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Convention Countdown…6 Months Away

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Before we all get overwhelmed with the holiday season madness, don’t forget the 2013 BIO International Convention is only six months away! And while that may seem like plenty of time to get ready for Convention, April and Chicago will be here before we know it. This week, both housing and registration opened which is a perfect reminder to start looking in to travel plans for the windy city. And before you book that flight, Read More >

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eAdvocacy Summit Brings Together More Than 130 Groups

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BIO’s mission is to champion biotechnology issues by advocating for policies that will enable the realization of breakthrough products to cure disease, feed the hungry, and clean our environment. Fortunately, we are not alone – our many alliance and advocacy partners share our goal. When smart, like-minded people get together, good things tend to happen. That’s why I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s eAdvocacy Summit here in Washington, DC. The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) and Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum – Raring to Go: The Race to Treat Ultra-Rare Diseases

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The signing of FDASIA by President Obama in July reinforces the country’s commitment to fostering innovation for rare diseases. With a record 460 medicines in late-stage clinical trials, biopharmaceutical companies have embraced rare disease medicine and are rapidly developing the pipeline. In anticipation of an even more compelling opportunity, many companies are taking a step beyond and focusing on ultra rare diseases. Last week’s 11th Annual BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco hosted a panel, Raring Read More >

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BIO Technology Transfer Symposium: Funding that First $2 Million

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With creative funding schemes picking up steam and nontraditional funders taking an interest in biotech, what can universities and start-ups expect in their right first-round financing structure? At the BIO Technology Transfer Symposium, a panel examined various funding sources as well as the factors that influence investment decisions and the ins and outs of early stage financing deals. William Tucker, executive director, Innovation Alliances and Services, University of California Office of the President, moderated a Read More >

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Cancer Stem Cell Therapy: Real Or Just Hype?

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Also known as tumor-initiating cells, cancer stem cells (CSC) have unique capability endemic to stem cells of self-renewal and differentiation, thereby causing tumor relapse and/or metastatis. While traditional cancer treatments focus on tumor shrinkage, it’s a distinct possibility that these agents do not effectively destroy all of the CSCs, causing the tumor to reappear. The CSC theory is relatively new, so the treatment pipeline is still in its early stages. Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad, a contributor to Read More >

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