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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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Shifting CAR-Ts Into a Higher Gear

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After a three-year run-up of mounting excitement over CAR-T therapies comes crunch time. Over the next 12 to 18 months the first couple of leading CAR-T projects could be filed for US approval, and one of them might even secure regulatory go-ahead – if its manufacturer’s expectations are realistic. Some analysts are forecasting blockbuster sales and seeing CAR-T becoming standard therapy in certain relapsed cancers, based on early data that – in certain patients – Read More >

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Virtual Reality Meets the Operating Room: Digital Health Summer Summit Audience Experiences a Live Surgery in VR

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If you thought Virtual Reality was just something to be used at the movies or for gaming, then you need to listen to Dr. Shafi Ahmed.  Ahmed just broadcast his surgery from his operating room in a London hospital to medical students, practitioners and anyone interested in watching. At the 5th annual Digital Health Summer Summit at BIO International Convention, Dr. Ahmed recreated the experience for the audience attendees.  They downloaded an app and used Read More >

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