Al Jalila announces 2 Emirati recipients of mental health fellowships

      Last month in Dubai, the Al Jalila Foundation, in partnership with The Carter Center, has announced two UAE recipients of the 2017-2018 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the two Emiratis join the 21st annual class and 200 journalists who have been awarded the fellowships to date from around the world. The program is the first mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East, launched in 2016 in the UAE by Al Jalila Foundation with two journalism Fellows. Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, Chairperson of […]


Experiencing facts with a fresh perspective — and the results you can achieve

  Here is an instance from my he bio-pharma work when N-of-8 listening and research produced significant results. A mid-sized biopharmaceutical company with a promising pipeline of new therapies exemplified this.  Back in 2003, the drugs in research seemed to be in disparate categories:  Crohn’s disease, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Then during N-of-8 groups, we asked a naïve question, “Is there any connection between them?”  This childlike curiosity led us on an intriguing pursuit of a neuro-gastro commonality and we found an emerging appreciation of the brain-gut connection. By looking at the company’s existing research with a fresh perspective, we […]


N-of-8 Advisory Boards: a typical agenda

            This kind of agenda allows you to explore many aspects of your brand assumptions in a structured, guided way.  For example, you’ll better understand why patients might prefer a new agent, why physicians might consider your new device more progressive medicine, or why laboratory directors might regard your new test as a simpler process of diagnosis. When we facilitate an N-of-8 group, I have a separate team in the room whose jobs it is to listen and translate.  Not just transcribe or take the notes.  But to listen toward certain issues, topics, and subjects.  […]


Rally for Medical Research planned 9/14 in Washington, DC

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research published an ad in the Wall Street Journal and Politico on May 23, 2017, thanking Congress for its support of medical research and recommending continued progress in FY 2018. The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research is a coalition of patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry that support enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH. More than 300 organizations and institutions across the NIH stakeholder community recommend $36.2 billion for NIH in FY 2018, including funds provided through […]


Book review: THE ANTIDOTE, by Barry Werth

    “Today’s medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The story of how two companies set prices for their costly new drugs suggests that the way we determine the value of such treatments will help decide the future of our health-care system,” writes Barry Werth in the MIT Technology Review.   In “A Tale of Two Drugs,”, he writes that the advent of these more targeted, more effective drugs will introduce the prospect of ever-rising prices, highly effective and ultra-­expensive so-called orphan drugs like Kalydeco may impose a stricter rubric for determining the price of all […]


13 Ways the Proposed Health-Care Bill Would Affect Your Taxes: read my new Kindle book, “ACHA & BCRA Bills”

I’ve published a book with the full text of House version of The American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), along with the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. It includes my introduction and commentary on key implications. In the debate around the health care law, it’s unclear how (or how soon) Congress will make modifications to resolve all their differences. Until then, we should all get informed on the most important proposed changes that would affect us. Repeal of “individual mandate” penalty on those without “adequate” health insurance coverage The Obamacare legislation imposed the so-called individual mandate, which is […]


AHCA & BCRA Bills: Complete Texts of American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Consider reading the full health care bill and letting your Senator know you’re an informed citizen. That’s why I was motivated to publish and share the full text of The American Health Care Act and now, a second edition updated with the Better Care Reconciliation Act. How Congress will resolve their differences, and how quickly, is unclear. But one things IS clear: the patients can’t wait – nor can the doctors, the hospitals, the insurers, and all of us as stakeholders in health care. Now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/AHCA-BCRA-Bills-Representatives-Reconciliation/dp/1548374873/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498598140&sr=1-1&keywords=bcra    


The corporate and scholarly research worlds could learn much from each other: “An Academia-Big Pharma Truce”

from Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine and medical director of Doctor Radio at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, writing in the Wall Street Journal today.   Most Americans are unaware how many great scientists, trained in academia, now work in private pharmaceutical laboratories. A 2010 paper in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Reviews Drug Discovery confirmed that the vast majority of pharmaceuticals now in use were discovered in drug-company labs, where a process known as high-throughput screening allows computer analysis of thousands of compounds to determine those with the best activity against certain diseases. Big Pharma pioneered this […]


Introducing N-of-8 Mastermind Groups

  Based on feedback and suggestions from more than 125 other business professionals, I’m forming N-of-8 Mastermind Groups with people from different industries, professions, and fields of study. All to help you get lots of different perspectives on your own goals. If you’re like other friends and colleagues I talk with, there are many things that might be keeping you from the next moves you want to make. Instead of just accepting the way things are, I’d like to help you engage with a group of 8 successful people to inspire, push, and guide you. For more success at work […]


Biotech Startups get a new home with NYU Langone and BioLabs Launch Center in Manhattan

  NYU Langone Medical Center today announced its plan to launch a large-scale biotech “incubator” in Manhattan, which will begin hosting companies at the end of 2017. Named “BioLabs@NYULangone” and located at 180 Varick Street, the new center is designed to house up to 35 startup companies seeking to turn laboratory discoveries into profitable businesses in 50,000 square feet of fully equipped lab and office space. NYU Langone’s operations partner for the project is BioLabs, a leader in the management of shared laboratory centers nationwide. “The new center builds on the outstanding track record at NYU Langone in launching biomedical […]