MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Alex Barkas, a venture capitalist with Prosper Venture Partners, died unexpectedly Nov. 21. He was 64.
Barkas had been a managing director at Prospect since 1997. He served on the boards of many biotech companies during his career, including Complete Genomics (NSDQ:GNOM), Geron (NSDQ:GERN), Tercica, Amicus and Novacept.
Prospect posted a brief memorial to Barkas, whose cause of death was undetermined as of Nov. 23, according to Xconomy:
AngioDynamics Inc. (NSDQ:ANGO) named a replacement for former CEO Jan Keltjens, who left suddenly in June, tapping Joseph DeVivo for the corner office.
The Latham, N.Y.-based oncology device company also revealed the resignation of senior vice president of business development Lynda Wallace, according to SEC filings.
Continuing its strong momentum in delivering healthcare solutions to patients and the institutions that serve them, AT&T* today announced the appointment of Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A. as the company’s first Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on a new public health alert system with General Electric Co.’s (NYSE:GE) healthcare business.
The CDC is collaborating with GE Healthcare to test an electronic medical record-based health alert system for doctors, the company said.
PositiveID partners with RFID maker for body sensors: PositiveID Corp. (OTC:PSID) is expanding its "Wireless Body" platform. The company is partnering with Malaga, Spain-based RFID Solutions to develop a continuous temperature-sensing microchip to integrate with the embedded bio-sensor system.
California’s telemedicine network is now operational.
The statewide California Telehealth Network enables underserved clinics to access, via modified video conferencing technology, specialists and surgeons who provide everything from drug advice to emergency services.
Doctors at university medical centers such as UCSF and UC Davis will connect with about 800 healthcare facilities in both rural and urban areas.