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The Weekend In Ideas and Innovation

Booz&Co: Middle managers hold the key to reinvigorating a stalled innovation pipeline.

H&HN Daily:  Can your hospital handle the truth? Biotech startup pharmaCline launches its first-aid antibiotic topical ointment venture in S.F.  You're probably not surprised, except here it's Sioux Falls, SD.

NY Times: Medical school should be free.

MedCity News: 27 million Americans battle osteoarthritis. Now, Madison, Wisconsin-based Flex Biomedical may have a "disruptive technology" for improved treatment.  Human trials begin next year as the company seeks $5 million from a strategic investor.

Also from MedCity News: How relevant are VCs and their money to early-stage med tech startups? 

Pharmacogenomics Reporter: Clayton Christensen develops his disruptive innovation theory into a Roadmap for Personalized Health Care.  Look for an online release later this year.  More from Christensen at;
"Companies do not routinely disrupt themselves, simply because doing so often requires actions that are counterintuitive or threatening to their existing, successful business models."
Ann  University of Michigan announces the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, bringing "...about 500 researchers together in one facility, with many more engaging virtually...making it one of the nation’s largest centers of health care policy and services researchers."

Check out's May 2011 Trend Briefing: THE F-FACTOR, highlighting five ways in which consumers' purchasing decisions are changing, with plenty of examples of brands already making the most of this trend.


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