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Forbes: Sure, We’ll (Eventually) Beat Cancer. But Can We Afford To?

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

On May 19, Paul Howard highlighted the promise of immunotherapy for the treatment and possible eventual cure of cancer but emphasized that it is critical to focus on the long-term perspective. Key points raised in the article: ‘Reducing incentives for innovation (and drug development returns are roughly comparable to those in the software industry) and you would encourage investors to park more of their capital in more lucrative investments (think: Snapchat), and less into research for Read More >

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BIO Testifies at 21st Century Cures Hearing on PCAST

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Today, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Health Sara Radcliffe presented testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing. The Hearing focused on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report on Drug Innovation and key issues related to the 21st Century Cures initiative to examine what steps the Committee can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America. Below is a summary: The Challenge of Read More >

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National Healthcare Innovation Summit Shines Spotlight on the Value Equation

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The first of the two-day National Healthcare Innovation Summit began and ended trying to answer one question: What constitutes value? Morning keynote speaker Ian Morrison boiled it down to this equation: Value = (Cost + Quality + Security)/Cost However, afternoon speakers struggled to limit the discussion to these variables, wanting to include many others, such as the ability of a health system to pay for innovation, the need to sustain continued innovation, underlying risk of Read More >

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Driving Innovation through Federal Investments

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

Today, BIO submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the importance of driving innovation through federal investments. Below are highlights of our written testimony. NIH:  A Driver of the Innovation Pipeline We must continue to invest in scientific discovery.  NIH-supported biomedical research builds the foundation of scientific and clinical knowledge that is widely communicated and used to improve the treatment of patients and underpin the development of new diagnostics, treatments, vaccines, and cures. Read More >

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Celebrate Vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week

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Each year, during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), communities across the United States work to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, the 20th anniversary of the event, NIIW is being held April 26 – May 3. When the NIIW observance was established in 1994, immunization programs were facing significant challenges. The nation was in Read More >

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