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Mito What???

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Mitochondrial Disease: The Most Common Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard of… About 20 years ago, mitochondrial disease was virtually unheard of.  Just 10 years ago, it was considered rare. Today, according to NORD, a disease is considered rare when less than 200,000 people are affected.  Mitochondrial disease is not a single disease, but rather an entire umbrella of rare diseases.  For example, Alpers disease and Barth syndrome are very different and rare forms of mitochondrial Read More >

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Playing Detective With Checkpoint Therapies

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Three words are on the lips of everyone following new developments in cancer therapies: checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Simply put, investigators believe they have figured out a way to dismantle the mechanism used by cancer cells to stay hidden from T-cells, a type of specialized immune cell. CTLA-4 is a protein on the surface of T-cells that acts as an “off” switch for the sleuthing T-cells. It signals them to remain in a resting state, kind of like Read More >

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NCATS SBIR Announces Funding For Biotechs and Small Business Technology Development

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The NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is seeking qualified applicants for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. NCATS, which offers $17.6 million annually through these programs, has issued a call for applications for two funding opportunities: Contract funding to support small businesses and venture-backed technology development, due Nov. 5, 2014. Investigator-initiated grant funding,due Dec. 5, 2014. NCATS’ SBIR and STTR programs are engines of innovation Read More >

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Attention to the Need For Private Funding

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – the social media phenomenon in which people post videos of themselves dumping buckets of water on their heads – has swept through social media like wildfire as part of an effort to raise both awareness and funding for ALS research. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s working.  As of Thursday morning, the ALS Association had received $41.8 million from existing donors and more than 739,000 new donors over Read More >

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Jim Greenwood Talks 21st Century Cures with Chairman Fred Upton

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Recently, BIO CEO and President Jim Greenwood sat down with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) to talk about the Committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative, which seeks to “determine what steps we can take to ensure we are taking full advantage of the advances this country has made in science” to speed and improve drug discovery, development and delivery.  This is a bipartisan effort Chairman Upton and the committee are undertaking with the Read More >

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