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What Will It Take for the U.S. to Maintain Leadership in the Biopharma Industry?

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The biopharmaceutical industry is an important contributor to U.S. economic growth and sustainability, with more than 650,000 direct jobs (supporting a total of nearly 4 million jobs) and an economic output that totals more than $900 billion.[i] This significant economic impact is due to the high value-added nature of the sector, its extensive supply chain relationships, and high-wage jobs. As a result, gains and losses in the biopharmaceutical sector cascade across many important economic sectors Read More >

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Creating a Preparedness Plan: A Good Investment

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No one thinks that their company may be affected by a flood, earthquake or other disaster, but with 43 natural disasters in 2011 (Emergency Events Database search on 2011 US based disasters. http://www.emdat.be/advanced-search. Accessed September 15, 2012.) directly affecting millions in the United States, and projections for more for the next few years, more and more small businesses are being seriously impacted.  While many small biotech company owners think disruptions won’t happen to their business, Read More >

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Childhood Cancer Groups Join Forces to Train Childhood Cancer Leaders

Kathleen Ruddy and Maureen Lilly

Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States today. Each year, about 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer—more than a schoolroom of children every day. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., and our organizations are drawing attention to these devastating diseases by training advocates to take action to change the future for children with cancer. While the five-year survival rates of some childhood cancers have improved, Read More >

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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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