Author Archive: Tracy Cooley

Tracy was the Director of Events Communications and handles all communications for BIO’s events and emerging company policy issues.

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Complexities of Rare Diseases Take the Spotlight at BIO


Global Genes Founder & CEO Nicole Boice opened the BIO 2015 Orphan & Rare Disease Track by addressing a packed session with a simple, powerful statement: “We’re all working to eliminate the challenges of rare diseases, but patients and their advocates aren’t always equipped to fight.” Organizations like Global Genes help families affected by rare disease by connecting them with much needed tools and resources. By better understanding the definition of a “rare” disease, industry Read More >

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Outdated Payments Systems Aren’t Keeping Pace With Medical Innovation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in time between research and the creation of new treatments is a triumph for patients but a challenge for our outdated healthcare delivery system. Our payment systems were constructed to finance medical costs that increased at predictable rates but are now outdated because of the breakthrough medical advances constantly being made.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

Francis Collins, NIH

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


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


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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