Contesting TB 2

A quick nod to the Stop TB Partnership and it’s New Drug Working Group, who have put together the Innovate TB (inTB) Contest.  inTB gathers videos, photos and write-ups that tell stories of innovation focused on the fight against TB.

Here’s our TB Commons entry along with a few others that have caught my eye:

TB Commons

TB Commons is our notion of a disease commons, where those interested in advancing clinical research on TB can access data using our Clinical Collection tool.  In addition, a powerful Answers Forum serves as a place to share collections of trials, and generate knowledge related to TB research.  Give it a try!

The Delft Youth Theatre for Health Group

The Delft Youth Theatre for Health Group raises awareness through performances of “Bad News? Good News!” in an Afrikan community.  No lights, camera, props or trained actors needed – just everyday people learning about and sharing valuable information to fight disease, and having some fun doing it. More…

Meet Dave Crumbacher 4

David Crumbacher is the Tech Lead for the Lilly Clinical Open Innovation Team, giving direction and guidance to a group of developers that, in his words, are “gifted, unique, and highly valued.”  Dave’s history at Eli Lilly and Company on the forefront of transformational technology is deep.  Dave joined Lilly after graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in computer science.  His contributions at Lilly have helped drug developers leverage leading technologies to innovate in the fight against disease.

Dave brings more than 20 years of experience in high performance computing and networking to Lilly Clinical Open Innovation.  From clustered VAX environments to today’s Internet-enabled cloud computing, Dave’s career has focused on helping scientists take advantage of computational and networking power.  He has a unique capacity for translation that few people have; he has a gift to share the  most complex technology with those who need to apply it.  It is a gift he attributes to patient coaching from his earliest days at Lilly.  But it may go further back than that.

You have a unique ability to describe the most technical aspects of your work for people.  Where did you get that?

I grew up in a small mid-western town where my dad ran a TV repair shop.  In those days, TV technology was a mystery to a lot of people, but my father was the kind of man who took the time to explain to his customers what was going on with their set, and what he could do to fix it for them.  I think that his ability to do that must have rubbed off on me at an early age.

Open Data in action: CivicApps and PDXBus 1

Open Data is an idea that’s gaining momentum worldwide and has real traction, as evidenced in this recent announcement Obama’s big data plans: Lots of cash and lots of open data.

Even though the term Open Data is thrown around in the tech press and other media outlets, the concept is still foreign to many. To shine some light on the terminology and ideas behind open data, let’s explain why governments and other entities are making data open and why we, as public citizens benefit from the movement.

The Internet is a knowledge generation system that, when engaged in the correct manner and for the right reasons, can accomplish amazing feats. As evidence, one can look at web properties such as Wikipedia. Yes this is an often-referred to resource, but no one can argue with the fact that Wikipedia has built up to 3.8 million articles just in the English version and is available in 30+ languages worldwide.

Bottom line: when information is given to a skilled audience who is hungry to help out a good cause, great things can come about.