Currently, I work for Myriad Genetic Laboratories, and if you haven't heard of Myriad this summer, I would be surprised. This past June, the Supreme Court ruled that five of Myriad's claims covering isolated DNA were not patent eligible. Regardless of the decision, Myriad has more than 500 valid and enforceable claims in 24 different … Continue reading Committed.

Are you there, Pharma? It’s me, Liz. Part 3: making real change in 2013

Part 3: Making change happen in the pharmaceutical industry in 2013

Welcome to the final entry in my mini-series "Are you there, Pharma? It's me, Liz," about creativity squashers in the pharmaceutical industry. Part one included a short overview of the uncertainty this industry is facing and a decree for strategic integration of social strategies.  It also suggested that pharma must begin to, "Listen and Act." Part two … Continue reading Are you there, Pharma? It’s me, Liz. Part 3: making real change in 2013

A who? A patient what? A Patient Advocate.

patient advocates and navigation: PUGTATO

The first time I ever heard of a patient advocate was when I attended a talk given by Melissa Pantel-Ku.  Melissa is remarkable woman.  Diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at 34, she is a PhD, a professor, a mother, a wife, a breast cancer survivor, and founder of  Hope & Humor.  Melissa's story had … Continue reading A who? A patient what? A Patient Advocate.

Medicine X: The Future of Health Care Delivery.

I think I may have just found the coolest most forward thinking medical conference, ever: Stanford's Medicine X conference.  If you are not familiar, here's a very small preview of what this conference is all about: "Medicine X is about the future of medicine and health care.  It is about how social media and information … Continue reading Medicine X: The Future of Health Care Delivery.

Grandma doesn’t always know best.

Cultural barriers and disparities in cancer care

Turns out cancer is not contagious, breast-feeding does not cause breast cancer, surgery treatment for breast cancer won't cause disease spread, and men can, in fact, get breast cancer.    Grandma might have passed down some incorrect information over the years. Today's discussion will focus mainly on breast cancer.  Studies have shown that racial and ethnic minority … Continue reading Grandma doesn’t always know best.

Team Oncology vs. Cancer: The World Series

Team Oncology: the world series of care

Cancer.  Nobody wants to hear that they have it.  A  cancer diagnosis is an emotional moment.  It often  carries connotations of fear, anxiety and thoughts of the worst possible scenarios.    Cancer is not a single disease.  It's different for every patient, and thankfully, we're learning more about it everyday.  Cancer patients have an entire team, "Team … Continue reading Team Oncology vs. Cancer: The World Series

What if we tipped doctors?

would you tip your physician?

The delivery of healthcare is going through a paradigm shift.  Access to information has grown tremendously with widespread availability of the internet and outpouring of social media outlets.  More than ever, patients have the opportunity to take better ownership of their care.  The rise of high deductible health plans and the shift to consumer's pockets has lead patients to … Continue reading What if we tipped doctors?

Potato, Pugtato

finding inspiration

"Starting a blog?!?" My friends asked me: Why?  What will you talk about?  Will anyone even read it? Why? Here's a better question: Why not? I love giving my brain a creative workout--  finding solutions in ambiguity,  conceptualizing and making things from scratch (yes, we had a DIY wedding), learning a new skill, or opening the fridge … Continue reading Potato, Pugtato