Monthly Archives: August 2011

Behind the Global Stage at BIO

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After more than nine and a half years at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, I joined BIO three months prior to the biggest event of the year, the 2011 BIO International Convention here in Washington, DC.   While that may sound like plenty of time to finish planning the Convention’s programming, coordinating 125 breakout sessions and 800+ speakers, 6 super sessions, 2 keynotes, a Leadership Summit, a Translational Research Forum, Diabetes Forum, Emerging Leaders Read More >

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Vaccinate Adults to Protect Children

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By Jennifer Wider, M.D., Founder/President, medical advisor for the Society for Women’s Health Research Mention the word vaccination and most people think of babies, toddlers and school-age children. But as the fact is, adults also need to be vaccinated (when and where appropriate) to keep themselves and their children safe. Unfortunately, far too many adults overlook these lifesaving measures. According to a recent report conducted by the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit organization in Read More >

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Engineering Food for All

Nearly ninety percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered.

The New York Times published a thoughtful commentary authored by Nina Fedoroff, Penn State professor of biology and former science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State:  Food prices are at record highs and the ranks of the hungry are swelling once again. A warming climate is beginning to nibble at crop yields worldwide. The United Nations predicts that there will be one to three billion more people to feed by midcentury. Yet even Read More >

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Immunization Awareness Month: The importance of recommended vaccinations

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As children prepare to return to school, it is important for them to receive nationally recommended vaccines against diseases such as measles. While reduced incidence of measles in the U.S. has led to widespread complacency about the disease, there were 118 reported cases of measles in this country from January 1 to May 20, 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Measles is a serious disease Read More >

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Non-Communicable Diseases and IP?

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On September 19 and 20, the United Nations meets to potentially adopt a declaration on non-communicable diseases similar to the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.  The diseases of particular focus include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory disease.  Similar to previous UN initiatives around HIV/AIDS, the meeting will focus on developmental, social and economic impacts and other challenges, particularly for developing countries. UN background documents mention IP and it is possible that UN negotiations may Read More >

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