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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Ebola Drug Gets Nod From FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals to provide an experimental drug to people with confirmed or suspected Ebola virus infections, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. “Our TKM-Ebola drug supplies are limited, but we will continue to help where we can,” Tekmira Chief Executive Mark J. Murray said in a press release. The drug is still in clinical testing to assess whether it is safe and effective. BIO Read More >

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FierceBiotech Names 2014 Fierce 15

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FierceBiotech released their much-anticipated 2014 Fierce 15 list today, their annual list of private biotech upstarts to watch. We’ll be hearing from three of them at next month’s BIO Investor Forum, October 7-8 in San Francisco: Adaptimmune and Sutro Biopharma will be making company presentations, and Editas Medicine CEO Katrine Bosley will participate as a panelist in one of our therapeutic workshops, Gene Therapy Ascending? Today’s Advancements Over Past Hurdles. Here’s the scoop on each, Read More >

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NIFA Addresses Leveraging Research Funding in Animal Biotechnology

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“We do need biotechnology as a tool!” – Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. In his presentation, “Leveraging Research Money in Animal Biotechnology,” Dr. Ramaswamy spoke on finding the nexus between measurable health outcomes and leveraging research funding at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit. “You may have the best technology at your hands but unable Read More >

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A Hungry Person Today Only has One Problem to Solve

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Dr. Richard Raymond, former USDA undersecretary of agriculture for food safety provided the opening keynote for the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit on September 16. In his presentation “Agriculture Needs Safe Technologies to Feed a Growing and Hungry Worlds”, Dr. Raymond discussed the public perception verse the reality of animal agriculture. He opened by commenting on the growing sensationalism exhibited by the media, especially in social media, calling them “noise makers”. “Food scares are easy to Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Company Snapshot: InvivoSciences

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What is your company’s lead product or technology? InvivoSciences, Inc. (IVS) is a leading developer of proprietary human 3D cell/tissue culture models for highly-predictive, multi-parameter phenotypic assays both in pharmacology safety & discovery screening and in personalized and regenerative medicine.  IVS’s Functional 3D tissue models recapitulate the physiological properties of human cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscle and connective tissue.  Application of induced pluripotent technology allows to fabricate tissues in diseased states, e.g., hereditary cardiac diseases, Read More >

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