Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teams Pitch Once More at Culmination of CIMIT/B-BIC Boot Camp, Sure to Not Be Their Last

The program ended as it had begun: with a pitch. Just as the teams had done on day one, except this time armed with loads more insight on the value of their innovative business concepts garnered from a combined 500 customer interviews, they assumed their place in front of a room full of strangers turned peers and mentors to present how, with their idea, patient care would be forever changed...[continue reading]

Monday, July 27, 2015

Read: Questionable Whether Artificial Sweeteners Are Worse Than Added Sugar

In summary: Questionable whether artificial sweeteners are linked to cancer. Added sugars aren't doing us any favors. Neither of which are revelations.

My own take: Naturally occurring sugars wrongly get a bad rap. Nutrition is misconstrued and oversimplified all the time in the media, even by the "experts". The title of this article misleads by omitting the "Added" part of this equation. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to rises in obesity and reinforced by the discovery of the underlying biomolecular mechanisms, which the author failed to mention. A more honest title would be "Questionable Whether Artificial Sweeteners Are Worse Than Added Sugar".

Re: "The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar", A.E. Carroll, The New York Times, 07/27/15

Monday, July 20, 2015

Meeting & Mixing of the Minds at BU OTD’s Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

It was an evening full of collisions of all kinds at the Boston University Office of Technology Development’s 6th Annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR) held in the George Sherman Union on BU’s campus set along Boston’s Commonwealth Ave. Entrepreneurs, academic scientists, industry folks and funders from venture capital and government / non-profit entities alike mixed and mingled over the course of an eventful evening. Much of the action centered around “Funder Alley” – a row of booths and monitor displays that featured many of the area’s funders of upstart biotechnology...[continue reading]

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Nuanced View of the World of Drug Development & its Value to Society

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to play audience to a preeminent biotech company’s chief executive (in Boston it’s more like every other day), so I couldn’t pass it up when I learned Genzyme CEO David Meeker, MD, would be sitting down with Boston Globe Life Sciences Reporter Robert Weisman for a “fireside chat” (hold the fire) hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Equally compelling was the thought provoking topic of conversation; “The Value of Drug Development: Can Society Afford Today’s New Wonder Drugs?” Given Dr. Meeker’s previous clinical and academic accomplishments as former Director of the Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, plus a variety of high-level managerial undertakings with Genzyme prior to becoming CEO, he seemed uniquely positioned to offer a nuanced take on the world of drug development and its value to society...[continue reading]