FogPharma’s $178M Funding Leads Way as 7 Biotechs Raise Cash for Cancer Drugs

Cancer continues to be a big draw for biotech investors, and cancer research is well represented in the past week’s financing activity. Seven biotech companies announced financing rounds to support a range of tumor-targeting therapeutic approaches that include small molecules, oncolytic viruses, and peptide drugs. Peptides are the focus of FogPharma, which raised the largest … Read more

What 3 Employers Have Done To Ensure a Healthier, More Inclusive Workplace

Employers have a responsibility to create an equitable, inclusive and healthy workplace. But what are some of the best ways to achieve that? During a panel last week at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas, several executives shared what their companies have done.  For Accenture, a Chicago-based business management consulting firm, employee feedback, employee resource … Read more

RPM Must Be in the Standard of Care for Diabetes, Kaiser Physician Says

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. More than 37 million U.S. adults live with this chronic condition, which can cause a variety of complications, such as stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and blindness. To help address this epidemic, Dr. Sos Mboijana argued in a recent interview that providers should incorporate remote patient monitoring (RPM) into the … Read more

Biden’s New Executive Order Could Usher in an Era of Fair and Equitable Drug Pricing

Medical drug costs An executive order signed in October by President Joe Biden instructing his administration to find more ways to lower prescription drug prices could, potentially, have a larger effect on skyrocketing drug prices than this summer’s long-awaited passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. While measures in that act, such as capping out-of-pocket drug … Read more

The Future of Digital Health and Healthcare IT in a Post-Covid World

The outbreak of Covid-19 was a “black swan” event that dramatically accelerated the evolution and acceptance of digital health and healthcare information technology (IT) — likely by more than five years. It has also permanently changed Americans’ expectations of healthcare providers and patient care. However, the focus on Covid-19 belies three additional underlying and interrelated … Read more

Unpaid Caregiving: A Growing Healthcare Burden Requiring Societal Intervention

Chances are, at some point in each of our lives, we will need to care for a loved one impacted by illness. Unpaid caregiving has become one of the most important social and economic policy issues worldwide. Here in the US, about one in five Americans serve as unpaid caregivers to loved ones, and the … Read more

6 Highlights from HLTH 2022

From left: Dr. Cheryl Pegus of Walmart, Dr. Sachin Jain of SCAN Health Plan and Matt Holt of The Health Care Blog at HLTH 2022 The HLTH 2022 conference in its fifth year was more expansive than ever before. The conference at the Venetian Expo included drug developers, diagnostics and medtech companies, each with an … Read more

Inside a VC Firm’s Strategy to Advance Equity and Diversity in Health Tech Innovation

Startups founded by women or people of color often don’t garner as much capital from investors. For example, women-founded companies received just 2.4% of all capital invested in venture-backed startups in the U.S last year, and Black founders raised only 1.4% of all 2021 funding. Recognizing that these statistics are unacceptable, Julien Pham founded Boston-based … Read more

CSL’s Gene Therapy Approval Marks First for Hemophilia B and New High in Pricing

The FDA has approved the first hemophilia B gene therapy, a one-time treatment that addresses a root cause of this inherited disorder and potentially eliminates the need for regular infusions that patients currently receive to prevent bleeding episodes. Removing that economic burden from patients and the healthcare system the comes with a premium upfront price: … Read more

CMS: 3.4M People Have Enrolled in ACA Marketplace Health Plans

Nearly 3.4 million people have chosen an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace health plan since the open enrollment period began on November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reported Tuesday.  This represents a 17% increase in total ACA plan selections — both through HealthCare.gov and state-based Marketplaces — compared with last year, CMS said. … Read more