Monthly Archives: February 2011

Release of BIO/Biomedtracker Drug Approval Rates Study

BIO and BioMedTracker are pleased to present the findings of their joint clinical trial success rates study.  Using clinical trial data from the past seven years, this analysis examines the most recent probability of success by treatment type, phase of development and therapeutic area. The overall success rate for drugs moving through clinical trials to FDA approval from late 2003 to the end of 2010 is near one in 10, not one in five to one Read More >

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WSJ: “Patent Office to Get a Boost”

An article from the Wall Street Journal regarding the Adminstration’s budget proposal for the Patent Office.  Highlights: WASHINGTON—The Obama administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal 2012 seeks to boost the speed and quality of services of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including through the use of temporary surcharges on patent fees. The Obama administration said the fee surcharge, along with regulatory and legislative reforms, would provide the Patent Office with $2.7 billion in resources in Read More >

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Getting Comparative Effectiveness Research Right Means Making It Patient-Centered

I have had epilepsy since I was fifteen. Back in the 1950s many people—my parents included— believed that my “fits” were caused by a spiritual force. Growing up with this neurological disorder and dealing with the misinformation surrounding its causes and treatment was difficult. My disability also got me kicked out of seminary. Fortunately, since then, the world has changed for the better for those of us with disabilities. It wasn’t until I was a Read More >

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Coexistence Depends on Neighbors

Capital Press wrote an editorial for their February 10 edition about the recent USDA decisions on alfalfa and sugar beets. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has spent the past several months playing Solomon, seeking to split the difference between farmers who want to grow Roundup Ready alfalfa and organic growers who say the crop puts their livelihood at risk.  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently completed a court-ordered environmental impact statement on Roundup Read More >

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Role of Public-Sector Research in the Discovery of Drugs and Vaccines

Interesting article out of the New England Journal of Medicine entitled The Role of Public-Sector Research in the Discovery of Drugs and Vaccines. Findings: We found that during the past 40 years, 153 new FDA-approved drugs, vaccines, or new indications for existing drugs were discovered through research carried out in PSRIs [public-sector research institutions]. These drugs included 93 small-molecule drugs, 36 biologic agents, 15 vaccines, 8 in vivo diagnostic materials, and 1 over-the-counter drug. More Read More >

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