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Fighting Prostate Cancer with Immunotherapy

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Advaxis and UC San Francisco join forces to develop and test a range of novel constructs Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, around 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed and 30,000 men die from the disease each year. Cancer immunotherapy offers one promising approach to combating the disease. The University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) and biotechnology Read More >

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RSV Vaccines

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major pathogen in infants, children, and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the U.S., and is now recognized as a major cause of respiratory illness in adults 65 and older. The global disease burden is estimated at 64 Read More >

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Sir Richard Branson Inspires Crowd Cuts Up with Jim Greenwood

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Though Sir Richard Branson clowned from the get-go, BIO CEO Jim Greenwood earned the first great laugh from the BIO 2014 keynote luncheon audience. Having detailed Branson’s swashbuckling entrepreneurship style (more than 400 companies under his Virgin umbrella), as well as adventures attempting world-firsts crossing oceans in boats and balloons, he asked his keynote guest why he’d never started a biotech firm: “Just never had the guts, huh?” challenged Greenwood. Famous for starting a successful Read More >

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Wanted: Tax Policies to Support Innovation

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Innovative small businesses work to advance research, development, and manufacturing of technologies to help solve economic, environmental, and societal challenges. The Coalition of Small Business Innovators is a national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small companies focusing on the development of transformative, life-changing new technologies. Small business innovators are working every day to solve the greatest challenges facing our society – whether it’s finding a cure for cancer, developing Read More >

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De-Mystifying Trade Agreements

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To many people in our industry, international trade agreements may seem like esoteric documents that have little relevance to the day-to-day workings of a research-based, innovative enterprise. After all, aren’t these agreements more about the cross-border trade of big-ticket goods like autos and wheat than they are about new, cutting edge technologies? Well, actually no. Those who have been paying close attention know that these agreements define many of the underlying rules of the road Read More >

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