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Ebola Outbreak Highlights Value of Cures

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Forbes recently published an op-ed comparing the outbreak and spread of the Ebola virus with the value of cures to prevent disease and save lives. The author – Merrill Matthews – is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. Matthews asserts that drug companies are in the business of discovering cures for deadly and debilitating diseases, and need support for expediting research and development by cutting through red tape and Read More >

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Jim Greenwood: Biopharma Answers the Call for Cures

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Recently, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood participated in a roundtable hosted by Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) to discuss new ways to expedite new cures for patients in need. C-SPAN covered the event, which may be viewed below:    Yesterday The Hill published an op-ed by Jim which spells out in more detail one of BIO’s proposals to accelerate new cures and treatments: I propose the development and execution of a large-scale, longitudinal study to Read More >

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Jack the Ripper Mystery May Be Solved through DNA Testing

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Author Russell Edwards and Jari Louhelainen, a molecular biology professor at Liverpool John Moores University claim to have solved the 126-year-old mystery surrounding the identity of Jack the Ripper, which is the pseudonym of a serial killer who murdered at least five women in East London in the late 1800s. Edwards bought a shawl that was found near the body of one of the victims – Catherine Eddowes – at an auction. He then worked Read More >

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The Best Conspiracy Theories Never Die

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The best conspiracy theories never die. They evolve and adapt. They rebuff troublesome facts, plug their ears to common sense and embrace the outliers. There are no aliens at Area 51, Elvis has left the building, Obama was born in the USA – and Jenny McCarthy’s willfully ignorant anti-vaccine campaign has endangered lives. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are Read More >

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Patients Suffering from Gaucher’s Disease Deserve Better

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Gaucher Disease is one of the over 6,000 rare diseases that affect patients worldwide, representing a frontier of unmet medical need [NCATS, NIH]. The challenges for drug development generally—long and costly research and development timelines—are exacerbated by the inherently small patient populations affected by rare diseases. These patients can be difficult to identify and geographically dispersed and their clinical presentation can be quite disparate, complicating the design and recruitment for clinical trials used to determine Read More >

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