US President Donald Trump on Saturday hand-picked Scott Gottlieb to lead US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) – the regulatory agency that approves every food and drug products marketed in America.The appointment is still to be confirmed by the US Senate.Gottlieb, 44, served in several senior positions at the US FDA during the George W Bush administration. He was trained as a physician and is known as a conservative health policy expert with deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry.Gottlieb is also a partner at New Enterprise Associates, a large US-based venture capital firm. The firm’s investments include life-sciences companies. In addition to his service on several pharmaceutical companies’ boards, Gottlieb is a consultant for London-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.Close Gottlieb's proposed appointment as US FDA commissioner assumes significance given the Trump’s promise of reducing regulation at US FDA as one of his key priorities to make … [Read more...] about Why Scott Gottlieb, the new US FDA chief, could be good news for Indian drug makers
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Amid a growing debate over impact of single use plastics on environment, paper offers a sustainable option and can capture a fourth of the Rs 80,000 crore single use plastics market by 2025, if its use is totally banned by the government, a new study said. India generated 26,000 tonnes per day of plastic waste in 2017-18, of that only 60 percent was recycled and the rest ended up as litter on roads, in landfills or streams. Single use plastic industry is close to Rs 80,000 crore right now and growing. Packaging accounts for a third of India's plastic consumption, and 70 percent of plastic packaging is turned into waste in a short span.While uncollected plastic waste poses a huge threat to species on land and in water, single-use plastic bags and styrofoam containers can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, said the study released at the world's largest paper fair, PAPEREX organized by Hyve India, a 100 percent subsidiary of Hyve Group Plc, London, last week.Paper, on the other hand, is … [Read more...] about Paper industry to capture 25% market share of Rs 80,000cr single use plastics by 2025
In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?