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Washington Post: Gene Therapies Offer “Dramatic Promise”


Yesterday’s Washington Post has an in-depth article about gene therapy, a type of therapeutic intervention which alters the underlying DNA responsible for producing certain diseases. The technology is enjoying a resurgence, fueled by some stunningly positive results in certain clinical trials recently. The authors begin with the story of 23 year old Allison Corona, who suffers from a congenital diseases that left her legally blind at age four. After receiving a gene therapy treatment: The world Read More >

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Check Out This Op-Ed from PA Bio

Make sure to check out the op-ed that Christopher P. Molineaux, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Bio, has written. The piece, entitled Here’s why the insurance industry needs to do its part to keep healthcare costs down, does an outstanding job laying out the important role that biotechnology plays in reducing long-term health care costs and what must be done to ensure that patients have access to the next generation of medical innovations. As Molineaux Read More >

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A National Blueprint for Biodefense Released Today


A major report was released today detailing findings and recommendations to improve the U.S. biodefense readiness. “A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts” was authored by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, on which BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood serves. The panel is co-chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Gov. Tom Ridge. Other panelists include former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Read More >

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Setting the Record Straight on Innovation and Drug Development


Modern biotechnology is a relatively young industry, but in just over 40 years, the entrepreneurs, researchers and investors working in this field have firmly established themselves at the forefront of medical innovation and the search for new cures and therapies for previously untreatable diseases. That’s why it is important that policy proposals designed to respond to the activities of outliers like Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant do not hurt America’s leadership in biotechnology innovation and investment. Read More >

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Mesothelioma: Once Hopeless Cancer, on the Verge of Promising Advances


Mesothelioma, the word, (pronounced mez-uh-thee-lee-oh-muh) is often much better known than the illness it represents. The legal issues surrounding this cancer make mesothelioma, the most expensive keyword on Google (while most keywords cost pennies, the keyword mesothelioma can cost over $300 per click). Mesothelioma, the illness, is a cancer that most often affects the lining of the lung or abdomen; it has no cure and treatment options for patients are few. Prognosis is generally considered Read More >

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