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Is Regulatory Transformation for Alzheimer’s Therapies Needed?

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BIO 2014′s  session titled ” Regulatory Transformation: As Alzheimer’s Disease Science, Research and Advocacy Move Toward Earlier Detection and Intervention, How Will Researchers Adapt to this Evolution?” discussed progress and challenges facing researchers and the collaborative efforts between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and patient advocacy groups to help them find a cure. The discussion centered on recent FDA Draft Guidance for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development which allows for an accelerated approval Read More >

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Access to Big Data

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Aquiring information rapidly and reliably reduces costs and advances discovery Sixty years ago, when James Watson and Francis Crick elucidated and published their seminal work on the double helical nature of DNA, they could hardly have imagined the explosion of information about cellular activities and disease pathways happening today. With this explosion, the challenge for scientific database producers is to curate and process the published literature, small molecules, proteins, sequences and numeric data in ways Read More >

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Industry-Disease Foundation Partnerships Thrive on Communication & Transparency

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Disease foundations are playing an increasingly important role in advancing research and helping to bring new treatments to market. Their unique expertise in specific disease areas, along with their keen understanding of patient needs and access to clinical thought leaders and patients, can enhance and accelerate the clinical development of new treatments. At a 2014 BIO International Convention Breakout Session, session moderator Gail Maderis, President and CEO of BayBio, opened with some key statistics about Read More >

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Seeing is Believing

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PET and MRI imaging helps companies to make go/no go decisions earlier Attrition or failure of new drug programs is a major source of concern, with failure rates ranging from 75 percent in anti-infectives to 92 percent in CNS according to DiMasi’s 2010 study (Clin. Pharmacol. Ther. 87, 272-277). Molecular imaging – both Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can help improve these dismal statistics. Given the immense costs involved in the Read More >

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A Better Way to Make Unnatural Amino Acids Discovered by Yu

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Certain amino acids that are not found in nature are highly sought after by pharmaceutical manufacturers. These “unnatural” amino acids have traditionally been very difficult to synthesize, so a new and improved technique for doing so is attracting a lot of attention. Amino acids are among the most basic components of living things. Long chains of them, translated from DNA, fold up to become proteins, some smaller groupings of amino acids form hormones, and a Read More >

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