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The Life Sciences Foundation – Telling the Story of Biotechnology

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By the Life Sciences Foundation “If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.” – Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher (1653-1716) Why History Matters Biotechnologists are in the tomorrow business. They strive to innovate, invent, and make progress. They must; survival depends on it. Biotechnologists are future-oriented. Yet, biotechnologists are also steeped in history. They swim in the past, and strive constantly to Read More >

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Fox Trial Finder and You: Use It to Recruit for Your Trials or to Get Involved Yourself!

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From The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research The Michael J. Fox Foundation has launched Fox Trial Finder, a new Web tool that uses state-of-the art technology to connect potential study volunteers with the coordinators of clinical studies that need someone with their specific medical history. The goal is to benefit both study sponsors and patients by getting people into clinical trials and studies faster — speeding the development of new treatments and ultimately a Read More >

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From Despair to Hope, a New World of Treatments

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By David Welch, President and Senior Producer, M2 MultiMedia Communications Tonight, Wednesday March 28 at 9:00 EST, a documentary called From Despair to Hope, A New World of Treatments, will be broadcast on WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.  It is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. For me, producing this program was a yet another profound reminder of the contributions of biotechnology companies that are helping millions of patients throughout the world live hopeful Read More >

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Mayo v. Prometheus: BIO Statement on Supreme Court Decision

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By Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization We are surprised and disappointed in the Court’s decision, which disregarded the considered judgment of the Executive Branch experts and numerous amici such as BIO, who warned about the unintended consequences of attempting to use patent eligibility as a basis to strike down these patents for biomarker-based diagnostic methods. While we are still analyzing the opinion, we are concerned that it introduces new and Read More >

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Sen. Bob Menendez & William Waddill on the Therapeutic Discovery Project

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Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), at the March 6th Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing, emphasizes the effectiveness of the 2010 Therapeutic Discovery Project, the need to extend the program, and asks William Waddill, CFO/SVP of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals to share his company’s success story as a result of receiving an award. Read testimony from Waddill on the importance of capital formation.

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