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Silk Improves Vaccine Longevity

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Who doesn’t love the feel of silk fabric? Dresses, ties, sofa upholstery- you name it, we can’t keep our hands off it. You may have also heard that silk is an excellent surgical material for sutures, bandages, and implants. But did you know that our favorite fiber may not only patch up the world, but heal it as well? Here’s the problem we face: Many vaccines need to be kept cold in order to work Read More >

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FDA Safety and Innovation Act: A Step Forward for Patients With Rare Diseases

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By Peter L. Saltonstall, President and CEO, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) includes the most groundbreaking measures for rare disease patients and their families since the Orphan Drug Act of 1983.  And, just as the rare disease patient community—with NORD as its unifying voice—played a major role in the Orphan Drug Act, NORD and rare disease patients have taken a leadership role in developing Read More >

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Vaccines Beyond 2012

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Each year, approximately 1.7 million children die from a vaccine-preventable disease, and the vast majority of these deaths occur in developing countries. This BIO 2012 session, moderated by Peg Willingham of the United Nations Foundation, addressed various ways industry can help increase access to life-saving vaccines for children and adults in resource-poor countries. The thoughts of a few of the speakers on the panel for this session are summarized below. The panelists suggested that for Read More >

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The Cause Endures

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By David Welch, M2 MultiMedia Communications In producing this short form mini-documentary, I learned that neither the conservatives who tried always to make Senator Ted Kennedy the poster child of all that was liberal nor the die-hard liberals who adored his every move had him quite right. This is especially true when examining his aggressive pursuit of his lifelong cause to improve the health of patients. It was a cause that propelled him into an Read More >

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Implementing the WHO PIP Framework – Industry’s Role & Outlook

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In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework after nearly five years of contentious negotiations. As noted by Anne Huvos, WHO Secretariat, the two objectives of the PIP Framework are: (1) to improve sharing of influenza viruses with human pandemic potential; and (2) to achieve more predictable, efficient, and equitable access to benefits, such as vaccines and antiviral medicines, during future pandemics. The subject of a session at Read More >

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