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Can big data provide the cure for what ails the U.S. healthcare system? While some might consider data analytics a panacea to help achieve a more effective, efficient healthcare system, there are plenty of challenges to overcome, according to participants in a panel on "Fact or Fiction: Healthcare Big Data," at the recent 2013 StrataRx conference in Boston.
Data will drive many of the sweeping changes coming with the Affordable Care Act to the U.S. healthcare system. At the StrataRx conference in Boston this week, innovators in “big data” for healthcare assessed its role in bringing advances in personalized and predictive medicine, major cost savings and research that leads to new technologies.
BioCurious is a Silicon Valley bio-hacker space with a dual mission: community education and work with entrepreneurs. Cofounder Raymond McCauley, who is also chair of biotechnology at Singularity University, said BioCurious provides lab space, equipment and a community for entrepreneurs.
The vision at Bioarray Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in Boston, is to improve cancer detection and treatment. By finding genes associated with cancer, the company is developing a diagnostic for breast cancer that can help doctors and patients choose the best treatment.
STC Biologics is a Cambridge-based biotechnology company focused on the development of biologic drugs. Magdalena Leszczyniecka, the company’s president and CEO, launched the business just as the market crashed. After several years in the field, Leszczyniecka shared her experiences with bartering, negotiating, and asking for help.
Startup America Partnership CEO Scott Case was asked about women entrepreneurs’ lack of access to venture capital. Case said one challenge facing both women and minority entrepreneurs is “they’re not visible to us.” As a result, Faye Anderson launches "The Innovators" website.
Kim Popovits, CEO of Genomic Health Inc., gave the keynote speech at a Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Popovits closed her speech by stressing the importance of having a company that is “healthy” (34:56-40:22).
Strategic words are out. Personal search is in. This week, the Kauffman Foundation held a seminar on "Online Branding for Startups" with help from Mark Traphagen of Virante, a SEO marketing firm out of Durham, N.C. I learned a number of things in the hours we discussed branding with entrepreneurs and Kauffman associates, but here are my top four takeaways.
Entrepreneurs often find it challenging to go from idea to a valid business model, which is essential for a business to get off the ground, let alone survive and grow.
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