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Friday, July 27, 2007

Today's Globe: hospital investment fund, Beth Israel growth, Alnylam study, Weis case, VA suit in suicide, Avandia, Daniel Koshland

Boston's largest Harvard-affiliated hospitals are setting up a $35 million venture capital fund, an aggressive effort to push their inventions out of the laboratory and into the market.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center yesterday said it will spend $1 billion over the next 15 years to build a suburban clinic, replace buildings at its cramped Longwood campus, upgrade facilities, and add hospital beds.

Last winter, researchers from Cambridge biotechnology company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. successfully made 26 people sick, part of its plan to develop a new drug to fight a lung infection called respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

weis100.bmpFormer New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis (left) said yesterday he will not appeal a Suffolk Superior Court jury's verdict that cleared two surgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital this week of misconduct in his medical-malpractice lawsuit. Weis, now head coach at Notre Dame, alleged that Charles Ferguson, director of Mass. General's surgical-residency program, and Richard Hodin, a gastrointestinal surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School, botched his gastric bypass surgery in June 2002.

The family of an Iraq war veteran from Belchertown who took his own life after allegedly being turned away for treatment at the Northampton VA medical center filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing the government and Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson of negligence in 23-year-old Lance Corporal Jeffrey Lucey's death.

The Food and Drug Administration will ask outside specialists next week whether the diabetes drug Avandia should be pulled from the market over concerns of heart attack risk.

Daniel E. Koshland Jr., the molecular biologist who revised scientists' ideas on how enzymes work, remodeled the biology department at the University of California, Berkeley into one of the nation's best and, as editor, refashioned Science into one of the leading scientific journals in the world, died Monday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif., after a stroke. He was 87.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:56 AM
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