A documentary about tomorrow’s world

2014 is still a newborn and a lot of things can change over the year, but how much can change in a century or in a century and a half? This BBC documentary worth watching explores future technologies, ideas that we now consider as science fiction but will be turned into science fact.

A year in biomedicine

2013 has been a year with major advances in biomedicine.

In April, President Obama announced an ambitious federal initiative to map the activity of all the neurons in a brain circuit or, ideally, a whole brain. Monitoring thousands of neurons simultaneously could help neuroscientists understand the biological origin of cognition and perception and speed the development of treatments for disorders such as autism or post-traumatic stress disorder.

This year, the FDA approved the first artificial retina prosthetic for use in the United States following the California-made device’s European approval in 2011.

2013 also brought to light a three-dimensional bit of brain tissue, grown from stem cells in a lab, which could be used to study brain function and dysfunction and to potentially screen new medications for toxicity and efficacy. A new type of deep-brain stimulator was implanted into a patient for the first time this year. Deep-brain stimulators are used to deliver therapeutic electric pulses to treat disorders ranging from Parkinson’s to obsessive-compulsive disorder, disorders that many remain difficult to treat.

Researchers developing gene therapies continued to see positive news this year. In March, NIH researchers announced that a two-year-old child infected with HIV at birth may have been cured of the virus.

Genetics has also been a source of news. The latest hit headlines in late November, when the FDA ordered personal genetics company 23andMe to stop selling its genetic analysis test.

A more detailed compilation of the year about to end biomedical stories can be found here.

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Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

2013 was a big year for consumer health technology. According to mobile tech consultancy Research2Guidance, there are now close to 100,000 mobile health apps in 62 app stores, with the top 10 apps generating over 4 million free downloads every day.

This year also saw increased adoption of wearable tech, a market that is expected to grow to 100 million units by the end of 2014.

So if 2013 was the year of wearables and health apps, what’s on tap for next year?

Mashable has made a selection of exciting health tech trends to keep an eye on for the new year.

Data in the Doctor’s Office

According to Pew Research, 21% of Americans already use some form of technology to track their health data, and as the market for wearable devices and health apps grows, so too will the mountain of data about our behaviors and vitals. Next year, we may see more of this data incorporated into our day-to-day medical care as physiological data obtained by quantified-self devices combine with medical knowledge.

Smart Clothes

A new wave of wearable smart garments will be hitting the stores next year. In fact, market research company Markets and Markets expects sales of smart clothes and fabrics to reach $2.03 billion by 2018.

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Augmented nutrition

If you want to fit into the latest smart fashion, you might need to keep better tabs on what you’re eating. We’ve already seen popular apps such as Fooducate make things easy by letting you scan the barcodes on packaged foods to gather nutrition data. In 2014, we’ll see new technologies that take even more of the guesswork out of counting calories and tracking for pesticides, GMOs, allergens etc.

Virtual House Calls

Several online services and a slew of new devices that enable virtual care will bring the doctor to you.

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Health Rewards

If looking and feeling good isn’t enough of a payoff, how about getting paid for getting healthy?

Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health recently reported that more than two-thirds of companies offer financial incentives to encourage participation in company wellness activities — up from just over half in 2010. In 2014, we’ll see more use of technology to track and reward people for these types of healthy habits.

You can get a more detailed picture of each trend here.

Would you add other trend? Share it with us in the comments!

What is the future of business?

It is the question everyone is asking

What is the future of business?

Today’s leading companies are already becoming obsolete. Only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list. Six of ten biggest corporate bankruptcies in history have occurred since 2008.

According to Brian Solis, a digital analyst studying technology and its impact on business, we are currently living a digital Darwinism, a time when technology and society are evolving faster than the ability of many organizations to adapt. It is this reason, along with a myriad of other problems that, in fact, killed companies such as Blockbuster and Kodak. Digital Darwinism has already cost the planet close to a half billion jobs and it is accelerating. The chilling effects of digital Darwinism and the rapidly evolving consumer landscape is told in the infographic below.

The tsunami of social, mobile, real-time, technology is disrupting everything and customers are evolving into something new. They’re more connected, empowered and demanding.

Surviving to digital Darwinism has become a matter of life and death for both big and small companies. To innovate at a pace that allows them to survive organizations need to develop innovative products and distribution channels and rely on people and experiences.

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Credit: Brian Solis

Bio-hackers getting ready for 3D DNA printing on demand

What if technology could prevent birth defects, store massive amounts of data, help a gay couple have their own genuine biological children by mixing and matching their DNA in software or increase the mind’s ability to tap its full potential? It would be a very weird world, indeed. But, that future world may not be so far away if Cambrian Genomics, a San Francisco based bio-hacking company started by Austen Heinz, has its way.

Right now 3D printing human DNA costs $2.2 billion. Heinz has found a way to build hardware/systems for laser printing DNA 10.000 times cheaper paving the way to make the technology available for the masses so anyone will become a genetic designer. Heinz says his DNA laser printing technology currently can produce more DNA in a single round than all the machines in the world in an entire year.

If synthetic DNA will become a consumer product only time will tell but, meantime, if you want to learn more about how DNA laser printing work don’t miss the following video:

Moebio’s dictionary: the cross-concepts

“There are only two things wrong with education: 1) What we teach; 2) How we teach it.” Roger Schank

The world is facing huge challenges and they are growing daily in severity, scale, and complexity. If we are going to survive, we desperately need the next generation to be smarter, more adaptable, and better prepared than any that has gone before. Our only chance is to equip our young people with the skills and the attitudes to pursue this mission. The question is: Is that what our current education system does?

We have business schools, medicine schools, science schools… that offer framed professional knowledge and train people… to “old” jobs. However, only when we observe with new consciousness can we find different answers and fresh solutions to problems. Our education system should also train awareness of the global context in which these professionals will operate and give them the capabilities to do so.

Moebio has been conceived, from its very beginning, as a place where health, design, business and technology meet at a new dimension. A holistic training adapted to the current needs and scenario.

Even its’ name, Moebio, was coined based on this same idea. We were inspired by the Möbius strip, a two-dimensional sheet with only one surface discovered by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858. The Möbius strip has been an object of fascination since its discovery and it has achieved a life of its own beyond mathematics in magic, science, engineering, literature, music, and art.

Moebio is the meeting point for people who want to change the game and it has its own dictionary with words that combine business, science, technology and health worlds. Our faculty has helped us to create and define these cross-concepts that we are now sharing with you. Watch the videos below to learn about crealeaderhsip, collinovation, multinomics and d·Health. What do you think about them? Do you have other cross-concepts in mind?

Christer Windelov-Lidzélius on crealeadership

Alfons Cornella on Coinnovation

Pep Torres on Multinomics

Lekshmy Parameswaran on d·HEALTH

12 entrepreneurs reinventing healthcare

Here is an interesting list by CNN Money of 12 American entrepreneurs who are reinventing healthcare through their successful and innovative startups. Can you name them?

+Jake Winebaum with Brighter.com
+Halle Tecco with Rock Health
+Jeff Tangney with Doximity
+Chriss Hogg with 100Plus, recently acquired by Practice Fusion
+Tom Lee with One Medical
+Desiree Vargas Wrigley with GiveForward

+Rich Metzger with Saturing
+Giovanni Colella with Castlight Health
+Ron Burns with Proton Media
+Tomer Shoval with Simplee
+Albert Santalo with CareCloud
+Peter Hudson with iTriage

Read full article.

World’s Most Affordable 3D Printer for the Masses

To bring 3D printing technology into everyone’s home, Pirate3D Inc, a new venture at Silicon Valley founded by Moebio’s Advisory Board member Neo Kok Beng at Singapore, has launched a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to get the funding to build a high quality and world’s most affordable consumer 3D printer that everyone can enjoy!

Named Buccaneer®, the 3D printer has a list price of $347, half of an iPad’s and has the ability to communicate wirelessly with mobile devices and work in tandem with a cloud system to create a delightful and intuitive 3D printing experience. Pirate3D has released the following video showing the internal mechanisms of the printer at work:

Neo Kok Beng is a technology entrepreneur & venture catalyst specialized in the product development and commercialization of technology from universities and research institutes. He has created successful ventures in mobile computing, information security and medical technology.

Besides his role at Pirate3D, Neo Kok Beng is also the President & CEO of Awak Technologies, a company specialized in developing and supplying wearable dialysis machines. Last year Awak Technologies won Biz Barcelona’s Global Entrepreneurship Competition, a competition between the best 16 business plans in the world, for its impact to radically change the lives of millions of people with affected by kidney diseases worldwide.

Neo Kok Beng is actively involved in the mentoring of technology-based startups from the faculty and students. He is one of the academic committee and faculty members of the Stanford Singapore Biodesign and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, and teaches new product development, design thinking, business innovations and technology commercialization.

World’s most innovative healthcare companies

Fast Company just released Most Innovative Companies 2013, its annual guide to world’s top 50 most innovative startups and established businesses. Giving it a quick look, it’s easy to notice than many of them are from the healthcare industry. So who are these businesses whose innovations are having the greatest impact on how care is provided and delivered?

Here is a list of the 10 most innovative healthcare companies together with a brief explanation of why Fast Company picked them, and their corresponding rank on this year’s top 50. Note that although the three bottom ones did not make it to the cross-industry Top 50, they were included on Fast Company’s healthcare-specific Top 10.

+Sproxil – for sticking it to fraudulent pharmaceutical sellers (#7)
+Safaricom – for bridging the healthcare gap with telecom (#9)
+Seechange health – for making health (not healthcare costs) its top priority (#20)
+D-Rev – for bringing design to third-world healthcare (#25)
+Proteus Digital Health – for putting GPS in our pills (#34)

+GE Healthcare – for making an ultrasound for your whole body (#34)
+Dexcom – for bringing design to your blood-sugar monitor (#34)
+Walgreens – for redefining the role of the pharmacy (-)
+Athena Health – for making it easy to access medical records online (-)
+Teladoc – for strengthening the doctor-patient connection (-)

See full ranking.

How will Google Glass change healthcare?

Google glasses are a perfect addition to the current “Quantified Self” trend. Lots of startups are working on new products in the healthcare sector, so there certainly are a lot of apps focussing on monitoring and improving wellbeing lined up for Google Glass as well. This became even more obvious when Google asked for ideas via the “If I Had Glass” campaign on their Google+ page, as a lot of the users who participated came up with health care solutions.

Reading food labels and tracking your diet and exercise are consumer-oriented use cases. But what about medical applications? EPGL Medical, a company producing medical hand-held-devices, recently announced that it will be working on ways to integrate their technologies into the Google device. “Physicians using our devices will be able to use technology such as Google Glass while performing procedures, using our devices and viewing feedback data in real-time”, explains their representative David T. Markus.

As Google embraces developers working on Glass applications, we definitely will see more medical companies jump on the bandwagon.

Read full article.​

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