Category Archives : Innovation


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Future of Farming: IoT, Agricultural Sensors, & Farming Drones

Smart agriculture and precision farming could just be the precursors to even greater use of technology in the farming world. BI Intelligence predicts that IoT device installations in the agriculture world will increase from 30 million in 2015 to 75 million in 2020, for a compound annual growth rate of 20%. The US currently leads the world in IoT smart agriculture, as it produces 7,340 kgs of cereal (e.g. wheat, rice, maize, barley, etc.) per hectare (2.5 acres) of farmland, compared to the global average of 3,851 kgs of cereal per hectare. This efficiency should only improve in the coming decades […]


Agrimetrics: Putting the UK at Heart of the Big Data Revolution in Agriculture

In the next 20 years, the global food system will face challenges that are unprecedented in the history of agriculture – along with unprecedented opportunity to nations and organizations best equipped to meet them. This month’s Budget announcement of £12 million funding for the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability, now called Agrimetrics, is another milestone for the Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy – enabling our food to be produced more efficiently and sustainably while creating jobs and growing the UK economy. Agrimetrics was proposed by a consortium of leading industry and academic partners, led by Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, Scotland’s Rural […]


FBI warning to Farmers on use of technology: pay attention to security, or suffer the same fate as industries like healthcare.

In an FBI industry note dated March 31, the Bureau said increased adoption of “precision farming” technology threatens to expose the agriculture sector to hacking and data theft. “Historically, farming has lacked awareness of how their data should be protected from cyber exploitation,” the FBI said. That’s a dangerous precedent as farmers invest in connected and data-intensive equipment and services. Possible risks include hacktivists who destroy data to protest use of GMOs or pesticides. Farm-level data may also be vulnerable to ransomware and data destruction, the FBI said. Agriculture is also rife with pre-Internet era technologies that were developed and deployed without much thought to security. As […]


What is the cybersecurity threat in agriculture? And is it lurking behind every corn stalk?

“The trust in the food chain starts in the dirt and ends on the table,” says Dale Meyerrose, retired Air Force major general and the first chief information officer for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). At the recent PrecisionAg Vision Conference he said, “Whenever you use technology to create value, it presents an opportunity for an evil-doer to exploit it. Most compromises and data losses are created by the user’s own behavior. The idea that there are cyber criminals out there who are highly trained and skilled is more myth than fact. Most cybersecurity breaches are done with a phishing email or from […]