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Alzheimer’s Disease “Robs You of Everything”

Alzheimer’s Disease “Robs You of Everything”

George Hendrick and his wife, Mary Lee, experienced the typical highs and lows of parenthood as they raised nine children in New Lenox, a south suburb of Chicago. After the couple’s nest was nearly empty, in what was supposed to be their golden years, George was told he had memory and thinking problems, and later, Alzheimer’s disease. George’s long tenure as a Will County police officer was cut short. He could no longer carry a gun, and Read More >

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Venture Capital Trends

Venture Capital Trends

With industry data and numbers, results are always a mixed bag, says David Thomas, BIO’s Director of Industry Research & Analysis – and the latest on venture capital trends is no exception. In the U.S., biotech VC funding is flat, and start-up money is drying up. According to the National Venture Capital Association (NCVA), U.S. VC funding for biotech fell to $4.1 billion in 2012 (figure 1). This 17% drop was greater than the 10% Read More >

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Biomedical R&D in the 21st Century

Dale Edgar

Reflecting back upon my career,  I recognize the importance academic-industry research partnerships played in shaping my philosophy as a scientist and research leader.  Something deeply fulfilling happens when basic and applied scientists ally, and our individual passion to make a difference in the life of a patient merges into a community effort. We are moving ever closer to solving some of the toughest biomedical challenges of our time.  But this is also an era of Read More >

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#BIO 2013: Open Innovation and Biopharmaceutical R&D

Menelas Pangalos

In these changing times, the concept of Open Innovation is one that we at AstraZeneca have fully embraced. By sharing new ideas and enabling scientific innovation to cross boundaries between companies, academia, government and non-profit organizations, we can accelerate new ideas into innovative medicines. An Open Innovation discussion at BIO I will discuss the importance that AstraZeneca places on Open Innovation today at this year’s BIO International Convention. An interactive session will include a panel discussion and presentations Read More >

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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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