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The Importance of Encouraging Adult Vaccination This Fall

William Schaffner

As National Immunization Awareness Month ends and flu season approaches, many adults around the country are making plans to get their annual influenza vaccine.  In recent years, awareness of the need for influenza vaccination among adults has increased, however, immunization rates among US adults to prevent other vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) is still well below current public health goals.  While getting an influenza vaccine is a great first step, we still have a long way to Read More >

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Preview: AUTM U.S. Licensing Survey: FY2011

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We’ve seen compelling evidence recently about the positive impact of university licensing activity. As we learned from “The Economic Contributions of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2010,” a report released by BIO in June, university/nonprofit licensing supported as many as 3 million “person years of employment.” Now there is even more good news to share. AUTM publishes a report of academic licensing activity at the end of each year for the prior fiscal year. Read More >

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Empowering You to Make a Difference in Health Care Policy

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Access to medicines. Healthcare reform. Innovation. These issues are critical to the health of Americans — and the Campaign for Modern Medicines is working on them every day. The Campaign for Modern Medicines is a coalition of non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals from across the country who believe that a vibrant community of empowered advocates can make a real impact on the policy decisions that will improve our health. With the support of our partners, Read More >

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Sequestration Will Be Devastating to the Cure Enterprise

Margaret Anderson

For months, the defense industry has taken the Hill and media outlets by storm detailing the potentially catastrophic impact “sequestration” will have on national security, defense jobs, and our economy. The “S” word stands for automatic spending cuts that will take into effect if Congress does not reach a budget agreement to reduce the deficit by the end of the year. Members of Congress have expressed concern over the potential cuts to defense programs, and even Read More >

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MJFF’s Innovative, New Funding Program Addresses the Entire Therapeutic Pipeline

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To date, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has funded over $297 million in research, $77 million of which has been awarded to more than 160 unique, industry-led projects. In June 2012, MJFF announced its newest funding mechanism, the Therapeutic Pipeline Program (TPP), which combines MJFF’s previous Therapeutics Development Initiative (TDI), Repositioning Drugs for PD, and Clinical Intervention Awards (CIA) programs into a single, streamlined funding opportunity.  Open to both industry and academic Read More >

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