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How BioGENEius Led Me To Discover My Passion for Biotechnology

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As a wide-eyed 15-year old, I presented my research on epigenetics to an eminent panel of Ph.Ds. The setting was the BioGENEius Challenge alongside the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. The participation and the recognition for my work during the Convention in Atlanta ignited my passion for a career in biotechnology. I have always aspired to be a change-maker making an enduring impact on society. I found a purposeful pathway in biotechnology through the Read More >

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More Than 90 Patient Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Patients and Innovation

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Today, the Epilepsy Foundation and a diverse group of more than 90 advocacy organizations submitted a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urging Congress to maintain a strong and secure patent system that encourages investments in innovative treatments and devices as it considers comprehensive patent reform. Together, our organizations represent millions of individuals waiting for the next breakthrough treatment, and hopefully, cure. Without strong patents, many innovative ideas will not make it from the Read More >

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TSC Global Awareness Day

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On May 15, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) will join tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) organizations around the world to observe the fourth annual TSC Global Awareness Day.  On this day, thousands of individuals and families affected by TSC will join together to increase public awareness of the rare disease and share their stories of hope for the future. This year’s TSC Global Awareness Day will feature a social media campaign called #IAMTSC, which will Read More >

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April is Donate Life Month! Walk with the National Kidney Foundation on May 16!

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The need for organ donations continues to increase in America. Of the over 123,600 Americans on the national organ transplant waitlist, over 101,900 await a life-saving kidney. Many organ donors give the gift of life to a family member or friend with whom they are medically compatible. However, there are some truly special people who give simply because they can and the need is so great. Bill Singleton is one of those people. Singleton is Read More >

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Coalition Offers a Remedy for Stagnated Clinical Trials

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Promising new clinical trial data offers fresh hope for the families of Alzheimer’s patients.  A new medication seems to be slowing the disease’s progress, limiting the cognitive decline that characterizes this “long goodbye.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful for patients suffering other diseases to have equally encouraging prospects? But many do not. Part of the problem lies with clinical trials.  For a new medication to receive FDA approval, it must undergo comprehensive testing on actual patients.  Read More >

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