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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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World Health Day: The Global Impact of Vaccines

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As we celebrate World Health Day today, it is an opportunity to remember that vaccines represent one of the most important global health investments. The investment of time, money and dedication has brought enormous benefits to the world. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations save an estimated 2.5 million lives every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. Biotechnology is helping us improve existing vaccines and create new vaccines against infectious agents. Read More >

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The booming H1N1 vaccine market

The vaccine market is booming – and biotech companies are just one of the beneficiaries.  A recent Associated Press Article explains that an increase in government support and newer, better technologies are just a part of it.  Patients look to benefit from new vaccinations on the horizon for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, herpes, malaria, and perhaps even a universal flu vaccine. It was just last month at the BIO Investor Forum’s H1N1 panel that panelists Read More >

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