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We believe the first and most fundamental step in deriving solutions that positively impact health at scale is accurately identifying and defining the most critical problems driven by health status. A meaningful understanding of such health problems requires a broad view, one that embraces how questions of science, technology, and medicine are tied inextricably to economic, policy, and social realities.

Notes on Engineering Health, January 2023: This Text Was NOT Written by AI

Jonathan Friedlander, PhD
Geoffrey W. Smith

Jonathan Friedlander, PhD & Geoffrey W. Smith

January 30, 2023

The subject du jour is undeniably the emergence and rapid progress of generative AI models such as ChatGPT. While a lot has already been written on the topic, both by humans and robots, the increasing role of AI…

Notes on Engineering Health, December 2022: ICYMI 2022 Edition

Jonathan Friedlander, PhD
Geoffrey W. Smith

Jonathan Friedlander, PhD & Geoffrey W. Smith

December 30, 2022

As is now a tradition, our last missive of the year is for us an opportunity to reflect on the topics we covered in our Notes on Engineering Health during 2022 and see if any updates are in order.

We do not count often enough the blessings public health has brought to the world in general and the US in particular. Public health’s greatest successes in the 21st century include things like…

We’d be remiss not to feature in this month’s newsletter a recent positive development at the firm. Specifically, last week we announced the closing of our fourth fund, totaling $300 million in commitments…

Notes on Engineering Health, September 2022: Nature, Nurture, & Good Luck

Jonathan Friedlander, PhD
Geoffrey W. Smith

Jonathan Friedlander, PhD & Geoffrey W. Smith

September 29, 2022

The role of scientists, and biologists in particular, has been to describe possible futures, predict the likeliest path to get there (through deterministic models, for example), confront the reality of where those paths actually lead, then revise their hypotheses and carry on…