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As a life science entrepreneur, you surely have ideas on how changing legal rules and policies could promote innovation and accelerate U.S. economic growth. The Kauffman Foundation, seeking suggestions on how to jumpstart the struggling economy, convened America’s leading legal scholars and social scientists to offer their thoughts.
With U.S. healthcare costs rising about 2.5 percent faster than inflation, there’s an urgent need to improve productivity and quality in American healthcare. A Kauffman Foundation report found that open access to medical data could help find that cost-benefit balance.
With the goal of revolutionizing cardiac MRI, Morpheus Medical has developed software that takes the process from three hours to about 20 minutes. The company was launched about a year and a half ago when entrepreneurs who wanted to use computational processing to help with the diagnosis of disease came together with radiologists from Stanford University to commercialize the product.
With immigrants in more than 40 percent of the cancer researcher slots at America’s top cancer institutes, these scientists are playing an integral role in improving cancer survival rates in the United States, according to a Kauffman Foundation-funded National Foundation for American Policy report released last month.
More than 6 percent of Inc. 500 firms work in the health and drug space, making it the No. 5 industrial sector for these fast-growing companies from 2005 to 2010. But these medical innovators aren’t all concentrated in the Silicon Valley.
DioGenix, in Gaithersburg, Md., was founded in 2009 after CEO Larry Tiffany and his senior management team saw a clear clinical need: monitoring disease progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Tiffany has an extensive background in biotech, as an IP attorney, and as a senior executive at small and mid-size biotech companies. Before DioGenix, he was senior vice president and general manager of genomics for another genomics research company, Gene Logic.
Dr. Todd O’Brien has additional challenges beyond those encountered by most startup life science CEOs. The 48-year-old podiatrist still sees patients even while developing his latest innovation: an electronic tuning fork for measuring diabetes-related nerve damage in people’s feet. He's also building his company in Orono, Maine - far from any major healthcare hub.
It’s a cancer immunologist’s dream to discover a safe and effective way to coax the body’s own immune system into waging war against invading cancer cells. Building a startup company around that finding, though, is definitely not every scientist’s forte. For Gary W. Wood, making the leap from laboratory to C-suite seemed like the next logical step.
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