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Outdated Payments Systems Aren’t Keeping Pace With Medical Innovation

Ensuring Patient Access to Innovative Medicine

We are experiencing an era of rapid medical progress thanks to the accelerated pace at which new breakthroughs are being uncovered. The compression in time between research and the creation of new treatments is a triumph for patients but a challenge for our outdated healthcare delivery system. Our payment systems were constructed to finance medical costs that increased at predictable rates but are now outdated because of the breakthrough medical advances constantly being made. The Read More >

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NIH Director Francis Collins Opens Day Two at BIO International Convention

Francis Collins, NIH

What happens when a hotel loses Francis Collins’ room reservation late on the eve before he is scheduled to speak at the BIO International Convention? He finds a way around the barriers and still manages to inspire, entertain and impress the masses the very next morning. Which may help describe his approach to personalized medicine to overcome barriers and surpass expectations. Collins shared his vision for transforming the practice of medicine through personalized medicine with Read More >

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The Many Definitions of Synthetic Biology

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Today, June 16, 2015, attendees had access to several robust sessions during our Industrial & Environmental program at BIO 2015. Panelists during the second breakout session, Industrial Biotech’s Mighty Microbes Provide Cleaner and Greener Future, discussed where we came from and where we are today with the technologies to improve how everyday products are made. Specifically, the panel spoke on how they or their companies have used synthetic biology to make better and greener products for consumers. Kevin Read More >

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Expanding the Role of Patients in Drug Development


Working alongside scientists, universities, and biotech companies, patients and patient organizations have the ability to play a critical role in the search for treatments and cures for chronic and deadly diseases.  As part of the 5th authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V), the Food and Drug Administration made a commitment to more systematically gather patients’ perspectives on their condition and the available therapies in order to incorporate these findings into their Read More >

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Tuesday Recap of BIO 2015: What the Official Bloggers Have to Say

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Everyday our BIO Official Bloggers, writers who are on top of the biotechnology beat, release statements about their experience at the BIO International Convention. Here is what they want to share with you today: Nature Author Lisa Melton reflects on a panel discussion she attended Monday titled “The BIOethics of drug development: you decide” in her post BIO2015 Day 1: Ethics. The panel set up a mock company and a mock drug in clinical trial, Read More >

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