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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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The Value of Lifesaving Medicines: How Best To Define and Communicate The Innovations In Biopharmaceuticals

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One of BIO’s central goals is to promote the value of innovation in lifesaving medicines and what that means for the public at-large. At Day 1 of the BIO International Convention in San Francisco, attendees gathered to hear more about how best to communicate this vital mission. “Defining and Communication Medical Innovation Value for the Long Term” was moderated by Al Jackson, of Spectrum Science Communications and featured panelists Lambert van der Walde of UnitedHealth Read More >

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The U.S. Department of Defense returns to the BIO Convention in 2016

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The Joint Project Manager for Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPM-MCS), a program within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is returning to the BIO International Convention this year and looking to collaborate with biopharmaceutical companies through innovative contracting arrangements that support partnerships throughout the drug development life cycle. Two programs, the Advanced Development and Manufacturing Capabilities (ADMC) and the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (JVAP) are on site to discuss how other transactional authority (OTA) agreements can Read More >

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