiated by preclinical and clinical science. They are starting fund raising for series A round. To emerge from the dark ages of stroke healthcare, we need some disruptive, out of box (out of hospital) thinking, said Dr Borsody.
Mark your calendars for following events……..
May, 6 – EPPIC will host Dr. Sarvajna Dwivedi, Founder, Pearl Therapeutics that was acquired by Astra Zeneca for $1.15B, last year. Register at http://www.eppicglobal.org, @EPPIC_GLOBAL
May 16, 17 – #TiEcon 2014 will feature Healthcare Track to showcase and discuss new innovative technologies in Life Science and healthcare industries, @TiEcon
May, 2014 – Healthcare Code-a-thon will be hosted by http://www.healthtechnologyforum.com @HealthTechForum
May 20, 2014 – “Pathways to Sustainable Health” conference hosted by http://www.healthtechnologyforum.com
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Every Tuesday exciting speaker – http://www.bio2devicegroup.org
Technology Making Quality Healthcare Accessible to Those Most in Need – HealthTech Forum Conference – April 19, 2013 – Preview
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on March 14, 2013
Access to quality healthcare across the world is not consistent and to many it is simply not available. Many of these people live shorter and highly constrained lives. In fact, unavailability of adequate health care is presumed to be the primary cause of premature deaths of 100 million women, reported missing, worldwide. Statistics are equally staggering regarding higher mortality among infants and children, on account of lack of medical care. This is true even in more developed countries. Health Technology Forum Innovation Conference, www.HealthTechForum.com on April 19th, 2013 at UCSF, Mission Bay Conference Center, will explore innovations in healthcare technology that is making healthcare more accessible to those in need of quality care. Here is a preview of some of some of the panels and speakers.
Social media is offering a whole new platform that is enabling communities and patients to be actively engaged in their own health. The access to information makes the patients feel more empowered and knowledgeable. However, participation on social platforms also raises HIPAA issues and other legal challenges. Representatives from Bay Area’s prominent law firms will join in, on a panel, moderated by Renne Berry, Founder and CEO of goBeMoRe, about current issues relevant to digital media law and healthcare.
A panel moderated by Suneel Ratan, CEO and Founder of Care Architecture will explore the concept of using technology in caring for dual eligibles. Plans often called “dual” or “dual eligible” are designed for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid at the same time. These plans include all Medicare Part A (hospital stay) and Part B (doctor visit) benefits and Part D prescription drug coverage. For people with limited incomes, these plans may offer better health care coverage than Original Medicare and a separate Part D plan. Those who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have a higher probability of complex chronic conditions, as well as mental health issues. They have a higher probability of being institutionalized or are at a risk of being so. They also account for a larger share of Medicare and Medicaid spending. The panelists will discuss the role that “connected health” technology might play in healthcare programs for dual eligible individuals. All such initiatives will need to begin with understanding the lifestyle, challenges, and characteristics of these individuals. Additionally, the panel will discuss the recent successful model that has been pioneered by the VA and how it can be scaled.
I will be sharing information on other panels and excellent keynotes. To register for the conference, go to www.healthtechnologyforum.com Early bird price is available if you register before tomorrow, March, 15.