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Pharma & Biotech Companies Donate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Copayment Foundations. Here’s Why.

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In addition to using their own Patient Assistance Programs, many pharma and biotech companies are supporting independent 501(c)3 non-profit copayment foundations to increase treatment compliance, access to care for insured Americans (including Medicare patients), and to promote proper disease management. Copayment foundations have helped hundreds of thousands of insured Americans afford their coverage and their treatments. The HealthWell Foundation, one of the nation’s largest non-profits, recently issued a white paper on copayment assistance as a Read More >

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Biotech is Growing in Colorado

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Last month I posted a link to an interview featuring Colorado BioScience Association‘s (CBSA) Executive Vice President, April Giles. The interview briefly touched on some of the innovation happening in the state. Though, I was curious to know a bit more about CBSA’s effort to grow and support the industry. So, I was pleased when April kindly agreed to participate in a Q&A. Her answers below offer insight into critical elements of bioscience economic development Read More >

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Convention Countdown…6 Months Away

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Before we all get overwhelmed with the holiday season madness, don’t forget the 2013 BIO International Convention is only six months away! And while that may seem like plenty of time to get ready for Convention, April and Chicago will be here before we know it. This week, both housing and registration opened which is a perfect reminder to start looking in to travel plans for the windy city. And before you book that flight, Read More >

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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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Renewable Chemicals Helping to Build the Biobased Economy

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“The future is now and it is here,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries. “Each one of us is making the effort and pushing the envelope to create a new biobased economy.” Chaudhari discussed efforts to find renewable chemicals that can replace petroleum along with other panelists at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy plenary session, Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now. The panelists talked about using renewable Read More >

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