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Time for AHIP to Finally Join Us And Work Toward A Solution

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I worked as an elected leader in government for 24 years. One of the enduring lessons I learned is that to accomplish big things, people from different backgrounds must come together and unite behind a common solution. When that happens, our nation flourishes. And those problems that once seemed deep and complex, suddenly don’t seem so insurmountable anymore. That’s why it was so disappointing to hear America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) ridiculous claim that my Read More >

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ICYMI: The Hill Op-ed on Ending 340B Abuse

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Writing in The Hill today, Ellen Weaver of the Palmetto Promise Institute and Lindsay Boyd of The Beacon Center of Tennessee call upon Congress to reform the 340B program, created by Congress more than two decades ago. The program aimed to help low-income and uninsured patients afford prescription medications. Qualified hospitals – originally, 90 truly charitable hospitals serving large at-risk populations – received large discounts on the medications they purchased. But, there was one loophole Read More >

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CDC’s Frieden: Private Sector Stepping up to Combat Zika, Congress Should Too

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Writing at the White House blog, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says his colleagues working in the CDC’s birth defect center tell him they’ve never seen such cause for alarm. “It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve discovered a birth defect linked to a virus – and never before have we seen this result from a mosquito bite.” While you can avoid travel to areas where Zika is spreading [map], there is no vaccine Read More >

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Biotech Solutions for Zika

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The Zika virus epidemic continues to rage on. Just today, the WHO advised people in Zika affected countries (much of Latin America and the Caribbean) to consider delaying pregnancy, and emerging evidence suggests a broader range of possible complications for babies born to women infected with the virus than was first thought. Solutions are urgently needed, and biotechnology companies are hard at work to contribute. During a Wednesday at the 2016 BIO International Convention, attendees heard from Read More >

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Strategic Venture Investing by Large Pharma: Is “Smart Money” Right for Your Company

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The strategic venture arms of major biopharma companies like AbbVie, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer offer unique value propositions to early-stage companies and have the flexibility to shape unique deal structures for advancing these partnerships beyond traditional corporate venture capital models. Speakers at a 2016 BIO International Convention panel titled “Strategic Venture Investing by Large Pharma: Is ‘Smart Money’ Right for Your Company?” provided their about how these venture arms fuel innovation in the Read More >

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