The Next Big Thing
Posts about next generation technologies and their effect on business.

New approach to sensing helps identify Cancer cells in the blood

cancer cell in blood.jpgMIT Technology Review had an article on a device that finds stray cancer cells in the blood. What I found interesting about this technique was the approach used. They “they throw away all the cells they know everything about” and focus on what remains. They are looking for the anomalies and what they mean.

Inkjet technology applied to medicine

D300.pngA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see the leveraging of existing inkjet technology into a new industry. The Hewlett-Packard (HP) D300 Digital Dispenser uses the same very precise fluid injection techniques used in inkjet heads for the creation of drug compounds. This tedious, time consuming and manual process can now automated and performed more precisely.


This is an example that even technologies that organizations have been using for decades can be applied in new ways in other fields to generate value. Innovation can come from many places in many forms.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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