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About lisasuennen

Managing Member at Psilos Group

We’re Moving On Up!

Hello to all my Subscribers.  I really appreciate your commiting to read what I have to say, or at least to getting my emails and deleting them. To make the blog more readable, I have graduated to a dedicated domain … Continue reading

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Can You Hear Me Now?

In my last post I talked about robots and other technologies used for remote monitoring of patients who are seeking to lose weight or achieve other healthcare goals. One of the biggest challenges with remote monitoring systems, particularly as it … Continue reading

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“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?”

For those of you not quite old enough to remember it (or who aren’t movie buffs), that was a quote from HAL the robot in 2001 Space Odyssey. HAL is a robotic/computer system that communicates with the crew, expressing emotions … Continue reading

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The Shaman will see you now….

Each day I receive a compilation email from the NY Times that lists all the articles about healthcare and medicine that are included in that day’s edition.  I know, pretty lazy, but at least it enables me to stay up-to-date … Continue reading

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Girls Rule: Amy Belt and Beth Falk

Back to my women in venture capital focus for a moment, as I want to promote the efforts of two colleagues to create very professional and useful venues for people who happen to be women (as opposed to women who … Continue reading

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Government as an Engine for Innovation

I’ve been thinking a great deal about the newly formed Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. (CMI). This entity was established as a result of the Affordable Care Act (the new healthcare reform legislation) and its purpose is to “research, develop, … Continue reading

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Antidote to the Baconator: Apps for Healthy Kids

A quick antidote to the Baconator post:  Tim Marklein at Weber Shandwick sent me an article about a cool competition now underway in which GE, the USDA and Michelle Obama have created a challenge to motivate American entrepreneurs, software developers, … Continue reading

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Baconator? Make Mine a Triple!

So I was sitting here on the couch watching Tim Lincecum, Cy Young-award winning pitcher, throw a full game shut out against the NY Mets (Go Giants!) and along comes a Wendy’s commercial for (dramatic pause)….The Baconator.  I was so … Continue reading

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U.S. Medical Innovation: Win the Pennant or Strike Out Looking?

Yesterday I attended a meeting of a group of venture capitalists and NVCA representatives who came together to discuss the formation of a new industry group focused on preserving the spirit and business of medical innovation that has for so … Continue reading

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Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition

I love that Timothy Leary quote (the title above).  And in a time when venture capital fundraising requires nerves of steel and the patience of a saint, we welcome the news from San Francisco’s DBL Investors that they have closed … Continue reading

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We’re Number One! Er, I Mean Seven!

A report just released compares the performance of the American health care system with those of Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  This report, which was issued by the Commonwealth Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based private … Continue reading

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I’m just a person trapped inside a woman’s body. -Elaine Boosler

So yesterday I decided to send a quick email out to all the women VCs I know (probably about 40) to ask them to send me input for my blog, specifically ongoing reports of great accomplishments by their female VC … Continue reading

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Life, Do You Hear Me?!!

In May 2010, Craig Venter and his team at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, announced that they had successfully constructed the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.    To grossly oversimplify it, what they did was … Continue reading

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Girls Rule: Karen Talmadge

Saw today that my colleague, Karen Talmadge, has been given the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes. I am really happy for her.  Karen is a first-class professional and brilliant and I have the … Continue reading

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So it turns out “blog” is a verb….

The final straw was Jeff Bussgang’s article in PE Hub today encouraging more healthcare/life sciences VCs to blog (see link below). More VC Bloggers Needed (Seriously) I’ve been thinking about this whole blogging thing but desperately trying to stay out … Continue reading

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