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RNAi: From Medicine to Agriculture

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At BIO, our member companies are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. They are working everyday to improve the human condition by curing the sick, feeding the hungry, and developing cleaner, safer and healthier sources of energy. And they are accomplishing this by using innovative biotechnology tools, such as RNA interference, or RNAi, in both basic research and product development. RNAi is a biological process, occurring Read More >

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GAIN Act: A Great First Step

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With over 2 million infections – and 23,000 deaths – caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria each year in the US, everyone agrees there is an urgent need to find new, effective antibiotic therapies. One measure designed to spur such development is the Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN) Act, signed into law last year. Given the growing threat posed by resistant bacteria, we decided to hold a workshop with leading experts about what effect the GAIN Read More >

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BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit: Patient-Focused Drug Development

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Panelists in this morning’s opening session outlined strategies for the FDA to better engage the patient community to guide the drug development process. “Patients should be providing input and guidance throughout the entire drug review process,” said Marc Boutin, Executive VP and COO of the National Health Council. Boutin highlighted the improvements made through PDUFA V to open up and enhance the Agency’s interaction and engagement with patients. “Integrating our perspective into how drugs are Read More >

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Fighting Blindness through Sound Investments in Research

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Since 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised more than half a billion dollars in support of its mission to put an end to retinal diseases. Those diseases affect more than 10 million Americans at risk of vision impairment, legal blindness or total blindness. Because age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the diseases we target, is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55, and because the Baby Boomer population is aging, that number Read More >

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Uniting To Accelerate Pediatric Medicine

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Drug companies inherently absorb significant risk when developing compounds and biologics for clinical use. A recent article suggests that only one out of every 12 drugs that enters clinical trials succeeds and the cost of a drug successfully reaching the market now exceeds an average of $5 billion when you add up the cost of all those that failed along the way. For many indications, such as Alzheimer’s and autism, the need for new treatments Read More >

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