In the money Sept. 27: $196M raised for health tech, data privacy, VR baseball
Health care startups Elligo Health Records raised $135 million for an acquisition, while HumanCo landed a slew of celebrity investors for its latest funding round. Get the details on those deals and others in the funding wrap-up. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mike Cronin Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical company to add almost 700 jobs in Beaver County
A Center Township-based pharmacy is planning to put a $8 million investment into its facility here, adding up to 700 new jobs for its inventory and shipping expansion. Express Med Pharmaceuticals, a division of SelectQuote Inc. (NYSE: SLQT), has been a mail order pharmacy for more than 20 years but has since expanded into pill packs that provide individualized doses of patient medications. The Center Township facility provides inventory, process flow, staging an d shipping and receiving for Express… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

SelectQuote acquisition's expansion will create nearly 700 positions
The Pennsylvania operation is part of a push by SelectQuote Inc. to provide more services to seniors. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

Ohio health plan startup hires Kansas City executive as its CEO
A longtime KC-area health and insurance executive has been named CEO of an Ohio health plan provider. Tim O’Brien is the top executive at Vitori Health. The company, based in Akron, helps companies plan, purchase and administer health care plans. Private equity firm BV Investment Partners announced the launch of Vitori in February. O’Brien most recently was vice president and executive direct or of care delivery and new business for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. He also has served… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

A patch for Covid-19? UNC researchers work on a shot-free vaccine.
A 3D printer, sugar and UNC innovation are being used as a potential way to get the vaccine-hesitant on board with a Covid-19 vaccination. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

A patch for Covid-19? Researchers working on a shot-free vaccine
A 3D printer, sugar and UNC innovation are being used as a potential way to get the vaccine-hesitant on board with a Covid-19 vaccination. A 3D-printed patch, in development by research teams at Stanford University and UNC-Chapel Hill, could be one way of creating a self-administered vaccine – no syringe required. The project is led by Joseph DeSimone, serial entrepreneur and professor emeritus at UNC. “Some people are afraid of needles,” said DeSimone, who is currently a professor of translational… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame: How Ben Breier flipped Kindred Healthcare on its head
The company he leads looks almost nothing like the company he joined in 2005. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Hospital services hang in the balance as hundreds of workers remain unvaccinated
With just hours to go before a state-imposed deadline, hundreds of additional health care workers at the region ’s three largest hospital systems kept their jobs by opting in to Covid vaccinations. Kaleida Health reported Sunday night that 97% of patient-facing staff, such as nurses, physicians and aides had been vaccinated by the Sept. 27 deadline, with a systemwide rate of 94%. That figure included nea rly 400 individuals who got a shot just since Wednesday. Catholic Health and Erie County… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Mayfield's new CEO: ‘This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up’
When Mark Vorherr was tapped as the new CEO of Mayfield Brain& Spine this year, it was a homecoming moment for the longtime health care executive. His hire also comes during a period of growth for the (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Liz Engel Source Type: news

Building a Better Buffalo: Francisco Vasquez never tires of volunteer work
After a 45-year career in nonprofit leadership, this executive is spending his retirement giving back with volunteer board work. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Women of Influence: Fabrisia Ambrosio, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC International
Fabrisia Ambrosio is a winner of a 2021 Women of Influence award. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Richard Cerilli Source Type: news

Orthopaedic surgeon Freddie Fu dies
Dr. Freddie Fu, a UPMC and University of Pittsburgh physician who became one of the world ’s most renowned orthopaedic surgeons and a specialist in knee reconstructions and sports medicine, died Friday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Software startup launches new patient services product
A newly-emerged software startup has developed a proprietary case management platform built for patient services. It's called P3 Technology and it was founded by industry veteran Heather Rose in 2019. She has two decades of patient services experience, leading operations for one of the largest providers in the industry, according to a news release. Rose has been consulting with multiple pharmaceutical compan ies over the past two years, and identifying several opportunities to better serve them… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Haley Cawthon Source Type: news

How OHSU and other providers are navigating the monoclonal antibody shortage
The therapy is in high demand, so eligibility criteria have tightened. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Lab notes: Incyte gets two FDA approvals, Coriell gets $12.4M research grant, and more
This week's roundup on the region's life sciences industry includes one company securing two FDA approvals, a South Jersey institution receiving a $12 million research grant, and more. Here's the rundown: Incyte Corp. The Wilmington biotechnology company started the week receiving marketing clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for Opzelura, the company's topical cream for mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis — a chronic skin disease that affects more than 21 million people in the Unit ed… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Federal judge rules on St. Elizabeth vaccine mandate
The decision, issued Friday afternoon, follows a lawsuit filed by St. Elizabeth employees who were asking the court to block the health system ’s vaccination policy. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Liz Engel Source Type: news

Novavax just took a big step to get its Covid vaccine to the world — and the stock surged
The company is still working to submit its vaccine candidate to U.S. authorities for federal approval. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

UPMC's experts talk booster shots and who can get them next
“If you went through the vaccination process eight or nine months ago, you are well protected even if you are a health care worker." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Wichita doctors start new practice as alternative to insurance
Having grown frustrated over the years with the insurance model in health care, physicians Jennifer Halabi and Lynnette Jacobsen have launched Wichita Direct Primary Care.   Halabi says the pair has had somewhat of a soft opening over the past year as both completed responsibilities at their previous employer, Lakepoint Family Physicians.  Now, though, they are going full-time from their office at 8020 E. Central. Halabi told the WBJ their unique model already has been well-received by patients.  The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Daniel McCoy Source Type: news

Medical Alley names Roberta Dressen CEO
The Medical Alley Association (MAA) announced Friday it appointed Roberta Dressen as its new president and CEO. Dressen will replace Steffen Hovard, who has been serving as interim CEO since of the Golden Valley-based non-profit advocacy group since March. MAA's last permanent CEO was Shaye Mandle, who led the organization beginning in 2014. “MAA’s board of directors is excited to begin working with R oberta Dressen,” said Jim Rogers, Medical Alley Board Chair and Chief Business Development… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carter Jones Source Type: news

How Bridge Connector came crashing down
Bridge Connector once enjoyed the backing of investment firms launched by a former Publix CEO and an NHL team owner. Then the company disintegrated. Our monthslong investigation reveals how the once-promising startup fell apart. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

The $600 million legacy
A look inside the rollout of the largest private development in the city's history — Cincinnati Children's massive new emergency center (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Liz Engel Source Type: news

As health disparities deepen during pandemic, mental health becomes new looming crisis
The public health crisis has also advanced new health facilities in the region. But are those enough? (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

The pandemic ’s waning access to nutritious, affordable food bears heavy health costs
Specific actions, or inaction, stemming from generations of systemic racism have created the D.C. region's food deserts. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Daniel J. Sernovitz Source Type: news

Access to food, nutrition and health care remains as divided as ever in the D.C. region
From food deserts to urban heat islands, systemically racist policies helped create the disparities that we ’ve seen in the generations since. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Daniel J. Sernovitz Source Type: news

Grocer shifts, medical bias feed cycle of disparity in Greater Washington
We examine how the region's disparities in food and health care came to be over the years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Daniel J. Sernovitz Source Type: news

CVS and Rite Aid have sued Gilead for allegedly blocking lower-cost generic HIV drugs
Agreements Foster City-based Gilead made years ago delayed lower-cost generics and caused consumers and insurers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more than they would otherwise have, according to a new lawsuit. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Synthetic biology company Zymergen to cut 120 jobs after 1st product falters
Zymergen, which went public in April in a half-billion IPO, said it is conducting a "full assessment" of its target markets. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

RAVmed unit Lucid Diagnostics files IPO plan
Lucid is focused on patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as chronic heartburn or acid reflux, who are at risk of developing esophageal cancer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Precision medicine conference puts focus on diversity and inclusion
The All of Us Research Program was formed out of an Obama administration initiative to build up the country ’s capabilities in precision medicine, advances that tailor therapies and treatments to a person’s genetic makeup or tumor profile. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Jasper Therapeutics is going ahead with its SPAC merger despite a $93M funding shortfall
Jasper's blank-check partner promised it would give the biotechnology startup $100 million when they merged. Instead, it's only going to directly give Jasper an estimated $7 million. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

Exclusive: Urgent care clinic cuts back on hours, days due to demand, staffing
MedExpress was shifting resources where it needed to meet the level of demand for care based on the number of cases of Covid-19. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Draper inks $719K BARDA contract to develop lung chip for Covid-19 research
More than a year after it first started using its organ chips for Covid-19 research, Cambridge laboratory Draper is getting $719,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand that project. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

Brightview opens first Howard County community, eyes more growth
The new Columbia development is already more than 40% occupied and is one of three communities Brightview has opened this year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Iannetta Source Type: news

SLU cancels classes on Friday to focus on mental health after 2 on-campus deaths
Saint Louis University leaders canceled all undergraduate classes on Friday to give students a day to focus on mental health after two on-campus deaths in the last few weeks, at least one of which was by suicide. "We come to you today as three leaders within the OneSLU community who have heard repeatedly during the last 36 hours how exhausted and anguished our campus feels at this moment," a letter from university leaders said Tuesday. "The loss of two students is unprecedented for SLU, and requires… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sam Clancy, KSDK Source Type: news

St. Louis Character: How David D. Allen plans to transform the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy
David D. Allen became president of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy earlier this year, replacing John Pieper, who retired at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Veneta Rizvic Source Type: news

Harvard professor launches stem cell startup with $72M
One platform, 70 diseases and $72 million — these underpin the launch of Garuda Therapeutics, a new stem cell startup founded by Harvard professor Dhvanit Shah. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

Two more tenants sign on at rebranded medical plaza in Pineville
Two new tenants have signed on to join Terraces Medical Plaza in Pineville. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

Lawmakers urge Beshear to call special session to address health care issues
A Republican leader looked squarely into a camera during a streamed meeting to make his plea to the governor for a special session. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Addiction in the workplace: Cultivating a culture of recovery
As we continue to navigate the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are evaluating when and how to bring employees back to their workplaces. Employers must be mindful that some employees may be returning to the office after dealing with significant challenges brought forth by the pandemic, including the loss of loved ones, increased stress related to caregiving, and the impact of isolation from friends and family. In addition, some employees may find this transition difficult … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephen Schiavo Source Type: news

Health and wellness company in Raleigh buys former O2 Fitness site for $3.8M, plans to fill space
A local heath and beauty company has acquired the more than 20,000-square-foot property in North Raleigh. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Erika Wells Source Type: news

Two Louisville health care facilities sell for $15M+
The sales includes facilities in the South and East Ends of the city. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Atrium CEO outlines latest plan for Charlotte innovation district near med school site (RENDERINGS)
Atrium Health is planning to break ground on its innovation district in Charlotte next December. The district, connected to the planned second campus of Wake Forest School of Medicine in midtown, will focus on translational research, which takes innovative research and turns it into new treatment methods. It will be a combination of education and research, bringing together physicians, studen ts, researchers and businesses, Atrium CEO Gene Woods said at an N.C. Chamber presentation today. "Now… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

Direct flights from RDU to London, Paris wont' return until 2022
Travel restrictions have eased but neither Delta nor American is ready to resume direct flights to Europe from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

Meet the entrepreneur whose end game is a grocery store that caters to Black Portlanders
Portland native Chrisetta Mosely has a passion for produce and a deep desire to make it accessible to the Black community. Mosely has owned a catering company, given food demonstrations, self-published a cookbook and written a blog called Farewell Fatso. Now, she’s partnering with the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, the Soul District Business Association and greenHAUS art gallery on Roots Marketplace, a popup prod uce market with a mission to increase access to affordable, high-quality, fresh… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Suzanne Stevens Source Type: news

Tualatin med tech firm tallies $1.4M in sales by taking the pain out of glucose testing
Genteel's glucose testing product is distributed worldwide. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

St. Louis County offering gift cards for groceries, gas to residents who get fully vaccinated
St. Louis County ’s new incentive program could help you walk away from your vaccine appointment with a little extra money in your pocket. The county is launching a new program this weekend that’ll give thousands of people the chance to win $150 in gift cards after rolling up their sleeves and getting the Covid -19 vaccine. Almost 516,000 people are fully vaccinated in the county. But it’s still not enough. County health officials are hoping this new vaccine incentive program will be another… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sydney Stallworth, KSDK Source Type: news

Health Care Hero: Health care workers 'didn't flinch, didn't retreat' during pandemic
Brittany Jamison is helping to lead the growing area of urgent care at Premier Health. She's a 2021 Health Care Hero. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Hannah Poturalski Source Type: news

Peptilogics slated to present data regarding treatment for joint replacement surgery complications at IDWeek 2021
Peptilogics, a biotech company based on the South Side, will be presenting first-in-human Phase 1 data on an investigational therapy treatment for prosthetic join infections. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jordyn Hronec Source Type: news