Author Archive: Stephen Marmaras

Stephen Marmaras was a Coordinator for Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics, and Diagnostics Policy at BIO.

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BIO’s New Personalized Medicine and Diagnostics Working Group

Researcher

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) represents a diverse portfolio of companies throughout the continuum of personalized medicine. These companies include those that develop therapeutic and diagnostic products, as well as research tools companies that drive innovation in this area. With broad member representation from across the drug, biologic, diagnostic and research tool industries, BIO is uniquely positioned to serve as industry’s key voice on personalized medicine issues. As part of an effort to better utilize Read More >

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CDC Hosts Briefing on Adolescent Vaccination Coverage

Dr. Melinda Wharton

On August 25th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a briefing on adolescent vaccination coverage. The briefing featured comments by Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC. While immunization rates for tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and meningococcal vaccine saw double digit increases, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates increased just slightly. In her remarks, Dr. Wharton emphasized the CDC’s disappointment in the poor adoption of the HPV vaccine. The Read More >

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Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

On August 25th the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a consensus report titled “Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality”. The independent panel researched adverse effects associated with eight common childhood vaccines. The panel found there are no links between vaccines and autism or Type 1 diabetes and rarely connections to other adverse events. The IOM makes the following conclusions from the report: “The committee finds that evidence convincingly supports a causal relationship between some vaccines Read More >

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