Bio blood GE Ventures theranos GE Ventures unveils new blood collection startup Drawbridge Health

Drawbridge Health wants to make it easier for doctor’s offices and clinics to collect small samples of your blood for testing on site with a handheld device.

The device uses proprietary technology to collect and stabilize just a few drops of blood for various tests like hormone levels, genetic testing, monitoring disease and other things patients normally have to get done at an outside lab like Quest Diagnostics or Lab Corp.

Instead, the device can stay in the clinic and the proprietary Drawbridge cartridge holding your blood would be shipped out to the third-party lab for results.

Of course, any blood diagnostics startup claiming to collect just a few drops of blood for testing on a small device is going to get compared to Theranos, which first promised to deliver results for hundreds of diseases on a single drop of blood. It’s an understatement to say things didn’t go so well for that startup and it seems it may now be running out of cash.

However, GE Ventures partner Risa Stack, who was instrumental in guiding the idea for Drawbridge says, unlike Theranos, Drawbridge only collects the blood. It doesn’t do the testing.

“Partners are going to run the tests on our stabilized samples. Our responsibility is to give them a quality sample,” Stack told TechCrunch.

GE Ventures started the company through an old school VC method of first coming up with the idea in house, with the promise of launching and funding the startup as it progresses.

The idea probably sounds fantastic to anyone who hates going to the doctor and then going out to a lab for blood work. The device also promises minimal discomfort for those who hate needles as it takes just a few drops from your upper arm. I’m told it feels like less than a pinch.

But first Drawbridge needs to get through a few hurdles. It’s early days for Drawbridge and it is just now exploring partnerships with clinics and doctor’s offices.

It will also need to go through FDA approval, which it has applied for as a medical device.

This summer GE Ventures hired on Lee McCracken to run the ship as CEO at Drawbridge and the startup intends on a commercial launch next year, pending that FDA approval.

Of course, there are other approaches to cutting out the blood collection middleman — both One Medical and Forward have in-house labs where patients can get blood work done.

There are also other blood prick diagnostics out in the medical field but, as McCracken points out, those, like Theranos, come with potential risk.

“The current sample testing process is inconvenient and challenging for patients and medical providers, alike,” McCracken said in a statement. “It requires clinical processing equipment, often a technician specifically trained to draw blood, plus a trip to the doctor’s office or hospital. By combining world class technology developed by GE Healthcare and a talented founding team to address an important market need, Drawbridge Health is well positioned to transform diagnostic testing for healthcare stakeholders, testing laboratories, patients and consumers.”

Katie Couric in 2012: Lauer ‘pinches me on the ass a lot’

OMG! Do lots of publicity. Have a big feature article few years ago on Grand Central. What do I do! Put a “balloon head” animation in place of Matt Lauer???

Five years before NBC axed Matt Lauer amid allegations of sexual misconduct, former “Today” show anchor Katie Couric addressed her longtime co-host’s most “annoying” habit.

During a June 2012 appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Couric, 60, revealed Lauer, 59, got touchy with her behind during the show’s “Plead the Fifth” segment.

“He pinches me on the ass a lot,” Couric said.

NBC announced Wednesday morning Lauer had been fired over sexual harassment allegations by an employee.

Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted staffer during Olympics
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” NBC Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staffers.

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” he continued.

“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.”

“This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night.”

Couric anchored the “Today” show from April 1991 to May 2006. Lauer joined in January 1997.

We’d only have 15 minutes of notice if a space storm were to hit

NY Post

Devastating space storms could strike Earth at any time – and we would only have 15 minutes of warning.

A direct hit from a space storm would wipe out power across the globe plunging the earth into complete darkness.

Chillingly, experts would only know about the cataclysmic phenomenon 15 minutes before it ploughs into us.

Space storms can come in a number of different forms but the most destructive is a coronal mass ejection (CME.)

These can send billions of tonnes of matter hurtling through space at more than seven million mph in a spectacular explosion.

They are caused by the sun shooting a giant cloud of magnetized plasma off into space and would cripple the earth by affecting technology, satellites and disrupting power supplies.

CMEs are often associated with solar flares – a giant explosion on the surface of the sun that sends energy and particles streaming off into space – but can occur independently.

Former SpaceX Intern Considers Elon Musk May Have Invented Bitcoin

For years, people have been looking for the man or woman behind the mysterious character who invented Bitcoin. Its first whitepaper was published by someone under the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Ever since the hunt began, several prominent people have entered the spotlight as the possible inventors of the famous coin, including Nick Szabo, the late Hal Finney, and Craig Steven Wright.

Now, a former intern at SpaceX—Sahil Gupta—wishes to throw Elon Musk’s name into the ring.

In his blog, he said that “the 2008 Bitcoin paper was written by someone with a deep understanding of economics and cryptography.”

Because Elon Musk has the same background, by Gupta’s logic, there’s a distinct possibility that he could be the mysterious inventor of the cryptocurrency.

The same could be said about any one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have degrees in economics and have dabbled in some advanced computer engineering, so Gupta went a little further:

“Experience aside, Elon is a self-taught polymath. He’s repeatedly innovated across fields by reading books on a subject and applying the knowledge. It’s how he built rockets, invented the Hyperloop (which he released to the world as a paper), and could have invented Bitcoin,” Gupta wrote.

Musk has not yet commented on this and may be unlikely to do so in the near future. As far as we know, he has made no similar claims in the past.

On the other hand, Craig Steven Wright has gone out of his way to take the Bitcoin throne, declaring himself to be the man behind the pseudonym in a mid-2016 interview.

Meanwhile, Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s co-founder, doesn’t believe it. He went as far as to ask Wright to “stop being a fraud, please.”

It’s unlikely that we’ll find out Nakamoto’s identity in the foreseeable future, but it is believed that he possesses around 1 million Bitcoin between all of his addresses.

This would make him a billionaire right now as the cryptocurrency eyes its $10,000 milestone.