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XPOMET© Healthcare News Round-Up: 4.11.19

Whether its the latest breakthroughs in healthcare or the latest going ons at XPOMET©, our Healthcare News Round-Up is your one-stop shop to get an idea of what’s happening in the industry. From XPOMET© attending other events, to industry and disease prevention, read on to learn all about the most important healthcare news in the past week!

From Summit to Summit, XPOMET© Learning From Other Events

Representatives from XPOMET© were at World Health Summit, which ran from Sunday to Wednesday last week. It was fascinating to take the pulse of the current healthcare system in Berlin. Today we are at Websummit in Lisbon, still the biggest tech festival in the world. If you wish to connect with us there, feel free to get in touch.

Google Acquires Fitbit 

As part of their forays into the healthcare industry, Google have acquired Fitbit for a relative bargain of $2.1 Billion. What this means for the industry remains to be seen, but analysts reckon that Google could move forward with their own wearables in the future.

Foresite Capital Launches New Incubator 

San Francisco investment hub Foresite Capital are building a new Incubator with the aim of fostering new transformations in healthcare, especially when it comes its intersection with data science. As managing director, Vik Bajaj, says: ““Foresite Labs was created to systematically reduce barriers to entry for entrepreneurs who want to use all the tools of data science to solve problems in the life sciences and healthcare,”

New TB Vaccine Partially Effective

With the threat of rapidly developing TB viruses constantly around the corner, it is more necessary than ever to find effective solutions. A new vaccine was recently unveiled at the  50th Union World Conference on Lung Health to be partially effective. More research needs to be done, but the 50% effectiveness rate is promising.

Measles Can Make the Immune System Forget

If you ever needed more evidence on the importance of vaccines, measles has the capacity to make the immune system forget how to fight. Memory b-cells are an important part of keeping the body safe, but measles can wipe them out, making the disease more dangerous than previously thought.