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Medical technology innovators and investors from across the country will gather Wednesday in Minneapolis for the 12th annual MedTech Investing Conference. With panels on alternative funding models, maximizing ROI, and the FDA on the agenda, we asked conference co-chair Dennis Wahr, CEO of Holaira, what insights life science and digital health entrepreneurs can expect to take away from the event.
In her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Clinton famously (or infamously, based upon your politics) advocated for a society that assumes shared responsibility for raising children. I have concluded that there is some value to "the Village," but in an emerging way that may be redefining what we expect from the communities in which we engage.
David Ewing Duncan, director of the Center for Life Science Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, published an "old-fashioned call to arms and action plan for a new age of health care." The Personalized Health Manifesto was developed with the participation of about three dozen life science leaders in science, medicine, business, and more.
A powerhouse female scientist just launched a company at TechCrunch Disrupt, the big tech conference in New York that showcases hot new startups. I’m told she’s the first female founder to startup at this event, but I haven’t confirmed that.
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Described as a "check engine light" for health, the Ginger.io platform culls smartphone data, such as movement patterns and screen time, to develop health insights. After the co-founders met in 2010, the team participated in the TechStars accelerator in Boston.
Thanks to the movement of research and development to China and India, scientists there are quickly developing the ability to innovate and create their own intellectual property, according to a Kauffman Foundation study.
As head of digital health strategy for the consulting firm Popper and Company, Paul Sonnier helps entrepreneurs develop and commercialize their products. He’s also a mentor for the accelerator Blueprint Health and founder of the Digital Health group on LinkedIn, which boasts nearly 17,000 members.
One of the greatest gifts of my job is the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs. A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to talk entrepreneurship with Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former CEO of Helzberg Diamonds. Turns out this iconic entrepreneur, who's sold a company to Warren Buffet, knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship.
Cities across the United States are looking for lessons on how to build entrepreneurial communities to help fuel their economies. ID8 Nation, a multimedia channel launching today on the Kauffman Foundation website, entrepreneurship.org, explores cities' entrepreneurial ecosystems to provide insights on what grows in them and why. The first city profiled is Pittsburgh.
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