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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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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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Why is “Social Media Residency” essential for tomorrow’s physicians

Should doctors undergo a formal social media training program? The answer from Mayo Clinic is “yes.” The healthcare system’s social media training program “Social Media Residency” for the first time will be offered at another hospital. The program will be held at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City this June. Although there have been […]

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Air Pollution in China Emphasizes the Complexity of Public Health in a Connected World

The past winter was a really bad one for people living in China–the smog in several major cities had reached record level. The issue has created several conversation peaks in China’s popular Twitter-like social network Weibo. Among the frustrated residents of cities affected the most were some of China’s super rich. Pan Shiyi, a billionaire in […]

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Why Discussions around Whether to Patent Human Genes Matter to Everyone

NPR yesterday published an article reporting on a high profile case about patenting human genes, which generated a lot of chatter among both biotech business and science communities. Fortunately, it looks like as of now, I still don’t have to pay for genes I got from my mom and dad–the Supreme Court was skeptical about […]

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