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Archive for September, 2009

Randy's Method of Discovery

September 28th, 2009

We’ve been successful in bringing a number of medical products to market. We thought it might be useful to some to share the way we go about solving problems to produce useful devices and methods.

We consider it important to keep things simple and to avoid, as one former collaborator described it, “paralysis by analysis”. In other words, to avoid getting lost in mountains of minutiae and losing sight of the obvious. I’ve often said, only half in jest, that I protect my ignorance as a pianist protects his hands. By focusing excessively on what has gone before, one sometimes runs the risk of becoming persuaded by the apparent impossibility of certain approaches or being lured by the promise of tantalizing findings leading ultimately down dead end pathways.

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The Sanford Project

September 12th, 2009

The biggest little-known effort to cure type 1 diabetes is called The Sanford Project. The project is a result of T. Denny Sanford’s extraordinary 2007 gift of $400 million to the University of South Dakota and the nonprofit Sioux Valley Medical System (renamed the Sanford Health System). Mr. Sanford made his money in the credit card business and is using his fortune to improve his native Sioux Falls with high quality health care and leading health care research.

Current Research
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