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From workbench to bedside: an inventor’s tale

From workbench to bedside: an inventor’s tale

Dean Kamen’s portfolio of medical inventions ranges from infusion pumps to home dialysis machines to the iBOT, a mobility device for disabled people that is soon to be marketed by Johnson & Johnson. While he may slog through years of trial and error before solving a problem, creating technology is the easy part, Kamen recently told the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Getting technology to patients is the challenge.It often means waiting decades for FDA approval, marshaling support from the scientific community and persuading insurance companies to cover new devices. While not proposing specific reforms, Kamen called for a...

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The human genome—more than a list

The human genome—more than a list

Among the estimated 30,000 human genes are more than 250 genes that are implicated in oncogenesis....

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From Seattle to Botswana, partnering to fight AIDS

From Seattle to Botswana, partnering to fight AIDS

For nearly three years Merck & Co., the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the government of...

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Using genomics to craft a safer pharmacopeia

Using genomics to craft a safer pharmacopeia

Every year some prescriptions go awry, causing the deaths of about 100,000 patients from toxic...

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