Game Changers: MA Companies Helping Patients Every Day
MassBio congratulates the life sciences companies recently named as Game Changers by the Boston Globe.
If you missed this Sunday’s special section, you can read about them at the links below. These are just a handful of the hundreds of Massachusetts-based companies changing the game for patients every single day.
Boston Globe Game Changers
Every year for a quarter century, The Boston Globe published the Globe 100, a ranking of the state’s top publicly traded companies. This year, we’re introducing a new publication in its place — Game Changers. The idea is to acknowledge a broader range of contributors to the Massachusetts economy, and to highlight the entrepreneurism that has made the state a national leader in such areas as education, technology, and life sciences.
Biotech companies spend years in the lab hoping new therapies can beat the odds and make it onto the market. Biogen Idec’s introduction of its first pill for multiple sclerosis patients achieved that and much more last year, becoming one of the most successful drug launches in US history.
Patients and doctors applauded last year when the powerful new breast cancer therapy Kadcyla made its market debut, following a long and winding journey to approval for what many view as a miracle medicine.
When a patient’s life is at stake, it’s no good waiting months on the results of a test for HIV. What doctors need is something like a tricorder, the futuristic health scanner from the TV series “Star Trek.” And scientist-entrepreneur Dr. Anita Goel may be well on the way to developing just such a machine.
It started at a Las Vegas casino in 2006. Three former executives at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, holding forth between visits to the blackjack tables, lamented the dearth of funding for biotechnology startups working on big innovations. Then they decided to do something about it.
Genetic tests for specific cancers and other diseases have become common today. Now Partners HealthCare System is taking the next step, sequencing entire genomes for patients.
As a surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Amir Taghinia has seen things that would crush the souls of most mortals.
Wearable computers may become routine in the future, but emergency department doctors already use Google Glass spectacles to gain fast, hands-free access to patient records at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
T.J. Parker grew up working in his father’s family-owned pharmacy in Concord, N.H. Now he’s setting out to change the way people have been buying medication for more than a century.