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Making the Case for Personalized Medicine

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As lawmakers, industry, consumer groups and the general public debate the future of health care, personalized medicine continues to focus attention-with good reason. In a time of unprecedented scientific breakthroughs and technological advancements, personalized health care has the capacity to detect the onset of disease at its earliest stages, preempt the progression of disease, and, at the same time, increase the efficiency of the health care system by improving quality, accessibility, and affordability. With that Read More >

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Thinking About Printing in the 4th Dimension

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Three-dimensional (3D) printing is used to manufacture everything from guns to guitars—and even underwear. The next big thing could be 4D printing. This adds time to the mix by using smart materials that transform themselves into finished articles under different conditions. Some of the most powerful early applications of 4D may be in biotechnology and medicine. “Stents, compression structures and drug delivery mechanisms could be printed and programmed to transform themselves directly in situ,” explains Read More >

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Remembering Ciro de Quadros, Vaccines Champion

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Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a global health leader and champion of immunization, passed away on Wednesday in Washington. He was 74. Dr. de Quadros is most well-known for leading a vaccination campaign that eradicated polio in Latin America. As the director of the Pan American Health Organization in 1985, he began sending teams of health care workers to remote and often war-torn areas of 15 countries in the region to administer vaccines to children. In Read More >

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SBIR Funds Speed the Delivery of Breakthrough Treatments and Cures

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Today, BIO’s Executive Vice President of Emerging Companies Cartier Esham presented testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business regarding oversight of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR). Dr. Esham emphasized that SBIR plays a critical role in supporting small biotech companies and funding their early-stage research as they navigate the “valley of death,” a critical time when the scientific concepts have shown promise but the Read More >

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Forbes: Sure, We’ll (Eventually) Beat Cancer. But Can We Afford To?

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

On May 19, Paul Howard highlighted the promise of immunotherapy for the treatment and possible eventual cure of cancer but emphasized that it is critical to focus on the long-term perspective. Key points raised in the article: ‘Reducing incentives for innovation (and drug development returns are roughly comparable to those in the software industry) and you would encourage investors to park more of their capital in more lucrative investments (think: Snapchat), and less into research for Read More >

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