Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

How do you do innovation?

If you had an idea for a medical device, would you know where to go at work to get help commercializing or deploying it in your organization? Most of the time, based on my experience, the answer is no. Giffford Pinchot, who originated the term “intrapreneur”, has suggested that you rate your organization in several domains to see whether your ...

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Drivers of International Healthcare Entrepreneurship

Life science entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity with scarce, uncontrolled resources with the goal of creating customer/user-defined value through the deployment of biomedical and clinical innovation. Innovation can come in many forms, not just products and services.There are many new exciting business opportunities for innovators to develop and commercialize their new products and services. However, the life science innovation ...

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The Novelty-Value Matrix

There are many definitions of innovation. In my view, there is a qualitative and quantitative component that helps to determine whether something is innovative as defined by users. The qualitative component is newness i.e whether someone is new or is old done in a new way. The quantitative component is the multiple of user defined value created when compared to competitive ...

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How is Digital Health Entrepreneurship Different?

Medical and health entrepreneurship, the pursuit of opportunity with scare resources with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of biomedical and clinical innovation, is growing quickly. After many years of either ignoring opportunities or being sidelined, physician entrepreneurs are finally throwing their hats in the ring.  There are two basic categories of medical entrepreneurship-biomedical and clinical. There are significant ...

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Io(M)T Challenges

Each day, more and more things get connected, creating an event bigger and bigger smart world creating more and more data that makes us more and more vulnerable to cyberattacks and intrusions. Apple has unveiled the Watch Series 4 at its annual event at the Apple Park in San Francisco. The new Apple watch – cleared by the Food and ...

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The Visionary Leader’s 3 Areas of Core Development

Physician burnout is pervasive and appears to be worsening. In fact, in some specialties, residents are burned out even before they have spent their first day in practice. But, they are not alone since burnout happens in many industries other than medicine. Burnout is considered to have a range of symptoms. There is no agreement which of those are part of ...

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Digital Biopharma: Is it safe, effective and cost-effective?

Digital health has converged with biopharma. It has happened because digital health technologies are making it easier for biopharmaceutical companies to discover, develop and launch new drugs faster and cheaper and improve the patient and doctor experience, in what is being labeled “after the pill”, U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients ...

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How to Destroy Your Innovation Silos

Sick care badly needs innovation if it is to become healthcare . Yet, it’s questionable whether it can be fixed from inside. Despite the popularity of open innovation and community based, participatory innovation networks, healthcare organizations and doctors seem to shun outside ideas and collaboration and are perceived as arrogant know-it-alls, stuck in the ivory tower or healthcare city , ...

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How to Create Cluster Clutter

Digital health ecosystems have spread around the world. Like all clusters, they have a life cycle that starts with koombaya and the enthusiasm of creating something new and exciting but, unfortunately, at some point , devolve into conflicting interests who seem more interested in WIIFM with consequent confusion or blurring of the original vision, mission, values, value proposition, business model ...

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