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New Challenges in the Fast Changing Landscape of Bioinformatics

Adina

The world of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics has evolved at a staggering pace. In 2009, the biggest problem for researchers was creating an efficient solution for sequencing DNA. At that time, sequencing cost of $100,000 for a single human and took 30 days of chemical processing to produce the raw sequencing output. In four years, DNA sequencing technology has advanced rapidly, outpacing even Moore’s Law. Today, researchers can sequence a whole human genome for about Read More >

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Worldwide Orphan Drug Market to Grow to $127 Billion by 2018

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The 2013 Orphan Drug Report from Evaluate, which launched today at the 2013 BIO international Convention, sheds light on the market dynamics of orphan drugs — pharmaceutical products aimed at rare diseases or disorders — projecting that sales will experience a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2018, nearly double that of the prescription drug market, excluding generics.  The report based on EvaluatePharma® data found that the worldwide orphan drug market Read More >

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Finding Biotech in the Silicon Prairie

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The Silicon Prairie is about more than technology companies and Internet start-ups. In fact, the biotech industry in Illinois employs nearly 80,000 people, according to a recent analysis by Battelle, and their salaries are double the salary of the average private sector worker in the state. As biotech executives from across the globe descend upon McCormick Place this week for the annual BIO International Convention, they will have an opportunity to see that the Chicago Read More >

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BIO One-On-One Partnering Kicks Off!

Joe Colangelo

Partnering kicked off this today at the Business Forum at the 2013 BIO International Convention, and the numbers so far show that we have a strong week ahead of us. Over 130,000 partnering meeting requests have been requested Almost 22,000 meetings are already scheduled 4,900 of those meetings are exhibitor partnering meetings For a more in-depth look at the types of companies being represented at and stats on how many partnering meetings are taking place, check out this interview with Read More >

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Expanding Access to Orphan Drugs

Orphan Drugs

At present many orphan diseases do not have any licensed treatments, and for those conditions where there is a therapy, it is often the only therapy in the class that is available. However, this is not always the case. In the field of blood-plasma proteins, therapies to treat hemophilia, alpha-1 deficiency and primary immune deficiencies have multiple innovator versions in a therapeutic class. Often one product in the class has received an orphan designation and Read More >

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