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Obama Launches Initiative Aimed at Curing HIV

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Today, the Obama administration announced that it is shifting $100 million into research efforts aimed at curing HIV. The initiative is aimed at developing new therapies. “The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies. Or, better yet, eliminate it completely,” President Obama said. The president was less specific about support for programs aimed at treating and preventing HIV/AIDS globally. The U.S. Read More >

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World AIDS Day: Act Aware

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World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) is focused on education on HIV/AIDS awareness and applying this knowledge to encourage protection from HIV infection. Many Read More >

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Emerging Company Policy Deconstructed: Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act (S. 1658)

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In a nutshell: Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act to spur capital formation for R&D-focused companies in the early stages of development. Why you should care: It can take over a decade and cost more than $1 billion to bring a single groundbreaking biotechnology treatment from laboratory bench to hospital bedside, and virtually the entire process is funded by private investment. The Start-up Jobs and Innovation Read More >

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TRIPs Has Delivered: Patent Agreement Increases Drug Development

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The TRIPs (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property) Agreement, effective in 1996, has resulted in multiple benefits for public health. The last blog post reviewed Progressive Economy’s finding of TRIPS at 20. One additional benefit not mentioned in the article is the explosion of molecules in clinical development. The World Intellectual Property Indicators – 2012 Edition reveals an overall growth in patent applications around the world. The report finds that patent applications “worldwide doubled from Read More >

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Bee Care Team is Buzzing in North Carolina

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Too many people don’t know enough about agriculture and food production. But even fewer know about the important role that bees play in maintaining healthy farming systems. Bees are necessary for plant pollination. Yet many colonies are disappearing due to increasing disease and environmental threats, including a syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder. “Healthy pollinators are incredibly important in creating and maintaining a healthy, nutritious and sustainable food supply,” says Dick Rogers, apiologist/entomologist with Bayer CropScience. Read More >

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