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The Role of Intellectual Property in Global Health

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BIO is committed to increased access to biologic medicines for patients throughout the world.  As BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said last year when announcing our policy statement on Options for Increasing Access to Medicines in the Developing World, “We believe that the goals of increasing access to medicines, respecting intellectual property rights, and maintaining commercial viability are mutually supportive.” While there are frequent misguided calls to circumvent intellectual property (IP) rights in order Read More >

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Applying A Holistic Approach to Solve a Complex Disease

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By Dr. Timothy Coetzee, Chief Research Officer at the National MS Society Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease involving immune-system attacks on the central nervous system. Research into MS involves questions that dovetail many fields of science, including immunology, neuroscience, psychology and more.   Promoting and funding collaborative research is one piece of the puzzle, receiving a great deal of media attention of late.   However, it is even more important to apply a multi-faceted, rather Read More >

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A Conversation with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month so it seemed like a good opportunity to learn more about the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. If you attended the 2007 BIO International Convention, you may have heard Michael J. Fox’s challenge to the audience to redeploy resources to advance promising therapies more quickly thru the drug development pipeline and his invitation to partner with the Foundation on those efforts.  If you were not fortunate to be Read More >

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FDA: A Cornerstone of America’s Economic Future

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By Nancy Bradish Myers, JD, President, Alliance for a Stronger FDA For close to 20 years, we have been told that FDA oversees products that represent 25 percent of all consumer spending. This has always been an impressive statistic and often awakened Capitol Hill to the realization that FDA matters in important and unexpected ways. But is that all there is to FDA’s role in the U.S. economy? Fortunately it isn’t. FDA is a regulatory Read More >

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Japan’s Crippled Nuclear Plant Shows Need for New Radiation Treatments

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As Japan works to stabilize the crippled nuclear power plant in , people are stocking up on potassium iodide tablets – one of the only drugs available to block the body’s absorption of some radioactive materials. The partial meltdown of the plant highlights the need for new drugs that can more effectively prevent or treat radiation poisoning. Two U.S. companies are on the fast track to develop more effective treatments, according to a recent piece Read More >

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