Monthly Archives: June 2011

Casting Call for “Rare Disease Chasers” – A New Reality TV Series

Are you a medical expert who works on finding, diagnosing and treating people with rare diseases? Are you interested in starring on a reality TV series? The executive management of the Global Healthy Living Foundation launched a nation-wide search for physicians, researchers and other medical experts who may be interested in starring in a show called “Rare Disease Chasers” on The Learning Channel (TLC) network. The series will follow a team of medical experts each Read More >

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‘Gene Patents’ Stifle Research?

'Gene Patents' Stifle Research?

The Federal Trade Commission has noted that “concern previously centered on the belief that biotechnology patent protection was too strong” and “would actually obstruct commercialization on new products, thereby hindering follow-on innovation.  This problem has yet to materialize.  The reasons for this are numerous and are often straightforward matters of basic economics. In addition to licensing being widely available, researchers make use of a variety [of] strategies to develop working solutions to the problem of Read More >

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Intellectual Property problems for personalized medicine

Amid growing interest in personalized medicine that stands to provide patients with better care at reduced costs, legal battles over gene patents ensue, threatening the viability of widespread implementation. On this topic authors Jennifer Gordon, Steve Lendaris and Anna Volftsun (layers at Baker Botts LLP) wrote a very interesting opinion article for The Scientist on the topic. They also examine the barriers to personalized medicine, including a pending decision in the Myriad Genetics case, and Read More >

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Podcast: Melinda Moree, CEO of BIO Ventures for Global Health

BIO Ventures for Global Health, together with BIO, is co-host of the upcoming Partnering for Global Health Forum at the BIO International Convention. Moree discusses the Forum and the importance of partnering to improving the health of people in developing countries. Download the podcast

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Podcast: Dr. Augustus White on the Diversity Summit in Washington, DC

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Dr. Augustus White is author of “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care” and a pioneer in equitable care. Dr. White will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s Diversity Summit at the 2011 BIO International Convention in Washington, D.C. Download the podcast

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