San Francisco’s Chief Data Officer wants to help citizens make data-driven decisions

Originally posted on MedCity News


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has just announced the city’s open data strategic plan, which aims to “broaden the focus of open data from simply publishing to making it available in a manner that fosters better use of the data.” This plan came five months after the appointment of Joy Bonaguro as the city’s first Chief Data Officer (CDO).

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Durata Therapeutics Announces the U.S. Launch of DALVANCE(TM)


Last week, Durata Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:DRTX) announced that DALVANCE (dalbavancin) for injection is now available for use to treat adult patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). DALVANCE was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 23, 2014 and was the first drug approved as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP). Durata began shipping DALVANCE to its distributors earlier this week.

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Express Scripts Claims New Hepatitis C Therapy will Cost Illinois $2.3B


According to a report that Express Scripts released state legislatures will need to find billions in their budgets to purchase costly new hepatitis C therapy, according to a new state-by-state analysis released today by Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX). But their report is near sighted only looking at the immediate costs of the prescription, instead of the longterm cost stagings this therapy can provide.

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How IBM’s life-saving tech tracks food poisoning to its source

Originally posted on VentureBeat

Above: IBM's analysis of food -borne illnesses. Image Credit: IBM

Above: IBM’s analysis of food -borne illnesses.
Image Credit: IBM

IBM said it has created a system to predict the sources of contaminated foods after outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. The company believes it can help grocers, distributors, and public health officials accelerate the investigation of outbreaks of food poisoning using novel computer algorithms, visualization, and statistical techniques.

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WhiteCityNews Podcast with Gretchen Johnson, President & CEO, TRACT Therapeutics, Inc.


I had the chance to sit down with Chicago serial entrepreneur, Gretchen Johnson. We talked about her new company TRACT Therapeutics, how a unquenchable desire for challenge has driven her career, and Gretchen shares her advice to current and would-be entrepreneurs.