CALBIO 2012 with Gail Maderis, BayBio

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Gail Maderis, CEO, BayBio Bio and Contact Info

Listen (6:59) State of Bio in California Report

Listen (2:08) Current business climate in California

Listen (6:51) Help with regulation barriers

Listen (7:27) Preview of CALBIO 2012

Listen (1:25) How will election year politics affect bio industry?

Listen (6:39) What else is BayBio doing for their members?

According to a recent report authored by California Healthcare Institute, BayBio, and PWC, California’s biomedical industry employs nearly 270,000 people, generated a revenue of more than $115 billion per year, wins on average $3.2 billion in NIH grants per year and collects over half of US venture capital investment. Joining us today is Gail Maderis, President & CEO of BayBio, the industry organization serving Northern California’s life science community and co-author of the report This year BayBio and BioCom, the industry group from San Diego are teaming up for their yearly conference, called CALBIO, to be held in San Francisco, March 8-9.

Watson and 21st Century Healthcare: Burrill's Digital Health 2012

Look for an upcoming series at on digital health with some of the companies listed below.

Last year a super computer won the TV game show Jeopardy. Is IBM’s Watson going to conquer the world of healthcare as well?

Yesterday was opening day at Burrill and Co’s Digital Health Conference, one of two conferences in the Bay Area this week presenting a window into the future of medicine. (The other, FutureMed, is a weeklong program taking place at Singularity University. Separate blog to follow.)

Our Take on Personalized Medicine World Conference 2012: The Road to Commercialization

This week we attended the <a href="" targe=_blank">Personalized Medicine World Conference 2012 in Mountain View, CA. Though sequencing continues to dominate the show, this year there was much more focus on the commercialization of existing technologies for better, more tailored health outcomes. Some news that came just after the conference gave a nice punctuation to the feeling that personalized medicine is here to stay.

Sequencing (of course)

PMWC 2012: A Preview with Dr. Larry Marton

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Dr. Laurence Marton, Program Committee Chairman, PMWC 2012 Bio and Contact Info

Theme-Road to Commercialization Listen (7:24) Theme-Road to Commercialization

Difference from Previous Conferences Listen (8:36) Difference from Previous Conferences

Industry Has Reached a Point of Exponential Growth Listen (4:05) Industry Has Reached a Point of Exponential Growth

Genesis for PMWC Listen (2:28) Genesis of PMWC

There are several conferences on Personalized Medicine each year. Perhaps the best attended is the Personalized Med World Conf taking place in Mountain View California, on Jan 23-24. We invited an advisor to the conference, Dr. Larry Marton, to speak to us about the focus of the upcoming show and what we can expect from this year’s lineup.

Dr. Marton is an advisor to the Personalized Medicine World Conference and joins us now to preview the upcoming conference. Dr. Marton serves as a consultant to industry and to governmental, not-for-profit, and academic institutions. Before moving from academia to industry, Dr. Marton was Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and previously Chaired the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF.

Genomes on Facebook? Beyond Sequencing 2011

Who owns our genomic data? This question began a panel discussion titled “When People Share Their Genome on Facebook” at the second annual Beyond Sequencing conference in San Francisco Tuesday. The panel was led by Bio-IT World’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Davies, author of The $1,000 Genome. Another panelist, Dr. Pilar Ossorio, quickly deflected the question saying “it’s not a matter of ownership.” She posed another question, could a representation of one’s genomic data be copyrighted? According to Dr.

Attending Spring BioConference Live 2011

This week I “attended” the Spring BioConference Live 2011, a virtual conference devoted to the life sciences put on by the folks at Lab Roots. In the new online age, the concept of “attending” continues to be redefined. Promotion and registration proceed like with any conference. I first heard of the online conference back in 2009, and though my curiosity was pricked, I declined the free registration.

Joint Summit on Bioinformatics


Dr. Neil Sarkar, Director, Biomedical Informatics, University of Vermont

Listen Listen (17:00) - Bio and Contact Info

Dr. Philip Payne, Dept. Chair, Biomedical Informatics, The Ohio State University

Dr. Philip Payne Listen (21:14) - Bio and Contact Info

Dr. Russ Altman, Dept Chair, Bioengineering, Stanford University

Dr. Russ Altman Listen (25:34) - Bio and Contact Info


The field of Biomedical informatics has been around for a long time. But with the great output of genetic and genomic data and the recent push to create electronic medical records, the world of bioinformatics is greatly expanding and gaining in popularity. In early March we attended the Joint Summit for Translational Bioinformatics and Clinical Research Informatics. At the show, I sat down with the conference chairs for each of these sides of the show to discuss this exciting and emerging field.

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