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Vaccines Beyond 2012

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Each year, approximately 1.7 million children die from a vaccine-preventable disease, and the vast majority of these deaths occur in developing countries. This BIO 2012 session, moderated by Peg Willingham of the United Nations Foundation, addressed various ways industry can help increase access to life-saving vaccines for children and adults in resource-poor countries. The thoughts of a few of the speakers on the panel for this session are summarized below. The panelists suggested that for Read More >

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The Cause Endures

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By David Welch, M2 MultiMedia Communications In producing this short form mini-documentary, I learned that neither the conservatives who tried always to make Senator Ted Kennedy the poster child of all that was liberal nor the die-hard liberals who adored his every move had him quite right. This is especially true when examining his aggressive pursuit of his lifelong cause to improve the health of patients. It was a cause that propelled him into an Read More >

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Implementing the WHO PIP Framework – Industry’s Role & Outlook

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In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework after nearly five years of contentious negotiations. As noted by Anne Huvos, WHO Secretariat, the two objectives of the PIP Framework are: (1) to improve sharing of influenza viruses with human pandemic potential; and (2) to achieve more predictable, efficient, and equitable access to benefits, such as vaccines and antiviral medicines, during future pandemics. The subject of a session at Read More >

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Analysis and Impact of PDUFA V

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As the House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve legislation to approve the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) V, industry leaders gathered at the 2012 BIO International Convention for a lively discussion on the changes the new legislation, focused on modernizing Food and Drug Administration regulations, will bring to the biotechnology industry. The super session panel discussion was moderated by Steve Usdin, Washington Editor of BioCentury and Co-Host of BioCentury This Week, and included Read More >

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Take the PKD Foundation Challenge

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By Jill Panetta, Chief Scientific Officer, PKD Foundation Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Awareness Week has been designated the week of June 18 to 24, 2012.  This week allows the PKD Foundation to be able to fulfill part of its mission to people with PKD — to increase awareness of a disease which few know about and raise the understanding and the impact that PKD has on patients and their families. Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease Read More >

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