Author Archive: Tracy Cooley

Tracy Cooley

Tracy serves as the Director of Events Communications and handles all communications for BIO’s events and emerging company policy issues. She loves blogging and podcasting on all things biotech and believes in the great potential of the industry, looking for every opportunity to spread the message far and wide. Nearly everyone in her family is a golfer, and as such, she has what many people have called a “natural” swing. Sometimes she even hits the ball. Tracy just finished her ninth marathon, and has nearly mastered the skill of one-foot-in-front-of-the-other (usually, sometimes the laces get in the way). The joy of her life is her five-year-old daughter Josephine.

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World Diabetes Day: Get the Facts

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Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day and advocacy organizations around the world are focused on raising awareness for prevention and treatment options. How prevalent is diabetes? According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, there are more than 25 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, which includes more than 18 million people who have been diagnosed and an estimated seven million people who have not yet been diagnosed. Nearly 80 million Read More >

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A Start-Up Model Worthy of Consideration

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Biotech LLCs are getting a lot of attention lately, and perhaps rightfully so. The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Gormley recently talked to Albert L. Sokol, a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer, about the two venture-backed biotechs – Forma Therapeutics and Viamet Pharmaceuticals – that he helped convert to LLCs. In the WSJ article – Biotech Start-Ups See Benefits from Changing Structure, Lawyer Says – Sokol describes the benefits to start-ups and their venture investors, as Read More >

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Amgen Hosts Science without Borders Students

From left, Israel Matos, Dayanne Castro, Felipe Coelho, Marina Santos, Felipe de Oliveira, and Danillo Oliveira are participating in the Science Without Borders Program as summer interns at Amgen.

This year, Amgen is hosting six Science without Borders undergraduate interns at its Thousand Oaks, California headquarters. The Science without Borders program is a Brazilian scholarship program that seeks to train 101,000 students and researchers in top universities worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by 2014. The Amgen internship program will provide students with a unique opportunity to experience the biotechnology industry. There was considerable interest in the programme with a high Read More >

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Vertex Scientist Inspires Students with Aha! Moments

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As a senior research scientist in protein biochemistry at Vertex, Bryan Vought, PhD, can measure his career as a series of ‘aha moments.’ “What is missing in the classroom is the thrill of these moments, when you know you have discovered something truly spectacular… these moments are the essence of exciting science,” said Dr. Vought. “Science in the classroom is akin to a foreign language course, they have to learn the language before they can Read More >

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Brazil Reaches Beyond Borders to Strengthen STEM Education

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The Brazilian government has set an aggressive goal: To train 101,000 Brazilian students and researchers in top universities worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by 2014. Launched in 2011, the Science without Borders program is a Brazilian scholarship program, primarily funded by the government of Brazil, that seeks to strengthen and expand science and technology initiatives, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. Brazilian students and Read More >

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