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Unleashing the Full Promise of Biotechnology Innovation

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Last week, I attended the announcement of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative at the White House. In the room were leading biotechnology executives, researchers, lawmakers from both parties, regulatory officials and patients. Seated just a few rows in front of me was a young man named Bill Elder whose life has been transformed by a cystic fibrosis drug developed by one of our member companies, Vertex. Today, Bill is a third-year medical student with an Read More >

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Measles Outbreak Shows Dangers of Vaccine Misinformation

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On Sunday, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Friedan said that the U.S. could be faced with a “large outbreak” of measles, according to the Washington Post. The agency reported that 102 cases of measles were confirmed in 14 states in January. Hundreds of others are being monitored for possible exposure. The majority of the confirmed cases are among patients who have not been vaccinated, illustrating the danger posed to both individual and public Read More >

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The Hill: Will Support for Biomedical Research Be Dead on Arrival?

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In an op-ed over at The Hill, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, an infectious disease specialist and president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, discusses an important question: “How is it that the United States, which has historically held the global lead in medical innovation, was caught flat-footed by Ebola?” Dr. Pomeroy points to a lack of federal funding for medical research as one of the primary culprits for our lack of effective Ebola answers, a Read More >

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Sens. Alexander and Burr Release “Innovation for Healthier Americans” Report

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Today, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and committee member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a report on the challenges of ‘getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively.’ Specifically, the report looks at what is and is not working at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The report kicks off a major initiative by the Committee to examine challenges with drug and medical device development Read More >

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Op-Ed in Forbes on the Threat to Philanthropy

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This week, Howard Husock extols the benefits of venture philanthropy through this Forbes op-ed. In the op-ed, Husock points out that private entities conduct a significant portion of applied research toward new drug development as referenced in this 2008 Manhattan Institute paper, “The Truth About Drug Innovation”, co-authored by two researchers from the Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development, and Institute Fellow Benjamin Zycher: “. . .among. . . thirty-five drugs and Read More >

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