Tute Genomics

 

Salt Lake City, UT-based Tute Genomics is bringing genomics to the cloud to help advance personalized medicine. Its Tute Genomics platform combines a database of genomic annotations with analysic tools to to facilitate gene and biomarker discovery, clinical reports, a patient portal, and a simple interface.  
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March 20th, 2015
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Tinnitracks

They say music is good for the soul, but Hamburg, Germany-based Tinnitracks is leveraging it to treat tinnitus, an annoying ringing in the ears that affects as many as one in five people. The company's app prompts users to input the frequency of their tinnitus and then filters that frequency out of the digital music files they listen to on their computers. 
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March 20th, 2015
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Litesprite

Bellevue, WA-based Litesprite is bringing gamification to healthcare. The company's first game, Sinasprite, will use proven medical treatments to help players manage stress—all while having fun. 
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March 20th, 2015
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Eko Devices

Berkeley, CA-based Eko Devices is disrupting one of the most recognizeable medical devices: the stethoscope. Its Eko Core device attaches to a regular analog stethoscope to enable doctors to record, replay, share, and analyze patients' heart beats. The device, which has not yet been reviewed by FDA, links to an app and Web portal via Bluetooth. 

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March 20th, 2015
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You haven't heard the last of these eight companies, which were chosen as finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Awards in the digital health and life sciences category. 

South By Southwest (SXSW) started out as a conference to help musicians learn how to better market themselves, but the annual event held in Austin, TX, has somehow morphed into a kind of happening that combines music and film festivals with conferences on topics as disparate as fashion, comedy, marketing, media, design, technology, and social and environmental activism, among others. It has also become a great place for startup companies to gain...

March 20th, 2015
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Accel Diagnostics

Pittsburgh, PA-based Accel Diagnostics is developing pScreen, a platform that aims to bring diagnostics out of the lab and into the home or doctor's office. The device, which is not yet FDA approved, allows users to capture a drop of blood on a single-use device that's as thin as a credit card and get results in less than 20 minutes. A companion app lets them share the results with healthcare providers.
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March 20th, 2015
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Biobots

Biobots, based in Philadelphia, has created a 3-D bioprinter that can be used to create functional living tissue. Its desktop system uses blue-light technology to rapidly cure biomaterials without damaging cells, supports high-resolution printing, and can be used with dozens of materials. The device is currently available for preorder.
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March 20th, 2015
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Delving deeper on FDA’s final guidance for reprocessing medical devices in healthcare settings.

Marie Thibault

After digesting last week’s final FDA guidance on medical device reprocessing, stakeholders discussed their impressions of the agency’s recommendations. A lawyer points out a new quirk manufacturers will need to consider, while a patient advocate explains why he believes the guidance does not address the underlying problem.

The Basics

As reported last week, FDA has released its final guidance on...

March 20th, 2015
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A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that the Affordable Care Act has directly and indirectly spawned new companies as savvy entrepreneurs rush to avail of new opportunities.

Arundhati Parmar

Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act leads to strong emotions for and against the law that is now five years old.

But in a new report from PricewaterhouseCooper's Health Research Institute about the five trends emerging from the law, one thing seems to be clear.  

It appears that Obamacare has been a veritable engine of innovation. 

" The ACA - by bringing millions more paying customers into the market, promoting transparency,...

March 20th, 2015
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The controversial law has now been in effect for five years and a new report seeks to evaluate the five trends it has helped create or accelerate. 

Arundhati Parmar

 

Love it or hate, there's no denying that the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, has wrought a significant amount of change in the world of healthcare.

PricewaterhouseCoopers's Health Research Institute took a deeper dive into those very changes and in its latest report, enumerate the five trends to watch.

"Not since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, has a piece of legislation sparked such significant changes in a leading sector of the economy," the report posits and few would argue about...

March 19th, 2015
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