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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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CFO Magazine: On the IPO On-Ramp


CFO Magazine highlighted the impact of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act on smaller companies aiming to obtain access to capital and the benefits of the JOBS Act by highlighting case studies from companies that went public using it. “Nearly everyone agrees that the JOBS Act has significantly affected the way IPOs are done,” writes Edward Teach. Teach talked to five companies to discuss their experiences, and not surprisingly, ‘all had strong opinions about Read More >

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CNN: Sandy’s Story

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CNN launched a new series profiling Sandy Halperin, a dentist and Harvard assistant professor, to raise awareness for the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a patient and his family. Producer Stephanie Smith describes Sandy’s Story as ‘an unprecedented look at the cruel journey of a vibrant, once healthy man as he gradually loses his memory.’ Halperin was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease at age 60. The in-depth package explores the day-to-day reality of Read More >

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Ebola Outbreak Highlights Value of Cures


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


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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