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New Target for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Biotechnologists have developed a drug candidate that blocks production of diseasecausing neurotoxins in mouse models Reducing the concentration of cathepsin B using an enzyme inhibitor prevents the creation of the neurotoxic peptide, pyroglutamate-AB (pGlu-AB), which has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The candidate inhibitor drug, a cysteine protease inhibitor named E64d, was developed by scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, the Medical University of South Carolina and Read More >

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Making the Case for Personalized Medicine

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Personalized medicine is the customization of healthcare. Already, a suite of molecular approaches is being used to tailor certain medical decisions, practice and products to the individual patient. For example, melanoma, leukemia and metastatic lung, breast and brain cancers can be routinely “molecularly diagnosed” and treated with medicines that target the specific genetic mutations. These represent a remarkable improvement over trial-and-error medicine. Other diagnostic tests use the patient’s DNA sequence to determine drug-metabolizing capabilities. This Read More >

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21st Century Cures: Accelerating the Discovery-Development-Delivery Cycle

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How can we give patients faster access to innovative treatments and cures? That’s the question the House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking our nation’s foremost medical experts and innovators through white papers, hearings, and roundtables in an initiative we call 21st Century Cures. Our collaboration includes everyone from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to patients, researchers, health entrepreneurs, and other thought leaders. Through 21st Century Cures, our goal Read More >

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Bioeconomics: Everybody’s Doing It

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It is everywhere. In March, the US State Department held a one-day conference titled “Showcasing the Bioeconomy: The Future is Now”. That same month, the UK House of Lords published a report on the same topic. “Waste could be turned into wealth,” they said. In the past couple of weeks, Finland’s first national bioeconomy strategy was unveiled, while the Borneo Post reported that “The vast potentiality of bioeconomy has been regarded as one of the Read More >

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We Are the Worldview

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Now in its 6th consecutive year, Scientific American Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective will have its official launch in a special Super Session at the BIO International Convention today at 2pm. Moderated by television and radio personality David Brancaccio (Marketplace Morning; PBS Now) this exciting event will explore the ever-globalized ethos of life science innovation and examine the many multicultural elements driving new partnerships, new products and new paradigms. Scientific American Worldview is a collaborative Read More >

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