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Fighting Blindness through Sound Investments in Research

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Since 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised more than half a billion dollars in support of its mission to put an end to retinal diseases. Those diseases affect more than 10 million Americans at risk of vision impairment, legal blindness or total blindness. Because age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the diseases we target, is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55, and because the Baby Boomer population is aging, that number Read More >

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Uniting To Accelerate Pediatric Medicine

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Drug companies inherently absorb significant risk when developing compounds and biologics for clinical use. A recent article suggests that only one out of every 12 drugs that enters clinical trials succeeds and the cost of a drug successfully reaching the market now exceeds an average of $5 billion when you add up the cost of all those that failed along the way. For many indications, such as Alzheimer’s and autism, the need for new treatments Read More >

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“Should the USPTO allow the patenting of living organisms?”

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Most people associate patents with mechanical or electronic devices, new chemical substances, intricate machines or other inanimate things. The notion that patents are also available for living things may be puzzling at first. A patent is a form of property right that allows its owner a certain measure of control over how others may make, use or sell the patented invention. Surely the inventor of e.g. a new gyroscope sensor (like those used in Segway Read More >

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CTTI: Use of Central IRBs in Multi-Center Trials to Streamline Clinical Research

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Multi-center clinical trials can provide high-quality, statistically-sound evidence to answer medical questions. Earlier this year, the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) launched a new tool and provided recommendations to improve the efficiency and quality of multi-center clinical trials. Typically, each participating center submits the study protocol to its institutional review board (IRB). Thus in a multi-center trial, the same protocol is submitted to as many IRBs as there are sites. The process of multiple reviews Read More >

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Prosensa’s IPO and the Value of the BIO Investor Forum

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Prosensa (NASDAQ: RNA) is a Dutch biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of RNA-modulating therapeutics for the treatment of genetic disorders. Our primary focus is on rare neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders with a large unmet medical need, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy and Huntington’s disease. We completed an IPO onto NASDAQ in June of this year. Prior to last year’s BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco, we were still in the very Read More >

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