Can we fund clinical trials with the crowd?

Funding Health: Last year, several crowd-funding campaigns successfully raised money for first Phase I clinical trials. Image credit: Unknown.

Funding Health: Last year, several crowd-funding campaigns successfully raised money for first Phase I clinical trials. Image credit: Unknown.

Crowd-funding has progressed from a novelty a few years ago, to a genuine way to launch your product today. Recently, it has even been used to fund medical research and clinical trials, once considered the preserve of Big Pharma.  Continue reading

Scientific ink slinger for hire – enquire within

The scientific writing process. Image Credit: David Plunkert

The scientific writing process. Image Credit: David Plunkert

As of April 1st, I have cut loose from the ties of salaried employment and dived into the exciting world of freelance writing. Crazy, I know. Since it’s only been a day, I’m not going to tell you about the experience so far. This is, in fact, a publicity exercise.  Continue reading

The state of SA patent law in the wake of PharmaGate

Fix the Patent Laws: TAC and MSF have formed the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to address patent law reform in SA. Big Pharma has other plans. Image Credit: Fix the Patent Laws. I do not own this image.

Fix the Patent Laws: TAC and MSF have formed the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to address patent law reform in SA. Big Pharma has other plans. Image Credit: Fix the Patent Laws. I do not own this image.

The SA government last year published a proposal for long-overdue patent law reform. A shady cabal of Big Pharma types promptly responded with a devious scheme to limit the changes through some kind of underhanded social engineering campaign. You’d be excused for thinking that this all sounds a bit like fiction. Continue reading