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Pitts Sounds off on Biosimilar Naming

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This week, the Food and Drug Law Institute published a white paper – Biosimilar Nomenclature: Can we achieve the truth, the whole truth, & nothing but the truth? – outlining key considerations around the naming of biosimilars. Peter J. Pitts, President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and Former Associate Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration, asserts that ‘those who view distinctive biosimilar nomenclature naming as either contrary to safety or anti-competitive are addressing Read More >

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4 Benefits of Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals

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For centuries, plants have served as a natural source of treatments and therapies. New advances in biotechnology make it possible to turn plants into “factories” that produce therapeutic proteins for use in the manufacture of biologics. The potential of plant-made pharmaceuticals to combat life-threatening diseases has been in the news recently as they may be helpful in treating Ebola. Developing therapeutic proteins in plants can be a safer, more efficient and cost-effective method of protein Read More >

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Attention to the Need For Private Funding

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – the social media phenomenon in which people post videos of themselves dumping buckets of water on their heads – has swept through social media like wildfire as part of an effort to raise both awareness and funding for ALS research. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s working.  As of Thursday morning, the ALS Association had received $41.8 million from existing donors and more than 739,000 new donors over Read More >

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WSJ Editorial: The Medical Innovation Threat

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An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal looks at the rising threat the American insurance industry’s increasingly loud attacks on Sovaldi, a revolutionary new Hepatitis C treatment pose for medical innovation and the development of new specialty drugs. As the editors rightly note, “Sovaldi is the kind of medicine that the drug scolds claim to want—a true scientific advance with a near-perfect cure rate for Hepatitis C, the liver-destroying virus that infects one of every 100 Read More >

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Promising vaccine companies set to take the stage at BIO Investor Forum

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It is no secret that vaccines are a hot space in biotech right now, and the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum will feature several companies working on promising vaccine R&D. The event, scheduled for October 7-8 in San Francisco, Calif., will feature 120 late-stage private and emerging public company presentations. Attendees at the BIO Investor Forum will hear from Immunovaccine, a clinical-stage vaccine development company focused on product candidates for cancer therapy, infectious disease and Read More >

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