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Nailed It! Rock Star Panel

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Today’s “Nailed It! Rock Star Panel,” sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation/JLABS, featured three company CEOs who have spent their careers as leaders and executives across the biopharmaceutical industry.  Each of the panelists spent time in both large pharma companies and emerging businesses before taking the leap and using their experience to lead a small or start-up company.  The panel focused on, essentially, how to be a CEO – the panelists shared tips on everything Read More >

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Curative Therapies: Aligning Policy with Science to Ensure Patient Access

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New hepatitis C medications with exceptionally high cure rates have significantly improved treatment, while also posing a challenge for the healthcare system because the cost of the medications are higher in the short run than other medications. As more curative therapies for different conditions come to market, the healthcare system will need to manage the concentration of upfront expenses in a sustainable manner. A Super Session panel at the 2016 BIO International Convention examined this Read More >

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Antibiotic Development Incentives May Be Tricky to Implement

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A recently proposed broad suite of antibiotic development incentives has received strong support from industry stakeholders, but revealed a desire to move specific ideas and proposals into practice and skepticism about so-called “pay-or-play” provisions during a Wednesday morning panel at the BIO International Convention. Reflecting the increasing importance of the topic, the discussion was one of three panels devoted to the serious global threat of antimicrobial resistance, noted the World Health Organization’s Martin Friede, compared Read More >

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Janet Napolitano and Jim Greenwood Talk Innovation, Homeland Security, and Politics at #BIO2016 Fireside Chat

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Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, emphasized the need for research at every level, while also touching upon homeland security issues like the Zika virus and the current presidential election during a fireside chat yesterday with Jim Greenwood at the 2016 BIO International Convention. At the University of California “we teach for California, but we research for the world,” Napolitano explained to Greenwood when he asked about the challenges the university faced in Read More >

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Achieving Healthcare Sustainability: Can we Move from “Value” to “Predictability”?

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Drug costs are one of largest healthcare concerns across the American political spectrum. But drug costs, pricing, spending and value are not the same thing, panelists emphasized during the BIO International Convention Tuesday afternoon. Session moderator Susan Garfield, principal at EY, challenged herself to refrain from using the term “value,” to foster a discussion about “predictability:” if we can better predict outcomes, can we better allocate healthcare resources? The challenge is that innovation breeds a lot of Read More >

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