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New Challenges in the Fast Changing Landscape of Bioinformatics

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The world of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics has evolved at a staggering pace. In 2009, the biggest problem for researchers was creating an efficient solution for sequencing DNA. At that time, sequencing cost of $100,000 for a single human and took 30 days of chemical processing to produce the raw sequencing output. In four years, DNA sequencing technology has advanced rapidly, outpacing even Moore’s Law. Today, researchers can sequence a whole human genome for about Read More >

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Worldwide Orphan Drug Market to Grow to $127 Billion by 2018

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The 2013 Orphan Drug Report from Evaluate, which launched today at the 2013 BIO international Convention, sheds light on the market dynamics of orphan drugs — pharmaceutical products aimed at rare diseases or disorders — projecting that sales will experience a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2018, nearly double that of the prescription drug market, excluding generics.  The report based on EvaluatePharma® data found that the worldwide orphan drug market Read More >

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Approving Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease

Russ Katz

BIOtechNOW delves into the current state of Alzheimer’s disease research with today’s feature on regulatory challenges. Tomorrow, we cover the first Alzheimer’s prevention trial, and on Wednesday, we will explore the societal and economic impact of this devastating disease. The therapies currently approved for Alzheimer’s disease work by treating the patients’ symptoms, improving their cognitive and overall functions. Increasingly, however, experts are intent on slowing or halting the disease process—before it has ravaged patients’ brains. In February, the U.S. Food Read More >

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Patients are the Missing Link in R&D

Elias Zerhouni

An architect does not wait until construction begins to show clients a blueprint. Neither does a caterer prepare a banquet meal without consulting first with the host. In biopharmaceutical science, however, for too long we have developed medicines without engaging patients early on and throughout the process. If scientific innovation is to truly be innovative, we need to be more interested in the people our products will help. We need to rethink innovation. The model we’ve used in healthcare Read More >

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Evidence, Coverage, & Incentives: A PMC/BIO Solutions Summit Conference

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Personalized medicine is changing the way medicine is practiced, and how drugs and biologics are developed. Systemic changes are needed to reflect this and support product development, but current economic, regulatory, and practice disincentives are impacting and slowing development. For example, medical advances often take years to be recognized in clinical care guidelines and cost containment policies often prevent new diagnostics from being priced at a level that supports innovation. The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) and Read More >

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