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Expand Investment in Basic Research Needed to Advance Medical Progress

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In 2007, the Napier and Lane families struggled to find answers to their daughters’ developmental problems, which included impaired communication and socialization skills. Both of the girls had a disorder so rare that it subsequently became identified only by the name of the small fragment of chromosome 16 that was missing, namely “16p11.2 deletion syndrome.” Dan Pinkel and Joe Gray, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco developed microarray comparative genomic hybridization, a technology Read More >

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Delivering the Right Dose, Less Often

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Biologics are a growing area of drug development, including life-threatening and life-changing disorders such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. However, many biologics have short half-lives, and need to be dosed daily. To make them more convenient to use, as well as safer and more effective, researchers are developing delivery systems that keep the biologics in the body for longer, reducing the frequency of dosing. Swedish company Affibody is using the natural affinity of a naturally-occurring Read More >

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Acts of Support

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Because small biotechnology companies do not have product revenue, burdensome regulations have an outsized effect on them. One-size-fits-all compliance requirements – such as Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) – divert funds from the lab and slow the development process. We have already seen the benefits that positive legislative reform can have for capital formation for emerging growth companies (EGCs). The JOBS Act has led to a sea change in the regulatory landscape and Read More >

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US Public Organizations Leading Genomic Research, with Europe and Asia Catching Up

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Since before the mapping of the human genome just over a decade ago, we have been applying our growing understanding the genome and associated –omes to medical and industrial uses. Thanks to this understanding, we now have the ability to pinpoint a specific genetic variation in a specific patient which can predict sensitivity to certain drugs. But where is innovation in genomics coming from? And where is it going? What roles are emerging markets playing? Read More >

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Worldwide Prescription Drug Sales to Exceed Trillion Dollar Mark by 2020

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The pharmaceutical industry will top the one trillion dollar mark by 2020, according to new consensus forecast data found in the annual state of the industry report,  “World Preview 2014, Outlook to 2020” from market intelligence firm, Evaluate. The report, which launched today at the 2014 BIO international Convention, finds that worldwide prescription drug sales will reach $1,107 bn by 2020. This milestone is particularly pertinent as it proves that after two years of sales Read More >

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