Amy Tenderick (@AmyDBMine) writes:
To my mind, the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit I’ve hosted the last two years is not a “conference.” Rather, in the true tradition of a “Summit,” it aims to bring key decision-makers and other folks passionate about diabetes care together in one room for some very frank conversations about where we are now, what needs improvement, and how we can get to a better place as quickly as possible.
On that note, the Pharma executives and FDA and ADA officers present at this year’s event — held Friday, Nov. 16 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA — certainly got an earful from patient advocates! One of my colleagues from Alliance Health Networks called the event “a focus group on steroids.”
This year’s event was less of a design workshop (how to make products that patients actually want and need) and more about breaking the “gridlock” in the diabetes industry: Why does every diabetes tech product have its own clunky cables and not share data with other products?! Why aren’t companies working together to form standards for this stuff, that would also ease the FDA approval process?
[AS: Click on the title link above to review a selection of presentations on SlideShare from the 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit]