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CTOvision, CTOlabs and the tech consultancy behind them Crucial Point LLC are all run out of the Washington DC area. We seek global views of technology but this region is definitely our base and we have  a very high percentage of readers in the local ecosystem. For those of you here, you know the biggest tech story right now is not the latest software or hardware or tech concept or even our favorite Big Data topic but something that has impacted humanity from our very existence, the weather. The weather has had an absolutely huge impact on our tech these last few days. Some views on its impact were provided in Quick Lessons Learned From Massive Regional Power Outages. Last month, we continued to bring you daily federal cybersecurity and information technology news, also posted on FedCyber. One of the biggest stories of this month was that Flame and Stuxnet were con... (more)

R Gains Momentum

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. The FDA goes on the record that it's OK to use R for drug trials. A review of talks at the useR! 2012 conference. Using the negative binomial distribution to convert monthly fecundity into the chances of having a baby in a given time period. Some benchmarks and a video demonstration of big-data Tweedie models with Revolution R Enterprise. Why Orbitz's R-based models present more expensive hotels to Mac users. How to convert a rugby score to an equivalent soccer score, with GAMs. Performance improvements in R 2.15.1. David Smith talks about R for data science in a DM Radio podcast. CIO magazine says R is a Big Data open source technology to watch. Birthday probabilities aren't uniform. US census data analysis reveals unlikely days to be born, as a calendar heatmap based on simulation () a... (more)

SemBioSys Genetics Inc. Obtains up to $1.5 Million in Funding

SemBioSys Genetics, specializing in the manufacture of high-value proteins and oils in plant seeds, today announced that it has reached an agreement with AVAC Ltd. for a $1.5 million loan for the development of its Apo AIMilano candidate. AVAC is a private, not-for-profit company that invests in research initiatives and early stage commercial businesses that expand Alberta's value-added industry. The funds will be advanced with an upfront payment followed by two smaller installments based on the execution of short term Apo AIMilano development milestones expected to be completed by January 2010. The funds are repayable at the end of 18 months with interest. "This funding comes at a very important time as it will contribute towards the achievement of near-term objectives for our Apo AIMilano candidate and allow us to leverage additional funding opportunities," said J... (more)

Introducing Agile: Hidden Benefits (and Some Challenges)

Our next presentation was by Stefan Meier, Associate Director, Software Development, Information Sciences Department at XDx. Xdx is a biotech company that relies on software and technology for their Molecular Diagnostic Technology. They assess patients who have had a heart transplant and whether they are likely to accept or reject the transplant. They are also working on a clinical study to provide the data to find correlations between genetics and pathology in disease/immune system-related areas. Prior to Agile & OutSystems - the development team was 5 developers and 2 SQA and 1 project manager using classical waterfall methods - with 3 Web-based EDC systems for clinical trials, 2 internally developed LIMS applications (1 FDA regulated), several custom query/reporting/maintenance applications and Excel spreadsheets for reporting. One key problem Stefan highlighted ... (more)

Three Use Cases for Splunk

The greatest source of potential use cases for technology is the user community. This is a great reason to attend events where customers are at the center of focus. This was what last month’s Splunk Live DC was like. Splunk is a very user-focused capability and when you create a venue where users can exchange info it can be a particularly virtuous event. The following are use cases from three Splunk customers. Splunk, as you probably know, derives knowledge and actionable information by indexing and searching machine data. Users at Splunk Live explained why they were so happy with the software by presenting three use cases. The users presenting there included Cisco, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Defense. These use cases all point to the  use of Splunk to handle their machine data effectively and efficiently. Here is more: Jeff Bollinger is an infosec in... (more)

Orca Health, Haptique, mHealth Alliance and More

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Enterprise mobility is evolving so fast that I thought it prudent to conduct a mid-year enterprise mobility survey with 20 short questions and share that information with you.  For that purpose,  I would be most grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer these questions and share your insights.  I will compile the survey results into a report and share it FREE with all survey participants. Please take the survey here. Healthcare Finance News has outlined five ways telemedicine can play an important role in decreasing overall healthcare spending. Read Original Content Healthcare is in the middle of a mobile revolution. Doctors ... (more)

The Global Advanced Wound Care Market to 2017

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Global Advanced Wound Care Market to 2017 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0341189/The-Global-Advanced-Wound-Care-Market-to-2017.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Medical_Equipment_and_Supply This report examines the market, product ranges and growth drivers, and provides market share data by company for major product sectors and growth forecasts to 2017. Also included are competitor reviews of over 100 leading and developing companies. A changing industry landscape Mergers and acquisitions have always played a key role in the advanced wound care industry and have enabled the market leaders to expand their technology to address new sections of the market and provide access to new technologies. But things are hotting up. ... (more)

Semantelli Releases Bighealthr™, A Big Data Collection Platform Exclusively For The Healthcare Industry

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Semantelli Corporation announced today the release of BIGHEALTHr™, a healthcare focused big data collection platform to help life sciences and healthcare companies intelligently collect big data for analytical, commercial and compliance purposes. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121220/CG33242) Built with Apache™ Hadoop® and other standard big data stacks, BIGHEALTHr comes with built-in ontologies to enhance analytics, multi-channel marketing, micro targeting, adverse events collection, off-label and signal detection. "We think we are going to see some real applications for big data in the next two years in life sciences. Although there are lots of great platforms that can crunch big data, there is a real need for a standard platform that can collect big data intelligently and most importantly, compli... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of September 29, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly With the rise of the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices has come a flood of applications designed to help people stay healthy. Now, the FDA will focus on monitoring a handful of apps that turn smartphones into devices, like a heart monitor, or medical attachments that plug into smartphones, like arm cuffs that measure blood pressure.  Read Original Content For people who forget to take their meds—which is about half of us—Janssen Healthcare Innovation has introduced a free mobile app... (more)

Cloudy with a Chance of Pharma Security

Cloud computing changes the way companies consume IT resources. It shifts the burden of purchasing and maintaining IT infrastructure to specialized IT providers and allows the users to pay only for the resources they need, when they need them. In this new paradigm, cloud security is a top concern.  Companies want to reap the benefits of cloud computing, but are often hesitant because of concerns about security and compliance. In the 21CFR11 regulation, the FDA focused on requirements for ensuring electronic record integrity, accuracy, and availability for agency review throughout the retention period.  The regulation emphasizes record protection from unauthorized access and system validation. Other international agencies have similar regulations. This article captures key points from an interview with Gilad Parann-Nissany, a cloud security pioneer. He addressed some... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly - Week of March 2, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Monitoring services is expected to remain the fastest growing mobile health market segment, according to a study by Grand View Research, Inc. The study found monitoring services market revenue reached of $1,227.5 million in 2012 with an estimated compound annual growth rate of 49 percent from 2014 to 2020.  Read Original Content Samsung has been developing its own mobile health ... (more)