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Let’s Get PDUFA V Approved, Fast

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By Marc Boutin, JD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Health Council At this time of the year, it can be helpful to reflect on the past to guide us in the future. I was recently reading an editorial about the National Health Council (NHC) printed in January 1957 – 37 years after the organization’s creation. It spoke about the need for action with “an unprecedented degree of cooperation among health agencies and Read More >

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“America Speaks” Poll Shows Health Research is Key to Economic Recovery

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By Mary Woolley, President of Research!America Research!America’s 12th edition of America Speaks, an annual summary of our public opinion polls, shows that Americans are deeply concerned about our country’s ability to create jobs and compete globally. In fact, 77 percent of those polled say that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation and more than half of Americans (58 percent) do not believe we are making enough progress in medical Read More >

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HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia When the HIV/AIDS epidemic became widely known in the early 1980s I lived in San Francisco. I lost many dear friends during those years. That made working on “HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology” very personal to me. Thirty years later and despite an all-too-common public perception that this terrible disease has been solved, the research to find a vaccine is actually more important than ever. The sad truth is that Read More >

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IBM’s Watson: From Jeopardy! to Drug Research

IBM's Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

Bits of technology from I.B.M.’s Watson are beginning to be used in actual products available to corporate clients. The cloud-based Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform “uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical journals to look for chemical compounds used in drug discovery.” As a byproduct of this project, I.B.M. is contributing their research to the searchable NIH chemical database, which will ease access to information previously Read More >

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Approval for AIDS Vaccine at Canadian University

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The Food and Drug Administration has given Canadian researchers approval to test a vaccine for HIV/AIDS on humans. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario are hopeful that with further tests, a vaccine could be on the market in about five years. Similar to the approaches used to develop vaccines for polio, influenza, rabies and hepatitis A, the vaccine is the first based on a genetically modified, killed whole virus and is the only HIV Read More >

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