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Diversigen, Baylor Miraca Form Partnership

February 26th, 2016
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The recent partnership between Diversigen and Baylor Miraca Genetics highlights the importance of both human genetics and the microbiome in drug development and ultimately in clinical decision making.

We are in the early days of understanding the scope of the impact of the microbiome but we already know of powerful associations in diseases as diverse as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and cancer.

We are excited about this partnership as it leverages real technical and interpretive expertise across across a broad array of genomes relevant to human health.

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Q&A Part One: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

May 28th, 2014
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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. He also is the author of the well-respected blog, The Digital Health Corner, which addresses emerging issues regarding the adoption of digital health technologies. I recently had a chance to talk to David, who is the newest Popper and Co. team member, about today’s healthcare environment, and the impacts technology can have on healthcare efficiency.


How did you get involved with digital health?

I became involved with remote patient monitoring in 2000 as the first cardiologist in private practice to utilize this for my patients with implantable defibrillators. But even before that, I used electronic medical records in my group practice. The system was even mobile (on the Palm Pilot in the late 1990s). From 2003 to 2005, I was instrumental in managing a project that took remote monitoring data from implantable cardiac rhythm devices to electronic records; this was cutting edge at the time. When mobile health/digital technologies started getting into the realm of smart phones, and sensors really fanned out, I wanted to get more involved in the field of mobile health, applying my clinical and technological experiences as a consultant. In 2011, when I started blogging on the subject, a clinical perspective was lacking. There still exists a gap between developers and clinicians. This gap is no better demonstrated than in the area of electronic health records and mobile health technologies.


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Final Steps in Creating Strategic Partnerships—Contacting and Contracting

November 19th, 2013
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This is Part 4 and the last in a series of blog posts on best partnering practices for life sciences and health tech companies. Read the previous posts in the series for Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.
In our previous post on partnering steps, I outlined the creation of a matrix of potential business partners that reflects a well thought out process of evaluating your company’s and your potential partner’s strengths, weaknesses and interests. In this post, I’ll talk about initiating contact and structuring an agreement.
The initial approach to a potential partner is most often determined by the extent to which a personal relationship exists between you (or your advisor) and a decision-maker at that company. Where there is a personal relationship, a relatively informal approach can often be used to quickly determine interest in an exploratory meeting. Without a personal connection, a more formal approach is called for, with written queries and a more structured method. Read the rest of this entry »

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Q&A: Seamless Medical’s David Perez is Giving the Physician Waiting Room a 2.0 Update

October 14th, 2013
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David Perez is the founder and CEO of Seamless Medical Systems, a New Mexico-based company that developed cloud-based patient-engagement platforms that integrate electronic medical records (EMRs) and other health data to create a complete health profile for any patient. SNAP® Practice, a Seamless product, engages a patient starting with registration in the waiting room, extending to the exam room while connecting patients and practice via any mobile device outside of the office. Popper and Company’s Ken Walz interviewed Perez about Seamless Medical Systems and what he sees ahead in the future of healthcare technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Technology Access Could Lower Barriers to Clinical Trial Acceptance

August 13th, 2013
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“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgyi no doubt would be impressed with the modern pace of medical research, but possibly concerned that we need to think about clinical trials in ways nobody else has.
Only 3% of people with cancer enroll in a Phase I trial, but 72% of all Americans say they would gladly volunteer on the advice of their doctor. Social media and internet tools have tremendous potential for increasing volunteer enrollment in clinical trials, but many barriers still exist. The factors keeping potential trial volunteers away have been consistent over the years: unease with trial settings, randomization and placebos; lack of understanding or discomfort with the research process; fear of drug side effects and trial protocol rules/requirements; as well as lack of awareness, a perception that trials aren’t appropriate for serious disease, and hesitation among physicians to make recommendations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can We Manage a Democratized Healthcare Technology?

May 21st, 2012
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We’ve discussed previously how medical societies, healthcare practitioners and life science product developers are increasingly concerned about reducing costs of healthcare product development and delivery – both for the developing company and the end patient or consumer. Cost-effectiveness and “cost control” are the new watchwords.
But much of this cost control will come not from cutting R&D budgets or reducing unnecessary tests (though those are important considerations). Instead, a targeted look at healthcare customers and the development of sensitive, intelligent information technology that can track patient progress and capture customer preferences will pave the way to innovative and revolutionary healthcare delivery.
An ideal information system should track product (or service) quality, total patient outcome and the cost of treatment for the entire time a patient is sick. In addition, this information system should monitor and discover behaviors that can prevent illness from happening, or check up remotely on a healthy healthcare consumer (such as a pregnant woman). This will require a “democratization” of IT; a design of systems that anybody can use and that contain metrics that are shared among platforms:

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Does the Healthcare Industry Need to Revisit ‘Marketing 101’?

April 16th, 2012
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Healthcare practitioners and technology developers alike are experiencing new pressures to either reduce delivery costs or to consider cost-effectiveness when developing new products. As an illustration of this new pressure, nine medical societies recently listed 45 procedures that they believe need to be streamlined, or eliminated, to reduce costs associated with patient care.
We at Popper and Company believe that many of these recommendations are fairly obvious, such as not ordering a CT scan or antibiotics for someone with uncomplicated sinus inflammation, or forgoing routine annual electrocardiograms for low-risk, asymptomatic patients.
But these medical society recommendations addressing patient care point to an important issue for life science companies in the business of developing new health products—a need to get away from building revenue projections based on a population-based “screening” mode, and an urgency to shift to ensuring desired ROI based on a personalized one.
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Matchmaking: Digital Technology and Health Care?

February 16th, 2012
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In a recent Forbes article on the last FutureMed meeting in California, writer David Shaywitz expressed his concern that technology developers are more focused on their technology than with how it may be accepted by health care practitioners. But he also expressed hope that, soon, technology and the practice of health care might experience a meeting of minds (and possibly even hearts).
At Popper and Co., we make an effort to search for technology solutions that can truly make a difference in health care, and often we’ve been skeptical of the “latest shiny new thing.” While I believe that sometimes technology apps appear to be solutions in search of a problem, we are arriving at a point in time when a happy merger between health care and health technology may be feasible. Why?


  • Because we (the scientific and technology community) now understand enough about biology to adapt technology to address real clinical problems. Our knowledge of genetics alone allows us to design targeted (i.e., “personalized”) therapeutic solutions.
  • Because cost and resource constraints have led to patients being more engaged in the price and quality of their health care.
  • Because consumer power has forced many practitioners (and technologists) to consider the “might” of this market.
  • Because new technologies facilitate fundamental health service innovation for providers as well as patients.

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