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The Ethics of the Market Access Debate

Rogerio Vivaldi

At the core of the market access conversation lies the question of value. How much do we value two years added to the end of an 80-year-old’s life? How do we put a dollar amount on a medicine that prevents a rare disease patient, who may only live to age 20 regardless of receiving treatment, from losing her ability to walk? How can we define metrics to measure the cost of a child with a Read More >

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Managed Entry Trumps Risk Sharing

Since 2000, pharmaceu-tical and biotech companies have engaged in agreements with government and private payers across the world to gain market access for their innovative drugs despite struggles to qualify for formal reimbursement criteria, such as the cost effectiveness threshold from NICE in the UK. These agreements, usually referred to as “risk sharing” agreements, have had a wide variety of structures but usually do not involve any sharing of risk, as the name misleadingly suggests. Read More >

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Ernst & Young’s Beyond Borders: Matters of Evidence

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Hundreds of attendees turned out to glean insights from findings outlined in Ernst & Young LLP’s (EY) 27th annual report on the biotechnology industry – Beyond borders: matters of evidence – officially launched at Tuesday morning’s Super Session at the 2013 BIO International Convention. The report was presented by Glen Giovannetti and Gautam Jaggi of EY’s Global Life Sciences Center, and the Super Session featured a panel of industry leaders, including: Brian Edelman, VP, Corporate Read More >

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The Justness of Gene Patents

The Justness of Gene Patents

Most of the biotechnology world awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s answer to the Question Presented, “Are human genes patentable,” in the Association of Molecular Pathologists et al. v. Myriad Genetics case. Claims to “human genes” have a canonical form that has been developed over the thirty years during which “genes” (human or otherwise) have been patented under U.S. law: An isolated nucleic acid having a nucleotide sequence that encodes a protein having an amino acid Read More >

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Governors Share Best Practices on Bringing Biotech Jobs to their States

Governors

With the state competition for biotech jobs in full force at the BIO International Convention, BIO released its Bioscience Economic Development report yesterday to a standing room only crowd that came to hear Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Director of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Jack Lavin share their insights on attracting and growing the biotech industry within their states. Common themes quickly emerged around Read More >

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