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Small Business Innovators Talk about Their Emerging Biotech

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Last June, for the first time, the BIO International Convention hosted a special section on the convention floor for early stage startups and small companies to share their biotech innovations. About 50 companies in all made up this Innovation Zone, a space jointly created by BIO, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and foot traffic was heavy. Attendees got first-person accounts of some of the most inventive, potentially transformative Read More >

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Shining A Light on Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US, taking the lives of twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. While a history of smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, nearly 80% of those diagnosed today were never smokers or are former smokers who quit decades ago. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time of reflection for advocates Read More >

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The First-Ever BIO Latin America Conference a Major Success

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The first-ever BIO Latin America Conference was a major success and will become an annual must-attend event for those doing business in the region. Rio de Janeiro, SEPTEMBER 2014 – The 2014 BIO Latin America Conference, held on September 9-11, in Rio de Janeiro, brought together the in-depth expertise vital to the growth of the biotech industry in Latin America, and provided the attendees with networking and programming not available at any other regional gathering. Read More >

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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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