The Fourth Wave: Digital Health Newsletter — Nov 14, 2018 — No. 112

The Fourth Wave: Digital Health Newsletter — Nov 14, 2018 — No. 112

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Greetings!

The third installment of EBD Group and Demy-Colton’s digital medicine report has been released: “Digital Medicine 2018 Report: Part 3 – Securing Against Cyber Threats“. As difficult as it may be to imagine the future of technology, it presents both amazing opportunities and amazing challenges for the healthcare industry. From drug developers all the way to providers, it’s key to find secure ways to access and use data to improve human health, all while protecting individuals’ privacy. With security and privacy changing as rapidly as science itself, it’s important to know what’s on the horizon. Download the new report today!

For the rest of the newsletter, please scroll down below.

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My book, “The Fourth Wave: Digital Health” is available in digital and paperback at Amazon.com, here. You can also learn more about the book, here.

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GLOBAL EVENT LIST
This is a crowdsourced list of global conferences and events focused on or relevant to digital health.

FEATURED EVENTS

Digital Health World Congress 2018 Winter Edition, Nov 28-29 in London, UK

Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase, Jan 8-9, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

EVENT PROMOTION
Please contact me for options on event promotion, including having your event featured at the top of this list, featured in my weekly Digital Health group announcements, newsletter, and on Twitter.

SUBMITTING AN EVENT
Please provide the event name, date(s), event website link (direct and not a shortened url), one-paragraph event description, the venue name, and location (city and country). Not all events are relevant to digital health and webinars are typically not allowed, but you can ask me about promotion options.

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The Fourth Wave: Digital Health Newsletter for Nov 14

Greetings!

The third installment of EBD Group and Demy-Colton’s digital medicine report has been released: “Digital Medicine 2018 Report: Part 3 – Securing Against Cyber Threats“. As difficult as it may be to imagine the future of technology, it presents both amazing opportunities and amazing challenges for the healthcare industry. From drug developers all the way to providers, it’s key to find secure ways to access and use data to improve human health, all while protecting individuals’ privacy. With security and privacy changing as rapidly as science itself, it’s important to know what’s on the horizon. Download the new report today!

In response to Vijay Pande’s Scientific American op-ed “How to Engineer Biology“—which I shared in last week’s Fourth Wave newsletter—Derek Lowe, an organic chemist and commentator at Science Translational Medicine, has written “Engineering Biology, For Real?” In his post, Lowe criticizes, among other things, Pande’s characterization of biological, nature-made systems being as easily understandable and manipulatable as man-made systems and technologies. He also points to the lack of company examples provided by Pande as evidence for some statements of what is already possible and happening. Nonetheless, while Lowe does acknowledge that digital technology and process improvements have changed the field of life sciences, his intro is a blunt repudiation of Pande’s thesis: “Any article titled “How to Engineer Biology” is going to get a look from me – and when I’m referenced in the opening paragraphs, especially so. This is a piece by Vijay Pande in Scientific American, and I get called out for my naming of the “Andy Grove Fallacy” (found in this post and the links therein). That’s the idea that the drug industry makes slower progress than Silicon Valley does, therefore applying the engineering and management styles of the Valley to drug industry will speed things up. I’ll spare you the suspense: that’s wrong. See that last link above for why.”

LIVING AND SOCIETY

Trades Union Congress, the UK’s federation of trade unions, is sounding the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting their employees with microchips. Scott Gilfillan, a writer and editor for the TUC, writes: ““I’m a person, not a number” – why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far“. Gilfillan points out that the organization would like to hear what security concerns could possibly justify implanting staff with microchips.

RESEARCH

UC San Diego bioengineering professor Kun Zhang has been awarded two grants totaling $14 million to build 3D digital maps of human organs that are accurate to the level of a single cell. A grant from the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative will fund work on a map of the entire human brain. Another grant is part of the NIH’s Human BioMolecular Atlas Program and will be used to map the lungs, kidneys, bladder, and ureters. For more, see the UCSD News post “Bioengineers Awarded $14M from NIH to Build Digital Maps of Brain, Other Organs at Single-Cell Level“.

INNOVATION

North Carolina-based Precise Bio has launched a new ophthalmology business unit to develop 3D-bioprinted corneas. According to CEO Aryeh Batt: “We plan to put our printers in eye banks”. Precise Bio’s printer uses laser-induced forward transfer to propel droplets of bio-inks (comprised of biological materials like epithelial cells and collagenon) onto a surface.

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Copyright © 2018 Paul Sonnier, Story of Digital Health

Paul Sonnier
Advisor ⋅ Author ⋅ Speaker ⋅ Technologist ⋅ Social Entrepreneur
Book: The Fourth Wave: Digital Health
Founder, Digital Health group on LinkedIn
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Twitter: @Paul_Sonnier
San Diego, CA, USA

 

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