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Daniel Seaton

Daniel Seaton is BIO's Director for Health Communications, where he handles communications on public policy issues affecting members of BIO's health and emerging company sections. Prior to joining BIO in August 2013, he spent four years in communications at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The best part of his job is educating audiences about the many benefits the bioscience industry produces for patients, consumers, and the economy as a whole. Daniel enjoys hiking, camping, and, when he can find a game, playing bridge. Having grown up in New Mexico, one of his favorite foods is roasted green chile. He has a Master's degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.

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Morning Consult: Medicare’s Flawed Part B Drug Experiment Could Harm Patients


In today’s Morning Consult, the Community Oncology Alliance’s Rose Gerber has an excellent piece detailing the potential harm to patients posed by the Medicare Part B demonstration proposed by CMS last month: For Medicare patients, the impacts of CMS’s experiment could be dire. Reducing reimbursement to patients’ physicians to the level proposed would make it impossible for many providers to offer the most clinically effective treatment options to patients – forcing patients to forego prescribed Read More >

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Judd Gregg: Biodefense Funding Is Crucial to National Security


Writing in the Morning Consult, former Senator Judd Gregg explains critical role of federal programs in preparing our nation for viral outbreaks and other biohazards that threaten to cause devastating harm to our national security. Because there is no commercial market for medical countermeasures to respond to attacks from chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threats, in 2004 Congress passed the Project BioShield Act, which created the Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund (SRF) to incentivize research Read More >

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JAMA Study Finds Vast Majority of Requests for Clinical Trial Data Granted


In 2014, BIO members reaffirmed and broadened their commitment to responsibly share data from clinical trials with other researchers, including academic and government researchers, in an effort to support additional efforts to improve public health. A JAMA study released yesterday shows that biopharmaceutical companies are keeping that commitment, approving the vast majority of requests for patient-level data from clinical trials. The study looked at three platforms containing clinical trial data from 14 drug companies. Of Read More >

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ICYMI: John Lechleiter: An Empty Obama-Clinton-Sanders Plan on Drug Costs

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Writing in the Wall Street Journal today, Eli Lilly and Company Chairman, President and CEO John Lechleiter examines proposals that would require pharmaceutical companies to disclose detailed information about the cost of R&D for individual drugs and the extent of discounts offered to insurers for each drug. Such proposals have been advanced in President Obama’s budget and on the campaign trail by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. But as Lechleiter explains, the key numbers are Read More >

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The Guardian: Global defence system to fight virus threats urgently needed


Fresh on the heels of the recent Ebola epidemic, the current Zika virus threat has many asking what to better prepare for such infectious disease outbreaks. Writing in The Guardian, Trevor Mundel of the Gates Foundation and Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust have some suggestions: A healthy body has three essential systems for staying that way. There is physical fitness, building resilience against threats. There is the brain, to spot danger and take action. Read More >

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