December 2013

CoStim's Novel Biologics Target Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

December 1, 2013

Partners HealthCare spin-off, CoStim Pharmaceuticals, positioned to be a leader in the immune checkpoint regulation market. With excitement growing around immune checkpoint regulation as a major advance in treating cancer, the emergence of Partners HealthCare spin-off CoStim Pharmaceuticals could not be better timed. Industry experts expect the immune checkpoint therapy market will continue to grow…

Daktari Device a Global Health Game Changer

December 1, 2013

A look into the future of Daktari Diagnostics and their handheld CD4 cell counter. Daktari Diagnostics' slogan says it all: “Today There is No Place Out of Reach.” When it officially launches in the first quarter of 2014, Daktari's handheld CD4 cell counter will enable millions of people in developing nations living with HIV to…

Dieter Manstein MD, PhD: Innovative Procedures Get Under Your Skin

December 1, 2013

A profile of Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD, and his great achievements in Dermatology: fractional photothermolysis and selective Cryolipolysis®. Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD turned a two-year research project into a career of developing major dermatology innovations to treat scars, skin aging, and noninvasively remove fat. In November of 1998, he immigrated to Boston, from Germany, where…

Managing Conflicts of Interests in its Interactions with Industry

December 1, 2013

A look at how Partners HealthCare handles interactions with industry to carry out its academic missions. Interactions with industry are essential to allowing Partners HealthCare to carry out its academic missions, but the financial interests that result must be carefully considered to avoid biases in patient care, research, and education. For decades Partners HealthCare has…

Richard Lee, MD: Fighting Aging One Beat at a Time

December 1, 2013

A look at Richard Lee, MD's research and discovery of GDF11 aimed at aging in the heart. When two prominent researchers meet for coffee, you never know what breakthrough medical advances might arise. Five years ago, Richard Lee, MD, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and his good friend Harvard regenerative biologist Amy Wagers,…

Technology Profile: New Point-of-Care Diagnostic for Epilepsy

December 1, 2013

Utkan Demirci, PhD collaborated with neurologist Steven Schachter, MD, to design a disposable microfluidic chip that can immediately detect the levels of antiepileptic drugs based on a finger-prick sample of blood. People suffering from epilepsy have long been at a disadvantage when trying to optimize the effectiveness of their antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). To do so…

Technology Profile: Studies Awakening New Understanding of Anesthesia

December 1, 2013

Emery Brown, MD, PhD, and Patrick Purdon, PhD give insight into their research and use of a new neuroscience-based approach to researching anesthesia. A few years ago, Emery Brown, MD, PhD, realized that something seemingly obvious was missing from the way anesthesiologists historically had approached their research since drugs were first used to induce general…