RARECast: Tapping the Public to Keep Scientists Current on Rare Disease Research

February 16, 2015

The search for cures for diseases is limited by the ability of scientists to consume and understand the rapidly expanding volumes of biomedical literature produced each year. Andrew Su, associate professor in the department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, has a solution. He wants to enlist members of the rare disease community and general public to become citizen scientists and pour through biomedical journals to help find connections and identify research in one area that may shed light on another. We spoke to Su about his project Mark2Cure, the role crowdsourcing can play in accelerating rare disease research, and why members of the rare disease community may better suited for elucidating important findings than supercomputers.



About Daniel Levine

DSL MUG-10-010Daniel S. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Levine most recently served as managing director of publications for Burrill & Company, a global financial services firm focused exclusively on the life sciences. There he headed corporate communications, served as editor of The Burrill Report, a monthly digital publication focused on the business of the life sciences, and hosted the publication’s weekly podcast. Since 2011, he’s served as the lead editor and writer of Burrill & Company’s acclaimed annual book on the biotech industry. His work with Burrill & Company began through the firm’s joint venture magazine startup The Journal of Life Sciences, where he led the creation of the publication’s website and served as web editor before advancing to editor.

Prior to joining Burrill & Company, Levine worked as special projects editor for the San Francisco Business Times where he won numerous awards for his coverage of the biotechnology industry. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Industry Standard, TheStreet.com, and other national publications. He is also the founder of the online magazine Disgruntled: The Business Magazine for People who Work for a Living and author of Disgruntled: The Darker Side of the World of Work (Berkley/Boulevard). Prior to that, he served as the San Francisco bureau chief for Adweek magazine. His coverage of the biotechnology industry began at the start of his journalism career while a business reporter at The Oakland Tribune. Before entering journalism, Levine spent five years in the investment banking industry and served as a vice president and general principal of Herbert Young Securities in Great Neck, New York. He holds a bachelor’s in English from Vassar College and a master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.


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