2018 Newsletters

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January 15, 2018
Why Parkinson’s Disease is so Hard to Diagnose and Treat
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder (neurons are impaired or die) of the central nervous system that belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders.  It is both chronic and progressive where symptoms grow worse over time. As nerve cells (neurons) in parts of the brain become impaired or die, people may experience problems with:   Read more
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February 15, 2018
 Eliminating the Stereotypes of the Elderly
 Whether we know it or not or even want to admit it, we all have stereotypes of all types such as gender, race, age, appearances, intelligence etc.  Unfortunately, most stereotypes are negative and they are in both our conscious and unconscious mind.  Our conscious mind is termed “reflective” and our unconscious is termed “automatic” for the very reason that our stereotypes is automatic and we are not aware that it is happening; sometimes it’s that “gut feeling” that you have.  Read more
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 March 15, 2018
 Highlights from the Healthcare IoT Conference – February 13-14, 2018
 Today’s digital evolution has spurred a enormous amount of web-enabled products and services including the Cloud, smart and connected devices to help deliver better healthcare.  However, along with these advance technologies there are equally concerned about the challenges in privacy, cybersecurity, data interoperability, and patient engagement, and product adoption for all stakeholders that come along with it.  Read more
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April 15, 2018
The Top Eight Traits an Entrepreneur Needs to Be Successful
Boston is a great town for entrepreneurs who want to start their own company.  Boston or greater Boston, has an ecosystem that encourages and helps entrepreneurs especially first time entrepreneurs with the resources including mentors and advisors, tools, and exposure in getting the attention of investors.  Read more
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May 15, 2018
Drugs and Products to Watch in 2018
Scientists understanding of diseases have advanced tremendously in the past two decades due to the advancement of technology.  The list of drugs and products to watch in 2018 would be an extensive list as there are numerous diseases that have either no treatment or the fact that not all patients will respond to one medication.  Read more
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June 15, 2018
Highlights from the Bridge to Pop Health Conference – 2018
This year’s conference focused on 1) using predictive analytics to target high-risk populations and increase compliance and 2) improving outcome and managing utilization through  novel delivery, coordinated care and population health management.  Read more
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July 15, 2018
Highlights from the BIO Convention – 25th Anniversary
“Making History” was the theme for BIOs 25th anniversary.  Here are some stats for making history this year:

1) A total of 18,289 U.S. and international attendees – the most in the last 10 years – joined the epicenter of the biotechnology industry for four days of inspiring programming.

2) There were 46,916 partnering meetings (setting a new Guinness World Record for “The Largest Business Partnering Event”!) between more than 7,900 delegates from 3,900 companies.

3)There were 19+ educational tracks with over 180 sessions, 17+ super sessions and fireside chats,  220+ company presentations and 50 startup stadium presenters.  The topics ranged from scientific topics to business topics and trends including speakers from the FDA.  Read more

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August 15, 2018
The Pharmaceutical Pricing Supply Chain: Will Trump’s Proposal for Government Negotiation Work?
Pharmaceutical Pricing has been highlighted in the news lately depicting how drugs are unaffordable and President Trump vow to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on drug prices for Medicare and Medicaid.  Only a few people outside of the industry truly understands how pricing works.  President Trump and his administration don’t understand the pharmaceutical pricing model and therefore, I question whether their proposal for government negotiation and other proposals will work.  Here are four (4) reasons why:  Read more
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September 15, 2018
Food Poisoning: Did People Forget the Seriousness of it and Customer Service?
For those of you who’ve had food poisoning you understand the serious of this illness.  For those who have been fortune enough not to have food poisoning, it is a horrible experience.  The experience can be different for each individual depending on what bacteria is causing the issue and the person herself or himself.  Read more
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October 15, 2018
Highlights from Biotech Week, September 4 – 7, 2018
Biotech Week comprised of a number of Biotech conference (BioProcess International, Cell  & Gene Therapy, Microbiome Summit, AI Summit, BioPharm, Xcelerate and MassBio CRO/CMO Symposium) that were all held the week of September 4-7th at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.  All three floors of the Convention Center was devoted to the Biotech conferences.  Read more
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November 15, 2018
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH): an Overlooked Disease
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), is a type of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).  NASH is a chronic condition where there is build up of fat in the liver, generally triglycerides processed by the liver for the body’s future energy uses.  Too much fat in the liver progresses on to inflammation of the liver and liver cell damage.  NAFL can occur with or without inflammation and fibrosis.   NASH occurs with inflammation, fibrosis and eventually cirrhosis.  This disease resembles alcoholic liver disease but occur in people who don’t drink or drink very little alcohol.  NASH is most often diagnosed in patients between 40 yr and 60 yr but can occur in all age groups.  NASH can also occur in children.  Read more
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December 15, 2018
Happy Holidays
Since this is a busy time of the year with the holidays, I’ve decided that instead of sending my usual newsletter covering a topic of interest in depth, we should be relaxing and enjoying the holidays.  The next newsletter will be published on January 15th, 2019.  Read more
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