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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is a great opportunity to recognize the importance of vaccination. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, reminds us that safe and effective immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Immunizations are important because they not only protect the person receiving the vaccine, but Read More >

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BIO Releases Largest Study Ever on Clinical Development Success Rates

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On Wednesday, BIO released the largest ever study of clinical development success rates. The study, conducted in partnership with Amplion and Biomedtracker, recorded and analyzed 9,985 clinical and regulatory phase transitions, across 1,103 companies. Using clinical trial data from the past decade, “Clinical Development Success Rates 2006-2015” compares groups of diseases, drug modalities and other attributes to generate the most comprehensive analysis, to date, of biopharmaceutical R&D success. “This study provides a wealth of information about drug development success rates Read More >

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

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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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Improving Oncology Clinical Trials

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The 18th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference kicked off with a panel focused on oncology therapeutics. A group of clinical trial experts gathered Monday morning in New York to discuss how to improve success in drug development. In particular, they explored alternative models for clinical trial design to reach higher success rates. As a lead-in to the challenge faced, preliminary data from BIO and BioMedTracker was presented on clinical development success rates [here, and upcoming data here]. The key takeaway: the most recent decade of data shows oncology Read More >

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2015 FDA Approvals: Highest Levels in Over a Decade

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2015 was a blockbuster year for FDA approvals of novel new medicines, many of them for serious and life-threatening conditions. As Dr. John Jenkins of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) notes in a recent blog post, “During this past year, we approved many new drugs to treat various forms of cancer, including four to treat multiple myeloma, and others to treat lung, skin, breast, brain, colorectal, and other cancers. We also Read More >

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