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Resistance is Futile – SuperDrugs for SuperBugs

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“MRSA’s kill 100,000 people a year, more than AIDS,” said Mark Leuchetenberger, President and CEO, Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. With new superbugs on the rise and new superdrugs continuing to decline, the antibacterial drug discovery market is anyone’s for the taking. Attendees of the 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum participating in the Infectious Disease Therapeutic Workshop heard from an engaging panel that seemed to agree the economics of this category are driven by two things: society expects Read More >

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Developing Cancer Therapies and Diagnostics: 4 Pieces of Advice

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Insights in to the molecular and genetic basis of disease are driving new product and therapeutic opportunities while changing the treatment paradigm for many cancers. The use of companion diagnostics in oncology may play a role in optimizing and expediting the development of targeted therapies for many cancers and other conditions. Focusing on these new markets, a panel of industry executives and investors at the 2011 BIO Investor Forum discussed some of the most compelling Read More >

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Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats”. As stated by Chairman Lieberman in his opening remarks, the goal of the hearing was to examine whether the federal government “has developed the tools we need to respond effectively to a bioterror attack or naturally-occurring pandemic disease, to develop and disseminate vaccines and antibiotics, and to respond Read More >

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Confessions of a Cancer-Free Cancer Patient

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By Sandra Dennis, Deputy General Counsel for Healthcare, the Biotechnology Industry Organization October is breast cancer awareness month. As a dear friend said to me recently — it’s a whole month? She also despises the whole pink ribbon thing. I didn’t dare mention to her that there’s a breast cancer stamp. While it could suggest a lack of empathy, she was treated for breast cancer several years ago, so she speaks from the perspective of Read More >

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Bioterrorism: Ten Years Later

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By Bob Graham, Jim Talent, Randy Larsen & Lynne Kidder of The WMD Center Ten years ago this week, while still in shock from the unspeakable horrors of 9/11, Americans were learning of a new threat—bioterrorism. As it turns out, the anthrax letters of October 2001 were a relatively small incident, in which 22 were infected and five died. Other than the psychological aspects and the costs of cleanup (in excess of $500 million), the Read More >

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