CRF Health names Medtronic vet as COO; Big Pharma buying up iPads;

> CRF Health, a Plymouth Meeting, PA-based provider of electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO) products for life sciences firms, has named John Larson as its new chief operating officer. Larson was previously head of global services in the surgical technologies group at Medtronic Inc. ($MDT). CRF release

> GenoLogics announced an updated version of its laboratory information management system software that is, among other upgrades, pre-configured to be integrated with Illunina's ($ILMN) next-generation genomic sequencing systems. GenoLogics release

> Expressor Software and LabVantage Solutions have agreed to collaborate on providing data integration technology for laboratories, which face the challenge of pulling together data from research instruments, information systems and other sources. Release

> A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs initiative called the Million Veteran Program aims to consolidate genetic, lifestyle, military exposure and other information on veterans into a single database for health research. Release

> Reno, NV-based Visual Healthcare Corp. ($VSHC) has agreed to work with Syngenics Life Sciences Software to sell second-generation lab automation applications, with plans for a social media feature that enables scientists from around the world to exchange ideas. Release

> Computerworld writes that Big Pharma companies are scooping up Apple iPads at a rapid pace for their sales representatives, who are under pressure to find ways to differentiate themselves and pitch doctors in a short amount of time. Story