Monday, April 6, 2020

GSK to make $250M equity investment in Vir Biotechnology under Covid-19 collaboration

A small biotechnology company developing potential therapies and vaccines against Covid-19 has received a major funding boost from a large drugmaker. London-based GlaxoSmithKline said Monday it would make an equity investment of $250 million in San Francisco-based Vir Biotechnology as part of a collaboration between the two to develop drugs and vaccines against the...

Fielmann starts producing protective glasses

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The first 20.000 protective glasses will be donated to hospitals and other medical organisationsFielmann AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, has started the development and production of protective glasses in order to support the efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Protective glasses are – next to masks –...

Clinician burnout during the times of COVID-19

It is important to understand why this was the case as a better understanding of the causes could well lead us to discover some potential solutions. Burnout amongst health workers has been extensively studied and documented over the past few years and we are all very aware of the potential contribution of some of...

ARCH Venture, Flagship Pioneering close funds worth nearly $2.6B

Two large venture capital firms have raised nearly $2.6 billion that they plan to invest in life sciences startups, they said in announcements Tuesday. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Flagship Pioneering said it had closed a $1.1 billion capital raise last Friday for its seventh Origination Fund. Meanwhile, Chicago-based ARCH Venture Partners said it had closed two...

The New Fitbit Charge 4 Adds Built-In GPS And Spotify Controls

Coach’s biggest gripe about Fitbit devices has been the lack of built-in GPS in all but one of its models. That’s set to change, though. Fitbit is adding built-in GPS to the next generation of its flagship tracker, the Charge 4, which will cost £129.99 when it’s released on 15th April.GPS is...

Employers adopt new tech to help reduce impact of Covid-19 on workforce

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e-days provides businesses with data on employee self-isolation and illness System signposts virtual GP appointments, relieving pressure on NHS during lockdown Knowing which colleagues have displayed symptoms could be critical to the wider workforce London, UK: 31st March 2020: New HR tech has been released in response to COVID-19 to help employers maintain...

Health information technology’s national blueprint for COVID-19

Health information technology’s national blueprint for COVID-19 By Stuart N. Brotman It’s been ten years this month since the release of the National Broadband Plan, a 376-page document that was one of the products of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In our current COVID-19 crisis, its Chapter 10, covering healthcare, deserves immediate and...

Vertex eyes virtual trial visits as Covid-19 pandemic spreads, but no product supply snags anticipated

The entrance to Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ headquarters in Boston A large Boston-based biotech company is planning to enable participants in its ongoing studies to continue without having to travel to trial sites in order to reduce pressure that the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to place on the healthcare system. Vertex Pharmaceuticals also said Friday that the...

e-days partners with Doctor Care Anywhere so businesses can direct employees straight to virtual GP services

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- New partnership first of its kind to link absence management systems to on-demand medical healthcare and advice- As Coronavirus spreads, Doctor Care Anywhere fielding hundreds of calls per day, relieving pressure on NHSLondon, UK: 17th March 2020: Employees can now access virtual GP services via their company’s absence management...

Getting it right: The rise of digital health

Transforming the way people’s information is shared between health and social care services is at the heart of the long-term plans for the NHS and social care across all four nations of the UK. Digital health and care records are the essential building blocks for a fully integrated health and care system, and...
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