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Medtech predictions for 2014

2014 will be a better year for venture capital than 2013, but that won't necessarily mean it will be easier for entrepreneurs to raise money. And the life science IPO boom likely won’t be sustained.

on December 30, 2013
Category:  Creation  Ideation 
Advice from a former biotech exec and current VC

Frazier Healthcare’s newest venture partner is approaching her new gig with the smarts of a scientist, the gusto of an entrepreneur and the wisdom of a CEO who has both exited and shut down a company.

on December 23, 2013
Category:  Execution  Creation 
What groups are most likely to use mHealth innovations?

People living with cystic fibrosis, growth hormone deficiencies and acne were among the most likely to report using their smartphones to find health information in a new survey from Manhattan Research.

on December 18, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Creation 
10 predictions for the healthcare industry in 2014

Based on healthcare industry predictions made last year by leaders and analysts, this year should have brought a re-evaluation of meaningful use (yep), a quantified self movement that would move mainstream (ehhh), more M&A activity in the industry (definitely), and the emergence of interoperability as a competitive benchmark for providers (not quite yet?).

on December 16, 2013
Category:  Growth  Ideation 
4 things startups should judge VC firms on

Last month we looked at what turns investors off of biotech startups. But what about venture capital firms? When it comes to healthcare investing, what signs should alert startups, or for that matter the members of a VC firm, that the firm is stuck in a time warp?

on December 11, 2013
Category:  Creation 
4 critical tech transfer solutions

Steve Blank has faced the challenge of healthcare startups and found a solution. First he taught the Lean LaunchPad class to the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps for two and a half years. As he has immersed himself in healthcare and its challenges, he has pinpointed the problem with most tech transfer offices.

on December 9, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution 
Complexities for startups within different healthcare spaces

"Domain specificity is important." It is so refreshing to hear a tech entrepreneur like Steve Blank say this. Blank has been working with researchers and clinicians for almost three years to bring the lean startup philosophy to healthcare. This is one of his conclusions about the industry.

on December 4, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution  Growth  Ideation 
How to market towards patients

With the drive to value from volume, medical device companies need to start focusing on how to effectively market to patients, their newest customers. Human Design Medical, the company that just launched the smallest, lightest CPAP machine on the market, has done extremely smart marketing for its smart product.

on December 2, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution 
CEO stresses importance of lean budget and strong management for funding

Venture capital is highly competitive in the medical devices industry. Some VCs are even moving out of the device and healthcare space. But, in many cases, venture capital really still is the best kind of equity investment to be had in the medical device industry. If you have a high-risk, PMA-route device, a true innovation, it can be hard to round up the money to fund the device from its beginnings through FDA approval.

on November 25, 2013
Category:  Creation 
Why a CEO should be critical of investors

With so much pressure on entrepreneurs to put together the right management team, create the perfect pitch and get all of the company's ducks in a row before going to look for an investment, it's easy to overlook the fact that a CEO should be just as critical of investors when deciding whether an investment opportunity is a good one.

on November 20, 2013
Category:  Creation