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The Power of Innovation

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Today’s “Fox and Friends” included an informative segment about the staggering advances being made in cancer care thanks to new and forthcoming innovative treatments. The segment featured five doctors from the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, a Nashville-based research organization that partners with biopharmaceutical companies to offer more than 500 clinical trials annually. “Over 40 years since President Nixon declared the War on Cancer, and after decades of giving more drugs and more radiation, we’re now Read More >

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BIO Principles on Expanded Access to Investigational, Unapproved Medicines

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Seriously ill patients with limited or no alternative therapies, and who are ineligible or unable to participate in the clinical trials, may desire access to investigational, unapproved medicines.  Such access outside of the clinical trial setting, or “expanded access,” may be sought through a company’s expanded access program, or through individual patient expanded access, if available. We believe that the best way to make innovative biotechnology medicines available to patients is through the efficient development of approved, safe Read More >

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Dr. Petra Kaufmann Video Interview: Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program

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Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc, Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation at the National Institutes of Health, recently joined us in the BIO Buzz Center to discuss streamlining clinical trials through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program. As part of NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the CTSA program is designed to address the development and implementation of national standards and best practices for the full range of translation, from basic Read More >

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Coalition Offers a Remedy for Stagnated Clinical Trials

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Promising new clinical trial data offers fresh hope for the families of Alzheimer’s patients.  A new medication seems to be slowing the disease’s progress, limiting the cognitive decline that characterizes this “long goodbye.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful for patients suffering other diseases to have equally encouraging prospects? But many do not. Part of the problem lies with clinical trials.  For a new medication to receive FDA approval, it must undergo comprehensive testing on actual patients.  Read More >

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What to Watch: Emperor of All Maladies; Killing Cancer

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Cancer is a disease which affects almost 1.7 million people each year in America, and is the fastest growing disease on Earth. Two television shows this week explore the history of the complex illness, as well as recent treatment advances that are providing new hope for many patients. The first is a television adaptation of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. The TV Read More >

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