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Achieving Healthcare Sustainability: Can we Move from “Value” to “Predictability”?

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Drug costs are one of largest healthcare concerns across the American political spectrum. But drug costs, pricing, spending and value are not the same thing, panelists emphasized during the BIO International Convention Tuesday afternoon. Session moderator Susan Garfield, principal at EY, challenged herself to refrain from using the term “value,” to foster a discussion about “predictability:” if we can better predict outcomes, can we better allocate healthcare resources? The challenge is that innovation breeds a lot of Read More >

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Shifting CAR-Ts Into a Higher Gear

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After a three-year run-up of mounting excitement over CAR-T therapies comes crunch time. Over the next 12 to 18 months the first couple of leading CAR-T projects could be filed for US approval, and one of them might even secure regulatory go-ahead – if its manufacturer’s expectations are realistic. Some analysts are forecasting blockbuster sales and seeing CAR-T becoming standard therapy in certain relapsed cancers, based on early data that – in certain patients – Read More >

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Virtual Reality Meets the Operating Room: Digital Health Summer Summit Audience Experiences a Live Surgery in VR

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If you thought Virtual Reality was just something to be used at the movies or for gaming, then you need to listen to Dr. Shafi Ahmed.  Ahmed just broadcast his surgery from his operating room in a London hospital to medical students, practitioners and anyone interested in watching. At the 5th annual Digital Health Summer Summit at BIO International Convention, Dr. Ahmed recreated the experience for the audience attendees.  They downloaded an app and used Read More >

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Beyond the Cutting Edge: How to Enable Life Sciences Organizations Today for the Societal Challenges of Tomorrow

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In a super session at the 2016 BIO International Convention, a diverse group of panelists discussed how life sciences companies and organizations can learn to think differently and organize themselves to enable future innovation initiatives. The session, moderated by Rob Wright, chief editor of Life Science Leader magazine, touched on the challenges of fostering unconventional thinking in an environment today in which the development of new medications and other health-related interventions are happening at an Read More >

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FDA Commissioner Califf to Industry at #BIO2016: Talk to Patients

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Industry should work with patients and their advocates to better understand their experiences, what they’re looking for in a therapy, and their tolerance for risk, US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf emphasized during a fireside chat at the BIO International Convention this afternoon. For the past few years FDA has been meeting with patients and patient advocates to better understand their diseases and medical problems and asking them where regulatory efforts should be Read More >

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