Getting Great Science to Market

The Revolution in Cardiac Care

July 11, 2017

More than 1,300 cardiovascular leaders convened in Boston May 1-3 for the 2017 World Medical Innovation Forum. The three-day event, which was hosted by Partners Innovation, highlighted the emerging revolution in cardiac care through the use of powerful new genomic, electronic and other tools to treat some of the most long standing and vexing challenges…

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Forward Thinking Cancer Therapy to Go Viral?

July 11, 2017

There’s an ancient proverb about the uniting of two opposing forces against a third opponent that says, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The same could be said of the field of oncolytic virus research where scientists have been working to turn viruses that would otherwise be harmful to humans into specialized treatments…

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Collaborating to Manage Populations

September 1, 2015

Partners HealthCare and HealthCatalyst create a novel strategic alliance to enhance Population Health Management. If payment weren't an issue, how would top clinicians organize health care to best serve the needs of their patients? This question is at the center of a $30 million strategic alliance between Partners HealthCare and data analytics firm Health Catalyst,…

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Windows Into The Brain

June 1, 2015

New imaging technologies create new neuroscience diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Ultra-high resolution imaging tools like 7-Tesla MRI now allow researchers to glimpse the brain in extraordinary detail, opening the door to new diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. Two imaging advances in particular – focused ultrasound and neuroimaging diagnostics in neurodegenerative and psychiatric illnesses –…

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Steering Pathology Into the Future

April 1, 2015

John Gilbertson, MD and other pathology innovators predict that patients and physicians will soon benefit from virtual health forecasts generated using the vast amounts of information reported in their medical records. When informaticist John Gilbertson, MD, thinks about the future of pathology, he likes to relate it to the old weather instruments he once uncovered…

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CNS Breakthroughs

December 1, 2014

A look into some of the groundbreaking neurological breakthroughs from Partners' hospitals that will be featured at the World Medical Innovation Forum. The World Medical Innovation Forum will highlight neurological breakthroughs from around the globe. Some of the most important ones are right here at the Partners' hospitals. Surgical Fusion At Brigham and Women's Hospital,…

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Two Landmark Drugs: Serendipity Drives Science

August 1, 2014

Earlier this year the FDA approved two new breakthrough therapies for hemophilia patients — Alprolix and Eloctate. Two landmark therapies for hemophilia won FDA approval earlier this year, capping off one of Partners HealthCare's top innovator's 22-year journey of a failed laboratory experiment to dazzling success. Earlier this year the FDA approved two new breakthrough…

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IT Enhances Care, Research, and Operations

August 1, 2014

In keeping with Partners HealthCare rich history of discovery, clinicians and technologists are setting the pace for innovation in health care IT. Technological feats ranging from virtual visits to personalized medicine are redefining modern health care and inspiring a slew of questions about the limits—and seemingly endless possibilities—of information technology. The rapidly expanding digital health…

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Targeting Nanotechnology: BIND Therapeutics

August 1, 2014

A look into the targeted nanoparticle therapies known as Accurins—developed by BIND Therapeutics, the brainchild of Partners HealthCare innovator Omid Farokhzad, MD, and MIT legend Robert Langer, ScD. Cancer cells may give traditional chemotherapies short shrift, but the targeted nanoparticle therapies known as Accurins—developed by BIND Therapeutics, the brainchild of Partners HealthCare innovator Omid Farokhzad,…

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Putting Innovation to Work – Surgery at Partners HealthCare

May 1, 2014

A behind the scenes look at surgical innovations across Partners HealthCare. From image-guided operating rooms to whole organ regeneration, the departments of surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are blazing new trails in surgical innovation. “The stereotypical surgeon is in the operating room, focusing on the best of…

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Innovation is Standard at McLean

May 1, 2014

The unique history of innovation that sets McLean Hospital apart from most freestanding psychiatric hospitals. Freestanding psychiatric hospitals sometimes find their reputations entwined in a history of tried-and-true traditional intervention, with cutting-edge research taking a backseat. But at McLean Hospital a history of innovation sets the institution apart. “McLean is one of the first institutions…

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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…

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