The True Revolution in Medicine

The Web Health Awards recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals. Because of the dynamic nature of digital health resources, the Web Health Awards competition is held twice each year: Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall.

In the Winter/Spring 2013 Competition, one of the winners has been Eric Topol MD [Editor-in-Chief of Medscape] and Craig Venter’s [founder and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics Inc and one of the most accomplished scientists of our era] conversation about the True Revolution in Medicine. They both discuss how genomics is reshaping medicine, from sequencing tumors to better diagnose and treat cancer to identify the microbes living within the body and their roles in health and disease, to better ways to make vaccines etc.

You can watch the talk or read the transcript here.

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Being a changemaker knows no age

Jack Andraka (@jackandraka) at 15 developed a far better diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer using antibodies, carbon nanotubes and research from Google. It is over 400 times more sensitive, 168 times faster and it costs around three cents, 26.000 times less expensive than the current diagnostic tests and only takes five minutes to run. He won The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. If you want to know how he did it, watch this video.

Jack Andraka

Laura Deming (@LauraDeming), 18, is already a venture capitalist, working closely with biotech legend Corey Goodman. Obsessed with curing aging, she began working in labs at 12, entered MIT at 14. Frustrated that such work was not being commercialized, she obtained the backing to start an anti-aging focused VC fund. Watch this video to learn how to make prevention a $1 trillion business.

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Jack, Laura, we all have the potential to innovate and change the world. Entrepreneurship starts with dreams and the burning desire to achieve them.

The American entrepreneur, marketing guru and best-selling author Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) explains in this video, that for 150 years we have been living in an industrial economy. Now it is over. Now there is a revolution going on in world’s economy and only individuals who do work that matters and people who choose to make a difference will win. The really good news is that people most qualified to do this job are entrepreneurs so… what is your dream?

Seth Godin

Lessons Learned:

  • We all have the stuff to be entrepreneurs.
  • The tools to turn a bright idea into a successful business are available for anyone.
  • If you have what you think is a good idea, or see a good opportunity…go for it!
  • Even if you don’t succeed at first you will have learned a lot, so it will be worth the effort.