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Why Foreign Companies Should Take Chinese Social Media Seriously

Over the New Year break, I took a vacation trip to Japan with my parents before we headed back to Chengdu, my hometown in China. One day, while we were riding a train in downtown Tokyo, my mom, who just finished replying to a Weixin comment on her Samsung Galaxy 3 that she bought a […]

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FDA Warning Letter Highlights Disconnect Between Regulator & Biotech Industry

A surprise at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner was that a majority of my friends (who do not work in biopharma) at the dinner table heard about the FDA warning letter issued to 23 & Me, a biotechnology company that offers a direct-to-consumer genome test kit. Almost all of them have used the kit and find […]

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The Power of Simplicity in mHealth

“Technology is at its best and the most empowering when it simply disappears.” That is what Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer said about the new iPhone 5S. Although many may argue whether the technologies used in iPhone 5S are truly the “best” and “most empowering,” Mr. Ive made a good point about the importance of […]

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Staying Relevant in the Ever-changing Healthcare World: A Case of Cancer Research

What is so fascinating about today’s business world is that technologies have generated ubiquitous connectivity we have never seen before. The subsequent competition and interdependence among companies across industries have created brand-new business functions and partnerships. Who would think that the rising of technology companies like Google, Facebook and Salesforce would one day lead to […]

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How Online Forums Can Help Patient-Centered Drug Development: Why Should We Treat Patient-generated Online Content Seriously

In the August issue of New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Dr. Ethan Basch, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center wrote an article titled Toward Patient-Centered Drug Development in Oncology. Dr. Basch pointed out there is a lack of patient perspective in oncology drug development—when asked about symptom information of a treatment by patients, […]

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