Monthly Archives: January 2012

Virginia is for (Science) Lovers

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In Albemarle County, Virginia, the public school division is debuting a Health and Medical Sciences Academy this fall. Public high school students throughout the county will apply for a four-year program with a curricular concentration on skill sets that will serve state and national needs in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and research industries. In the following guest blog post, Dr. Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, discusses this innovative program and offers insight Read More >

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Reviewing the drug class of 2011

The drug class of 2011 was larger than the past few graduating classes. We count over 30 new “innovative” drugs found among the list of FDA approvals last year. This is in contrast to the 20-something range of the past few years. On the list are some clear breakthrough treatments and a few glimpses of “the future of biotech”. The specific drugs are listed further below, but first a big picture view: Ten of the approvals were for biologics, Read More >

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2012 BIO International Convention to Highlight Breakthroughs

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2012 BIO International Convention to Highlight Breakthroughs in Healing, Fueling, and Feeding the World The BIO International Convention Program Committee recently selected 125 thought-provoking and timely sessions among 13 educational tracks. The 2012 tracks include: Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance; Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals; Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer; Business Development; Drug Discovery and Development; Finance; Food and Agriculture; Global Innovation and Markets; Health Policy and Reimbursement; Innovations in Vaccines; International Case Studies; Manufacturing of Read More >

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Venture Capital increases in 2011, but…

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has released their 4Q 2011 numbers for biotech venture financing in the US. The report echoes the global numbers already out from BioCentury and BioWorld – a boost in investment for 2011. The take away, however, is not the total amount, but 1) the drop in the total number of biotech deals, and 2) the drop in start-up, early-stage deals from 2010. The total number of deals near 447 was down Read More >

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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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