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HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia When the HIV/AIDS epidemic became widely known in the early 1980s I lived in San Francisco. I lost many dear friends during those years. That made working on “HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology” very personal to me. Thirty years later and despite an all-too-common public perception that this terrible disease has been solved, the research to find a vaccine is actually more important than ever. The sad truth is that Read More >

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IBM’s Watson: From Jeopardy! to Drug Research

IBM's Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

Bits of technology from I.B.M.’s Watson are beginning to be used in actual products available to corporate clients. The cloud-based Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform “uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical journals to look for chemical compounds used in drug discovery.” As a byproduct of this project, I.B.M. is contributing their research to the searchable NIH chemical database, which will ease access to information previously Read More >

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Approval for AIDS Vaccine at Canadian University

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The Food and Drug Administration has given Canadian researchers approval to test a vaccine for HIV/AIDS on humans. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario are hopeful that with further tests, a vaccine could be on the market in about five years. Similar to the approaches used to develop vaccines for polio, influenza, rabies and hepatitis A, the vaccine is the first based on a genetically modified, killed whole virus and is the only HIV Read More >

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Diabetes and Biotechnology: A Shared History…A Great Future

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia One of my closest childhood friends suffered from Type I Diabetes. Like millions of other children and adults his daily life was frequently interrupted with finger pokes, sugar level tests, and insulin shots. Having grown up with a friend afflicted with Diabetes and knowing dozens of others, throughout my life, with the same disease, it was very rewarding to produce a film on the topic. Although Bobby and Read More >

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Podcast: Ethics of Global Clinical Trials

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Holland & Knight’s Michael Werner talks to Dr. Russell Medford, President and CEO of Salutria Pharmaceuticals, a privately-held biotech company based in Alpharetta Georgia. Dr. Medford is also co-chair of BIO’s Board Standing Committee on Bioethics. Dr. Medford will be providing testimony on Wednesday November 16 to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on Principles Regarding Ethical Performance of International Clinical Trials.

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