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Resolve to Know More During National Infertility Awareness Week®

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Did you know that 1 in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility? This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Having infertility can feel embarrassing and isolating, but you can help your friends feel less misunderstood and alone by resolving to know more about infertility this week, during National Infertility Awareness Week®. This year marks the Read More >

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BIO Expands its Statement of Ethical Principles

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Last year marked the 20th Anniversary of the BIO International Convention. In her keynote as the newly elected Chair of BIO, Rachel King emphasized BIO members’ commitment to delivering bigger lifesaving and life changing breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and energy. “Delivering breakthroughs is at the heart of who we are,” King said in her speech, while also noting the need to effectively convey BIO’s message. “As we work to deliver breakthroughs … we must work Read More >

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The International Myeloma Foundation Pioneers Myeloma Awareness Month

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Years ago, after much frustration over the lack of understanding and awareness of multiple myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) declared March as “Myeloma Awareness Month” and has grown its program into a multifaceted campaign. This year’s program included a kickoff live event, free teleconference, new website, social media, local proclamations, and “Myeloma Awareness Month” kits for the more than 150 IMF support groups across the country. At the start of the month, IMF launched Read More >

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Gene Patent Questions Remain: USPTO Issues Examiner Guidelines

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The new Patent Office guidance, issued March 4, extends the Supreme Court’s legal logic into areas that were neither mentioned nor decided in the Myriad case itself. Myriad went to the Supreme Court exclusively on the question whether human genes are patentable. And human genetic diagnostic testing was the only context in which the Supreme Court thought about this question. The Supreme Court also acknowledged that it is not a scientific expert, and perhaps recognized Read More >

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Immuno Oncology – A 30-year Overnight Success Story

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“It was the Rodney Dangerfield space – couldn’t get no respect” One would never guess those words were used to describe immuno-oncology, a field that has recently bloomed into full-fledged frenzy – with private companies raising unprecedented Series As, impressive data being announced and Science designating the field “Breakthrough of the Year” all in 2013. Yet Dr. Jeffrey Weber, an early member in the “i-onc” research community likened the past several decades of immuno-oncology to Read More >

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