Author Archive: Abigail Hirsch

Abigail Hirsch

Abigail is the Director of Events Communications at BIO. Although she has lived in the Washington, DC, area for nearly eight years, she still considers Virginia Beach home, especially with her parents and closest friends still in the area. According to Abigail, there is nothing better than sitting on the beach with a good book and cold drink. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting antique stores, finishing her twin sister Brooke’s sentences and spending time with her two boys, Frank her English bulldog, and JP her soon-to-be husband. Check back often for updates, Abigail’s take on BIO related events, and much more. And please, be kind, this is her first venture in to the blogging world!

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Approval for AIDS Vaccine at Canadian University

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The Food and Drug Administration has given Canadian researchers approval to test a vaccine for HIV/AIDS on humans. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario are hopeful that with further tests, a vaccine could be on the market in about five years. Similar to the approaches used to develop vaccines for polio, influenza, rabies and hepatitis A, the vaccine is the first based on a genetically modified, killed whole virus and is the only HIV Read More >

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Opportunity or Apocalypse? Prophecies for 2012

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On day two of the BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco, Calif., attendees were eager to participate in the Closing Plenary. Historically, this session draws the biggest crowd of the conference and this year was no exception. Speaking to a packed audience, with standing room only, the panelists engaged in a lively discussion about the state of the industry and what is in the cards for 2012. Both Bryan Roberts, PhD, Partner, Venrock and Matthew Read More >

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Resistance is Futile – SuperDrugs for SuperBugs

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“MRSA’s kill 100,000 people a year, more than AIDS,” said Mark Leuchetenberger, President and CEO, Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. With new superbugs on the rise and new superdrugs continuing to decline, the antibacterial drug discovery market is anyone’s for the taking. Attendees of the 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum participating in the Infectious Disease Therapeutic Workshop heard from an engaging panel that seemed to agree the economics of this category are driven by two things: society expects Read More >

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BIO Convention rookie no longer

2011 BIO International Convention Exhibition

As the saying goes, there is nothing quite like learning on the job and no truer words could be spoken about my experience with this year’s BIO International Convention. Having joined the Communications Department less than two months prior to the largest event of the year, my start date was in the height of Convention preparation. Each day at the office was consumed by learning, retaining and contributing as much as possible to the Convention Read More >

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Get Active at the 2011 BIO International Convention

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According to the American College of Sports Medicine, Washington, DC tops the ranks of the fittest cities in the nation. With the 2011 BIO International Convention quickly approaching, BIO hopes visitors will get active.  From the BIO 5K Run/Walk to the BIO Golf Outing (both hosted by Novo Nordisk Inc) to the various outdoor activities right at our fingertips in the nation’s capital, attendees are encouraged to get outside and take advantage of all the Read More >

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