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NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations Program: principles, practices, successes and challenges

By B-BIC | September 25, 2017

Commercializing innovations in academic environments is notoriously challenging. Here, we describe the progress of the NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations program — initiated in 2013 to address these challenges — which we believe could help set a new standard for the early-stage commercialization of biomedical innovations in academic environments. Read More On Nature.com.

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Specialist Series: Reimbursement

By B-BIC | September 11, 2017

If reimbursement is so important … why do so many companies address it so half-heartedly and so late? Edward E. Berger, Ph.D. Everyone knows how important reimbursement analysis and planning is to the success of innovative medical technology and life science products.  Ask any venture capitalist, private equity investor, strategic marketing analyst, or C-level executive;…

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NEW AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS DR. LEO TSAI!

By B-BIC | September 5, 2017

RECIPIENT: Dr. Leo Tsai TITLE: A Novel Coaxial Deflectable Microcatheter for Rapid Navigation of Tortuous Vessels TYPE OF AWARD: DRIVE INSTITUTION: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center TECHNOLOGY TYPE: Therapeutic Device DESCRIPTION: Microcatheters are used to access small vessels throughout the body to treat a wide variety of pathology, from traumatic hemorrhage to tumors. Selection of…

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Bringing the Immunity-to-Change™ process to the scientific community

By B-BIC | August 3, 2017

Community member post by Erica Lawlor and Cheryl Vaughan How can scientists whose careers were formed in an incentive system that cultivates competitive and territorial behaviors be helped to meet the expectations of collaborative research frameworks? A team-based approach that transcends disciplinary boundaries may be a tall order for scientists who “grew up” in a…

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Specialist Series: Your Elevator Pitch: Don’t leave home without it!

By B-BIC | July 17, 2017

Written by Melissa Marshall Have you ever walked away from a conversation about your work with an important individual and thought, “Darn. I wish I would have explained that better or said it this way instead…”? Or maybe you had an unexpected interaction with someone who asked about your work and you just started rambling…

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NEW AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS DR. BEN MATTHEWS

By B-BIC | June 9, 2017

RECIPIENT:  Dr. Ben Matthews TITLE: PR1P, an inhaled novel short peptide for emphysema TYPE OF AWARD:  PILOT INSTITUTION: Boston Children’s Hospital DESCRIPTION:  Emphysema is a chronic progressive pulmonary disease characterized by destruction of alveoli leading to impaired lung function that threatens human health worldwide. Disease progression is due in part to dysregulation of the survival factor Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). …

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Specialist Series: Patents

By B-BIC | June 9, 2017

What is a U.S. patent? A patent is a property right. The property right granted is an exclusionary right, i.e., the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling an invention. In the US, generally this exclusionary right lasts for 20 years from the date of the initial filing of an…

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B-BIC Partner Update: PLATELET BIOGENESIS RAISES A $10 MILLION SERIES A FINANCING LED BY QIMING US HEALTHCARE FUND

By B-BIC | June 9, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. (June 8, 2017) – Platelet BioGenesis, a biotech startup developing a process to produce life-saving human platelets from stem cells for therapeutic applications, announced it has successfully raised $10 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Qiming US Healthcare Fund and included Vivo Capital, VI Ventures, Adena Partners, eCoast Angels,…

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NEW AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS DR. MICHAEL SWEENEY!

By B-BIC | May 15, 2017

RECIPIENT:  Dr. Michael Sweeney TITLE: SQPAN TYPE OF AWARD:  PILOT INSTITUTION: Brigham and Women’s Hospital DESCRIPTION:  Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an electrical therapy using multi-site cardiac pacing to re-time the asynchronous contraction sequence of the failing heart on a beat-to-beat basis. Worldwide randomized clinical trials have consistently demonstrated that effective CRT induces reverse ventricular remodeling, which is followed…

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NEW AWARD: CONGRATULATIONS DR. PAUL YU!

By B-BIC | May 15, 2017

RECIPIENT:  Dr. Paul Yu TITLE: Molecular Imaging of Dysregulated Angiogenesis in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension TYPE OF AWARD:  DRIVE INSTITUTION: Brigham and Women’s Hospital DESCRIPTION:   Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a disorder of elevated pulmonary vascular resistance characterized by progressive remodeling and obliteration of resistance-determining vessels of the pulmonary circulation. Despite current therapies, transplant-free survival…

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