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The Value of Prevention

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Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most important advances in medical history. Once-devastating diseases like polio, which at its peak claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans each year, have been nearly eradicated. A report issued by the CDC in April estimated that vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations among children born in the US over the past 20 years. Despite this track record of overwhelming success, a recent New Read More >

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New CDC Tool to Track Antibiotic Use & Resistance

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Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats facing our health care system. Last fall, the CDC issued a report which found that 2 million people acquire an antibiotic resistant infection each year in the US, of whom at least 23,000 die as a result. To help address this threat, the CDC is releasing a new tool, the Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) reporting module, which will enable all hospitals in the Read More >

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Is Regulatory Transformation for Alzheimer’s Therapies Needed?

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BIO 2014′s  session titled ” Regulatory Transformation: As Alzheimer’s Disease Science, Research and Advocacy Move Toward Earlier Detection and Intervention, How Will Researchers Adapt to this Evolution?” discussed progress and challenges facing researchers and the collaborative efforts between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and patient advocacy groups to help them find a cure. The discussion centered on recent FDA Draft Guidance for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development which allows for an accelerated approval Read More >

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Access to Big Data

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Aquiring information rapidly and reliably reduces costs and advances discovery Sixty years ago, when James Watson and Francis Crick elucidated and published their seminal work on the double helical nature of DNA, they could hardly have imagined the explosion of information about cellular activities and disease pathways happening today. With this explosion, the challenge for scientific database producers is to curate and process the published literature, small molecules, proteins, sequences and numeric data in ways Read More >

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Industry-Disease Foundation Partnerships Thrive on Communication & Transparency

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Disease foundations are playing an increasingly important role in advancing research and helping to bring new treatments to market. Their unique expertise in specific disease areas, along with their keen understanding of patient needs and access to clinical thought leaders and patients, can enhance and accelerate the clinical development of new treatments. At a 2014 BIO International Convention Breakout Session, session moderator Gail Maderis, President and CEO of BayBio, opened with some key statistics about Read More >

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