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Five Oncologists Weigh in on Value Frameworks


Value Frameworks, which attempt to quantify the value of a medicine, have been a hot topic of late, given the recent proliferation of such frameworks and the ongoing debate about the cost and value of medicines. Last month, BIO CEO Jim Greenwood wrote about the critical importance of value frameworks being patient-centric and scientifically rigorous in their methodology. Today, writing in the Oncology Business Review, five oncologists joined the discussion, proposing five principles for value Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Session on Advancing Immuno–Oncology

At the 2016 BIO Investor Forum, the first session held was titled “The Intersection of Inflammation and Immuno-Oncology: Risks and Opportunities.” Moderated by Michael King, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at JMP Securities, panelist included: Jay Venkatesan, MD, President & Director, Alpine Immune Sciences Pablo Cagnoni, MD, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tizona Therapeutics Alex Szidon, PhD, Executive Director, Business Development & Licensing; Head of West Coast Innovation Hub, Merck & Co. Inc. Paul Read More >

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Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Put Insurers’ Practices Under Scrutiny


Reuters reports that UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest insurer, has been sued by three patients who’ve accused the massive insurance conglomerate of significantly over-charging them for co-pays for prescription drugs. The report alleges the co-pays were far in excess of the actual cost of the drug and the insurer kept the difference. According to Reuters: “For example, the lawsuit claims, one class member paid a $50 co-payment for Sprintec, a contraceptive, while UnitedHealth paid the Read More >

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Astellas Expands Advocacy Engagement with Focused Outreach


Astellas recognizes the crucial role that patient groups play in enhancing and extending the lives of patients. Sponsoring events such as the BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit to be held on November 3-4 is a way the Astellas Stakeholder Engagement team is supporting that goal. Astellas’ Stakeholder Engagement team is focused on collaborating with patient advocacy groups with the aim to: build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and influential thought leaders elevate the patient voice Read More >

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Closing the Gender Gap in Biotech through SBIR/STTR Funding


Although progress has been made, there is no denying the biotech industry continues to have a large gender gap. Women hold only 16 percent of the senior management posts at the top pharma companies, and of senior executive positions at emerging companies — the 10 companies that raised most in venture capital A rounds in 2014 — only 12 (17 percent) were filled by women.* The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of Read More >

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