Local champion Life Technologies has been looking for a suitor to purchase it, and this morning announced that Thermo-Fisher is the lucky winner. Strikingly, Life Tech’s eCommerce solution is seen as strategic in the deal:
At www.bigthink.com, Managing Editor Daniel Honan discusses the intersection of two of the biggest trends in healthcare and personalized medicine today – supporting patients from home with telemedicine, and tracking health information on an ongoing basis as in the Quantified Self movement.
I’ve been tracking food, exercise, water, sleep, steps walked and weight since Thanksgiving; as Daniel mentions, the data itself and the knowledge that my dietitian will review my logs each week have both had strong effects on my compliance.
From Sylvia Pagán Westphal at Xconomy.com, some great anecdotes from the pharmaceutical industry on expensive missteps in bringing new molecules to market – including a missed pharma/CRO data integration issue we’ve documented in LSIT’s Data Management Good Informatics Practices.
It’s terrific to see such great results from recent oncology research,
including from our local Pfizer gang in La Jolla. I love Dr. Mano’s
anecdote about a critically ill patient who, two weeks into treatment
with a new experimental drug, was trolling the streets of Seoul
looking for good restaurants!
From The New York Times:
Scientists Cite Advances on Two Kinds of Cancer
Studies report significant progress taming two of the most intractable
types of cancer, melanoma and lung cancer.
Hot off the presses, Illumina has just lowered prices on its Individual Genome Sequencing services to $19,500 – or $9,500 for patients with serious medical conditions who could benefit.
Oracle, which already markets its product Oracle Clinical to
pharmaceutical companies, announces acquisition of Waltham MA based
Phase Forward to add to its suite. Phase Forward uses a Software as a Service product to help pharmaceutical companies move from paper-based management and submission of clinical trials data to an electronic form. Friends working in clinical trials data management and competitors like Microsoft Amalga LS will watch this closely.
A thoughtful analysis of why Microsoft should acquire a partner in the Electronic Health Record space, as well as a brief analysis of the top ten contender firms. I particularly enjoyed the retelling of the Great Plains/Navision CRM success story as background.
Local development-stage biotech Sorrento Therapeutics has developed a
library of over a trillion human monoclonal antibodies, and aims to
sell access to it to other drug developers to fund the building of its
own drug development process.
Illumina CEO Jay Flatley on How to Keep an Edge in the Fast-Paced World of Gene Sequencing | Xconomy06 Apr
Xconomy’s Luke Timmerman interviews Illumina CEO Jay Flatley on
innovation, competition and staying on top. Particularly insightful
are his views on the competitive landscape for next-gen sequencing,
bioinformatics and why there aren’t any billion-dollar bioinformatics companies (yet)
and the coming data management challenge in sequence data.
In a brilliant piece of co-marketing, Glenn Close and sequencing giant Illumina announce the full coverage DNA sequencing of her genome. How many more people do you think there are this morning asking if they should have their full genome sequenced? And do you think our Health IT systems are ready for this?