Author Archives : Mark Stinson

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”   Recently updated !

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   Recently updated !

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:    

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 […]

Medical Care Means Mental Health, Too

“Patients with depression, anxiety and more also often have chronic physical illnesses, and failing to integrate psychological treatment is costly,” writes Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a vice provost of the University of Pennsylvania and the chairman of its Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, in the Wall Street Journal. His new book is “Prescription for the Future,” just published by PublicAffairs. He has spoken at Advocate Health Care and is a venture partner at a firm that invests in Quartet.   American society has historically segregated mental-health conditions from other health concerns. Doctors and laypeople alike often dismissed such […]

DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law

The iconic image of the American farmer is one who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software. Dave Alford considers himself a small farmer — he’s got 1,000 acres in San Luis Obispo along the central coast of California. “You spend so much of your time in agriculture fixing things,” Alford says. “It’s more economically beneficial to me […]