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On the one hand Decline in Research and Development :: Drug Safety Executive Blog

Dawn Van Dam
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Cambridge Healthtech Associates™
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and on the other:

The Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE) presents our next Journal Club of the
2013-2014 Academic Year
Ethical Developments in the FDA’s Halt of 23andMe,Inc.
Dr. Marsha Michie PhD, CIRGE Post-Doctoral Fellow
When: Wednesday, January 29th from 1pm – 2pm *NOTE SPECIAL TIME*
Where: SCBE Conference Room
(Directions HERE)

Additionally, this discussion will be led by CIRGE Co-PI and Stanford Law School Professor Hank Greely and SCBE Senior Research Scholar Sandra Lee!

There are three readings assigned for this journal club, and they can be found here!

PLEASE LIKE The Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics and the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics on Facebook!

For more information on Journal Clubs and to access the readings for this and all Journal Clubs, please visit:

Please join us, and forward widely!

Colleen M. Berryessa
Program Manager, Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE)
Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics
1215A Welch Road, Room 71
Stanford, CA 94305-5417
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Meanwhile, over at caGrid and the National Cancer Informatics Program.

David Foster, CERN: Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Please find below a pointer to a recently published paper entitled “Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century”.

The objective of the implementation plan is to put in place the e-infrastructure commons that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a service to the public research sector in Europe.

The rationale calls for a hybrid model that brings together public and commercial service suppliers to build a network of Centres of Excellence offering a range of services to a wide user base. The platform will make use of and cooperate with existing European e-infrastructures by jointly offering integrated services to the end-user. This hybrid model represents a significant change from the status-quo and will bring benefits for the stakeholders: end-users, research organisations, service providers (public and commercial) and funding agencies.

Centres of Excellence can be owned and operated by a mixture of commercial companies and public organisations. Their portfolio of services, starting with those listed by eIRG and the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data, will be made available under a set of terms and conditions that are compliant with European jurisdiction and legislation with service definitions implementing recognised policies for trust, security and privacy notably for data protection. A funding model engaging all stakeholder groups is described. The ability to fully exploit the potential for knowledge and job creation that is locked-up in the datasets and algorithms to be hosted by the Centres of Excellence will require the nurturing of a new generation of data scientists with a core set of ICT skills.

A management board where all the Centres of Excellence operating organisations are represented will provide strategic and financial oversight is coupled with a user forum, through which the end-users themselves, in a cross-disciplinary body collaborate to define requirements and policies for the services. A pilot service is proposed that can be rapidly established by building on the existing investments. The pilot service will demonstrate the feasibility of the e-infrastructure Centres of Excellence model for a range of scientific disciplines and evaluate the suitability for the ESFRI Research Infrastructures, that are currently under-development and represent Europe’s future “big data factories”. Implementation will start in 2014, initially offering a limited set of services at a prototype Centre of Excellence.

This is the third in a series of documents by the EIROforum IT working group on the future of e-infrastructures. The documents from the EIROforum IT working group are seen as starting-point for an inclusive activity that will bring together a number of e-infrastructures into a public-private ecosystem where the value of the whole is far greater than an individual component.

We welcome your feedback on these documents, to improve the concept, its relevance and implementation. The intention is to revise the documents based on the feedback received.

You can provide feedback for the documents via the open access repository (you will need to login with a CERN or EGI account, alternatively you can create a CERN lightweight account:

A Vision for a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century:


Science, Strategy and Sustainable Solutions, a Collaboration on the Directions of E-Infrastructure for Science:


Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century:


In addition an email list has been created, to which you can subscribe and pose questions of a more general nature (to subscribe simply send an email request to the list).

Activities will now focus on putting in place the structures defined in these documents, notably the User Forum, for which Jamie Shiers will be leading the preparation for its first meeting. The prototype e-infrastructure Centre of Excellence described in the implementation plan is being established by the IT department at CERN and a dedicated email list for subscription and questions has been created: (to subscribe simply send an email request to the list).

David Foster, CERN

Featured Stolen Internet2 Content: Strengthening a Health Care Community with Advanced Networks

Strengthening a Health Care Community with Advanced Networks: Care Integration at Two Wisconsin Hospitals

The advent of U.S. UCAN is leading to the opportunity for U.S. Health organizations to make significant advances in the delivery of care and the efficiencies of the business operations. This session will describe recent advances in the operation of hospitals through the creation of virtual departments and the use of image repositories that have both saved lives and improved efficiency.

Kevin Groskreutz , Hospital Sisters Health System Division  [pdf]
Mike McGill , U.S. UCAN/McGill Associates
David Mortimer , Hospital Sisters Health System Division

Related: Internet2 Establishes U.S. UCAN Council To Support the Broadband Needs of
Community Anchor Institutions [html]

A: Because You Don’t ROWE Q: Why Can’t Tennessee Innovate? [Update]

Why Nashville Companies Are Targeting Tweens For High-Tech Jobs BY ALISSA WALKER | 07-09-2012

See here for news on ROWE in Nashville. Nicholas Holland demonstrates with his ROWE notes.

My older ROWE related posts here.

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Mar 13, 2012

What good do personal clouds and corporate data hives, aquihires and crowdsourcing to meet your needs (as HR continues to stumble around trying to hire long-term individuals for short-term projects, meanwhile preparing for the year-end mass layoffs which inexorably ensue) if your managers cannot get past their love affair of physical MBWA when your employees are enculturated to do their best work in virtual innovation clusters and collaboratories (see article comments) which take place in a SecondLife CoLab or some such? What good does it do to build a city-wide innovation grid  infrastructure or a country-wide innovation cyber space if you still expect your employees to waste an hour of their day driving to and from a cube which holds a desktop computer when they have a speedier, more robust laptop at home? 1) Learn about Results Only Work Environments. 2) Invest in them. 3) Use them.

NYeC, NYC Investment Fund and the DOH Join Forces to Create Digital Health Accelerator

$4.2M Program to Encourage Health IT Innovation and Create 1,500 New Jobs in New York

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New York, NY – Today the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) joined the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) to launch the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a program that will make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry.

The NYDHA is run by NYCIF and NYeC. In upcoming months the program will choose 12 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers. Each chosen company will be awarded up to $300,000 along with invaluable mentoring from senior-level executives at leading hospitals and other providers in New York. The focus areas of innovation will support the development of products that help the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team and its new “Health Homes” program, an initiative intended to make the state’s treatment of Medicaid patients more coordinated and efficient.

“Health information technology is helping us transform our healthcare system to provide high-quality, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care for the 21st century,” said New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. “The Digital Health Accelerator program will further advance New York’s national leadership in health IT as it will attract leading-edge companies at the forefront of developing the technology necessary for robust electronic health records and digital care coordination systems.”

“When the government and the private sector work hand-in-hand to encourage business growth in our state we see results. This Accelerator will help New York keep and attract businesses that grow our state’s economy and create jobs in our communities,” said Maria Gotsch, President and CEO of NYCIF. “Our initial investment will go a long way towards attracting additional investment into New York.”

“The economy and healthcare are the two most important issues facing the state, and the New York Digital Health Accelerator will allow us to tackle them both at once,” noted David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “This initiative represents the best kind of marriage between the public and private sectors. We are leveraging New York’s investment in our statewide health information exchange network and empowering it with the free market.”

The NYDHA’s unique feature is that it offers participants the opportunity to engage directly with a broad network of providers in New York State, including hospitals, long-term care providers, community health centers, and primary care providers. Tech companies accepted into the program will receive direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives with the participating providers. In addition, companies will have priority access to the technology platform that is connecting electronic health records across New York State, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

An application for this program, and more information, is available at An informational session for companies interested in participating will be held on May 10, 2012 in New York City. Applications for the NYDHA program are due June 1, 2012.

With its initial investment of $4.2 million, the NYDHA program will create approximately 1,500 jobs over five years. In addition, it is expected that the companies will attract upwards of $150 million to $200 million in investment from the venture capital community post-program. The NYDHA will stimulate a new marketplace, creating the next generation of healthcare tools while positioning New York as the capitol of the health IT entrepreneurial sector.

The investment capital will be provided by a syndicate of investors, including Aetna, Milestone Venture Partners, New Leaf Venture Partners, New York City Investment Fund, Quaker Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and UnitedHealth Group. The Empire State Development Corporation, Health Research Inc., and NYeC will provide additional funds and/or services to operate the NYDHA.

18 leading healthcare providers have agreed to participate in the program:
Albany Medical Center
Catholic Health System
Community Healthcare Network
Continuum Health Partners
Ellis Medicine
FEGS Health and Human Services System
Finger Lakes Community Health
Hometown Health Centers
Hudson Valley Initiative
Institute for Family Health
Maimonides Medical Center
NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
North Shore LIJ Health System
NYU Langone Medical Center
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties
Winthrop University Hospital

“Aetna is strongly committed to advancing healthcare information technology that will connect the healthcare system to help improve quality and outcomes,” said Lonny Reisman, M.D., Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer and a member of board of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “The convergence of health IT and healthcare expertise will be extremely critical and powerful in making healthcare more effective, convenient and affordable for everyone. Aetna has been actively involved in NYeC since its inception, and we are pleased to support this important initiative.”

“Albany Medical Center welcomes this important initiative that will help develop innovative approaches to improving patient outcomes at lower costs while helping to attract healthcare entrepreneurs to New York State,” noted James J. Barba, President and CEO. “Albany Med has long recognized that the type of collaboration this project is building between healthcare providers, government and the private sector will be the key to reforming our healthcare system.”

“Entrepreneurs require access to potential customers as much as they require access to capital,” said Todd Pietri, co-founder and General Partner of Milestone Venture Partners. “The New York Digital Health Accelerator is the first accelerator program we have seen which provides direct access to key decision makers at potential customers.”

“New York City is the place for the creation of next generation digital health companies. The combination of the digital alley talent, the deep healthcare infrastructure of the state and the availability of venture funding is truly unique,” said Philippe Chambon, Managing Director of New Leaf Venture Partners. “This accelerator effort will help us build further the IT tools that healthcare truly needs. New Leaf Venture Partners is honored to be part of the New York Digital Health Accelerator.”

“Quaker Partners is excited to participate in the NY Digital Health Accelerator program. New York is leading the way in healthcare innovation by bringing together hospitals, medical providers, payers, and investors with its rapidly growing Silicon Alley,” said Adele C. Oliva, Partner at Quaker Partners. “Quaker believes that this integrated approach will catalyze entrepreneurship and deliver the revolutionary technology the healthcare system requires to improve care and reduce costs.”

“We are looking forward to becoming a part of the New York Digital Health Accelerator,” said Gary J. Kurtzman, MD, Managing Director at Safeguard Scientifics. “New York is forging an unprecedented path by pulling together investors, hospitals, and other healthcare advisors to collaborate and offer healthcare IT start-ups access to capital, mentorship and expert insights to help them effectively grow their business.”

“Innovation is a key driver in helping make the health system work better for everyone,” said Tom Vanderheyden, Vice President, Emerging Businesses Group at UnitedHealth Group. “We believe the New York Digital Health Accelerator model will help bring practical solutions to market in a significantly shorter timeframe.”

“New health information technologies will help people get better care. Here in the Capital Region, the Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, Ellis Medicine and Hometown Health Center are already working with other healthcare and social service organizations and physicians to ensure that we provide each person with the right care at the right time—and having the right information will help us do that,” stated Joseph Twardy, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.

Andrew Moesel (NYeC)
212-725-2378(w); 347-852-3140(m)

Michael Levoff (NYCIF)

Call for Proposals for the Summer 2012 ESCC / Internet2 Joint Techs

Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs July 15 – July 19, 2012

The Summer 2012 ESCC /Internet2 Joint Techs is being hosted by Stanford University, from Sunday afternoon, July 15 through Thursday, July 19. The meeting will be held at the Li Ka Shing Conference Center located within the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

A Call for Proposals has been issued; all submissions must be received by May 3, 2012 to be eligible for consideration.

More information will be posted here as soon as it is available — please check back!

UbuntuNet Alliance Call for Articles for NUANCE its monthly e-newsletter

Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

  • News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
  • Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
  • Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
  • A photo that tells a story
  • Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure

Submissions should be sent to

You might want to do some research here

Research on the future of ICT development in Africa


Help me funnel ideas to Martin. Thanks! – Ed

Dear Ed,

I am writing to you because I am conducting some research on future developments in ICT to assist development in Africa, in particular mobile and internet. I’m aware of the HIMSS Medical Banking Project and World Bank Task Force  and some of my research may be of interest to you.

This project is to inform Comic Relief’s grant-giving, who are a grant-giving charity based in England that raised a £100 million or so last year through their telethons. I’m looking for any ideas, projects, contacts  or resources you may have on this. The most restrictive parts of the brief, which makes it interesting,  are technologies must be future, have direct impact and have some component of ICT in them, but I try to be flexible. Amongst other things, I’m looking at:

•        Cutting costs of ICT devices to include more people

•        Increasing the numbers of people connected through subsidising mesh networks (eg. Solar panel equipped mesh devices), WIMAX and 3G

•        Converting information from one medium to another (eg. SMS to Facebook or translated voice calls from local to commercial language)

•        Citizen journalism

•        Voice recognition

•        Crowd sourced information on complex events

•        ICT that enables other technologies (eg. Add-on sensors for mobiles eg. Ultrasound wands, 3D printing in remote areas)

•        Machine to machine communications (eg. Micro-grids for solar and other power sources with dyanamic pricing linked to m-banking)

Assuming this is of interest, I’d like to talk further about this sometime this week. I can send through a slide deck that may be of interest as well.


Martin Underwood

Future Media & Technology

Comic Relief

1st Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP

tel: +44 (0)207 820 2298

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Repost – Wireless Health – New Mentor at Blueprint Health and Lessons from Venture “Assistant”, Vinod Khosla

Paul Sonnier writes:

Group: Wireless Health
Subject: New Mentor at Blueprint Health and Lessons from Venture “Assistant”, Vinod Khosla

Dear Wireless Health group members,

I founded the group to connect people, facilitate knowledge sharing, and accelerate health-related business innovations by entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies. Helping entrepreneurs is something that I’m particularly passionate about. In this context, I am excited to announce that I am now a mentor at Blueprint Health, the health and wellness-focused startup accelerator based in New York City.

In a recent interview, Vinod Khosla – who just closed a new $1B investment fund – stated that he is a “venture assistant”, not a venture capitalist. The hands-on assistance his firm provides to entrepreneurs is a core component of his investment success. A case in point is Jawbone, which was about to go under when Vinod invested in it. Vinod’s partner, David Weiden, made a key introduction to AT&T, whose distribution channel enabled a massive growth in sales, thus saving the company. (It’s noteworthy that UP, the company’s newest product is, you guessed it, a personal connected health solution. Another portfolio company is ZocDoc, the OpenTable-like application for making healthcare appointments.)

Why does this matter? In the relatively chaotic and burgeoning digital health innovation space, the startups that succeed will most likely do so as a result of the hands-on assistance provided by mentors and investors, who partner with them and amplify their talents via strategic advice, key introductions, and the ability to foresee and help guide entrepreneurs through the inevitable pivot points that occur along the way.

In my evolution as a social and business entrepreneur, the Blueprint Health mentor role is a huge step forward and further validation of my efforts. I’m eager to focus my energy on helping entrepreneurs, starting with the inaugural class this January. This is not a full-time role and I’ll continue working with the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, serving as a co-chair of the Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego and, of course, curating and building the Wireless Health LinkedIn group.

A brief overview of Blueprint Health:
Blueprint Health is a TechStars affiliated startup accelerator program based in NYC that helps early stage healthcare companies get started. Surround yourself with nearly 100 mentors – healthcare entrepreneurs, VCs and innovators – that want to help you succeed! Over the course of a 3 month program, we support entrepreneurs who are building innovative companies at the intersection of health and technology by providing capital, office space and, most critically, access to the most robust community of healthcare mentors of any accelerator program. We encourage you to learn more and to apply to our Winter program, which starts January 12th, by visiting

Mentor list:
Recent media:

Also, here’s a link to the fascinating interview with Vinod Khosla: What Cash Crunch? Khosla Ventures Closes Another $1 Billion Fund –

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

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The Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together project webcast replay

On August 12, 2011, Dr. Robert Malmstrom provided an update for The Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together project via webcast. Here are the links to the webcast and the related question and answer session.

On August 12, 2011, Dr. Robert Malmstrom from The University of Texas Medical Branch conducted a live webcast, where he provided an update on the Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together project.

Dr. Malmstrom provided an excellent update on The Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together project, which has been running on World Community Grid since 2007.