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Beyond the Cutting Edge: How to Enable Life Sciences Organizations Today for the Societal Challenges of Tomorrow

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In a super session at the 2016 BIO International Convention, a diverse group of panelists discussed how life sciences companies and organizations can learn to think differently and organize themselves to enable future innovation initiatives. The session, moderated by Rob Wright, chief editor of Life Science Leader magazine, touched on the challenges of fostering unconventional thinking in an environment today in which the development of new medications and other health-related interventions are happening at an Read More >

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Will Smith and Dr. Bennet Omalu talk Faith, Science and ‘Concussion’

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Tuesday morning at #BIO2016 kicked off with an exciting keynote panel featuring Will Smith and Dr. Bennet Omalu. As attendees filed in to take their seats and pack the Esplanade Ballroom in the Moscone Center, palpable anticipation permeated the air. Dr. Bennet Omalu is a Nigerian-American physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist who performed “the autopsy that changed football” on Mike Webster, a former NFL player. Will Smith is an actor, producer, musician and philanthropist who Read More >

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FDA Commissioner Califf to Industry at #BIO2016: Talk to Patients

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Industry should work with patients and their advocates to better understand their experiences, what they’re looking for in a therapy, and their tolerance for risk, US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf emphasized during a fireside chat at the BIO International Convention this afternoon. For the past few years FDA has been meeting with patients and patient advocates to better understand their diseases and medical problems and asking them where regulatory efforts should be Read More >

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Governor of Iowa Kicks Off #BIO2016 Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track

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On Monday, June 7, 2016, The Honorable Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, provided welcoming remarks to the #BIO2016 attendees participating in the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track Sessions.  Governor Branstad is not only the longest serving governor in American history but he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he endured some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy Read More >

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The U.S. Department of Defense returns to the BIO Convention in 2016

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The Joint Project Manager for Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPM-MCS), a program within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is returning to the BIO International Convention this year and looking to collaborate with biopharmaceutical companies through innovative contracting arrangements that support partnerships throughout the drug development life cycle. Two programs, the Advanced Development and Manufacturing Capabilities (ADMC) and the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (JVAP) are on site to discuss how other transactional authority (OTA) agreements can Read More >

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