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Nature Biotechnology: Outpaced by an outbreak

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The current issue of Nature Biotechnology contains an editorial on the response to the Ebola outbreak that is well-worth the read. The editors discuss some of the barriers which have slowed the development of Ebola medicines, including budgetary issues with federal programs designed to incentivize the development of medical countermeasures for threats like Ebola: We have no medicines to combat Ebola partly because of the time it takes to develop products—BARDA has been in existence Read More >

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Boston Globe: Helping veterans find a career path in life sciences

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Mike Minogue, chairman and chief executive of Abiomed, a medical device company in Boston that makes tiny heart pumps, leads a program to help veterans transition to the civilian workforce into life sciences careers. Today, Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe profiles Minogue and a program that he launched, MedTech & BioTech Veterans Program, which has organized close to a dozen boot camps for more than 500 veterans across the country and recruited more than 30 life-sciences companies to serve Read More >

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association: Success Factors Driving Industry-Patient Group Partnerships

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At this year’s BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit, a major theme was the power of partnerships between patient advocacy groups and other stakeholders including industry, government, and academia. One patient group which has been very successful at creating and leveraging partnerships to advance the drug development process is the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), a group representing patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. CMT is the most common hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, affecting about 150,000 patients Read More >

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U-T San Diego Commentary: Lack of Preparedness to Ebola Is Symptom of Larger Disease

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Last week, the U-T San Diego published an op-ed by Betrand Liang, CEO of Pfenex Inc., a BIO member, arguing that our current lack of vaccines and therapies for Ebola is a symptom of a larger problem. That problem, Liang argues, is a lack of funding for critical biodefense programs which Congress passed in 2004 as a way to prepare us for biological agents like anthrax, smallpox, and Ebola, as well as chemical, radiological, and Read More >

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Flu Season: Get Vaccinated Now to Ensure Protection

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With flu season – and holiday travel – just around the corner, right now is a good time to get an annual flu vaccine (whether you opt for a shot or the nasal spray), which is the best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected with the flu. Flu season in America most commonly peaks between December and January. It typically takes about two weeks after you are vaccinated for protective antibodies to build up Read More >

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