John Olajide, Winnner of D CEO’s Achievement In Technology, Is Growing Home Health

Sometimes all it takes to change one’s life is a little curiosity. While running an errand one day some years ago, John Olajide, then a telecommunications engineering student at the University of Texas at Dallas, discovered that a home health agency where his aunt was nursing director lacked a network to link all of its computers. Olajide, a Nigerian native and computer lover, got the boss to pay him to enable all the agency’s computers to talk to each other. Full Story

Dallas Startup Tries Pairing Claims Database, Algorithm To Simplify, Save Money While Buying Insurance

Many think shopping online for insurance in the era of healthcare reform should be simple: Plug in your age, household income, dependents, ZIP code, preferred doctor, whether you suffer from any chronic conditions or routinely take medications, then let an online marketplace spit out a stable of health plans sorted by cost. If you already had a plan, maybe it would compare the pricing between the two? But it doesn’t. Take Command Health is changing that. Full Story

Hubert Zajicek, Winner Of D CEO’s Achievement In Healthcare Innovation

By most measures, Dr. Hubert Zajicek had it made. A doctorate in medicine. An MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. And a faculty position at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he was a principal investigator with funding from the federal National Institutes of Health. In short, there was little on the education or career front that Zajicek lacked. Except for one thing: He wanted to be an entrepreneur. Full Story

UTSW Lands $22 Million More in CPRIT Grants To Research Cancer

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced the grants on Monday. The majority—$18 million—will go toward recruiting additional faculty. Researchers received $2 million to study a new antibody therapy for treating leukemia; $1.35 million to research liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma; and $1.1 million to study a receptor for anti-cancer immunotherapy. Full Story

Disruption And Innovation: Health Wildcatters’ Second Group Of Graduates Pitch Their Companies

In return for 8 percent equity, Health Wildcatters provides $30,000 and a 12-week crash course in how to attract investors. With the help of a stable of mentors, the entrepreneurs’ nascent business models will weave and warp and transform. The entrepreneurs will work on conveying confidence and passion; the pitch they’ll give to investors on the so-called Pitch Day—in some cases the largest audience they’ve ever appealed to—will need to pique interests enough for those with the cash to further inquire about the company. Here’s how that all went. Full Story

Second Class Of Health Wildcatters Startups Prepare For Pitch Day

Sans the rhythmic pitter-patter of a Ping-Pong ball smacking the table in another room, it was quiet at Health Wildcatters’ downtown headquarters Friday afternoon. It was four days before the dozen startups will climb onto a stage at the Majestic Theater and condense what they’ve learned during the three-month accelerator program into a five-minute pitch. Full Story

How Dallas Became a Biomedical Hotbed

New techniques and devices developed in North Texas are pushing us closer to a future where doctors can reprogram damaged nerves and wiretap our brains. The business climate for healthcare in general—and medical technology, specifically—is healthy in Dallas-Fort Worth. Here’s how that happened. Full Story