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Exponential Medicine the Pulse of “Medtech”.

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If you’ve ever had to go into the hospital for a major medical procedure, your memory of the experience is probably pretty unpleasant. Even when all goes well, the hospital is a nerve racking place for most of us , we would rather choose not be there . But did you know that just by being treated in a functioning hospital and having access to modern care, As stated in the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s 2015 report that quotes of over five billion people lack access to safe, affordable Medical care.

How technology can democratize care:

Founded by Dr Daniel Kraft in 2011, Exponential Medicine is an immersive, hands-on program focused on the implications of breakthrough developments such as 3D printing, personalized stem cell lines, point of care lab on a chip diagnostics, robotics, augmented, artificial intelligence, machine learning, large scale bioinformatics, synthetic biology, low cost genomics, gene editing,Sex and Exponential Tech, Drone delivery of medicine ,Mobile health support ,Remote robotic surgery ,block chain and more. These rapidly developing technologies are discussed in the context of the current explosions of digital information, big data, and connected, on demand, distributed healthcare.

Designed for the clinicians, innovators, investors, executives, and makers driving progress in smart ways. Exponential Medicine gathers world class faculty, organizations, and startups from across the biomedical and technology spectrum to present an engaging series of faculty talks, interviews, hands-on experiences, demos and in-depth exploration of what’s currently in the labs, what’s evolving clinically, and what game changing technologies are emerging in the next 2 to 10 years.

Conclusions

The disruption and transformation of medicine is happening right now.

That’s why each year Dr. Daniel Kraft, head of the medicine track at Singularity University, to bring all of the coolest and most powerful technologies together at Exponential Medicine. Singularity University’s annual conference highlights the future of medical technology, and its annual MEDy Awards that’s Medical Entrepreneurship and Disruption help gauge the pulse of medtech startups.

Startups, organizations, and governments are all identifying the needs for consumer oriented medical technology.

Sources:  Twitter  , Med Talks  , Facebook , Youtube 

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Profiling: The Origami Micro bot.

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At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technische Universität München (TU Munich) . Have unveiled a small origami robot that can fold itself, walk around, and even self-destruct. Small enough to sit on a fingertip ,Weighing only a third of a gram, the robot can swim, climb an incline, traverse rough terrain, and carry a load twice its weight.

The robot’s design was motivated by a hypothetical application in which tiny sheets of material would be injected into the human body, navigate to an intervention site, fold themselves up, and, when they had finished their assigned tasks, dissolve.They also possess skills that may come in handy to combat human ailmentsExperts believe this new technology can be used to help doctors perform key medical operations from within the patient’s body.

A multi-stage folding process can also be achieved by heating the robot at varying degrees. Low heat can give the shape-shifting robot one form, but placing it back on the heating pad and raising the temperature can result in a secondary design. The Only component is a permanent magnet affixed to its back. Its motions are controlled by external magnetic fields. Its amazing self folding powers can be attributed to the sheet of polyvinyl chloride embedded within each of the several prototypes created by its inventors to find the optimal material. The commonly found plastic contracts when subjected to temperatures of about 150° F.

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Instead using a set of wires to make the robot move, it uses an external magnetic field made up of four coils to guide it along its path. These magnets power its movement by cycling on and off at 15 hertz. MIT graduate student Cynthia R. Sung, co-developer of the robot says unlike traditional robots, all these motions are “embedded into the mechanics of the robot body.” This means that it does not need external “legs,” motors, or other movement enabling appendages to be mobile.

This causes the magnet that the robot is attached to oscillate back and forth, and the robot oscillates as well. As this happens, the front and back legs of the robot alternately contact the ground, and the asymmetry of the design combined with the intentionally off-center balance point causes the robot to walk forward. None of this works with the robot in its unfolded, flat configuration: it has to be folded into this shape to walk at all. The Smaller robot could be inserted into an individual’s body, navigate through the bloodstream, perform medical tasks and then eventually dissolve in the stomach.

The technology could also be used for planetary explorations. The robot could be programmed to collect various soil samples or even journey through small cracks in the ground.

Adapted : MIT 

The Thiel Deal #ZerOtoOne.

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Peter Thiel hardly needs an introduction; his name has been tied to some of the most successful companies of our time ,He is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist,hedge fund manager, and social critic.He also co-founded Palantir, of which he is chairman. He was the first outside investor in Facebook .Over the span of his career, he has had the chance to watch companies make it and break it, he taught a class at Stanford University covering everything he knew about startups.The class,was developed out of Founders Fund and specifically, notes taken by a student led to the publication of his book, Zero to One.

Here is its description of “zero to one”: 

“Zero to One” describes the process of creating something radically new and taking it to the first step (Horizontal or intensive growth). The phrase is used in contrast to the term “1 to n” (Vertical or extensive growth), which means creating incremental improvements to what is already familiar. The aim of the phrase is to encourage more “zero to one”, or entrepreneurial, behavior. There are Three kinds of innovation:

  • Performance-improving innovations that replace old products with new and better models.
  • Efficiency innovations that help companies make and sell mature, established products or services to the same customers at lower prices.
  • Market-creating innovations that “transform complicated or costly products so radically that they create a new class of consumers, or a new market.”

By Contrast Market creating innovations are the most important of these, because they usually generate whole new industries, new jobs and new economic growth.Peter-Thiel-Zero-to-One-700dpi

Thiel speaks from experience. He was involved in a number of successful market creating firms. He cofounded PayPal, which was sold in 2002 for $1.5 billion. The team that he put together at PayPal is known in Silicon Valley as the “PayPal Mafia.” It included a number of entrepreneurs who have gone on to launch successful startups. “Elon Musk has founded SpaceX and co-founded Tesla Motors; Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn; Steve Chen, Chad Hurley , and Jawed Karim together founded YouTube; Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons founded Yelp; David Sacks co-founded Yammer. Thiel also helped fund the launch of Facebook.

The core philosophy of his book is ,If  you do what has never been done and you can do it better than anybody  else, you have a monopoly and every business is successful exactly  insofar as it is a monopoly. But the more you compete, the more you  become similar to everyone else. From the tournament of formal schooling  to the corporate obsession with outdoing rivals, competition destroys  profits for individuals, companies, and society as a whole.The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.Not all truly innovative design is completely “zero to one”, however. Facebook was not completely “Zero to One”, as it built on ideas that were improvements over Friendster and Myspace. But it is important to note that Facebook’s improvements were not incremental improvements rather it started doing things differently from a new zero ground.

I think we can all agree that some types of work have more “zero to one” characteristics than other types of work. For example, the creation of the Thiel Fellowship was definitely a “zero to one” event, and Peter Thiel’s creation of the fellowship was partially inspired by the need to inspire more people to do truly “zero to one” work.