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New Cancer Treatments Seek to Give the Immune System Superpowers

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Melanoma is scary. It is aggressive, spreads quickly to far-away organs with the stealth and cunning of the most adept villain, and it is increasingly striking young people-it is now the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women 25-29. But the “good guys” are fighting back with increasing success. As the CEO of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), a patient-focused, science-based organization dedicated to fighting this deadly skin cancer, I see signs every day Read More >

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‘Life According to Sam’ About Hope and Medical Discovery

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HBO is currently airing a documentary about a 13 year old boy named Sam Berns, who is coping with a cruel and rare genetic disease, known as progeria, which ages and weakens its young victims. If you haven’t seen it, you might expect “Life According to Sam” to be a heartbreaking tale of a family’s struggles to cope with something that is out of their control. It is that, but it’s also so much more. Read More >

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RNAi: From Medicine to Agriculture

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At BIO, our member companies are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. They are working everyday to improve the human condition by curing the sick, feeding the hungry, and developing cleaner, safer and healthier sources of energy. And they are accomplishing this by using innovative biotechnology tools, such as RNA interference, or RNAi, in both basic research and product development. RNAi is a biological process, occurring Read More >

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GAIN Act: A Great First Step

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With over 2 million infections – and 23,000 deaths – caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria each year in the US, everyone agrees there is an urgent need to find new, effective antibiotic therapies. One measure designed to spur such development is the Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN) Act, signed into law last year. Given the growing threat posed by resistant bacteria, we decided to hold a workshop with leading experts about what effect the GAIN Read More >

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BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit: Patient-Focused Drug Development

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Panelists in this morning’s opening session outlined strategies for the FDA to better engage the patient community to guide the drug development process. “Patients should be providing input and guidance throughout the entire drug review process,” said Marc Boutin, Executive VP and COO of the National Health Council. Boutin highlighted the improvements made through PDUFA V to open up and enhance the Agency’s interaction and engagement with patients. “Integrating our perspective into how drugs are Read More >

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