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World Pneumonia Day: November 12

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November 12 marks World Pneumonia Day, a campaign to educate the public about this disease and to advocate for global action to treat and prevent it. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally for children under the age of 5, claiming the lives of more than 1.5 million children annually. Pneumonia is also largely a vaccine-preventable disease. Since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccines in the U.S. in 2000, morbidity and mortality from pneumonia have Read More >

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Foundation Fighting Blindness Invests in Gene Therapy Research Projects

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Recently, the Foundation Fighting Blindness announced an $8.25 million investment in six new gene therapy research projects targeted to have treatments ready for clinical trials within three years. The projects include the following: The Institut de la Vision in Paris and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland, are developing a gene therapy that may revive degenerating cones and potentially enable them to regain their ability to respond to light and provide vision. The treatment Read More >

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Breast Cancer and Biotechnology: Bigger Than Pink

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia It had been five years since I produced Biotechnology: Knowledge Serving Life, a video that featured breast cancer patient Lori Lober and her then five year anniversary of being cancer free.  Diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer in 2000 Lori had been admitted to an advanced clinical trial for a promising new biologic. Today, Lori credits her treatment for helping to save her life. During the Read More >

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Repositioning Drugs for Parkinson’s Disease

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Last month, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) announced the launch of its Repositioning Drugs for PD 2012 program. The program follows a successful 2011 during which the Foundation funded nine awards totaling $3.4 million repositioning existing drugs that could benefit Parkinson’s disease patients. The program seeks projects that will test drugs that are either already FDA-approved or that have been proven safe in a clinical trial for a certain indication, to determine whether the Read More >

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Resistance is Futile – SuperDrugs for SuperBugs

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“MRSA’s kill 100,000 people a year, more than AIDS,” said Mark Leuchetenberger, President and CEO, Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. With new superbugs on the rise and new superdrugs continuing to decline, the antibacterial drug discovery market is anyone’s for the taking. Attendees of the 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum participating in the Infectious Disease Therapeutic Workshop heard from an engaging panel that seemed to agree the economics of this category are driven by two things: society expects Read More >

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