pharmaceuticals

Improving Drug Development with AI, Not Animals

Tremendous resources are wasted on would-be treatments that never even make it to the clinical trial stage because, often, tests conducted on animals provided misleading results. Dr. Jo Varshney is out to fix that.

6 Things You Don’t Know About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

For starters, it was one of four mRNA candidates. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at how Pfizer and BioNTech developed one of the world’s most effective vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fun and Games in Medication Adherence

People not taking the drugs they're prescribed is a serious problem – half of all patients with chronic diseases don’t take their medications properly. That leads to 125,000 deaths each year. But a new "gamified"...

Are 23andMe Customers Suckers or Empowered Consumers?

Direct-to-consumer genomics company 23andMe announced two research partnerships with pharmaceutical companies earlier this month. Since then, a lot of pundits have sounded positively appalled by the development. It reminds me of that great scene in...

FDA Approves Medical Device for Reversing Opioid Overdose

When mobster wife Mrs. Mia Wallace overdoses on heroin, hit man Vincent Vega brings her screaming out of a comatose state by jabbing an adrenaline-filled syringe into her heart. Had the talking medical device that...

The Emerging Age of Techonomic Health: Self-tracking

Measuring ourselves with finer and finer detail is one of the rapidly-developing trends that suggests big changes afoot in how we will conceive of medical diagnosis and treatment. It should lead to more intelligent identification...

Why Drug Development is Failing – and How to Fix It

The information technology industry has been living by Moore’s Law ever since 1965, when Intel co-founder Gordon Moore came up with the rule of thumb that the number of integrated circuits that can be placed...