Another Face of Rare Disease

March 3, 2020Healthcare, Listening, Marketing

The Cattleman of Wall Street My uncle Damon was a legend on Wall Street, as well as the cattle circles of the Texas Hill Country where he was raised. Coming from a family with over 4 generations in the cattle business, Damon would eventually branch out—trade a life in livestock for investment stock—and ascend to one of the highest offices of one of the largest financial institutions in the world—vice president of JPMorgan Chase. Growing up on a ranch, Damon was always a healthy man, but that wasn’t enough to stop one of the rarest progressive neurological disorders from taking him from us within 5 months of his diagnosis. Damon was diagnosed with and died of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD) disease at the age …

Another Face of Rare Disease

February 28, 2020Healthcare, Listening, Marketing

HCB Health’s CFO, Kathie Jones, shares her personal story of her family’s journey with Rare Disease My son was born with a rare genetic disease called Primary Immune Deficiency. This is when your body doesn’t produce a critical component of your immune system. The most abundant type of antibody, immunoglobulin (IgG), is found in all body fluids and protects against bacterial and viral infections. My son, Tristan, was very sick most of his early childhood years. He had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) during his first 6 months after birth. He had common baby/childhood ailments, such as repeated ear, nose, and throat infections, but they would inevitably turn into pneumonia or bronchitis and send us to the ER time and time again. …

The Many Faces of Rare Disease

February 26, 2020Healthcare, Industry, Listening, Marketing

There’s a rare, but very special day coming this week…Rare Disease Day is February 29! This year, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD), has a theme around zebras and the hashtag #showyourstripes. It is true that zebras are rare, but it actually comes from an old adage that medical students are taught early in med school. The idea is that “when you’re deciphering a patient’s symptoms and you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” What they are teaching our future doctors is that it’s not usually the rare thing, it’s something much more common and obvious. But, what if it’s not? What if you’re the zebra? Rare diseases are just that — rare. In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that …

HCB Health Increases Reach & Influence With Opening of New Jersey Office

November 18, 2019Culture, Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Innovation, Marketing, News

HCB Health Increases Reach & Influence With Opening of New Jersey Office HCB’s third office focused on serving large-scale pharma clients in the tri-state region; staff expected to grow to 25 in next year. PARSIPPANY, NJ, AUSTIN & CHICAGO; (November 13, 2019) – HCB Health, one of the country’s leading independent healthcare communications agencies, has opened a third office in Parsippany, New Jersey, to serve new and existing clients. The office will also draw local high-caliber talent and provide dedicated local resources to HCB’s new East Coast-based clients. HCB expects the current 10-person staff to grow to a dozen by the end of 2019 and to 25 by the end of 2020. The firm …

Making DNA Analysis the Clinical SOP

August 19, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Innovation

When my BRCA test came back negative, that wasn’t the only reason I felt lucky. I felt lucky that I knew my family history for breast cancer. Without that awareness, the idea of genetic testing wouldn’t have occurred to me or my doctor. I felt lucky that the BRCA test was financially accessible. It wasn’t always. I had chosen to forgo the test in the past because it was cost-prohibitive and not covered by my insurance; I had other financial …

Making Medicine More Human via Artificial Intelligence – A Conversation with Eric Topol, MD

July 16, 2019Healthcare, Innovation, Listening, Uncategorized

Aside from fictional doctors like Marcus Welby, Noah Wylie’s John Carter and Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, relatively few physicians have become household names in the same way a celebrity would. And when they have, it hasn’t always been because of the great science they made available to the public (as is the case for the man who is arguably our most famous doctor – more on that below. There are even fewer doctors who can not only be credible to physicians and the public, but to be …

How we Built a Healthcare Agency Headquartered in Austin, Texas, With 0% Funding and 100% Passion

June 20, 2019Culture, Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Listening

It was the day before 9/11 We all remember the frightening days of 9/11. It was an event in our country’s history that will forever be remembered. That time was also one of hard economic struggle as commerce seemed to come to a screeching halt. Here in Austin, the city was already in a recession after the bursting of the dot com bubble. Tech companies were shedding employees and subleasing office space as fast as they could. Planes crashing into buildings only made that scenario worse. So, what did I do when I found out that the ad agency I worked for was closing shop? I negotiated a deal that allowed myself and two others to retain a small medical device …

The New Genetic Testing Frontier

May 28, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Innovation

Many years ago, a smart man from my first agency where I began a significant portion of my healthcare marketing career talked about the frontier of personalized medicine. The idea of personalized medicines giving targeted therapies to “cure” patients was a main driver of my desire to build my entire career in healthcare marketing. While I knew full well that I started a pathway of my career working with big pharma, where friends at parties would challenge how I could work for corporate entities with so many ethical challenges, I still knew that my pursuits in the industry would always think of the patients’ needs, first and foremost. I knew that everything I wanted to recommend to my clients would be prioritized through the lens of positive patient outcomes. I dove in headfirst, wide-eyed about …

Data and Analytics: Changing HCP Media

May 13, 2019Healthcare, Industry, Innovation, Marketing, Technology

We’ve heard a lot about disruption in the media world. All the disruption is the result of a proliferation of digital media tactics, big data and platforms. This disruption has mostly happened in the consumer media world, but over the last couple years, we’ve started to see major changes happening in the world of HCP media. Agencies and clients are finally starting to realize the benefit of using big data and digital platforms to achieve HCP marketing in a much more efficient and effective way. The disruption we are seeing is coming through two big changes: Utilizing targeting data to hyper-target to potential audiences Using campaign analytics to optimize campaigns for better outcomes Data Targeting: How has …

Challenging Goliath – How Underdogs Stand A Fighting Chance

April 12, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Marketing

This article was originally published by Eye For Pharma on March 24th, 2019. https://social.eyeforpharma.com/column/challenging-goliath-how-underdogs-stand-fighting-chance   Big Pharma is a formidable beast, but upstarts have a few cards up their sleeve We all love an underdog story. Who isn’t moved by the passion, grit, and determination that drives an outsider to overcome near-impossible odds? Rudy, Rocky, Million Dollar Baby, Miracle – Hollywood has captured our hearts while cashing in on this timeless trope. When it comes to the biopharmaceutical arena, however, we sometimes look down upon the upstart rather than embrace its potential. Smaller companies and products often face the Herculean challenge of going up against the super-power, mega-sized pharma companies. Smaller budgets, operational teams, and fewer sales reps are viewed as insurmountable odds. Some of us over the years have been programmed …