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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Outdated Payments Systems Aren’t Keeping Pace With Medical Innovation

Ensuring Patient Access to Innovative Medicine

We are experiencing an era of rapid medical progress thanks to the accelerated pace at which new breakthroughs are being uncovered. The compression in time between research and the creation of new treatments is a triumph for patients but a challenge for our outdated healthcare delivery system. Our payment systems were constructed to finance medical costs that increased at predictable rates but are now outdated because of the breakthrough medical advances constantly being made. The Read More >

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NIH Director Francis Collins Opens Day Two at BIO International Convention

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What happens when a hotel loses Francis Collins’ room reservation late on the eve before he is scheduled to speak at the BIO International Convention? He finds a way around the barriers and still manages to inspire, entertain and impress the masses the very next morning. Which may help describe his approach to personalized medicine to overcome barriers and surpass expectations. Collins shared his vision for transforming the practice of medicine through personalized medicine with Read More >

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Expanding the Role of Patients in Drug Development

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Working alongside scientists, universities, and biotech companies, patients and patient organizations have the ability to play a critical role in the search for treatments and cures for chronic and deadly diseases.  As part of the 5th authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V), the Food and Drug Administration made a commitment to more systematically gather patients’ perspectives on their condition and the available therapies in order to incorporate these findings into their Read More >

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BIO 2015 Kicks Off: Patient-Focused Drug Development Key Theme of Day One

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The BIO International Convention kicked off in Philadelphia today with a strong emphasis on patient-focused drug development as a seismic shift in the way drugs are developed and delivered. The luncheon keynote featured a discussion with News Anchor and Journalist Tom Brokaw interviewed by BIO’s Jim Greenwood, in which Brokaw shared his experience and perspective as a patient. Brokaw recently authored a book about his experiences as a Multiple Myeloma patient – A Lucky Life Interrupted. Read More >

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New Study: 340B Entities Not Using the Program as Intended

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A new analysis released by Avalere Health and funded by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) found hospitals participating in the 340B drug pricing program were more likely to acquire independent physician practices than non-340B hospitals. This study looks beyond past research on hospital acquisitions, which largely focused on the higher costs associated with the acquisition of physician practices, to the likelihood of acquisitions among 340B and non-340B entities. This research provides Read More >

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