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Natalie Ng wins the International BioGENEius Challenge

Natalie Ng

Today, Cupertino Junior Natalie Ng won the International BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. Natalie’s research in breast cancer and biomarkers helped her stand out from the 13 other finalists from across the U.S., Canada and Australia competing for the Challenge’s top prize, a $7,500 cash award. The winner was named during the 2013 BIO International Convention’s keynote luncheon.  The International BioGENEius Challenges is one of Read More >

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Getting to Know Women in Bio

Getting to Know Women in Bio

We caught up with Women In Bio’s President, Phyllis Dillinger, to learn more about the group’s philosophy, agenda, programming and networking events Tell me about your organization and why it was founded. A few smart, entrepreneurial women in greater Washington, D.C. started Women In Bio in 2002 to meet like-minded women in the biosciences who could provide support for building their businesses. Since then, we’ve expanded our mission to include mentoring, networking and development opportunities Read More >

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Q & A with Eli Lilly’s Eric Siemers

Q+A with Eli Lillys Eric Siemers

In October 2012, Eli Lilly and Company released results of its Expedition trials, two Phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of the anti-amyloid antibody solanezumab, in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Although cognitive decline was slowed in patients with early stage disease in one trial, and there were also positive signs from the other trial, those findings were not statistically significant. But a secondary analysis conducted independently by a panel of academic researchers pooled data from Read More >

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New Challenges in the Fast Changing Landscape of Bioinformatics

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The world of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics has evolved at a staggering pace. In 2009, the biggest problem for researchers was creating an efficient solution for sequencing DNA. At that time, sequencing cost of $100,000 for a single human and took 30 days of chemical processing to produce the raw sequencing output. In four years, DNA sequencing technology has advanced rapidly, outpacing even Moore’s Law. Today, researchers can sequence a whole human genome for about Read More >

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Worldwide Orphan Drug Market to Grow to $127 Billion by 2018

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The 2013 Orphan Drug Report from Evaluate, which launched today at the 2013 BIO international Convention, sheds light on the market dynamics of orphan drugs — pharmaceutical products aimed at rare diseases or disorders — projecting that sales will experience a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2018, nearly double that of the prescription drug market, excluding generics.  The report based on EvaluatePharma® data found that the worldwide orphan drug market Read More >

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